This Saturday, April 28, the University of Southern California is hosting its annual Admitted Students Day open house program. We encourage all newly admitted first-years to attend. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about USC and connect with fellow students! Here are a few things those visiting campus on Saturday will be able to experience.
Welcome Gathering (10:30 to 11:30am)
We will kick off the day with some remarks from the Dean of Admission and the admission counselor team, followed by a performance from the world famous USC Marching Band!
Academic sessions (11:30am to 1:00pm)
After the welcome gathering, students and their families will break into groups and attend their academic department’s information session. This will be a great opportunity to ask questions about your school and learn more about majors, research, study abroad, and much more.
Various Tours (1:00 to 3:30pm)
We will be offering several types of tours throughout the day. Students and their families can go on a campus walking tour led by a current student who is an expert at providing valuable insights into the USC student experience (while walking backwards). Additionally, we will be offering bus tours of the surrounding neighborhood – these bus tours, led by an admission counselor, are a great opportunity to learn more about our community! Finally, there will be tours of several on-campus housing facilities. Students will be able to see both suite-style and residence hall housing options.
Meet with Financial Aid (10:00am to 3:30pm)
On the first floor of John Hubbard Hall, students and their families will have the chance to meet with a financial aid counselor and discuss how to finance their USC education. All students interested in receiving need-based financial aid (who haven’t done so already) should submit the FAFSA and the CSS Profile as soon as possible.
Information Fair (1:00 to 3:30pm)
USC is a big place with many departments dedicated to improving students’ experience. This fair, which lines Trousdale Parkway, will provide students an opportunity to meet with dozens of university representatives and learn more about academic offerings, cultural engagement, support services, and more.
Spring Admit Program (2:30 to 3:30pm)
Students admitted to the spring may have some questions about transitioning to USC, their options during the fall semester, and the next steps in enrolling – this session will answer those questions.
Other Fun! (All Day)
Admitted Students Day is, above all else, a celebration of our admitted students, full of revelry and campus pride. We want our students to have a great time while learning more about USC, so we’ve provided a few ways to tap into that spirit. There will be a photo station in front of Tommy Trojan; a picture with the most handsome man on campus is an obligatory part of the enrollment process! Also, students who have submitted their commitment deposit will be able to ring the iconic Victory Bell: our prize for defeating our crosstown rival last football season! (If you haven’t yet submitted the deposit, no worries – you can fill out a deposit form on Saturday.)
We will also be holding an Instagram contest! Students can win prizes based on posting their photos from Saturday with the hashtag, #IGotIntoUSC. And, speaking of Instagram… we understand that not every admitted student will be able to attend the event, so we will be broadcasting many of the day’s tours and sessions on our channel (@uscadmission). Current students will also be running our “Instagram Stories,” so you can get an inside perspective of the program’s highlights from the convenience of your couch!
Finally, along with the experiences described above, I’d encourage every family to check out the USC Village, the university’s new extension of campus. The USC Village is home to beautiful residence halls, a gymnasium, a Harry Potter-esque cafeteria, and many retail spaces – including a Target and a Trader Joes! Students should also take some time to explore the rest of campus. You never know what fun you will run into.
For example, perhaps you will discover an ATM that serves cupcakes, and maybe you will want to bring that cupcake to your admission counselor?