FAQs: Returning Students


What do I need to do to return to USC if I was a previously enrolled student but left?

The answer to this question depends on when you were enrolled at the university.

Policies for students who enrolled at USC in the fall semester of 1997 or later:

  • If you left USC voluntarily (i.e., you were not academically disqualified), you should contact the academic advisor in your department. The advisor will be able to provide guidance about re-enrolling.
  • If you were academically disqualified, you must contact the USC Office of Academic Review at (213) 740-7741 for further guidance.

Policies for students who enrolled at USC before the fall semester of 1997:

  • If you left USC voluntarily (i.e., you were not academically disqualified) and you have completed 16 or fewer semester units elsewhere, then you are still considered a "continuing student." Simply contact your previous department's academic advisor. The advisor will be able to assist you in clearing any holds on your record and will be able to provide you with registration information.
  • If you left USC voluntarily (i.e., you were not academically disqualified) and you have completed 17 or more semester units elsewhere, then you must fill out a USC Re-entry Application. This brief form allows you to list the schools you attended after leaving USC. There is no fee for this application.
  • If you were academically disqualified, you must contact the USC Office of Academic Review at (213) 740-7741 for further guidance.