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My Trojan is New to USC


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.

My Trojan is New to the United States


The Office of International Services (OIS) provides advising services and support for international students and families.

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Supporting USC


Parent Leadership Circle Inaugurated

In 2013, Trojan Family Weekend was the occasion for the inauguration of a new giving society — the USC Parent Leadership Circle, a philanthropic group comprised of parents of undergraduates who express a strong interest in the university’s long-term stability and growth.


Scholarship student luncheon unites students, benefactors

The daughter of undocumented immigrants, Maria Sandoval credits excellent mentoring for helping her become the first member of her family to graduate high school and college. Now in her third year at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, she’s getting another boost in her quest to practice as a primary care physician in her underserved…


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…

Every Gift Counts

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