Take the Next Steps: Take the Next Steps

Check out our Enrollment Checklist for a full list of next steps.

 

Commit to Enroll at USC

To accept our offer of admission and reserve your place in the incoming class, you must submit the Intent to Enroll form online in your applicant portal.

First-year students admitted to the spring term should submit their Intent to Enroll form by May 1 if they wish to be considered for the fall should any space become available. Even if you choose to submit your Intent to Enroll form by May 1, you may still wait until August 1 to submit your deposit—it is not required to be considered for movement to the fall term.

A deposit of $300, or a deposit waiver, is required by the deadline listed for your class. We cannot guarantee your space in the class if you submit your enrollment commitment deposit after the deadline. The deposit is nonrefundable and will be applied to your spring 2023 tuition and fees.

Deposit waiver: If financial hardship prevents you from submitting the deposit, you may select a waiver when submitting the online Reply form.

If you have questions, please contact your USC Admission Counselor. You may also call the Office of Admission at (213) 740-1111 or email us by visiting ask.usc.edu and clicking on the “Email Us” link at the top of the page.

Not Enrolling at USC?
If you do not intend to enroll at USC, please let us know by visiting your applicant portal and declining your offer of admission on the Intent to Enroll form.

Complete Financial Aid Application

Visit our “Manage Your Finances” page and the Financial Aid website to learn more about completing your financial aid application and funding your USC education.

To view the status of your financial aid application, visit your Financial Aid Summary and Tasks (FAST) page.

Apply for Housing

The Living at USC booklet describes the variety of housing options available to you as an incoming USC student.

Visit the Housing website to submit your housing application online and participate in the optional roommate matching process. Students admitted to spring 2023 may apply beginning July 1, 2022. If you have additional questions, feel free to email housing@usc.edu for assistance.

Both first-year and transfer students may apply for USC Housing. However, space is extremely limited, and spring admits are not assured an assignment in USC Housing. Therefore, we recommend spring admits explore other housing options as well.

Special Accommodations
If you have a disability and would like more information about academic and/or housing accommodations, please visit the Office of Student Accessibility Services.

Submit Academic Records

All newly admitted students should have their final high school and/or college transcripts and standardized exam scores sent to USC to ensure you receive proper transfer credit for any college-level coursework completed. It will also allow your academic advisor to help plan your course of study at USC.

To see how your previous college coursework may transfer to USC, and to plan any upcoming coursework for the fall semester, we also encourage you to visit our Transfer Credit Resources page. 

Transcripts
E-transcripts must be submitted by the school; transcripts uploaded or sent by the student are not considered official.

First-year students: Send the Office of Admission a final, official transcript showing the date of high school graduation. A photocopy of your high school diploma is not sufficient. The deadline is July 1. We understand that some students attending schools outside of the U.S. may have difficulty meeting this deadline, so USC extends a grace period for final transcript submission. However, students will not be permitted to continue their USC enrollment beyond the first semester if the requirement remains unsatisfied.

Transfer students: Send an official transcript showing final grades as soon as your current term is completed and grades become available.

If your school requires an email address for transcript submission, please use uetrans@usc.edu. If your school does not support electronic submission of transcripts, please have your transcripts mailed to the Office of Undergraduate Admission in an official envelope from the school with the seal and any other security features intact.

Transfer Credit Earned Prior to High School Graduation
Undergraduate students may receive a combined maximum of 32 elective units for AP/IB/A-Level examinations and/or select college courses taken before high school graduation. Standardized exam results should be submitted electronically to USC.

Restrictions apply, and not all courses will meet our criteria for credit.

Review the Exam Credit page on the Registrar’s website for more information.

Senior-Year and Final-Term Grades
Your admission to USC is conditional on your continued achievement at the same level of academic performance. The Office of Admission carefully reviews all final transcripts. If your senior-year or final-term grades decline, we will contact you. In the most serious cases, offers of admission will be rescinded. If you have questions or concerns you wish to bring to our attention, please contact the Office of Admission.
International Coursework
First-year students: First-year students must provide one official copy of all records, in their native language, of academic coursework. Records must be sent directly from the school and be accompanied by a certified English translation.

Transfer students: Transfer students who have completed coursework at institutions outside the U.S. should contact the International Education Research Foundation for a “Detail Report with Course Level Identification”. IERF will evaluate your documents and transmit a report directly to USC. USC will then complete a transfer credit evaluation.

Transfer Credit Reports (TCR)
After we receive your enrollment commitment deposit and complete, official transcripts of all your college or university work, as well as scores from AP, IB or A-Level exams taken, USC will provide a Transfer Credit Report (TCR) summarizing the degree credit awarded for your transfer courses. This report will be essential for helping you and your academic advisor plan your coursework at USC.

Transfer Credit Reports will be available online at my.usc.edu after your commitment deposit is received. Your TCR will be updated throughout the summer as official transcripts and exam scores are reported, and it will be finalized by the time you attend orientation.

Sign Up for Orientation

Winter Orientation

We encourage all new students to attend an orientation event this winter. Orientation will ease your transition to campus life and allow you to register for your first semester of classes with the help of an academic advisor.

Events are open to first-year and transfer students who have submitted their enrollment commitment deposit or waiver. Reservations are required, and students are encouraged to include a guest in their reservation.

 

Complete Health Requirements

For the health and safety of the campus community, all students must comply with certain vaccination requirements. Detailed requirements for new students can be found on the Student Health website by clicking on the “For New Students” option.

Health Documentation
All documentation must include an official signature or stamp from the physician or clinic, as well as the student’s full name, 10-digit USC ID number and telephone number. Submit documented proof of immunizations by uploading them to your student health record.

Student Health Insurance
All USC students must have supplemental health insurance to help cover the cost of care not available at the student health centers, particularly in case of an emergency requiring hospitalization. Optional dental insurance is also available. Email studenthealth@usc.edu for more information.

Student Health Fee
All students are required to pay the Student Health Fee, which covers most primary care services provided at the student health centers. Students can make an appointment by calling 213-740-WELL(9355) or via their student health portal.

Review International Student Requirements

Visas
To be eligible to study at USC, international students need to have a valid non-immigrant visa status. The F-1 visa is the most common student visa and is issued to full-time students enrolled in an academic degree program at USC.

I-20 Form

To apply for the F-1 visa, students must first receive their USC I-20, a four-page form issued by the Office of Admission with a USC official’s signature on page 1. USC does not have an application to request an I-20—your documents will automatically be issued to your USC email when I-20 processing begins.

Your I-20 will be issued to you with the information provided at time of application. Please ensure the documentation provided is accurate and all necessary documentation has been received: sufficient financial documents, statement of personal or family support dated after August 2021, and a copy of your passport.

Further guidance for I-20 processing can be reviewed on the Graduate Admission website.

English Language Proficiency and Testing
Students who were asked to demonstrate English proficiency in the application review process who did not submit a valid USC-approved English Language Proficiency exam are required to sit for the International Student Exam (ISE) through USC’s American Language Institute (ALI) later this summer. Students who submit a valid USC-approved English Language Proficiency exam do not need to sit for the ISE exam. Even if you applied test-optional, we strongly encourage you to submit one of USC’s approved exams to waive this English placement test before orientation.
Transcripts
Transfer students who have completed coursework at institutions outside the U.S. need to contact the International Education Research Foundation (IERF) to have their coursework evaluated.
Orientation
Winter Orientation (Spring Admits)
International students admitted to the spring semester will attend orientation online in the winter. At orientation, you will also receive instructions about completing passport verification (PPV), which is required before you begin classes on campus.
Please visit the Office of International Services (OIS) for more information.

Plan Your Fall Semester

Your admission to USC is secure for the spring term, but what will you do in the fall? It’s up to you to decide how you’ll spend your time before enrolling at USC in January. 

You could enroll in college—even study abroad—to stay on pace to finish your degree in four years. You could take time off to work, explore new cultures or participate in a service learning opportunity to make the world a better place. We have created a helpful page to guide you through your options.