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January 11, 2018

Welcome to the USC Admission Center!

Have you ever seen a Heisman Trophy in real life? Do you know the origin of “Fight On?” Have you ever met a current USC student? By the time you finish a campus tour at USC, you will be able to answer “yes” to all of these questions.

We are Hannah Maryanski and Andrew Huerta, two staff members in the USC Admission Center. You may see us giving your information session, collecting your application materials, or otherwise making the most welcoming experience for all who visit. We welcome over 100,000 campus visitors each year, including prospective students and their families, school groups, admitted students, and alumni.

Hannah & Andrew

Andrew here. I was born and raised in Los Angeles and remained in California to study economics and mathematics as an undergrad. Neither of my parents attended college, so I was immediately drawn to guiding students and families through their college process as a tour guide and senior fellow at my alma mater. Though I attended a small liberal arts college, I found there was no better fit for my professional career than the USC Admission Center. For me, USC combines the intimacy of a true community with the vibrancy of the Trojan spirit! During your visit you are welcome to peruse the small book collection I keep behind my desk on everything from higher education policy to engineering.

Hannah checking in! I was raised in Southern California but made the big move up to Northern California for college. I graduated with majors in English and Environmental Studies in 2015 and then moved to Mobile, Alabama to serve as a Jesuit Volunteer. When my service year ended, I knew I wanted to continue helping people, so I began working as an admission counselor in Birmingham. This eventually led me to USC. I loved working as a tour guide in college, and as a staff member in the Admission Center, I enjoy helping guests have a fun and meaningful visit to USC. During your visit, tell me about anything you’ve enjoyed doing in LA! I love exploring the city and am always looking for recommendations.

We are very fortunate to work with a small army of 130 amazing students from all over the world. Check out this site to learn a little bit more about our tour guides.

If you aren’t visiting campus, you can still talk to our students to ask them about student life at USC or to get help registering for tours. Give us a call!  And don’t worry…we’ve heard it all, so any question is a fair question.

When you’re ready to visit us in person, you have many campus visit options to choose from. Read on to learn more about the various programs we offer and which is the best fit for you!

Meet USC Tour: Our most comprehensive program for prospective first-year students, the Meet USC Tour is a great opportunity to learn about USC in depth. During this program you will spend one hour learning about the application from an admission counselor, take a 90-minute walking tour led by a current student, and attend an academic information session led by the department of your intended major. In this case, comprehensive does mean long (3.5 hours in total), so we highly encourage you to check out our many dining options on campus before your visit, including those in the new USC Village.

Campus Tour: Designed as a general introduction to USC for prospective students, the Campus Tour highlights the academic and student life experience of current Trojans. Each 90-minute walking tour is led by a current student and is preceded by a 30-minute undergraduate admission session. Campus Tours are two hours in total and are a good option if you are earlier in your college process. They’re also great for members of our Trojan Family (alumni) who want an update on USC!

Transfer Information Session: Offered most Tuesdays (think “Transfer Tuesday,”) the Transfer Information Session introduces the admission resources available for prospective transfer students. Led by an admission counselor, this hour-long presentation covers the application process, transfer course selection, transfer credit policy, and financial aid. Note that there is not a campus tour as part of a Transfer Information Session. If you’d like a campus tour, we suggest registering for a tour earlier in the day and skipping the 30-minute admission presentation at the beginning.

Group Tour: Group Tours are designed for groups of 6 or more, such as high school classes on a field trip or college groups. Group tours are 45 minutes long and can include a 30-minute admission presentation if the group wishes. Group tours cannot be reserved online, so please give us a call at (213) 740-6605 to book a tour.

Ready to visit USC? Click here to book your tour online.

Finally, we have some insider tips for you to make your campus visit even better.

  • School breaks, weekends, and holidays are the most popular time to visit campus. If you plan to attend a campus tour on one of these days, we suggest you book your tour at least one month in advance.
  • Ask questions! Our student workers love meeting people and helping them learn about USC. Come prepared with a list of questions and don’t be afraid to take notes. Think of the campus tour as research for your USC application and your college decisions.
  • Plan a day in Los Angeles. USC is across the street from Exposition Park, a few metro stops away from Downtown Los Angeles, and a half-hour metro ride from Santa Monica. We have lots of recommendations for activities, restaurants, and places to explore, so ask our staff for ideas during your visit!
  • Plan more travel time than you think you’ll need. Los Angeles can be tricky to navigate, especially for those unfamiliar with the area. If you’re touring other schools on the same day, we suggest a big time buffer in between visits.
  • After you have booked your tour, read your confirmation email closely. It has detailed information about parking and directions that will make your visit go smoothly.

We hope to see you on campus soon, and Fight On!

By: Hannah Maryanski, Associate Director, Admission Center
Andrew Huerta, Assistant Director, Admission Center

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