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Welcome Week Gives New Students the Full USC Experience

By Lillian Insalata Friday, August 16, 2013

A new student gets ready to move in to her new school home on Move-In Day, which kicks  off Welcome Week.A new student gets ready to move in to her new school home on Move-In Day, which kicks off Welcome Week.

After filling up their residence hall rooms with boxes and meeting their roommates, the USC Incoming Class of 2013 will have plenty to do. During Welcome Week, the period between Move-in Day on August 21 and the first day of classes on August 26, the university puts on an array of events and activities for the newest members of the Trojan Family and – for the first two days – their families.

This year the university is offering more programming than ever, including two new signature events. The first, “Taste of SC,” will be held on Move-in Day from 5-7 p.m. Students and their parents can enjoy free food and see student groups perform in the Tutor Campus Center and Student Union as they tour campus offices and learn about student resources.

On Friday, students will recreate the Game Day experience at “Light Up the Coliseum,” meeting at Tommy Trojan at 5:30 p.m. and following the Trojan Marching Band to the Coliseum. There they will learn about USC traditions and have a group photo taken. The first 500 students will also receive free food. The event is scheduled to end at 9:30 p.m.

Here are additional highlights Welcome Week highlights. For a complete list of events and activities, visit Students can also sign up for a special Welcome Week app to help them plan their schedules and sign up for events.


Wednesday, August 21

On Move-in Day, residential colleges and academic schools will host receptions for students and parents throughout the morning and afternoon. For information about Move-in Day logistics, contact USC Housing at or (800) 872-4632.

Later in the evening, following “Taste of SC” and residence hall floor meetings, students can attend a dance with new friends courtesy of KXSC and USC Spectrum, which are sponsoring live music at Tommy’s Place.

Thursday, August 22

On Thursday, parents are encouraged to attend the New Student Convocation, a traditional ceremony featuring a student procession and remarks from President C. L. Max Nikias, academic deans and Ainsley Carry, the new vice provost for Student Affairs. Preceding the event, families are invited to a pancake breakfast in McCarthy Quad.

Thursday also features the first day of micro-seminars – lectures and discussions that provide a glimpse into what college classes are like. USC professors from various schools, including President Nikias and Provost Elizabeth Garrett, will present seminars on a variety of topics.

That evening SPARK! 8th Annual Visions and Voices Multimedia Kickoff will present music, dance, theater and performance art in Bovard Auditorium. This highly anticipated event typically fills to capacity. Students are encouraged to arrive early to get seats.

Friday, August 23

The Friday schedule includes tours of USC libraries throughout the day as well as micro-seminars, part two.

In the afternoon, residence hall groups will attend peer theater performances on dating violence and sexual assault. This event, sponsored by the Center for Women and Men, is mandatory for new students .

To cap the night, following Light Up the Coliseum, students can catch a movie screening in McCarthy Quad.

Saturday, August 24

On Saturday, students are encouraged to  learn more about their neighborhood through Friends and Neighbors Day (FND), which pairs student volunteers with 30 community partners. After FND, buses will take students on neighborhood tours, showcasing historic houses and landmarks.

That night, the Welcome Back Carnival and Concert will take place in McCarthy Quad with carnival refreshments, games and a surprise musical guest.

Sunday, August 25

On Sunday, students who need supplies for their rooms or want to explore Los Angeles for the day can make online reservations for shuttles leaving the USC campus for Target, Santa Monica, museums and other locations.

That evening McCarthy Quad will be a performance site once again — this time, a comedy show from 7-9 p.m. Previous comedians have included stars such as Joel McHale and Kristen Schaal.

Monday, August 26

After Welcome Week excitement, students are advised to get a good night’s sleep on Sunday; fall semester classes start Monday morning.

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