Take a Quaran-Tour of USC!

These last few days, weeks, months – what day is it really? – have been very difficult on us all.  Many college trips and tours were cancelled due to our global health situation, but many are still making the most of this quarantine and are travelling via the internet.  Touring virtually.  Still making the most of what the globe has to offer online.  You can now take virtual tours of famous museums or watch YouTube vlogs of well-known tourist attractions.  Basically, you can travel while sitting in your PJs on your couch at home!  COVID-19 has changed our reality for a while but it hasn’t put a stop to us and it hasn’t stopped us here at USC.  Although we did have to adjust a bit, we still wanted you, our prospective students, to experience our beautiful campus.  So, come visit us virtually!  PJs are welcome! 

We offer a number of virtual programs and tours to learn about USC. For starters, we offer Live Virtual Campus Tours on Mondays and Fridays at 2pm PT and Thursdays at 9:30 am PT (times may vary throughout the summer).  The Virtual Campus Tours are an hour and are led by student tour guides who are extremely knowledgeable about the history, academics, and student life at USC.  If you have further questions for our tour guides about campus or being a USC student, consider attending the Student Ambassador Panel on Mondays and Friday at 3:30pm PT and Thursdays at 11am PT (times may vary throughout the summer).  Our tour guides are the best resource when it comes to questions about student life, as they are current USC students.  We also recommend pairing the Virtual Campus Tours with one of our admission presentations. 

The First-Year Information Sessions are offered Mondays and Tuesdays at 3pm PT and Thursdays at 8am PT (times may vary throughout the summer).  This program is recommended for high school juniors and seniors. The program consists of an hour presentation conducted by one of our admission counselors, where we will cover an introduction to USC, the application, and financial aid process.   

For our prospective transfer students, the Transfer Information Session also consists of an hour presentation conducted by one of our admission counselors, where we will cover an introduction to USC, an in-depth look into the transfer application, and the financial aid process.  It is offered Fridays at 11am PT (times may vary throughout the summer).   

Finally, you can meet with the academic unit of your choice in our Meet the Academic Departments sessions.  Depending on your intended major, you would meet with a representative from that area of study, and they would cover all there is to know about their programs and admission.  The times and dates of the session vary by department. 

Although we are disappointed that we are not able to hold these programs and tours in-person, we are excited that we are able to make them available to you virtually.  Register for one of our programs and tours here.  The program calendar will be updated throughout the summer so the times of the virtual programs may vary.  For the most up-to-date information about how our university is responding to this unprecedented situation, keep an eye on USC’s COVID-19 website. It is updated regularly and is the official source for USC information about the disease and its impact on our university.  We really hope to see you on campus soon, but in the meantime, Fight On! 



#IGotIntoUSC! Ways to Connect with USC in the Time of Social Distancing

Congratulations, you have been accepted to the University of Southern California! This is a thrilling time for you and your families as you pursue your future.

You and your fellow admitted Trojans may be feeling #blessed to be raised in the age of the internet during the world-wide “Stay Safe at Home” preventive measures for the COVID-19 virus. While all on-campus events have unfortunately been cancelled for this spring (along with all in-class instruction), there are a ton of ways that we can help you envision yourself here at USC.

Your Territory Managers are Here for You

First and foremost, your territory managers are here to help! This is the team in the Office of Admission that are your personal connects to USC. No question is too small or too large, even when your parents might ask “where can my student do laundry on campus?” Gather a list of questions and feel free to email your territory manager.

Find you territory manager here via the name of your high school. We are excited to hear from you!

Virtual Events

While you may not be able to walk onto campus, the Office of Admissions is excited to offer a plethora of virtual events:

  • Admitted Student Information Sessions
  • Spring Admit Panel and Fall Options
  • Academic Department Information Session
  • Cultural Center Open Houses
  • Regional Online Chats
  • Virtual Tours
  • Thematic and Student Services Chats and more…

You may sign up for as many virtual events as you may like. Read more about these events on the USC Admitted Students page. Log into your USC applicant portal to register! We will see you there (virtually).

Cultural Spaces: Finding Your Community and Making Campus Feel Like Home

The Trojan Family is a term used to describe the bond of students and alumni who understand and share common values of being a USC Trojan: ambitious, scholarly, faithful, courageous and skillful. Cultural centers at USC are places on campus that exemplify the strength of the Trojan community, offering communal support for all members of the USC community. Check out some of cultural centers you can join.

Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs – From its inception, the primary goal of the department has been the retention of black students as they matriculate through the Trojan experience toward graduation while maintaining a holistic environment that students can develop academically, culturally, professionally and socially.  The mission of the center is to create an Afrocentric, holistic learning environment, for academic, social and professional development, and civic engagement for all members of the USC community.

La Casa: Latinx/Chicanx Center for Advocacy and Student Affairs – This center provides empowerment through cultural identity, leadership and social consciousness development, as well as community building for students at USC. La CASA strives to educate the campus about Latinx issues and the ethnic diversity represented within the community by offering programs and services that focus on intersectionality. La CASA encourages students to be part of USC’s Comunidad and work to serve the diverse Latinx and USC Community.

Asian Pacific American Students Services – The center has a two-fold mission: to facilitate Asian Pacific American participation, dialogue, community-building, and empowerment, while at the same time, to serve as a source of cross-cultural educational programming for the entire campus. They strive to create unique learning opportunities that include mentorship, leadership development, advocacy, and community involvement. The center understands the distinctive needs among the different ethnicities within our Asian Pacific American community, and succeeds in deriving strength from our diversity.

Native American Student Association – The Native American Student Union is a cultural and educational organization for self-identifying American Indian students, as well as any other student or community member interested in American Indian issues and culture. The Native American Student Union offers an opportunity for Native American Trojans and Company to connect and empower one another both academically and spiritually. As well as providing a sacred and intellectual community for our members, we are committed to raising awareness of Native American issues on campus, and promoting recruitment of prospective USC students from tribal communities around the country.

LGBT Resource Center – This center provides support, education, and advocacy for LGBT and ally  students at USC. LGBTRC works with diverse campus undergraduate, graduate and faculty/staff and alumni organizations along with campus departments to address the LGBT student experiences. The LGBTRC maintains a multicultural framework with its programs and services to make certain the intersectionality of diversity issues among the LGBT identities are represented.

Many USC students also build their communities through organizations within the Office of Student Affairs as well as Office of Religious Life

Social Media

As influencers on all platforms are ramping up content turnout in this time of social distancing, USC is too (Trojan makeup tutorial or a “Fight On!” Tik Tok Challenge anyone?) Some of the easiest ways to explore USC is through our main social media accounts.

Join the Admitted Student Facebook group, follow @USCedu and @uscadmissions on Instagram as well USC Admission on Twitter.

Also, your academic departments have their own social media accounts, check them out!

Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube. As Dornsife is the largest college at USC, most majors have specific social media accounts, so be sure to check out their social media directory!

USC School of Architecture via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube. The School of Architecture’s website has an extensive study work gallery, take a look at student’s studio and thesis projects.

Roski School of Art and Design via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube. Roski’s social media accounts show a rich variety of student and faculty work. To see what other ways Roski students get involved, check out their extensive event calendar. Did you know USC has its own art museum on campus? Checkout the USC Fisher Art Museum.

Iovine and Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook. The academy is at forefront of interdisciplinary studies, keep up to date on the latest news/updates at the Academy and in the field via The Pulse of Innovation.

Marshall School of Business via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook. Eager to listen to the voices of entrepreneurs, business leaders and CEO’s working with Marshall? Check out Marshall Podcasts.

USC School of Cinematic Arts via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube. Read up on student stories and check out student projects through the USC School of Cinematic Arts Student Stories page.

Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube. Eager to hear USC news first? Read articles written by USC Annenberg students via USC Annenberg Media.

Kaufman School of Dance via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube. The Kaufman Student Blog gives great insight to the abundant opportunities that students connect dance inside and outside the classroom.

Ostrow School of Dentistry via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube. Learn about the impactful community programs that are at the forefront of bringing accessible dental care to all via Ostrow School of Dentistry Community Programs.

USC School of Dramatic Arts via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube. Need a new T.V show or movie to binge while at home? Peek at the USC School of Dramatic Arts alumni notable works page.

Viterbi School of Engineering via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube. Research is infused in all major’s in Viterbi, find your major’s research center via USC Viterbi Research and Innovation page. Also, if you are interested in learning about the engineering student lifestyle, check out Viterbi Voices.

Davis School of Gerontology  via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube. The Aging is Happening Blog showcases the newest research and knowledge related to gerontology’s rapidly growing field.

Keck School of Medicine via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube. If you are eager to get your hands on some research, start to take a look at  Keck School of Medicine’s Research Resources.

Thornton School of Music via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube. Take a listen to Thorton students sharing their works during USC Thornton School of Music Live!

Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube. Be sure to listen to the Trojans Talk OT podcast, a series designed by students to inform and entertain occupational therapy practitioners, students and educators.

USC School of Pharmacy via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube. USC School of Pharmacy News showcases research and innovation that revolutionize healthcare to improve people’s lives.

Price School of Public Policy via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube. A must add podcast from Price, Reel Review features engaging conversations about film and television with USC experts from across disciplines (public policy, governance, theater, and cinema) to look at visual storytelling, media literacy, diversity, and the public good.

Cannot Get Enough USC? Here’s More!

Check out more “deep dives” to help you learn what it is like to be a Trojan.

Art and Architecture of USC – Sitting on 226 acres, there are A LOT of historic buildings and influential pieces of artwork on USC’s campus. This self-guided tour will give you insight to some rare pieces of campus history.

Tommy Cam – While it might look a little quiet right now, Tommy Cam is a way to take a bird’s eye view of student traffic in the heart of campus, right near that statue of Tommy Trojan. Waive to your family and friends from sunny Los Angeles!

Local USC Moms and Dads on Call via Facebook – Moving far away from home? Moms and Dads on call are a group of local parents/guardians who provide support, care to students who may be homesick, as well as treats during finals/midterms.

USC Village – Dubbed by the Los Angeles Times as “Disneyland meets Hogwarts,” the USC Village offers 15-acres of retail shopping, all types of food, and multiple coffee shops all-encompassing our residential colleges for students. Check out the USC Village virtual tour.

The University of Southern California Marching Band via Spotify– Last but not least, let’s get into the groove (ok Boomer!) of the sounds of USC. Keep these tunes on repeat, you will learn dances to these songs too! If you want to be a member of the Greatest Marching Band in the History of the Universe, you can fill out this interest form.

 

We understand, this is a big decision to make. Choosing your future college will shape the next four years of your life. USC is a place where we move the world forward, we know you will make your mark here on campus.

Don’t forgot to share your acceptance with other future Trojans with #igotintoUSC

Welcome to the Trojan Family and Fight On!

 

 



Admitted Students Day!

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?