FAQ: FAQ

Admitted Student FAQ

How do I activate my USC email/Net ID?

After submitting your Admit Reply form and enrollment deposit (or deposit waiver), you will receive a confirmation email that includes your 10-digit USC ID number. You will need that number to activate your USC Net ID online.

I have not yet received my financial aid package. When will I get it?

Our Financial Aid Office is working as quickly as they can to send out financial aid packages. Please make sure all necessary materials are submitted via your FAST page.

Are you hosting admitted student programs?

We are excited to offer a number of virtual and in-person activities that will give you the opportunity to engage with USC in a variety of ways and provide you with the information you need to make your college decision.

When you attend one of these programs, you will meet current students, other newly admitted students, and USC faculty and staff. You’ll also learn about academic opportunities and campus life. Additionally, whether you choose to connect virtually or in person, we have multiple options that will allow you to explore the place you might just call home for the next four years.

Visit our events page for more information about all these opportunities, and make a reservation for the program(s) of your choosing through the Experience USC page in your applicant portal.

Will I be able to receive AP, IB and A-Level exam credit?

Yes. USC’s AP, IB and A-Level exam credit policies are thoroughly documented on our Registrar’s website.

Do I have to send in final high school transcripts?

One of the conditions of admission for every USC first-year student is that they must provide final official high school transcripts showing proof of graduation. We typically require this documentation before students may begin at the university. Please arrange to have your transcript sent as soon as it is available.

How do I sign up for orientation?

You will receive an email invitation to reserve for the Welcome Trojans orientation program a few days after you submit your Admit Reply form. The Office of Orientation Programs also provides a step-by-step guide on their website.

When will I register for classes?

Course advisement and registration will take place online during the summer as part of the Welcome Trojans orientation program. In May you will gain access to the Blackboard platform, which includes a Pre-Registration Checklist and the Trojan Engagement Center. This is where you will find details for your school’s course requirements and be able to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to discuss registration. All advisement appointments will take place prior to your registration date.

How do I know what classes I need to take for my major?

To review requirements and ensure you are prepared for your advisement appointment and course registration, log in to Blackboard to access your Pre-Registration Checklist. As part of the checklist, you will need to complete a pre-advisement worksheet, which must be done prior to meeting with your academic advisor, who will guide you through the registration process to ensure you are enrolling in the required courses. You will meet with your advisor prior to your registration date.

You are also welcome to familiarize yourself with our Course Catalogue, where you can review the graduation requirements for each major.

Can I switch my major?

If you are considering changing your major, log in to Blackboard to access the departmental folder of the school you are interested in changing to and review the school’s requirements. Some majors have a separate application process, so a major change would not be complete in time for you to register for your first semester of classes. However, this would not affect your ability to move forward in your educational plan.

How do I add a second major or a minor?

Most students who add a second major or a minor typically do so after the first semester. However, you are welcome to bring it up with your academic advisor during your advisement meeting if you wish. Either way, you will not need to declare a second major or minor during your registration time.

What placement exams do I need to take?

Please visit the orientation website for more information on placement exams.

Will classes be in person or online in the fall?

Classes will be in person in the fall. However, if we need to make changes to this plan in order to ensure the safety of the USC community, updates will be posted on we-are.usc.edu.

Where can I get more information about vaccinations requirements?

For information on USC’s COVID-19 vaccination policy, please visit the COVID-19 Resource Center.

Where can I learn more about how USC is continuing to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic?

For updates on how USC is continuing to maintain the health and safety of our community, including vaccination requirements, please visit the USC COVID-19 website.

Transfer Admits FAQ

How do I know which courses will transfer to USC?

The Articulation Office will prepare a transfer credit report (TCR) for you based on the official transcripts you submit. Until your report is prepared, you can spend time reviewing our articulation agreements (most California community colleges) and histories (other schools) to see how courses you have already completed may transfer.

Please note that articulation histories are not a guarantee. As we do not maintain a formal articulation agreement with four-year universities or schools outside California, we cannot guarantee how courses will transfer until Articulation reviews your transcript. However, it is very likely these courses will continue to transfer the way they are listed on those histories.

When will my TCR be ready?

The Articulation Office is working on TCRs as quickly as possible. They prioritize TCRs for students with upcoming registration dates. If you have not already submitted your final official transcripts, please arrange to have your college send your transcripts electronically as soon as possible. If your school’s system requires an email address in order to send the transcript, please use uetrans@usc.edu.

How can I view my TCR?

Once you activate your USC Net ID, you will be able to access my.usc.edu. There you can see your degree progress through OASIS.

My TCR doesn’t appear to have all the right information on it. When will it be updated?

The Articulation Office will work throughout the summer to update TCRs with new information, such as new AP/IB scores, updated transcripts, etc.

Will I get university housing as a transfer student?

USC Housing is not guaranteed for transfer students. Please visit the Housing FAQ for more information or contact housing@usc.edu with questions.

What should I be doing before orientation?

You will find a Pre-Registration Checklist for the fall on the Orientation website.

International Students FAQ

How do I receive my I-20?

USC will begin issuing I-20s to committed undergraduate fall admits beginning in mid-March. USC does not have an application to request an I-20—your documents will automatically be issued to your USC email when I-20 processing begins.

Your I-20 will be issued to you with the information provided at time of application. Please ensure the documentation provided is accurate and all necessary documentation has been received: sufficient financial documents, statement of personal or family support dated after August 2021, and a copy of your passport. Undergraduate students will be contacted directly if submitted documents are missing or insufficient upon review.

Guidelines for acceptable financial support can be found on the Graduate Admission website. Dual citizens should choose one citizenship and corresponding passport to submit to appear on their I-20.

Please confirm that your birth city is correct on your application to USC. If you require a correction to your birth city, please contact the Office of Admission.

Committed undergraduate students currently attending U.S. high schools or colleges will receive instructions to transfer their SEVIS record to USC. Students transferring from a U.S. high school or college must also submit financial documents and a passport copy to receive an I-20 from USC.

Please refer to the email we sent titled “USC I-20 Process” and our I-20 website for more information.

If I already have an F-1 visa, do I need a new one before arriving at USC?

If your F-1 student visa will remain valid for more than six months after the start of your first semester of study at USC, then you may use your current F-1 visa with your USC I-20 to enter the country and study at USC. If your visa will expire within six months of beginning your studies at USC, you will need to re-apply for a new F-1 visa in your home country.

When do I need to sit for the International Student Exam (ISE) if I submitted a Duolingo English Test score or English declaration form when applying? 

You will receive an email with information about registering for this exam later this summer. Students who submit a valid USC-approved English Language Proficiency exam do not need to sit for the ISE exam. Even if you applied test-optional, we strongly encourage you to submit one of USC’s approved exams to waive this English placement test before orientation.

Can I join ZeeMee with an international phone number?

Yes, as long as you can receive SMS messages you should be able to access ZeeMee.

I went to an international university. How will my credits transfer?

Transfer students who have completed coursework at institutions outside the U.S. should contact the International Education Research Foundation for a “Detail Report with Course Level Identification” for USC. IERF will evaluate your documents and transmit a report directly to USC. USC Transfer Credit Services will then complete a transfer credit evaluation.

What if I am unable to get an approved vaccine before I travel to the U.S.?

Please visit Student Health’s Immunization Requirements webpage for information on what to do if you are not able to get vaccinated prior to arriving at USC.