Welcome Week 2017

The Welcome Week schedule is constantly being updated! Click on each day to see what events are happening. Keep checking here for all the latest information and be sure to click on Sign Up to create your Welcome Week schedule.

Thursday, January 5

Foreign Language Placement Exams

Spanish – Waite Phillips Hall (WPH) B27
French – Waite Phillips Hall (WPH) B28
Chinese – Waite Phillips Hall (WPH) B30
All other languages – Taper Hall (THH) B4
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Please arrive 10 minutes before the start of the exam and bring your USC ID. Allow up to 2 hours for the exam. For more information on the language placement exams, please visit The Language Center website.

 

Spring in to SC!

McCarthy Quad 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Join the USC Office for Residential Education and the Division of Student Affairs for a Welcome Event featuring the In-N-Out truck, the Tapingo truck, a DJ and the Trojan Marching Band! Several student affairs offices will be there to welcome you with information and giveaways. After dinner, head over the Galen Center to cheer on the Men’s Basketball team as they take on Stanford!

 

Men’s Basketball vs. Stanford

Galen Center 8:00 PM

After the welcome dinner, walk over to the Galen Center and cheer on the Trojans! Be sure to bring your USCard for free admission to the game.

Friday, January 6

Foreign Language Placement Exams

Spanish – Taper Hall (THH) 102
French –  Taper Hall (THH) 106
Chinese – Taper Hall (THH) 108
All other languages – Taper Hall (THH) B4
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Please arrive 10 minutes before the start of the test and bring your USC ID. Allow up to 2 hours for the exam. For more information on the language placement exams, please visit The Language Center website.

 

New Student Convocation

Bovard Auditorium 9:45 AM – 11:00 AM

Your entry into the Trojan family begins with this annual address to all new students. This traditional event features a welcome from the Vice Provost of Student Affairs, remarks by President C.L. Max Nikias and greetings from each academic dean. To RSVP, visit usc.edu/esvp  and enter code: SNSC17.

 

Welcome Reception

Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) Ballroom 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Meet the Dean of your academic school and mingle with fellow new Trojans at the Welcome Reception.

 

Micro-Seminars

Various 1:00 PM – 3:00 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. Visit the Micro-Seminars website to sign up.

 

Marshall New Student Welcome

Fertitta Hall (JFF) LL-125 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

You are invited to attend Marshall Connections Program’s New Student Welcome event where you can meet Marshall School of Business advisors, staff, student organization leaders, and fellow new students through a student panel followed by an informal reception. Join us and learn about opportunities to get involved and connected to the Marshall community.

 

Crash Course in Library Research for Freshman

Doheny Memorial Library (DML) 240 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Bring your own laptops to this hands-on workshop and get a head-start on research skills. You’ll come away from the workshop having met librarians who can help you, gained an awareness of the many resources in-print and online in the libraries, and ready to start the semester.

 

Crash Course in Library Research for Transfer Students

Doheny Memorial Library (DML) 241 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Bring your own laptops to this hands-on workshop and get a head-start on research skills. You’ll come away from the workshop having met librarians who can help you, gained an awareness of the many resources in-print and online in the libraries, and ready to start the semester.

 

USC GeoScavenge

Meet at Tommy Trojan 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Become familiar with the landmarks, layout, history, and resources of the USC University Park campus as you use your smart phone to scavenge and locate clues and their hidden prizes. Visit and register as many items as you can! Team prizes awarded for sites visited. Students from the GeoDesign major and Spatial Studies minor will explain how to join the fun. For more information visit the GeoScavenge website or check out their flyer.

Saturday, January 7

Mindful USC: How Mindfulness Can Help You Manage the Stress of Being a New Student

Univeristy Religious Center Fishbowl 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

This short program is an overview of the services provided by Mindful USC. An experiential exercise and an opportunity to register for on-campus mindfulness classes will be offered.

 

Spring Up to the 4th Floor

Sample Hall (SKS) 410 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Join USC Campus Activities for Spring Up to the 4th Floor, an Interactive Open House where you’ll learn how to get involved at USC. Light snacks and giveaways will be provided!

 

Lyon Center Tours

Lyon Center 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM

Stop by for a student-led tour to explore the Lyon Center, which features courts for racquetball, squash, basketball, badminton, volleyball; weight rooms; cardio equipment; a group exercise studio; a bouldering wall; equipment rentals and sales; and much more!

Gym memberships are free for all currently enrolled USC students!

 

The USC SCurvival Guide: Tips for Transitioning to USC

Univeristy Religious Center (URC) Fishbowl 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Get advice on how to survive and thrive during your first year from Helenes, the Official Hostesses of USC!

 

Residential College Video Game Tournament

Pardee Lawn 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Kick off the spring semester of the Residential College Cup competition by attending the tournament, playing games, and earning points. If you are a member of a Residential College, we encourage you to wear your Res College swag! If you aren’t, USC apparel is encouraged. All students will be eligible to win one of the final prizes.

Sunday, January 8

Explore L.A.

Various 10:00 AM – 4:00 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! If the trip you want to attend is full, be sure to sign up for the waitlist. You’ll receive an email if a space becomes available. Trips include:

  • California Science Center
    • Departure Time: 10:00 AM
    • Estimated Return Time: 1:00 PM
    • Meeting Location: Traveler Statue in Hahn Plaza
    • Meet other new students and explore the nearby California Science Center. An Orientation Advisor will guide you through the permanent exhibits, including the Space Shuttle Endeavor. Visit California Science Center’s website for more information about the Center. Food and souvenir expenses are the responsibility of the individual.
  • Olvera Street & Union Station
    • Departure Time: 10:00 AM
    • Estimated Return Time: 12:00 PM
    • Meeting Location: VKC Courtyard under the Globe Tower
    • Often called “la placita,” Olvera Street is a brick avenue covered by trees that features murals, some of the longest-standing buildings in Los Angeles, and reminders of old California. With traditional Mexican shops and cafes lining the street, we will wander around the plaza and eat at one of the numerous Mexican restaurants in the area. After exploring Olvera Street, we will walk to Union Station, the epicenter of the Los Angeles transportation, so you can learn about travel options to other cities and states by train. Metro train fare is provided; food and additional entertainment expenses are the responsibility the individual.
  • Santa Monica
    • Departure Time: 10:00 AM
    • Estimated Return Time: 3:00 PM
    • Meeting Location: Main entrance to Parkside International Residence College
    • Head down to Santa Monica, a California beach town with a famous pier. Students going on this trip will have the option to either explore the Santa Monica pier and head to the beach or check out Third Street Promenade, a lively open-air shopping atmosphere with street performers and some great food options. Metro train fare is provided; food and additional entertainment expenses are the responsibility the individual.
  • Venice Beach
    • Departure Time: 10:00 AM
    • Estimated Return Time: 3:00 PM
    • Meeting Location: University Gateway Housing Complex
    • Venice Beach is a place full of eclectic people and oddities. Along the boardwalk you can see live performers, local musicians, henna tattoo artists, and independent artisans. Explore the boardwalk, see the sights, and check out Muscle Beach, the famous outdoor gym where bodybuilders show off their skills. You can also just enjoy the beach! Metro train fare is provided; food and additional entertainment expenses are the responsibility the individual.
  • Little Tokyo & the Arts District
    • Departure Time: 10:15 AM
    • Estimated Return Time: 3:00 PM
    • Meeting Location: Tommy Trojan
    • The Explore L.A. trip to Little Tokyo and the Arts District harmoniously blends the old and the new. Exploring Little Tokyo, we will discover Japanese American culture through art, food and more. After walking through the streets of Little Tokyo, we’ll head for the Arts District, the burgeoning artist community in Los Angeles, where street art exists at every turn! The trip will conclude at the famous Pie Hole for a sweet L.A. treat. Metro train fare is provided; food and additional entertainment expenses are the responsibility the individual.

 

Asian Pacific American Spring Student Welcome

Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) Ballroom 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

All incoming Asian Pacific American Spring Admits are invited to the APA Spring Student Welcome. Meet other incoming students, current student leaders, and participate in the APA Student Organization Involvement Fair! This is your opportunity to connect with the APA community at USC and find out how to get involved! Open to freshmen and transfer students. Lunch is provided. RSVP online now!

 

Residential College Floor Meetings

Various Locations 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Floor meetings are mandatory for all new students living in the Residential Colleges. This is your opportunity to meet your RAs and learn about important policies and procedures for living on campus. Check with your RA for the location of your floor meeting.

 

Men’s Basketball vs. Cal

Meet at Tommy Trojan 6:30 PM
Game starts at the Galen Center 7:00 PM

Meet up with your fellow students and Orientation Advisors at Tommy Trojan to walk over to the Galen Center and cheer on the Trojans! Be sure to bring your USCard for free admission to the game.

Monday, January 9

Study Abroad Reunion

Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) 450 12:00 PM- 3:00 PM

Students who were at AUP, John Cabot, Richmond and Franklin this Fall are invited to reunite with each other! Upperclassmen who studied abroad prior to starting at USC will also be in attendance. Lunch will be provided.

 

Student Academic Success for Transfer Students

Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) 227 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The Office of Undergraduate Programs will highlight the academic resources and support services on campus such as academic counseling, tutoring, testing, and tips for academic success at USC. The presentation will also inform students about special academic opportunities such as fellowships, undergraduate research, and USC’s scholar programs. This session will address issues especially relevant to the transfer student experience.

 

Student Academic Success for Freshman Students

Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) 227 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

The Office of Undergraduate Programs will highlight the academic resources and support services on campus such as academic counseling, tutoring, testing, and tips for academic success at USC. The presentation will also inform students about special academic opportunities such as fellowships, undergraduate research, and USC’s scholar programs. This session will address issues especially relevant to freshman students.

Tuesday, January 10

Student Academic Success for Transfer Students

Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) 350/351 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The Office of Undergraduate Programs will highlight the academic resources and support services on campus such as academic counseling, tutoring, testing, and tips for academic success at USC. The presentation will also inform students about special academic opportunities such as fellowships, undergraduate research, and USC’s scholar programs. This session will address issues especially relevant to the transfer student experience.

 

Student Academic Success for Freshman Students

Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) 350/351 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

The Office of Undergraduate Programs will highlight the academic resources and support services on campus such as academic counseling, tutoring, testing, and tips for academic success at USC. The presentation will also inform students about special academic opportunities such as fellowships, undergraduate research, and USC’s scholar programs. This session will address issues especially relevant to freshman students.

Wednesday, January 11

Involvement Fair – Day 1

Trousdale Parkway 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!

 

Farmers Market

McCarthy Quad 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Stop by the first Farmers Market of the school year and pick up some fresh local fruit and healthy snacks. USC Hospitality hosts a Farmers Market every Wednesday during the school year.

Thursday, January 12

Involvement Fair – Day 2

Trousdale Parkway 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!

 

Beau’s Birthday Celebration

Tommy Trojan 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Professor Beau, USC’s Wellness Dog is turning 3! Join us for a fun filled celebration, and learn about Wellness Resources on campus. The party kicks off at 11:30 with the Trojan Marching Band, guest speakers at 12:00 and then photo ops with Beau and plenty of other surprises. You won’t want to miss it! Learn more about Beau here. #BeWellwithBeau #USCWellnessDog #BarkOn!

 

Transfer Credit & Articulation Q&A

Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) 227 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

This workshop will focus specifically on the transfer credit process, articulation, and petitions. Representatives from USC Undergraduate Transfer Credit Services will give an overview of the articulation process and transfer credit policies.

 

Black & Latino New Student Symposium

Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) 227 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM (mixer to follow)

The Black & Latino New Student Symposium is a personalized student welcome geared toward Black and Latino students, though all incoming students are welcome to attend. This is a unique opportunity for incoming freshman, transfer and graduate students to learn about on campus involvement opportunities and resources to aid in your success as a student. Register here!