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. Make your reservation as soon as possible to ensure you are able to attend the event of your choice.

Winter Transfer Orientation Events

Winter 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.

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
December 9 November 17 Reservation deadline reach. Closed to new reservations.
January 9 December 15 77%
I Cannot Attend Winter 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- 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 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.

Our Winter Orientation events are open to all incoming transfer students and include separate, mandatory meetings for international students. International students are welcome to attend either 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.

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 you transfer from… You will complete PPV… You will sign up for PPV via…
Winter Transfer Orientation in December A college or university in the U.S. At Orientation Making you Orientation Reservation
Winter Transfer Orientation in December A international college or university After you arrive at USC for Move-in Day The OIS website
Winter Transfer Orientation in January Either a U.S. or international college or university At Orientation Making you Orientation Reservation
I Cannot Attend Winter Orientation Either a U.S. or international college or university After you arrive at USC for Move-in Day The OIS website