Graduate Admission


Applying to graduate school at USC involves thoughtfully presenting your academic qualifications and personal attributes to a very specific audience: your intended graduate program. Although we do our best to make this process as easy and straightforward as possible, many prospective students have questions and concerns as they begin their application -- particularly if this is their first time applying to a graduate-level program.

Our Spotlight:USC program teaches attendees how to effectively navigate the USC graduate application process. If you want to learn how to successfully complete USC’s online Graduate Application, avoid common mistakes (and possible delays), and make the strongest presentation possible to your prospective USC graduate program, Spotlight:USC is for you.

Attendees will learn about the mission and vision of the University of Southern California, graduate admission, and will have the opportunity to tour USC’s University Park Campus and meet graduate and professional school admission staff.


9:30 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.

9:30 A.M.
9:45 A.M.
Welcome and Overview of Graduate Admissions - A general introduction to USC's graduate programs and the application process.
10:15 A.M.
Break - An opportunity to speak personally with a graduate admissions professional, use the restroom, or purchase refreshments.
10:30 A.M.
Campus Tour (optional) - A walking tour of the University Park Campus, introducing you to our state-of-the-art facilities and the intimate community atmosphere of our campus.
11:30 A.M.
Program Concludes

Spotlight:USC sessions are held in the mornings on the dates below. Please make a selection from the following links and complete the form to reserve a spot on the date and time that best fits your schedule. Online registration closes 24 hours prior to each event date.

If you are interested in a follow-up visit to your intended graduate department(s) or School, you should arrange this with them directly. Some departments offer regularly scheduled visit programs for prospective students, so please be sure to check the department homepage before contacting them.


Spotlight USC event dates for 2016 will be announced in August. Please check this page again at that time.


Contact for further information about reservations.
The program is free of charge, but there is a $12 fee for parking on campus.

Where to park and a map to the venue can be found here.