• Laptop or tablet and charger for course registration.
  • Casual attire, jacket, sunscreen and comfortable shoes.
  • Refillable water bottle.
  • Backpack or book bag.
  • Math and Chemistry placement exam results.
  • Transcripts of all college coursework.
  • For the Foreign Language Placement Exam:
    • Driver’s license or similar photo I.D.
    • USC ID number.

If you have questions about your Financial Aid Summary, or your financial aid application is not yet complete, bring any necessary financial documents and/or correspondence.

International students should also bring the following items required to complete Passport Verification (PPV). PPV must be completed in order to receive your USCard.

  • Completed New Student/Scholar Information Form.
  • Passport.
  • Page 1 of USC-issued I-20 or USC-issued DS-2019.
  • Completed I-94 printout.
  • Local address and phone number.
  • Address and phone number of an emergency contact in the U.S.
  • Address and phone number of an emergency contact in your home country.

Parents & Guests
  • Casual attire, jacket, sunscreen and comfortable shoes.
  • Refillable water bottle.
  • Backpack or book bag.
  • Pen and paper to take notes.

Located near the cultural center of Exposition Park and just minutes from Downtown Los Angeles, the USC University Park Campus (UPC) is easily accessible by major freeways and public transportation. The area also offers a number of hotels and dining options.

Campus Map
Directions to USC
Hotels Near USC
Dining Near USC


USC is accessible via the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Hollywood Burbank Airport.

Ground Transportation

Transportation to and from the airports is available by:

  • Lyft and Uber
    • Ride hailing pick-up points are available at both LAX and Hollywood Burbank Airport. Check airport information for pick-up locations.
    • Cost may vary depending on demand. In most cases, a ride will cost approximately $30.
  • Taxi
    • One-way fare costs approximately $50.
    • Look for the signs in the Ground Transportation areas of each terminal (outside Baggage Claim).
  • Shuttle Bus Services
    • Prime Time Shuttle: (800) RED-VANS (733-8267).
      Prime Time offers a discounted one-way USC fare of $15.
    • Super Shuttle: (800) BLUE-VAN (258-3826)
    • Xpress Shuttles: (866) 805-4234
    • If traveling by shuttle service, remember to make reservations for your return trip to the airport following the end of Orientation. Expect to stay at Orientation on 5:00 p.m. on the final day.

Give the following address to your driver for the quickest route to USC: 635 McCarthy Way Los Angeles, CA 90089.

L.A. Metro

USC is also accessible via several bus and rail lines, including the Expo Line, which connects the university to both Downtown Los Angeles and the city’s Westside. For more information, visit

Enter campus at the McClintock Avenue Entrance, located at Jefferson Boulevard and McClintock Avenue. Let the gate attendant know you are attending Orientation. You will be given a parking pass and instructed to park in the Royal Street Structure.

There is no additional charge for parking, and your pass will be valid for the duration of Orientation. However, you must display the pass at all times and obey all posted parking regulations or you will be ticketed.