USC Hillel FreshFest

Thursday and Friday, August 13 and 14

FreshFest is a retreat for incoming Jewish Trojans to meet fellow USC students, get tips from upperclassmen about campus life, move into your dorms early, and get a head start at USC.

Why Go On FreshFest: 

  • Meet new friends and build community!

  • Learn about Jewish Life at USC, USC Extracurricular and Academics activities & Greek life

  • Share an unforgettable experience with your new USC Trojan family


What’s the point of the retreat?

FreshFest is a way to get to know other students before school even starts! FreshFest is mainly a social program to introduce you to your peers, with the opportunity to learn about ways to get involved on campus, and learn about Hillel and Jewish life on campus too.

Who’s going on the retreat?

FreshFest is for all first year students – fall and spring freshmen admits, and transfers too! You’ll also meet upperclassmen Freshman Engagement Fellows (FEFs) who will run your activities in small groups, and serve as yearlong mentors to help you transition into college life.

Where will FreshFest take place?

We are excited to welcome new Trojans to USC, but we cannot underestimate the continuing health threat posed by COVID-19. As a result, FreshFest programming will be hosted online. Because of this, we have reduced the price for FreshFest.

When is the deadline to register?

The deadline to register for FreshFest is August 1. This will give the FreshFest team to build and mail or drop off participants' welcome packages.

What is USC Hillel’s refund policy for Freshfest?  

Your Freshfest registration fee is fully refundable through close of business on Friday, August 7.  Please send refund requests to

Where will we sleep?

USC Hillel will not be providing sleeping arrangements.  Virtual Freshfest experiences will be available for incoming students whose move in appointments occur during or after Freshfest.

Do I need to be involved Jewishly before college to come on FreshFest?

Definitely not! Hillel is a pluralistic environment, and our staff and students all come from a wide variety of Jewish backgrounds. Our programming represents the variety of Jewish life at USC, and we look forward to welcoming you all to the USC community!

We are proud recipients of a grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles