USC's academic programs are designed primarily for students who have applied and been admitted to a regular degree program. However, USC does have a very specific registration option known as "Limited Status Enrollment" that allows certain students in specific situations to take a limited number of courses at USC without being admitted.
The following restrictions and guidelines apply to Limited Status Enrollment:
- Students who have not yet completed a bachelor's degree are not eligible for limited status enrollment if they have been denied admission to USC or if they have been academically disqualified or suspended from any community college, college or university.
- At the post-baccalaureate (graduate) level, limited status enrollment is not available to students who have been denied admission to the department offering the course unless prior approval is granted by the department and appropriate dean.
- Limited status enrollment does not fulfill requirements for issuing a student visa. International students (students studying or wishing to study in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa) must have the approval of the Office of International Admissions (Student Union Building, Room 311) before registering for classes.
- A pre-baccalaureate limited status student may not register for more than 16 units; a post-baccalaureate (graduate) limited status student may not register for more than 12 units. Exceptions to this policy will be considered by the Office of Admission for USC employees and for post-baccalaureate students who submit a disclaimer of intent to pursue a USC degree.
- Prior approval of the department offering the course is required for all limited status enrollment. If a limited status student is subsequently admitted to regular standing, no more than 16 undergraduate or the first 12 graduate units taken through limited status enrollment can be applied toward a degree. Individual exceptions must be approved by the dean of the degree conferring units.
- Pre-baccalaureate limited status students must settle their tuition and fees on the same day they register for classes or their enrollment will be cancelled by the Registration Department. This policy does not apply to USC staff and faculty.
- Additional registration restrictions include that a student must register in person, obtain permission from the department offering the course, and pay for the class at the time of registration.
- Financial aid is not available to limited status students.
Yes! USC offers credit and non-credit summer programs for high school and middle school students. Get a preview of the Trojan experience! For more information, visit USC Summer Programs online at summer.usc.edu.
Every year, the Resident Honors Program (RHP) enables 20-30 highly successful high school students to leave high school one year early to attend USC. RHP students live in the freshman residence halls, carry a full course load, and pursue the major(s) of their choice. Interested students must apply during the fall of their junior year of high school. For more information, please visit the RHP website.