You must submit your Enrollment Commitment Deposit before making your orientation reservation. Approximately five to seven business days after USC receives your commitment deposit, you will receive an email invitation to your USC email to sign up for Orientation.

Do not make travel arrangements until you receive your orientation reservation confirmation email. Your reservation is not confirmed until you receive this email. Events typically end at 5:00 p.m. Avoid making travel plans that require you to leave before orientation ends.

Reservation deadlines for orientation events are indicated below. Please note deadlines occur on 11:59 p.m. in the event location’s time zone. Events frequently close before the deadline due to maximum capacity. Make your reservation as soon as possible to ensure you are able to attend the event of your choice.

On-Campus Winter Freshman Orientation Events

On-Campus Winter Freshman Orientation events are one full day of programming that covers the USC experience, campus life, safety, academic expectations and course registration. Academic Advisors and Orientation Advisors help students with first-semester course selection and registration.

Date Reservation Deadline
December 10 November 17
January 8 December 15

 

Off-Campus Winter Freshman Orientation Events

Off-Campus Winter Freshman Orientation events are for admitted spring freshmen studying at one of our agreement schools in Europe:

  • American University in Paris
  • Franklin University Switzerland
  • The American International University in London, Richmond
  • John Cabot University, Rome

Off-Campus Winter Freshman Orientation events are one full day of programming that cover the USC experience, campus life, safety, academic expectations and course registration. Academic Advisors are at each Off-Campus Orientation to help students with first-semester course selection and registration. Detailed location information Off-Campus Winter Freshman Orientation events is available when you make your reservation and is included in your confirmation email.

There is no guest programming at either Off-Campus Winter Freshman Orientation, however, guests may attend the winter on-campus orientation in January. Guest reservations for the January 8 On-Campus Winter Freshman Orientation are required and must be made during the student reservation process for the Europe orientations. Guest fees apply and must be paid when making the reservation.

Location Date Reservation Deadline
Rome, Italy November 15 October 27
Paris, France November 17 October 27

USC expects all new students to participate in Orientation. It is the best way to prepare for your first semester at USC, meet other new students and register for courses.

However, we understand that extenuating circumstances may prevent you from attending an in-person orientation. If you are unable to attend an on- or off-campus Orientation event, you must make a reservation for the “I Cannot Attend Winter Orientation” option on the Orientation Events page.

You will have a virtual academic advisement appointment to review your first-semester requirements and course registration and will register remotely for courses in early January, shortly before the semester begins.

Welcome Week, beginning with Move-In Day, is full of numerous opportunities to connect with other new students and campus resources. Visit the Welcome Week website for more information and to plan your Welcome Week experience.

Regardless of when you attend Orientation, you will have a range of options to choose from. Spaces are opened in courses such as general education seminars and writing throughout the registration period. Additionally, course registration during Orientation events is open only to those students attending Orientation on that date. Your Academic Advisor will help you enroll in the courses recommended for your degree program, but you should remain flexible. Be patient and work with your advisor if a course you want to take is closed.

Winter Freshman Orientation events are open to all incoming freshmen and there is no separate orientation event for international students. International students are welcome to reserve for any Winter Freshman Orientation event

International students who are required to complete the International Student English (ISE) Exam as a condition of their admission to USC should attend the January orientation, in order to ensure that they are able to complete the ISE Exam. Review your letter of admission to identify if you are required to take the ISE Exam. Students who are required to take the ISE Exam must do so in order to register for their courses.

All new international students are required to complete Passport Verification (PPV) with the Office of International Services (OIS) upon arrival to the U.S. PPV can be completed no earlier than 30 days before the start date listed on your I-20. When you complete PPV depends on which type of orientation you attend.

If You Attend… Complete PPV… Sign up for PPV via…
Off-Campus Orientation in November After you arrive at USC for Move-In Day The OIS website
On-Campus Orientation in December After you arrive at USC for Move-In Day (PPV cannot be completed more than 30 days before the start date listed on your I-20) The OIS website
On-Campus Orientation in January During Orientation You will automatically be signed up for PPV when you make your orientation reservation.
I Cannot Attend Winter Orientation After you arrive at USC for Move-in Day The OIS website