Day 1
Check-In & Continental Breakfast
Check-in for the orientation program and overnight housing for both student and guests staying in on-campus housing. Continental breakfast will be available. Allow enough time to place your bags in your room before the Welcome.
Welcome
Orientation begins with a warm welcome from USC dignitaries and administrators. This session also introduces you to USC Student Affairs.
Orientation Group
Join a small group of other new students and your Orientation Advisor to learn more about USC's campus and traditions.
Academic Expectations
Presented by USC's professional academic advising staff, Academic Expectations details the academic requirements for a USC degree. Students and their guests will attend the Academic Expectations presentation for the major students are admitted to.
Lunch
All students and guests converge for an outdoor lunch.
Foreign Language Placement Exams
Students enrolling in a foreign language course their first semester, either by choice or because it is required by their major, should take the Foreign Language Placement Exam. A placement test is not required if a student has no prior experience in the language they plan to study.
Composition Placement Exam
Students who have been notified that they need to take the Composition Placement Exam will take it at this time.
Academic Advising
All students will attend an academic advising session led by an academic advisor in their school. This advising session will focus on students' first-semester enrollment. Academic advising times and locations will be provided to students when they arrive at Orientation, and will be scheduled so that students are able to complete any needed placement exams. Students will need to prioritize their academic advising appointment over the other optional activities offered in the afternoon.
Mandatory Meetings
Students in various programs and populations, such as Freshman Science Honors, pre-health, and student-athletes, will have mandatory meetings to attend. Orientation Advisors can help students identify which meetings they need to attend.
Orientation Advisor Chats
Students have the opportunity to chat 1-on-1 with their Orientation Advisor. Orientation Advisor chat sign-ups will take place during the first Orientation Group.
Build Your SChedule with Beau
Hang out with Professor Beau, USC's wellness dog! Orientation Advisors will be available to assist you with building your first-semester schedule and preparing for course registration. Drop by any time in the afternoon as your schedule allows.
eSCape Room
Work with other students to eSCape before time runs out! Each challenge takes about 45 minutes and will be offered at various times throughout the afternoon.
Campus Tours
Take a 45-minute walking tour of USC's campus led by an undergraduate tour guide.
Open Houses
Various campus offices, such as the Career Center, Disability Services & Programs, and the Ticket Office, will be open and available to assist students and their guests. Feel free to drop by in the afternoon as your schedule allows.
Orientation Advisor Student Panel
Bring your questions about the USC student experience to this fun and lively panel of Orientation Advisors.
Dinner
Experience USC's residential dining at Everybody's Kitchen. You will need your Orientation namebadge to swipe in.
Freshman Seminars
Learn about these two-unit, credit/no credit elective courses - topics and instructors come for all areas of USC - that are designed to help you make the most of your academic career.
Safety & Wellness
Hear from the Department of Public Safety, the Title IX Office and Campus Wellness about the steps students can take to ensure a safe, rewarding and healthy experience at USC. Required for all students to attend.
Spirit Rally
Students and guests join the Trojan Marching Band for this time-honored tradition! Become an expert in USC's fight song, cheers and tradition that unite Trojans as they Fight On to victory!
SCit: Significant Campus Issues for Today's Students
Join the cast and crew of orientation for an entertaining dramatization of scenarios students may encounter during their first year. SCits concludes with a lively Q&A facilitated by your Orientation Advisor.
Late Night Hangout
Grab a late night bite and hang out with new friend's at USC's underground concert venue.
Day 2
Breakfast
Fuel up for the day with breakfast at Everybody's Kitchen. You will need your Orientation namebadge to swipe in.
Mandatory Meetings
Thematic Option and international students will attend mandatory meetings prior to course registration. OAs can help students identify which meetings they need to attend.
Course Registration
You will register for your first-semester courses with the help and support of your academic advisors and Orientation Advisors.
Behind the SCenes
After you finish registration, come to Tommy Trojan to meet other new students and get an inside look at the unique spaces on campus that make USC special!
Lunch
Enjoy an outdoor lunch with your OAs and fellow new Trojans.
Students and guests eat lunch at separate locations on Day 2.
Visions & Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative
Learn about opportunities to attend exclusive performances, lectures and film screenings through Visions & Voices, a university-wide arts and humanities initiative that features a spectacular array of interdisciplinary events. During the school year, these events have limited seating, but at Orientation you are front and center!
Residential College Welcomes
Find out what is in store for you when you move-in, including new technology for the residential experience. Meet the students who will be living in your area, as well as get your first piece of Residential College swag. Commuting students will meet each other and learn how they can connect with the Residential Colleges.
Student Services Fair
Students and guests will meet at the Student Services Fair to talk to campus departments about their services. Afternoon refreshments will be available and students can pick up their USCard!
First-Generation Welcome
All first-generation college students and their families are invited to this welcome to learn about topics such as college transition, preparation and resources. First-generation students are students whose parents or guardians have not attended college or completed a four-year degree.
Residence Hall Tours
Take a brief tour of one of USC's residential halls. Tours depart every 10 minutes with the last tour departing at 4:45 p.m. Please note that not all residence halls are available to tour at every Orientation, but many have similar floorplans.
Greek Life Introduction
Hear from representatives from Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Development about the recruitment process for USC's Greek organizations.
Housing Check-Out
Students and guests who stayed in on-campus housing must return their room keys to the Customer Service Center (CSC). Attendees can store their bags at the CSC until they are ready to depart campus.
Day 1
Check-In & Continental Breakfast
Check-in for the orientation program and overnight housing for both student and guests staying in on-campus housing. Continental breakfast will be available. Allow enough time to place your bags in your room before the Welcome.
Welcome
Orientation begins with a warm welcome from USC dignitaries and administrators. This session also introduces you to USC Student Affairs.
Family Matters
Learn what your student may experience during their first year at USC and what you can do to support them during their transition to USC.
Academic Expectations
Presented by USC's professional academic advising staff, Academic Expectations details the academic requirements for a USC degree. Students and their guests will attend the Academic Expectations presentation for the major students are admitted to.
Lunch
All students and guests converge for an outdoor lunch.
Campus Tours
Take a 45-minute walking tour of USC's campus led by an undergraduate tour guide.
Open Houses
Various campus offices, such as the Career Center, Disability Services & Programs, and the Ticket Office, will be open and available to assist students and their guests. Feel free to drop by in the afternoon as your schedule allows.
Pre-Health Guest Meeting
Guests of students interested in the health professions are encouraged to attend this session to learn about the services and resources provided by the Office of Pre-Health Advisement.
USC Auxiliary Services Presentation
Guests will learn how they can support their student in living their best USC life. This session will cover USCard, Housing, Dining and Transportation and will feature an interactive panel with representatives from each area.
Orientation Advisor Student Panel
Bring your questions about the USC student experience to this fun and lively panel of Orientation Advisors.
Dinner
Experience USC's residential dining at Everybody's Kitchen. You will need your Orientation namebadge to swipe in.
Freshman Seminars
Learn about these two-unit, credit/no credit elective courses - topics and instructors come for all areas of USC - that are designed to help students make the most of their academic career.
Safety & Wellness
Hear from the Department of Public Safety, the Title IX Office and Campus Wellness about the steps students can take to ensure a safe, rewarding and healthy experience at USC.
Spirit Rally
Students and guests join the Trojan Marching Band for this time-honored tradition! Become an expert in USC's fight song, cheers and tradition that unite Trojans as they Fight On to victory!
Day 2
Breakfast
Fuel up for the day with breakfast at Everybody's Kitchen. You will need your Orientation namebadge to swipe in.
Paying for College
Learn from representatives from Student Financial Services and the Financial Aid Office about fee settlement deadline, payment plans and financial aid options - valuable information for all parties responsible for paying fee bills, not only financial aid recipients.
Student Health Information Session
Representative from the Engemann Student Health Center will discuss health center services and insurance options available to USC students.
Lunch
Guests will enjoy a plated lunch at Town & Gown, the premier ballroom of the USC campus.
Guests and students eat lunch at separate locations on Day 2.
Faculty Showcase
This Orientation highlight offers guests a glimpse of the USC classroom experience as one of USC’s notable faculty members delivers an engaging lecture.
Student Services Fair
Students and guests will meet at the Student Services Fair to talk to campus departments about their services. Afternoon refreshments will be available and students can pick up their USCard!
First-Generation Welcome
All first-generation college students and their families are invited to this welcome to learn about topics such as college transition, preparation and resources. First-generation students are students whose parents or guardians have not attended college or completed a four-year degree.
Residence Hall Tours
Take a brief tour of one of USC's residence halls. Tours depart every 10 minutes with the last tour departing at 4:45 p.m. Please note that not all residence halls are available to tour at every Orientation, but many have similar floorplans.
Greek Life Introduction
Hear from representatives from Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Development about the recruitment process for USC's Greek organizations.
Housing Check-Out
Students and guests who stayed in on-campus housing must return their room keys to the Customer Service Center (CSC). Attendees can store their bags at the CSC until they are ready to depart campus.
Day 1
USC Housing Move-in
Students with USC Housing contracts who opted for Early Move-In when making their orientation reservation will be able to move in to their residence hall prior to the start of Orientation.
Passport Verification
International students should plan on completing Passport Verification prior to checking-in for Orientation.
Placement Exams
Students needing to complete the International Student English (ISE) Exam, Composition Placement Exam or a foreign language placement exam, are able to complete these exams prior to checking-in for Orientation.
Orientation Check-In
Check-in for the orientation program. Light refreshments will be available.
Welcome
Orientation begins with a warm welcome from USC dignitaries and administrators. This session also covers USC Student Affairs, student safety and wellness, and the Office of International Services.
Orientation Group
Join a small group of other new students and your Orientation Advisor to learn more about USC's campus and traditions.
Dinner
Experience USC's residential dining at Everybody's Kitchen. You will need your Orientation namebadge to swipe in.
SCits: Significant Campus Issues for Today's Students
Join the cast and crew of orientation for an entertaining dramatization of scenarios students may encounter during their first year. SCits concludes with a lively Q&A facilitated by your Orientation Advisor.
Evening Social
Grab a bite and hang out with new friends at USC’s underground concert venue.
Day 2
Breakfast
Meet your Orientation Advisor for breakfast and fuel up for the day at Everybody's Kitchen. You will need your Orientation namebadge to swipe in.
Academic Expectations
Presented by USC's professional academic advising staff, Academic Expectations details the academic requirements for a USC degree. Students and their guests will attend the Academic Expectations presentation for the major students are admitted to.
Academic Advising Appointments
All students will attend an academic advising session led by an academic advisor in their school. This advising session will focus on students' first-semester enrollment. Academic advising times and locations will be provided to students when they arrive at Orientation. Students will need to prioritize their academic advising appointment over the other optional activities.
Orientation Advisor Chats
Students have the opportunity to chat 1-on-1 with their Orientation Advisor. Orientation Advisor chat sign-ups will take place during the first Orientation Group.
Thematic Option Meeting
All students admitted to the Thematic Option program must attend this mandatory meeting.
Lunch
Enjoy an outdoor lunch with your fellow new students.
Students and guests eat lunch at separate locations.
Course Registration
You will register for your first-semester courses with the help and support of your academic advisors and Orientation Advisors.
Student Services Fair
Students and guests will meet at the Student Services Fair to talk to campus departments about their services. Afternoon refreshments will be available and students can pick up their USCard!
Campus Tour
Take a 45-minute walking tour of USC's campus led by an undergraduate tour guide.
Paying for College
Learn from representatives from Student Financial Services and the Financial Aid Office about fee settlement deadline, payment plans and financial aid options - valuable information for all parties responsible for paying fee bills, not only financial aid recipients.
Day 3
Bank & Cell Phone Fair
Bank and cell phone companies will be available for students and guests to open student accounts, order phones and learn more about their options here in the U.S.
Day 1
Orientation Check-In
Check-in for the orientation program. Light refreshments will be available.
Welcome
Orientation begins with a warm welcome from USC dignitaries and administrators. This session also covers USC Student Affairs, student safety and wellness, and the Office of International Services.
Family Matters
Learn what your student may experience during their first year at USC and what you can do to support them during their transition to USC.
Dinner
Experience USC's residential dining at Everybody's Kitchen. You will need your Orientation namebadge to swipe in.
Day 2
Academic Expectations
Presented by USC's professional academic advising staff, Academic Expectations details the academic requirements for a USC degree. Students and their guests will attend the Academic Expectations presentation for the major students are admitted to.
USC Auxiliary Services Presentation
Guests will learn how they can support their student in living their best USC life. This session will cover Housing, Dining and Transportation and will feature an interactive panel with representatives from each area.
Student Health Information Session
Representative from the Engemann Student Health Center will discuss health center services and insurance options available to USC students.
Lunch
Guests will enjoy a plated lunch at Town & Gown, the premier ballroom of the USC campus.
Guests and students eat lunch at separate locations.
Faculty Showcase
This Orientation highlight offers guests a glimpse of the USC classroom experience as one of USC’s notable faculty members delivers an engaging lecture.
Student Services Fair
Students and guests will meet at the Student Services Fair to talk to campus departments about their services. Afternoon refreshments will be available and students can pick up their USCard!
Campus Tour
Take a 45-minute walking tour of USC's campus led by an undergraduate tour guide.
Paying for College
Learn from representatives from Student Financial Services and the Financial Aid Office about fee settlement deadline, payment plans and financial aid options - valuable information for all parties responsible for paying fee bills, not only financial aid recipients.
Day 3
Bank & Cell Phone Fair
Bank and cell phone companies will be available for students and guests to open student accounts, order phones and learn more about their options here in the U.S.
Early Check-in
Orientation check-in for students and guests attending the pre-event meetings. Continental breakfast will be available.
Pre-Event Meetings
Thematic Option, Pre-Health, and students interested in changing their major to a professional school major will need to attend mandatory meetings prior to the start of Orientation.
Check-In
Orientation check-in for all program guests. Continental breakfast will be available.
Welcome & USC General Session
Orientation begins with a warm welcome for the USC Orientation staff. You will also learn about USC Student Affairs, safety and wellness, and Welcome Week.
Lunch
Connect with your fellow Orientation attendees over lunch.
Academic Expectations
Presented by USC's professional academic advising staff, Academic Expectations details the academic requirements for a USC degree.
Course Registration
You will register for your first-semester courses with the help and support of academic advisors and Orientation Advisors.
Early Check-in
Orientation check-in for students and guests attending the pre-event meetings. Continental breakfast will be available.
Pre-Event Meetings
Guests of Thematic Option, Pre-Health, and students interested in changing their major to a professional school major are welcome to attend these meetings prior to the start of Orientation.
Check-In
Orientation check-in for all program guests. Continental breakfast will be available.
Welcome & USC General Session
Orientation begins with a warm welcome for the USC Orientation staff. You will also learn about USC Student Affairs, safety and wellness, and Welcome Week.
Lunch
Connect with your fellow Orientation attendees over lunch.
Academic Expectations
Presented by USC's professional academic advising staff, Academic Expectations details the academic requirements for a USC degree.
Parent & Guest Information Session
Orientation staff will discuss student health resources, USC Housing and residential dining, and paying for college resources. Students may join this presentation when they complete registration.