Reservations for Orientation are available only to certified students (those who have submitted their Enrollment Commitment Deposit). Once your commitment deposit is processed, you will receive an email invitation to sign up for Orientation.

Please do not make travel arrangements to any Orientation event until you have received a confirmation email from the Office of Orientation Programs. Events typically last until 5:00 p.m. Plan on being at Orientation until that time and avoid making travel plans that require you to leave Orientation before it ends.

Below are the dates for our events. The deadline to reserve for an orientation event is 11:59 p.m. in the time zone of the event location on the date indicated in the Reservation Deadline column, but events will close earlier if they reach capacity. If your schedule is limited, we recommend making your reservation as soon as possible.

On-Campus Orientation Events
Date Reservation Deadline
December 4 November 14
January 2 December 7
Off-Campus Orientation Events
Location Date Reservation Deadline
Rome, Italy November 17 November 2
Paris, France November 18 November 2

These Orientation events are for admitted spring freshmen studying at one of our agreement schools:

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

Detailed location information will be in the online reservation form and included in your confirmation email.

There is no guest programming at either off-campus winter orientation, however, guests may attend the on-campus orientation on January 2, 2019. Guest reservations for the January 2 Freshman Orientation are required and will be made during the student reservation process for the Europe orientations.

Course Availability

Regardless of when you attend Orientation, you will have a wide range of courses to choose from. Spaces are opened in courses throughout the registration period. Additionally, course registration during Orientation is open only to students attending that Orientation event.

Winter Orientation events are open to all incoming freshmen and include separate, mandatory meetings designed specifically for international students. There is no separate Winter Orientation event for international students.

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 and your I-20 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 students are expected to participate in Orientation. Your participation is the best way to get ready for your first semester of classes, have all your questions answered and meet other USC students.

However, we understand that extenuating circumstances may prevent you from attending. If you are unable to make it to campus, you will need to make a reservation for the “I Cannot Attend Winter Orientation” option on the Orientation Events page. After you sign up, you will receive information about course registration and Welcome Week.

Our Welcome Week activities, which begin with Move-In Day, will help introduce you to campus life and all the opportunities for you to get involved. Please visit our Welcome Week website for more information.