Welcome Week 2017

The 2017 Welcome Week schedule is updated throughout the summer. Events are added all the time!

Monday, August 14

McCarthy Honors Residential College Move-in

McCarthy Honors Residential College 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

An all day move-in and settle in experience for McCarthy Honors Residential College residents.


Hillel at SC’s FreshFest!

USC Hillel (3300 S. Hoover Street) 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM on Tuesday, 8/15

FreshFest is an overnight Welcome Week retreat for incoming Jewish Trojans to meet fellow USC students, get tips from upperclassmen about campus life, move into your residence hall early, and get a head start at USC. For more information and to sign up, visit USC Hillel’s website. Advanced sign-ups through USC Hillel are required for this event.


McCarthy Honors Residential College First-Floor Meeting

Ask your RA for location 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Meeting with all of your floor mates to go over important information that will lead to a successful transition during your first year.


McCarthy Honors Residential College Welcome Event

McCarthy Residential College Courtyard 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

A welcome back event for the McCarthy Honors Residential College Residents in which they can win prizes for attending and participating in activities

Tuesday, August 15

Events Coming Soon!

Wednesday, August 16

Somerville Place Move-In Day

Fluor Tower 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Annual move-in day to welcome incoming students to Somerville Place, USC’s special interest community geared toward first-year Black students.


Bank & Cell Phone Fair

Tutor Campus Center (TCC) Ballroom 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

For international students only. Bank and cell phone companies will be available for you to ask questions about their services. If you are interested in opening a bank account please bring your passport or government issued ID, J1/F1 visa, and your admission letter with student ID number.


USC Roski School of Art and Design & USC Iovine and Young Academy New Student Cookout

Watt Hall Lawn 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

New members of the USC Roski school of Art and Design and the USC Iovine and Young Academy and their families are invited to attend a cookout. Reservations are required.


Meet the Dean of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance

Ramo Lawn 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Dean Robert Cutietta invites new USC Kaufman parents and their students to kick off the school year with a celebratory welcome to our new class of students! This is a great time to take a break on move-in day, enjoy some light refreshments, and chat with Dean Cutietta.

USC School of Architecture Ice Cream Social

Harris Hall Courtyard 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Here’s the scoop! What better way to take a break from moving than with ice cream! Join the Dean, faculty, staff and current students in Harris Courtyard for an ice cream social! All parents and incoming students are welcome!


Meet the Dean of the USC Thornton School of Music

Ramo Lawn 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Dean Robert Cutietta invites new USC Thornton parents and their students to kick off the school year with a celebratory toast to our new class of students! This is a great time to take a break on Move-In Day, enjoy some light refreshments, and chat with Dean Cutietta.


First Floor Meeting (All First-Year Residential Colleges)

Ask your RA for location 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

An introductory meeting with all of your floor mates to go over important information for a successful first year within your community.


Residential College Welcome Events

Specific locations TBD 9:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Five welcome events spread out across University Park Campus, where you can enjoy activities and enter for raffle prizes with attendance.

Thursday, August 17

Pancake Breakfast

McCarthy Quad 7:30 AM – 8:15 AM

All new students and their parents are invited to attend this welcome breakfast prior to the New Student Convocation ceremony.


New Student Convocation Lineup and Procession

McCarthy Quad 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

Students will receive their robes and line up with their academic school. All students need to be in McCarthy Quad at 8:15 a.m. to be a part of the Convocation procession.


New Student Convocation & USC Village Grand Opening Celebration

Convocation Alumni Park 8:30 AM – 10:30AM
Grand Opening USC Village 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Your entry into the Trojan family begins with this annual address to all new students. This traditional event features a welcome from the Vice President of Student Affairs, remarks by President C.L. Max Nikias and greetings from each academic dean.

Following Convocation, the Grand Opening of the USC Village will take place. A BBQ luncheon will be served on the Great Lawn beginning at 12:15 p.m.

View the invitation!


Health Promotion and Global Health Student Welcome

Associate’s Park, North Side 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Students interested in making an impact on international health through careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and other health professions are invited to join fellow incoming students at the Health Promotion & Global Health Student Welcome. Come meet faculty, staff and continuing students in these academic programs while enjoying desserts and beverages. Bring any questions you might have!


Iovine and Young Academy New Student Garage Orientation

The Garage (SKS 404) 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

A mandatory welcome event for all new Academy majors which will include an introduction to the Garage facilities and technology.


Marshall New Student Welcome: The Cool Down

TBD 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The USC Marshall School of Business invites all newly admitted first-year students to join current students, faculty, and staff to our Cool Down. It’ll be a warm Southern California afternoon, so come grab a cool treat, relax, play a few games, and learn all about what Marshall has to offer. Student organizations will be present to help get you involved, as well as, academic and career advisors to answer any questions. There will be giveaways, good vibes, and resources to help kick-start your first-year. Hope to chill with you there! #FightOn


SCA Undergraduate Welcome

Norris Theater 2:00 PM – 3:45 PM

The official welcome to the School of Cinematic Arts for all new freshman and transfer students. Students will meet the deans, faculty and current students.


USC School of Architecture New Student Welcome

Harris Hall 101 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Welcome newly-admitted architecture students! As you embark on your new journey, we invite you to the School of Architecture for an opportunity to meet your fellow classmates, the Dean, faculty and staff, as well as returning architecture students.


USC Thornton New Student Welcome Reception

Ramo Lawn 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

As a new member of the Thornton family, we would like to invite you to attend our New Student Welcome Reception immediately following the USC Village Opening. We will have light refreshments, music, and a welcome from Dean Robert Cutietta. It is a great opportunity to meet other new students as well as the faculty and staff that you will work with during your time at USC. Looking forward to seeing you there and Fight On!



Various 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Ensure a good start to your academic experience — join one of our Welcome Week Micro-Seminars. These seminars offer an informal introduction to college-level discussions and an opportunity to explore a subject of mutual interest with a subject matter expert from the university community.


All Hall Dinner

USC Village Great Lawn 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Come join us for an amazing All Hall Dinner, enjoy some great food, and meet some new friends from other Residential Colleges. Tonight we will close all of our residential dining facilities and bring everyone together for one giant meal under the stars.


SPARK! 12th Annual Visions and Voices Multimedia Kickoff

USC Village 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Kick off the year at Visions and Voices’ arts extravaganza featuring music, comedy, and spoken word. Performers include one of L.A.’s favorite bands, Chicano Batman; acclaimed slam poet Javon Johnson; hilarious comics Atsuko Okatsuka and Jessica Sele; and the electrifying DJ duo Urban Assault. The event will also include a welcome by Provost Michael Quick and attendees will receive free T-shirts, backpacks, and more! USC students are allowed to bring one non-USC guest per valid student ID.

Friday, August 18

Presidential, Trustee, Mork and Stamps Scholars Orientation

Tutor Campus Center (TCC) Ballroom 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

All new Presidential, Trustee, Mork and Stamps Scholars are required to attend this introductory session. You will meet your advisors and fellow scholars, find out about important scholarship policies, and learn more about programs offered by the student organization, Trojan Scholars Society (TSS).



Various 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

This is the second day of micro-seminars. You will attend the same micro-seminar you attended on Thursday.


SCA Graduate Welcome

School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) 108 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

The official welcome to the School of Cinematic Arts for all newly admitted graduate students.


Career Planning for Marshall Transfers

Fertitta Hall (JFF) LL-105 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Career Advisors from Marshall Undergraduate Career Services will introduce new transfer students to important career resources and events. Students will begin planning their career development strategy.


Thematic Option Kick Off

Taper Hall (THH) 101 2:00 PM – 3:50 PM

This is a mandatory event for all new Thematic Option students during which students will have their first lecture with their fall Thematic Option faculty.


LGBTQ+ Student Workshop

TBD 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

The University of Southern California is committed to being an inclusive and diverse community where all sexual and gender identities are respected and celebrated. Please join Kegan Allee-Moawad, the Assistant Director of Title IX, for a conversation about your rights, what you can do as a student if you feel you have experienced any form of harassment, and how the University works to ensure that all students are treated equitably. Students who attend can expect to leave with a better understanding of their rights, learn more about campus resources for LGBTQ+ students, and know who they can contact if they have future questions or concerns.


Rally at Tommy Trojan

Tommy Trojan 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Be a part of USC tradition with your classmates! Meet at Tommy Trojan in your best USC gear for a spirited rally with the USC Trojan Marching Band! Get pumped up for the Residential College Cup Opening Ceremonies!


Residential College Cup Opening Ceremonies

Galen Center 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Explore various mental and physical activities and challenges that will prove which is the best Residential College. Wear your Residential College gear and be ready to cheer!

Saturday, August 19

Events Coming Soon!

Sunday, August 20

Explore L.A.

Various 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Looking for a way to discover the hidden gems of Los Angeles? Want to learn how to navigate the Metro? Ready for an adventure in your new city? Led by Orientations Advisors, we have a wide variety of trips for you to enjoy. Space is limited, so reserve your spot quickly in order to ensure a fun-filled Sunday! Past trips have included Culver City, LA Live, Little Tokyo & the Arts District, Natural History Museum, Olvera Street, Old Town Pasadena, Santa Monica, Universal Studios City Walk, and Venice Beach.


Black and Latino New Student Symposium

Taper Hall (THH) / Founders Park 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The Black and Latino New Student Symposium is a personalized student welcome geared toward Black and Latino students, but open to ALL incoming students.  This is an opportunity for incoming students to learn about specific campus involvement opportunities and resources to help them achieve success during their first year at USC.


Asian Pacific American Student Welcome

Founders Park 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Are you a new incoming student (freshman or transfer) to USC? USC’s a big campus – but APASS is here to help you sort it out. Kick your USC journey off right by plugging into campus resources and organizations before school even starts! Meet fellow incoming APA students, learn about specific involvement opportunities, and explore over 40 student clubs and community organizations at the Involvement Fair.



Alumni Park 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Join the Asian Pacific American Student Assembly at our annual Welcome BBQ! All are welcome!


QuASA/LGBTQ+ Welcome Back BBQ

Alumni Park (South Side) 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Join the USC Queer and Ally Student Assembly for food and friends. Meet LGBTQ+ students, staff and allies before classes start. Learn about getting involved in queer organizations on campus.


School of Architecture New Graduate Student Welcome Reception

Gamble House, Pasadena, CA 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM

A special event for incoming graduate students in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Heritage Conservation & Building Science. A relaxing opportunity to meet & mingle with students & faculty from the School of Architecture.

Monday, August 21

Black Welcome Weeks

Various Monday, 8/21 – Friday, 9/8

Various programs sponsored by departments and student organizations that showcase the various resources and involvement opportunities for Black students. Programs include mixers, open houses and workshops.


Digital Studies at USC: Joining the Honors in Multimedia Scholarship Program

School of Cinematic Arts (SCI) 108 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

This information session introduces students to the Honors in Multimedia Scholarship Program, administered by the division of Media Arts + Practice in the School of Cinematic Arts. Open to students in all majors, the Honors program offers an opportunity to become a part of the next generation of digital innovators. Students learn to push the creative and critical boundaries of new media tools and to express their ideas through images, sound, video, networks and interactivity.


USC Games + MEGA Community Welcome Mixer

School of Cinematic Arts (SCI) 201 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

A pizza party for returning and new members of the USC Games Family, featuring playable demos of the games polished during USC Games’ Summer Bridge Program, as well as information about how to get involved with the Makers of Entertaining Games Association (MEGA) Community. This event is open to anyone with a passion for being involved in the nation’s #1 game program!

Tuesday, August 22

Events Coming Soon!

Wednesday, August 23

Involvement Fair – Day 1

Trousdale Parkway & Alumni Park 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Want to get involved on campus but not sure where to start? The involvement fair should be one of your first stops! Representatives from over 400 student organizations and a number of university departments will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about getting involved at USC. Be sure to log-in to engageSC to learn more about student organizations and events taking place on campus!


LGBT Resource Center Open House

Student Union (STU) 202C 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

All USC students, staff, faculty, & guests are welcome to join the LGBT Resource Center for its annual Welcome Week Open House! Come meet the LGBTRC staff, learn about programs/services, and help welcome new & returning LGBTQ+ students! Pick up popcorn & candy for the LGBTQ+ Movie Night at 7:30 p.m.


LGBTQ+ Outdoor Movie Night

EF Hutton/Founders Park 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

All are welcome to join us for the 2nd annual Outdoor Movie Night, whether LGBTQ+ or ally! Feel free to pick up some free snacks from the LGBT Resource Center before heading over to Hutton Park and laying out on our comfy 50-foot rainbow flag to watch a great movie with friends!

Thursday, August 24

Involvement Fair – Day 2

Trousdale Parkway & Alumni Park 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Want to get involved on campus but not sure where to start? The involvement fair should be one of your first stops! Representatives from over 400 student organizations and a number of university departments will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about getting involved at USC. Be sure to log-in to engageSC to learn more about student organizations and events taking place on campus!


Asian Pacific American Student Services (APASS) Open House

Student Union (STU) 410 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Join us for our annual APASS Open House! This event is open and welcome to all students, staff and faculty. Come mingle, visit our office space and have some great food. We hope to see you there!


LGBTQ+ First-Year Advocacy Board (FAB) Meeting

LGBT Resource Center Lavender Lounge (STU 202C) 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

All freshmen and transfer LGBTQ+ & ally students are welcome to come to the first meeting of the fabulous First-year Advocacy Board (FAB)! This will be a great opportunity to learn more about what FAB is and meet other LGBTQ+ first-year students. FAB is a unique LGBTQ+ student organization that helps students get involved, make new friendships, and coordinate their own events/programs. Plus, there is ALWAYS free dinner!

Friday, August 25

CBCSA Open House

Student Union (STU) 415 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

This Open House is an opportunity for new and current students to meet Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs staff members and also meet Black students, staff and faculty. Light refreshments will be provided.