Orientation Programs promotes the smooth transition and positive adjustment of students into the USC community. The office coordinates programs and produces publications to help familiarize incoming students and their families with the academic opportunities, university policies, student involvement resources and campus services that are available to them. In addition to freshman and transfer orientation during the summer, various programs are available including:
Move-In Day, held the Wednesday before the first day of classes, is the time when most students move into their residence halls or apartments. The university provides services and assistance in answering questions to make the move-in process a smooth and comfortable one.
Beginning on Move-In Day, a series of welcoming activities provides you with a chance to explore the academic, social and cultural communities that you will be a part of while at USC. Programs such as the New Student Convocation, Micro-seminars, welcome barbecue, spirit rally, and social and cultural events offer opportunities for you to get involved in campus life. The Involvement Fair concludes the welcoming activities. A publication outlining the series is mailed to new students in early August.
Spring Welcome for new students admitted for the spring semester begins on the Thursday after Move-In Day and continues through the first week of classes. Activities include an on-site retreat, leadership activities, icebreakers, community trips and workshops to help students better understand the university. The Involvement Fair concludes the welcoming activities during the first week of classes. The Spring Welcome schedule for new students is available online in early December.
International Student Orientation
All new international students are required to attend International Student Orientation, held prior to the start of classes. International Student Orientation includes workshops on transitioning to USC and the United States, as well as information on academic and student services. Students will also complete required paperwork to register for classes, including passport and degree verification.
A one-day graduate student orientation is offered in August for newly admitted graduate students. The graduate student orientation includes an overview of the graduate student experience and an introduction to the Graduate School, along with workshops and information on academic and student services, research, library and computer resources, health services, safety and involvement activities. Academic departments and schools may also offer their own orientation programs for incoming graduate students. Contact your academic department for more information.
If you are a new student entering the university in the spring, you may attend a mid-year orientation session in December or January. This program includes academic advisement, student life discussions and presentations on student services. The two-day session is geared for incoming freshmen and the one-day session is geared toward transfer students.
Each year orientation advisers are selected and trained to facilitate the transition of new students and their families to USC. The application process for on-campus orientation advisers begins in September, with the position starting in the spring semester. In addition, applications for off-campus orientation advisers for programs in China are available in January.