FreshFest Info & FAQ's


We're here to answer all of your FreshFest questions. If you can't find the answer here, please feel free to email your question to emma@uschillel.org!

What is FreshFest?

FreshFest is a two-day 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.

Where is FreshFest?

FreshFest typically takes place at Camp Alonim, a Jewish summer camp in Simi Valley. We meet at USC Hillel and take buses to camp for a fun-filled USC experience. Camp Alonim features pools, fields, a bonfire, and cabins for sleeping!

We are excited to welcome new Trojans to USC, but we cannot underestimate the continuing health threat posed by COVID-19. The location for FreshFest 2021 will depend on campus and Los Angeles county health guidelines. For all updates regarding FreshFest during this time, please visit our Health and Safety page.

Do I need to be Jewishly involved before College to go 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!

That sounds Amazing! How do I register?

We know! Click the big yellow button! 

When is Freshfest?

FreshFest for the 2021-2022 academic year will take place on August 16th and 17th! (That's Monday and Tuesday.)

Why should I go on FreshFest?

  • Get to know other incoming students before school even starts

  • Learn how to get involved on campus

  • Move-in early to your dorm

  • Discover the amazingness of Jewish Life and Hillel on campus!

Who's going on FreshFest?

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

What is the deadline to sign up?

The deadline to register for FreshFest is August 6th. Register anytime via the Freshfest website! The registration fee is fully refundable by August 12th; contact jordyn@uschillel.org with refund requests.