All new undergraduate students are assessed a one-time, mandatory New Student Fee of $450 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 includes student attendance and overnight accommodations at Orientation, one guest Orientation reservation and targeted programming for new students including Welcome Week activities, resources and university publications.

One adult guest reservation is included with the New Student Fee. All additional guests are assessed the Orientation Guest Fee, a per-person charge for each guest attending Orientation with a student. Guest fees must be paid 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 First Guest Fee Additional Guest Fee (Per Person)
Off-Campus Freshman Orientation No Charge No Charge $50 per person
On-Campus Freshman Orientation No Charge No Charge $160 per person
International Freshman Orientation No Charge 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
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
International Freshman Orientation Monday Early Move-In $60 Guest Housing is not available during International Freshman Orientation

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 esignature.