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General Information


Graduate and professional students comprise nearly half of the total student body at USC and engage in a wide variety of academic disciplines. In welcoming you to the community of scholars and teachers at USC, we would like to invite you to participate in the university-wide Graduate Student Orientation, which will be held at the beginning of the Fall term.
Graduate Student Orientation will provide you information to help begin your graduate studies at USC. The orientation brings together a series of conference-style workshops that cover a variety of services, programs, and issues of interest to graduate students. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to enhance your graduate experience at USC.  In order to attend USC Graduate Orientation, you are required to submit the Intent to Enroll Form.
In addition to the university orientations, please also attend our departmental orientation. The details are listed below:

Registration is required for the Graduate Student Orientation program. Your registration and payment must be received by the Office of Orientation.

You may register for the Graduate Student Orientation program by any of the following methods:

  • Visit the Orientation website at http://www.usc.edu/orientation. You may register online and pay for your Orientation registration fee by credit card (Visa or MasterCard only).

Maps & Directions
To be sure you arrive here in a safe and timely fashion for all set appointments please use the link below to access the University Park Campus', Campus Map http://web-app.usc.edu/maps/#upc/

TOEFL & IELTS  (International Students Only)

Official TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for all international Master’s applicants to the Viterbi School. There are only a few exemptions from submitting the TOEFL or IELTS, and these exemptions are included below. If you do not meet one of these exemptions, you must submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores with your application. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid when taken within two years of the start of the intended application semester. The fall semester starts in August, and the spring semester starts in January.
Official TOEFL scores must be sent directly by ETS to "U Southern Cal," ETS code 4852. While a department code is not required, you may indicate one if necessary. Official IELTS scores can be sent through IELTS by selecting USC. Additional test report forms may be requested through the testing center after you have taken the test.

While the TOEFL or IELTS is a required application material, there is no minimum TOEFL or IELTS score required for admission to the Viterbi School. Admitted international students are required to take the USC International Student English (ISE) examination during orientation. The results will determine if you will be required to take English language courses at USC. Students who achieve a score of 90 or higher on the internet-based TOEFL (including a minimum score of 20 in each section) OR a 6.5 on the IELTS (with a minimum score of 6 in each section) are exempt from taking the ISE exam. If you take the TOEFL or IELTS more than once, we will consider the best overall score you obtained from one of the tests. To be considered for the ISE exam, your official scores need to arrive at USC before orientation.
Students who meet the following conditions may not be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores with their application:
- Students who hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university located in the United States or in another country in which English is both the language of instruction and the only official language of the country. The entire program must be completed in the qualifying country. Please note that a graduate degree from a U.S. college or university does not exempt students from the application requirement and/or taking the ISE exam.
- Students whose native language is English. This applies to native English speakers from countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada (except Quebec) where English is both the only official language of the country and the language of instruction.

The International Student Test of English (ISE Exam)
Please visit the University's American Language Institute website for more information regarding the ISE Exam.
International students required to take the International Student Test of English must do so before registering for classes.


Electrical Engineering is staffed with four Academic Advisors, Diane Demetras, Christina Fontenot, Josh Cimenski and Jaime Zelada.  The advisors are available for all undergraduate & graduate students in EEB 102, Monday-Friday, 9-12 p.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m. , via email at studentinfo@ee.usc.edu or by phone (213) 740-4447. 

 Academic Departments and Programs Contacts
Contact person
Computer Engineering    EE Advisors
(213) 740-4447
EEB 102
Computer Science
 Flor Martinez
(213) 740-4496
SAL 300
Computer Science
 Lizsl De Leon
(213) 740-4496
SAL 300

For information go to USC Housing or call (800) 872-4632 or (213) 740-2546.  If you would like information about non-University owned apartments, you may review the Daily Trojan or http://www.housing4students.com/usc/

Please visit the Student Fiancial Services website for inquiries regarding tuition, student loans, etc.  You may also speak with a Financial Counselor.