University of Southern California

Academic Policies


New Student Orientation

USC Orientation is an excellent opportunity for our new students to be welcomed into the Trojan Family first-hand. There are programs available for all new graduate and undergraduate USC students. The university strongly recommends that all students attend an Orientation Session to assist in a smooth transition to USC life.

For undergraduate students there are five freshman and three transfer on-campus programs, as well as eight freshman-only off-campus domestic and international orientations. Please see the Office of Orientation Programs Website at for details. All international students are required to attend an on-campus international student orientation for passport verification, which is offered prior to the beginning of each semester. More details can be found on the Orientation Website at

Graduate students are offered a centralized Graduate Orientation Program in August. Many academic departments and professional schools offer additional orientation sessions for their specific departments. Sessions are also available for graduate assistants through the Center for Excellence in Teaching (CET). For information about CET’s programs, see Special Study Options or visit Email to subscribe to the Friends of CET weekly updates.

Program descriptions and session dates are mailed to newly admitted students in their welcome packet and can be accessed online at During Orientation, students will learn about the resources available on campus and meet with academic advisers to plan their first-semester schedule.

Parents and family members are invited to attend Orientation with their student to become acquainted with the university. There is an additional charge for parents and family members to attend Orientation. Prices can be accessed online at

All students entering USC for the first time will be assessed a New Student Orientation Fee that will appear on the fee bill. This is a one-time fee assessed for all services available on campus, internationally and online. Fee details can be found on the orientation Website at