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Orientation: Freshman orientation takes place in late summer, parents and students must register in advance, and complete pre-registration “homework.”

Housing:  For deadlines and application forms, visit USC Housing New Students.

Testing, for all freshman students: USC requires placement tests for undergraduate students to ensure that they are advised properly and enroll at the appropriate level to begin their studies. Placement tests are offered in Math, Chemistry, Foreign Language, Writing Composition, and English proficiency.

Testing, for international students: The International Student English Placement Exam (ISE) is required of all newly admitted international students whose first language is not English. The Center for Testing and Assessment administers the ISE at the beginning of the first term of study.

Health Requirements: New students must verify immunizations, health insurance coverage, and complete an online alcohol education program. The USC Engemann Student Health Center has a dedicated webpage outlining new student health requirements with information and links to all the key information.

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Supporting USC

Irene Chen and Daniel Tsai

Gift will help older adults bridge the digital divide

USC Trustee Daniel M. Tsai and his wife, Irene Chen, support the efforts of Associate Professor Shinyi Wu and her research team to test whether tablet computers can be an effective medium to help prevent disease, decrease isolation, increase social engagement and improve general well-being among older adults with disabilities. Tsai and Chen are three-time Trojan parents, their three oldest children have attended USC as undergraduates. Daniel Tsai joined the USC Board of Trustees in 2012; his wife, Irene, earned a master’s degree from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in 1983.

Mark and Pamela Mischel

Family’s tradition of helping vets marches on

Pamela and Mark Mischel have been involved with the USC School of Social Work for over a decade — first as proud parents and now as one of the school’s first supporters of the Yellow Ribbon Scholarship Fund. The Mischel Yellow Ribbon Scholarship Fund will help vets and military spouses in USC’s Master of Social Work program.

Sharon,, John and Ashley Tesoriero

Tesoriero family gift to JEP

Marking the first naming of a space in the JEP House, the Tesoriero family has designated funds from their USC Associates Provost-level membership to advance the community-based program. The gift will support the Joint Educational Project (JEP) ReadersPlus Library, which houses publications and resources at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

“We are very happy to help JEP and the great programs that it provides to the children in the community surrounding the USC campus,” Sharon Tesoriero said. “With our gift we hope to encourage other members of the Trojan Family to support JEP through donations or volunteering.”

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More than 193,870 donors have made gifts of less than $1,000.

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