Graduate Admission

Graduate Student Services

Graduate Orientation

Graduate orientation workshops are offered by the university (in the fall semester only) and also by many individual academic departments and professional schools. Although these free one-day workshops are optional, they are strongly recommended.

The workshops offer the most convenient way to find out about important aspects of student life at USC, including library and research services, transportation and safety issues, billing and payment options, health services and student organizations.

Click here for information about Fall Graduate Workshops offered by USC.

Check with your academic department or professional school to see if a separate orientation is offered.

Attention international students! Please note that you are required to attend the International Students Orientation.

Your Graduate Student Advocate

The Graduate Student in Residence (GSIR) serves as a resource and sounding board for graduate and professional students, and a liaison with USC administration. Appointed annually, the GSIR strives to improve the overall quality of life for the graduate student body.

Campus Services — General Information

For general information about services provided at USC—including the campus bookstore, lost-and-found, public safety, transportation, tickets for campus events and an online referral service for questions and problems—click here.

For Health Sciences campus services, click here.

Child Care

For information about USC Child Care, please click here.


To find out what's cooking, and where, visit the USC Hospitality website. You'll find listings for all the campus dining facilities—including those in residential buildings as well as cafés and other food services. There is even "USC Room Service" for those living in university residences!

Graduate and Professional Student Senate

The Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) serves as an advocate, event planner, program funder and campus information resource for USC graduate students. Run by students elected by the graduate student body, GPSS offers you the opportunity to join special-interest communities and make new friends while helping your peers.


Whether you plan to live in university housing or in a privately owned house or apartment, the USC Housing website provides a wide range of useful information and resources (including special provisions for summer session housing, directions for connecting to the ResNet computer network and renters’ legal rights).

Religious Life at USC

USC has 51 student organizations dedicated to religious observance, serving virtually every faith. Worship is held in churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and other sites near campus, and in the nondenominational United University Church. For more information, click here.

Sports at USC

USC offers many opportunities to compete in sports events and maintain personal fitness. In addition to a thriving intramural sports program, 42 student-run clubs offer recreational and team sports. For more information, click here.

Student Organizations

USC is home to more than 600 student organizations dedicated to a wide variety of intellectual, cultural and recreational activities, as well as to the interests and concerns of specific ethnic groups and cultures. You’ll meet fellow students from diverse backgrounds and make lifelong friendships. For more information, click here.

Volunteer Opportunities

USC Civic and Volunteer Relations enhances the quality of life for the local community through educational, cultural, safety and economic development programs. In addition, numerous local and international service projects are organized by the student-run Volunteer Center.