Is USC Orientation Online?

All USC Summer Orientation events are online. Email invitations will be sent on a rolling basis to students by major. Students admitted for the spring semester will receive an update on Winter Orientation later in the summer.

Is Orientation mandatory?

All new students are expected to participate in the Online Orientation Experience. Your participation will ensure that you are able to register for your first semester of courses. You will also receive information and resources integral to your success as a student at USC.

If I attended admitted student events, should I still come to Orientation?

Yes. Orientation is different from admitted student events because it is designed to prepare you for your first semester at USC. You will (virtually) meet orientation advisors, academic advisors, campus staff members and your fellow new students. Most importantly, you will register for your first-semester courses.

When is Orientation? How long is it?

The Online Orientation Experience begins in June for freshmen and July for transfer students, and it continues with online events and information sessions throughout the summer. Spring-admitted students will receive Winter Orientation details later in the summer.

When can I reserve a spot for my Online Orientation Experience?

Students will receive email invitations to reserve a Permit to Register on a rolling basis, depending on major and whether they are first-year or transfer students. Your Permit to Register time is when you will register for first-semester courses.

After you reserve your Permit to Register and add up to four guests to the reservation, you and your guests are considered registered for the entire Online Orientation Experience.

The reservation system for Permits to Register is open Monday to Friday, excluding holidays, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

When does registration take place?

For fall freshmen, the registration process will take place in June. For fall transfer students,  registration will take place in July–August.  Students admitted to the spring semester will receive information about Winter Orientation events later in the summer.

I deferred my admission from a previous semester. Do I need to participate in the Online Orientation Experience?

If you did not attend Orientation prior to your deferral, you should participate in Orientation in order to receive first-semester advising and register for your courses.

If your deferral was for one semester and you attended Orientation prior to your deferral, you do not need to attend online Orientation events or complete the Pre-Registration Checklist. Please work directly with your academic advisor to complete your first-semester advising. You may register for your courses at the date and time stated in your Permit to Register. However, you are welcome to attend online Orientation events if you would like.

If your deferral was for two (or more) semesters, we strongly recommend you participate in the Online Orientation Experience, even if you attended an Orientation event prior to your deferral.

Should I send physical copies of my transcripts?

We request that you send all final transcripts electronically if at all possible. Some institutions offer official PDF files, which can be emailed to If you have additional questions about transcripts, please visit the Registrar’s website.