Incoming Graduate Students

Congratulations on your admission into the USC Viterbi School of Engineering graduate programs! We are proud of your achievements and we enthusiastically welcome you to our community of scholars. We have created this New Student Information page to provide you with important information, links to pages, documents, and videos that will help you prepare for the start of your first semester at USC.

Welcome to the Trojan family and Fight On!

Orientations are scheduled as listed below. You are required to attend only one session based on your admitted academic department.  You will receive a registration link in your USC Email in shortly.

Academic DepartmentDate/Time                                                     
Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering (AME)

Thursday 8/9/18 (8:00AM – 4:30PM)

Astronautical Engineering (ASTE)Thursday 8/9/18 (8:00AM – 4:30PM)
Biomedical Engineering (BME)Thursday 8/9/18 (8:00AM – 4:30PM)
Chemical Engineering, Material Science & Petroleum Engineering (CHE/MASC/PTE)Thursday 8/9/18 (8:00AM – 4:30PM)
Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE)Thursday 8/9/18 (8:00AM – 4:30PM)
Computer Science/Informatics (CSCI)Wednesday 8/8/18 (8:00AM – 4:30PM)
Electrical Engineering (EE)Thursday 8/9/18 (8:00AM – 4:30PM)
Green Technologies (GRNT)Thursday 8/9/18 (8:00AM – 4:30PM)
Industrial & Systems Engineering (ISE)Thursday 8/9/18 (8:00AM – 4:30PM)
Systems Architecting & Engineering (SAE)Thursday 8/9/18 (8:00AM – 4:30PM)

*USC Viterbi Master’s students should NOT register in the general USC Graduate Student Orientation Program

Fall 2018 DEN@Viterbi Online Orientations
DEN@Viterbi students will have the opportunity to participate in our general and program specific online orientations. These online interactive orientations will be a great forum to ask questions about registration, degree progress, academic support, student services, and provides an opportunity to meet your advisors and classmates. A recording of the session and a copy of the presentation will be available for those students who were unable to participate in the live on-line session.

Fall 2018 DEN@Viterbi Orientation Schedule

Department/ProgramDate and Time
Register/View Recording
DEN@Viterbi General Fall 2018 Orientation
Course registration, technical support, tuition and fees, course management system, homework and exams
July 30, 2018
5:30pm – 7:00pm PST
Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (AME)August 1, 2018
1:00pm PST
Astronautical Engineering (ASTE)August 2, 2018
10:00am PST
Biomedical Engineering (BME)August 6, 2018
1:00pm PST
Chemical Engineering (CHE), Materials Science (MASC), and Petroleum Engineering (PTE)July 31, 2018
10:00am PST
Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE)August 3, 2018
10:00am PST
Computer Science (CSCI)July 31, 2018
1:00pm PST
Cyber Security, InformaticsAugust 1, 2018
1:00pm PST
Register for CSCI
Electrical Engineering (EE) and Green Technologies (GRNT)August 3, 2018
1:00pm PST
Industrial & Systems Engineering (ISE)August 6, 2018
10:00am PST
Systems Architecting & Engineering (SAE)August 2, 2018
11:30am PST

You will be able to participate in these orientations via WebEx, an online web and audio conferencing tool. You can listen to the orientation and participate in the icebreaker with either a computer headset or telephone.  You may also ask questions via the chat panel. The link provided below will allow you to register as a participant and then you will be sent the appropriate link to join the session:

Check to make sure your system will allow you to join WebEx and install any plugins if you use Chrome or Firefox.  Finally, you can test your system to make sure it all works.  Let us know if you have any problems getting WebEx up and running.

View the previous semester DEN@Viterbi Orientations here: DEN@Viterbi Orientation Archive

Orientation for all new Viterbi PhD students will take place: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 9:00am-12:00pm in the Epstein Family Engineering Plaza. A continental breakfast will be provided.


Instructions for PhD students receiving Fellowships or Assistantships (RA or TA)

Domestic Students with Fellowships

International Students with Fellowships

Domestic Students with Assistantships

International Students with Assistantships

Please download the checklist below to complete the steps necessary for you to enroll at the university (for both MS and PhD students).

U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents (download here)
International Students (download here)

DEN@Viterbi Checklist Fall 2018

PhD Students with Fellowships or Graduate Assistantships

We know that the time leading up to your arrival at USC can be exciting and a bit overwhelming. Please see documents below for answers to some questions you may have after admission.

Note: the following contents only apply to residential (on-campus) Master’s students at the Viterbi Schoolf of Engineering.

U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents FAQ (download here)
International Students FAQ (download here)

Viterbi Welcome Week Events

Welcome Week events will be announced shortly