All new undergraduate students are assessed a one-time, mandatory New Student Fee of $350 for their first semester of enrollment. It is nonrefundable and charged to your first-semester tuition bill. You are not required to pay this fee upfront in order to attend Orientation.

This fee covers the student’s attendance and overnight accommodations at Orientation, as well as services and programs available to new students during their first year at USC. These include Welcome Week programming and activities, as well as university publications.

The Orientation Guest Fee is a per-person charge for each guest attending Orientation with a student. Guest fees must be paid upfront, when making your reservation. Students do not pay a separate fee to attend Orientation.

Guest sessions at Orientation are designed for parents, significant others and other adult guests. We do not offer any programming for siblings or young children.

Event Student Fee Guest Fee (Per Person)
Off-Campus Freshman Orientation No Charge $50 (per person)
On-Campus Freshman Orientation No Charge $160 (per person)
International Freshman Orientation No Charge $130 (per person)

All students are expected to stay in housing provided by the university during Orientation. These accommodations are covered by the New Student Fee.

Students arriving the day before Orientation may request Early Arrival accommodations when making their reservation.

Guest accommodations are available in USC housing for the night of Orientation and for Early Arrival. Guests are housed separately from students and may choose single- or double-occupancy.

Due to the proximity to Move-In Day, Early Arrival and guest housing are not available during the International Freshman Orientation.

Housing fees for Early Arrival and guest housing must be paid when making your reservation for Orientation.

Housing Type Student Housing Fee Guest Housing Fee (Per Person)
On-Campus Freshman Orientation No Charge $80 (per person) double-occupancy

$100 (per person) single-occupancy

Early Arrival $60 (per person) double-occupancy $80 (per person) double-occupancy

$100 (per person) single-occupancy

Reservations for Orientation may be changed or cancelled until the reservation deadline. All refunds will be issued to the credit card used for payment. After the reservation deadline, no refunds will be issued. Before submitting your reservation and payment:

  • Please check with any guests who may be traveling with you to confirm the Orientation dates you would like to attend. Updates to an existing reservation can be made by modifying your reservation online. Changes must be made by the reservation deadline.
  • Be sure to read the Terms and Conditions Agreement. Before submitting your reservation, you must acknowledge that you accept the Terms and Conditions by entering your e-signature.