We are excited to meet you and get you ready for your first semester at USC!

 As you get ready for orientation, be sure to complete all of the steps below.

Step 1: Sign up for a registration appointment

  • You will be assigned an orientation week based upon your major. You will have three registration windows to choose from within that week. You will receive an email to sign up for a Permit to Register during the week of May 18 – 22.

Step 2: Complete your Pre-Orientation Checklist

  • This part is important! Your advisor uses this information to place you into the correct set of classes for the fall semester.
  • Be sure to complete the entire Pre-Orientation Checklist, including:
    • Math Placement Test
    • Chem Placement Test
    • Self-report all AB, IB, or A level exams
  • Not sure where to find your Pre-Orientation checklist? This diagram can help.

Step 3: Complete the Viterbi Academic Expectations Blackboard Course

  • This course will have information about building your fall schedule, registering for courses, and what to expect in your first semester.

Step 4: Attend a Group Advising Session

  • You can sign up for a group advising session as part of the Academic Expectations course.
  • The advising session will be based on your major and will go more in-depth about how to select and register for courses.

Step 5: Enroll in Courses

  • You will be able to enroll in your courses during your registration window. Advisors will be available if you run into any issues during the registration process.

Are you newly admitted to USC and interested in changing your major to Engineering?

If you were admitted to another major at USC but would like to be considered for admission to the Viterbi School of Engineering, please follow the steps outlined below.

Step 1: Sign up for a registration appointment

  • Registration sign ups will open on May 18th – 22nd.

Step 2: Fill out the Pre-Engineering interest form on the Viterbi Admission website

  • This will help us by telling us what major you’re interested in so we can better prepare your course plan and ensure there are adequate spots in classes

Step 3: Review the process, sample course plans, and admission criteria on our pre-engineering web page.

  • Watch the entire Pre-Engineering Workshop here. 
  • You must complete at least 3 pre-engineering courses at USC before you can be reviewed for admission, generally a math, science and engineering course.
  • The earliest a newly admitted student can be reviewed for admission is at the end of the fall 2020 semester.

Step 4: Complete your Pre-Orientation Checklist.

  • In order to place you into the correct classes and have a smooth registration, it is essential that you fully complete your pre-orientation checklist.
  • This includes reporting all AP/IB/A-level exams and taking the Math and Chemistry placement exams.

Step 5: Complete the Viterbi Academic Expectations and Pre-Engineering Blackboard Course

  • These courses will have information about building your fall schedule, registering for courses, and pre-engineering admission requirements.
  • The Blackboard course will be available June 1st.

Step 6: Attend a Pre-Engineering Registration and Q&A session

  • Learn how to register for classes and ask any questions you may have about the pre-engineering process.
  • You can sign up for a session in the Pre-Engineering Blackboard course.

Step 7: Enroll in Courses

  • You will be able to enroll in your courses during your registration window. Advisors will be available if you run into any issues during the registration process.

Step 8: Review the Viterbi Undergraduate Handbook

  • Learn about all of the majors, programs, support and more in the full PDF of the Handbook here.