For Campus Partners and Families

The USC Welcome Experience, which takes place the first 6 weeks of the semester, involves intentional programming across the university designed to help every new student find something for themselves and develop a sense of belonging at USC.

By participating in Welcome Experience programs students will begin to make connections with peers, staff, faculty and the university community. Building and developing support networks allow students to create communities and build healthy relationships that will hopefully extend beyond their first semester.

Why are the first six weeks so important?

The first 6 weeks of each semester are important for students to find community, support, and resources to help them become acclimated to USC.

USC Welcome Experience programs create opportunities for students to:

  • Investigate intellectual and educational goals.
  • Discover wellness models and promote a safe and healthy lifestyle where individuals and communities thrive.
  • Explore curricular and co-curricular activities, resources, and services that support a successful transition to USC.
  • Engage in interactions designed to build and maintain relationships through supportive dialogues that promote self-reflection, critical thinking and appreciation of individual differences.

Can families and non-students attend?

While most USC Welcome Experience events and programs are usually limited to USC students via their USC Net ID, there are some USC Welcome Experience events that the whole Trojan Family can enjoy! Check out the Welcome Experience Calendar of Events.

How does my USC academic department or unit add an event to the USC Welcome Experience calendar?

Submit your event to the USC calendar

  • If your department has administrative access, please add SAWW to the “TAG” field. (If you have the option to enter a “TAG” then you have administrative access; otherwise follow the instructions below.)
  • If your department does not have administrative access to the calendar, please add Student Affairs in the “DEPARTMENT” field and Student Affairs will tag it for you.

If I have more questions about the USC Welcome Experience, where can I get more information?

You can email Campus Activities at or call 213.740.5693.