Orientation: Freshman orientation takes place in late summer, parents and students must register in advance, and complete pre-registration “homework.”
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.
Safety: Resources, tips, and an overview of services for students (and parents).