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 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on the dates listed below. 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.

Summer Transfer Orientation Events 2020

Summer Transfer Orientation events are held on-campus and 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. These events are offered at a time that will to allow you time to submit all final, official transcripts from your transfer institution.

Your Transfer Credit Report (TCR) showing unit and subject credit granted for college courses and relevant exams will be completed based on available records and ready by your orientation date. Outstanding coursework and petitions can be discussed with your academic advisor at orientation.

Date Reservation Deadline  Capacity
Military Veterans
(June 22)
June 7
July 24 July 8
July 28 July 9
July 30 July 12
August 14 August 2


I Cannot Attend Summer Orientation

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- and off-campus Orientation event, you must make a reservation for the “I Cannot Attend Summer 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 mid-August, shortly before the semester begins. You can also opt-in for an online group chat with an Orientation Advisors and other new students to learn more about the USC experience.

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

Regardless of when you attend Orientation, you will have a range of options to choose from. Spaces are opened in courses 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.

Summer Transfer Orientation events are open to all incoming transfer students and there is no separate international student transfer orientation. International students are welcome to reserve for any 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 August transfer 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.

Passport Verification

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 where you are transferring from and when orientation you attend orientation.

If You Attend… And transfer from… You will complete PPV… Sign up for PPV via…
Summer Transfer Orientation in July A college or university in the U.S. At Orientation Making your Orientation Reservation
Summer Transfer Orientation in July A international college or university After you arrive at USC for Move-in Day The OIS website
Summer Transfer Orientation in August Either a U.S. or international college or university At Orientation Making your Orientation Reservation
I Cannot Attend Summer Orientation Either a U.S. or
international college or university
After you arrive at USC for Move-in Day The OIS website

New students who are United States military veterans are strongly encouraged to attend the Military Veterans Orientation on June 22, which is hosted in conjunction with the Veterans Resource Center and addresses specific needs of veteran students. If you are identified as an eligible attendee for the Military Veterans Orientation event, you will receive a separate invitation email. You may also contact the Office of Orientation Programs and self-identify as a veteran to be added to the event.

Students who are dependents of veterans should attend one of the July or August orientation events.

If you are unable to attend the Military Veterans Orientation event, the Veterans Resource Center hosts sessions during all other summer transfer orientation events. These sessions are also open to students who are dependents of veterans. Indicate your interest in attending this session when you make your orientation reservation.