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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 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.

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: 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.

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

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Supporting USC

USC alumnus Patrick and Bonnie Fuscoe

Fuscoes’ gift benefits USC engineering, dance & film schools

Longtime USC supporters Patrick and Bonnie Fuscoe have given $10 million to the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and $1 million each to the USC Kaufman School of Dance and USC School of Cinematic Arts. The couple met in 1972 as undergraduate students at USC, where Bonnie Fuscoe studied art and Patrick Fuscoe studied civil engineering. Their daughter, Sally, and son, Patrick Jr., also earned USC degrees. The Fuscoes view engineering, dance and cinema as disciplines that inform one another to widen the arc of creativity and drive innovation.

Pollitt Family establishes professorship in stage management

An endowed professorship in stage management has been established at the USC School of Dramatic Arts with a $1.5 million gift from Teresa and Byron Pollitt and their daughter, Alice M. Pollitt ’15. Teresa and Byron Pollitt are proud, three-time USC parents. In addition to Alice, who earned her BFA in stage management, daughter Emily earned a B.A. in political science from the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and Mary earned a master’s in accounting from the USC Leventhal School of Accounting.

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.

Every Gift Counts

More than 267,580 donors have made gifts of less than $1,000.