Admitted Student Next Steps

Formally Accept USC’s Offer of Admission

To accept your admission offer, please visit youSC to submit the Intent to Enroll form. This must be completed before you can enroll. Deadlines to certify your enrollment vary by program, so please check with your program for updates. We encourage you to review “The Decision Letter and Intent to Enroll Form” video tutorial below. 

The Decision Letter and Intent to Enroll Form

Pay the Commitment Deposit (if applicable)

Several graduate programs at USC require certified students to pay a nonrefundable commitment deposit to reserve their spot in the incoming class. This deposit is applied to your first-semester tuition charges. Your program will notify you of any required program deposits and the deadline to submit them.

Activate Your USC NetID

Your USC NetID is your official USC username and password, which will allow you to log in to a variety of online tools and resources, including your university email account, the wireless network, myUSC and Blackboard. You will be able to activate your NetID within one to two business days after you submit the Intent to Enroll form.

Sign Up for Orientation

Continue to check your USC email for information about attending a university-wide orientation program for graduate students. Additionally, many academic departments offer their own school-specific events, so keep an eye out for information from your department. You are also welcome to visit your program’s website or the Office of Orientation Programs for updates.

Complete Health Requirements

For the health and safety of the campus community, all students must comply with certain vaccination requirements. New students should familiarize themselves with USC Student Health, and review the detailed Health Requirements for Students.


Health Documentation

All documentation must include an official signature or stamp from the physician or clinic, as well as the student’s full name, 10-digit USC ID number and telephone number. Upload documented proof of immunizations to your student health record.


Student Health Insurance

All USC students must have supplemental health insurance to help cover the cost of care not available at the university’s student health centers, particularly in case of an emergency requiring hospitalization. Optional dental insurance is also available.

Email or visit USC Student Health for more information.


Student Health Fee

All students are required to pay the Student Health Fee, which covers most primary care services provided at the university’s student health centers. This fee appears on your tuition bill and is included in your cost of attendance on your financial aid summary. Students can make an appointment at the health center by calling (213) 740-WELL (9355) or by accessing their student health portal.

Visit My Student Health Record Portal

Prepare for Course Registration

Before you register for classes, you should review the USC Schedule of Classes and meet with your academic advisor to plan your first semester of coursework. Some of your courses may require D-clearance (special departmental permission) before you can register for them. Your advisor will provide the necessary D-clearances for any such courses.

Register for Classes

Register for courses online through the Web Registration link in myUSC, the university’s portal to online campus resources.

Obtain Your USCard

As your student ID card, the USCard provides access to a number of campus services. If you sign up for a meal plan, you will use the USCard to pay for meals in the residential restaurants on campus. You can also load discretionary funds onto the card and use it to purchase food, books, tickets to various sporting and entertainment events, and many other items on campus. In addition, the card will grant you borrowing privileges in USC libraries.

Be sure to carry your USC ID card at all times while you’re on campus.

Complete Degree Verification (if applicable)

You will need to satisfy any continuing registration requirement for degree verification by the end of your first semester at USC. (This requirement will be listed on your offer of admission.) If you do not verify your previous degrees, you will not be able to register for your second semester of classes. Learn more about how to satisfy this continuing registration requirement by visiting the Degree Progress department at the Registrar One Stop Center.

Pay Tuition and Fees

Once you register for classes, check your USC email for a notice from Student Financial Services that your first-semester tuition and fee bill is due. Your first-semester charges must be paid by 5:00 p.m. Pacific time on the Friday before the start of classes. Charges can be paid online through our billing system,