Congratulations on your admission to USC! We are thrilled to welcome you to the Trojan Family. Please use the checklist below to complete the steps necessary for you to enroll at the university. We also recommend you review our video tutorial titled, “The Decision Letter and Intent to Enroll Form” for more details.
Submit the Intent to Enroll Form
Please visit youSC to formally accept USC’s offer of admission. You will need to submit the Statement of Intent form online. This must be completed before you can enroll. Deadlines to certify your enrollment vary by program, so please check with your program for updates.
Please note: You will be issued an I-20/DS-2019 from USC only after you have certified your enrollment.
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.
Register for Your USC NetID
Your USC NetID – your official USC username and password — is part of your university computing account and will allow you to log in to a variety of online tools and resources, including your university e-mail 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.
Make a Reservation for Orientation
Approximately five to seven days after the university receives your Intent to Enroll, you should receive a welcome email from the USC Office of Orientation Programs notifying you that you can now sign up for Orientation. Reservations typically open in June for the Fall term.
Complete Health Center Requirements
Make sure to complete all the health requirements and steps as mandated by the USC Engemann Student Health Center here.
Apply for your visa
Unless you are transferring to USC from another U.S. institution, you must use your USC I-20 or DS-2019 to apply for an F-1 or J-1 visa (and F-2 or J-2 for your dependents). The Office of Graduate Admission is responsible for processing your initial I-20/DS-2019, but USC’s Office of International Services will advise you regarding all immigration-related issues once you arrive at USC. Details about visa procedures and other travel guidelines for international students are available here.
Arrival and Post-Arrival
Entering the United States
Students on F-1/J-1 visas can enter the country up to 30 days prior to the start date listed on their I-20 or DS-2019. You will be required to present the following items to a Customs Officer at the Port of Entry when you arrive in the United States:
(a) Passport (valid for at least six months after your U.S. arrival date).
(b) I-20 or DS-2019 from USC.
(c) SEVIS fee payment receipt.
(d) Valid U.S. visa.
Do not leave any of these documents in your home country or in your checked luggage when entering the United States.
Upon arrival, you will receive an I-94 arrival stamp in your passport near your F-1 or J-1 visa. This stamp indicates how long you are allowed to stay in the U.S. and provides proof that you have arrived in the country legally.
Complete Passport Verification (PPV)
Upon arriving at USC, all international students must complete Passport Verification with the Office of International Services (OIS) through one of multiple sessions OIS offers. Registration starts in July for the fall semester and in January for the spring semester. This process must be completed within 15 days of arrival in the United States. PPV will verify your immigration status to ensure that you are eligible to start an academic program at USC for the upcoming semester. Graduate students must complete PPV before you can register for classes.
Register for the ISE (if applicable)
If your official letter of admission indicates that you have a continuing registration requirement to take the International Student English (ISE) examination, please contact the American Language Institute to register for the test. Students with this continuing registration requirement who meet USC’s TOEFL/IELTS threshold with new scores post-admission must also submit these updated scores to ALI in order to be waived from taking the ISE examination.
Register for Classes
Designed for our students, staff and faculty, myUSC serves as the university portal to an array of campus resources, including Web Registration. Before you register for classes, you should review the USC Schedule of Classes and meet with your academic advisor to discuss your first semester of coursework.
Your USCard is your student ID card and 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 dining halls 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.
A USC ID card should be carried at all times while on campus. Please visit the USCard Services Office to get your card.
Complete Degree Verification (if applicable)
Students who have a continuing registration requirement to complete degree verification must satisfy this requirement by the end of their first semester at USC. 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 at the Office of Degree Progress.
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 online billing system, USCe.pay.