COVID-19 Information: USC has taken several significant actions to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. We are continuing to monitor the rapidly evolving situation in light of information from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health about the community spread of the virus in the county. The university’s leadership continues to monitor the situation closely and will provide updates as the situation evolves. Visit coronavirus.usc.edu for the most up-to-date information.
Orientation: Freshman orientation takes place in late summer. Parents and students must reserve in advance, and complete the pre-orientation checklist.
Spring Admits: Starting at USC in January? Check out this informational page from Admissions.
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: All new students are required to verify immunizations, select health insurance coverage, and complete an online alcohol education program. USC Student Health has a dedicated webpage for parents with information and links to all the key information, including privacy policies for patients.
Safety: Resources, tips, and an overview of services for students (and parents).
Thriving in College—The Parent Guide: Advice from USC experts on how to support your student in making a successful transition to college life in the first year and beyond.