Residential Colleges

Residential College Mission

Sharing ideas and experiences with diverse and fascinating people is an integral part of life at USC. Our residential colleges play a significant role in helping establish the student experience that meets the Office of the Provost’s vision for undergraduate education at USC. This vision is as follows:

In a rapidly changing global environment, the Office of the Provost maintains standards of excellence in undergraduate education and supports related initiatives that help prepare USC’s students to become resilient and competitive leaders of the future.

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Fluor Residential College

Opened as a residential college in 2012, Fluor Residential College is conveniently located near the University Village Shopping Center, Café 84, the Lyon Recreation Center, and the McDonald’s Swimming Pool. Fluor Residential College is supported by a dynamic team of faculty and staff who endeavor to create a vibrant community where diversity is celebrated and living-learning opportunities abound. Residents of Fluor are involved in the building government, engage in a multitude of intramural athletic opportunities, and actively participate in conversations that explore cultural issues. Residents are encouraged to participate in the West Area Diversity Month, a longstanding traditional program within the West Area (which also includes Webb Residential College as well as the Century and Cardinal Gardens apartment communities) that promotes active involvement in a global society by examining a wide spectrum of intercultural issues.

The suite-style experience in Fluor Tower provides for a smaller communal “living room” space within the unit where eight residents are assigned together in four two-person bedrooms. This makes a building with over three hundred residents seem very comfortable. Fluor is also home to two traditional special interest communities which provide opportunities for students to join together in a close community while learning more about self-identity and culture. These communities include: the Latino Floor, which was established in 1974 and Somerville Place, which has been active since 1993.

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New Residential College

New fosters a community of friends by offering programs that draw upon the cultural resources of both USC and Los Angeles. New is noted for its vibrant atmosphere and strong personal and academic support network. At New, the Faculty Master sponsors activities that encourage students to learn and have fun by making close connections with each other, in the city and world around them.

Every Tuesday evening, the New community gathers for a special dinner, often featuring musical entertainment or a distinguished university guest. During the week and especially on weekends, New offers opportunities for students to attend concerts, plays, films and sports events. Through their building’s system of government, residents also plan activities such as beach trips, nature hikes, movie studio tours and a Halloween haunted house for neighborhood children. New’s goal as a residential college is to be more than a residence hall: It’s a lively, exciting place where students continually interact and learn from one another. Many residents play for New in USC’s intramural competitions and enjoy pick-up soccer games and pool tournaments.

New Residential College also organizes the Ed Wood Film Festival each spring. Students from across campus are given 24 hours to complete original films, the best of which are then shown publicly.

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North Residential College

North Residential College is in a premium location where you can grab a cappuccino at Trojan Grounds on your three-minute walk to Leavey Library, toss a Frisbee on McCarthy Quad, or dangle your feet in the reflecting pool. Also nearby are the Galen Center, which is right across the street, and the historic Shrine Auditorium. New/North also benefits from having the EVK dining hall attached to their building, so residents connect with a diverse group of students from all over campus.

Established in 1993 as one of the first residential colleges at USC, North strives to integrate a dynamic social setting with academic excellence. One vital tradition is the weekly Master’s Night Dinner, a special community dinner with a casual atmosphere (and good desserts). Residents talk politics and philosophy with senior faculty members, interact with special guest speakers, enjoy live music or just relax with friends.

North Residential College residents describe the building as dynamic, hip and open. It is known for its blend of academic distinction and cosmopolitan ambience. The typical resident is a well-rounded and motivated student who balances an active social life with high academic achievement. Many become leaders in student government, special interest organizations and Greek life. North Residential College prides itself on being an outgoing and open community, coed by hall instead of by floor.

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Parkside Arts and Humanities Residential College

Opened in 2007, this residential college was designed to create a space where students and faculty can form a strong scholarly community centered on the arts and humanities. In addition to its special interest floors dedicated to music, the visual arts and architecture, dance and creative writing, the Parkside Arts & Humanities Residential College connects students with the cultural offerings of the campus as well as Los Angeles. USC Fisher Museum of Art and the schools of Fine Arts and Architecture are adjacent to the residential college, providing convenient access to their creative communities.

Living in Parkside Arts & Humanities Residential College gives students from all academic backgrounds the opportunity to express themselves in the arts and humanities including mounting a theatrical production, to exhibiting their art, screening their films or reading their poetry all in state-of-the-art facilities. Each year, residents stage a showcase of student works in the “Arts in the Park” program. In addition, all residents in Parkside are eligible to participate in the Parkside Piano Program, which provides free weekly piano lessons to students of all experience levels.

Living in Parkside Arts & Humanities Residential College is not limited to majors in the arts and humanities. Everyone who appreciates the role of culture and the exploration of ideas is invited to apply.

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Parkside International Residential College

In the 21st century, an understanding of global issues is vital. Parkside International Residential College encompassing the International Residential College (suites) and Parkside Apartments serves as a campus focal point for dialogue about global issues. Living at Parkside allows residents to participate in intellectual, cultural and social exchanges with people who have a wide range of backgrounds and interests, in one of the most attractive locations on campus. Students of all class standings live at the International Residential College. Parkside Apartments houses primarily students in their junior and senior years, and the International Residential College suites are home to most of the residential college’s first-years.

The Parkside International Residential College hosts visiting scholars and renowned international figures who give lectures and speak informally with students. Residents are encouraged to participate in community service projects in local communities and take advantage of volunteer opportunities that draw upon the city’s extensive international links.

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South Residential College Community

Opened as a residential college in 2012, the South Residential Colleges includes four traditional-style residence halls: Mark Tower, Pardee Tower, Marks Hall and Trojan Hall. This residential college is conveniently located to the Doheny & Leavey Libraries and McCarthy Quad, a great place to relax and enjoy great Los Angeles weather. These communities are also close to several classroom buildings that are the location of a large portion of freshmen classes. These are also the residential communities closest to the Tudor Campus Center.

The South Residential Colleges are supported by an engaging team of faculty and staff who endeavor to create a vibrant community where emphasis is placed on the transition to college and exploring USC’s First Year Experience programs. Residents of the South Area Residential College are involved in leadership roles in building government. Programming provided by faculty and staff emphasizes personal growth and determining one’s best pathway for leadership as a USC student and future graduate.

Residents are encouraged to attend Masters’ Night Dinners and to participate in faculty-student interaction outside the classroom. Students in these buildings have always benefitted from the sense of belonging that occurs within these facilities which offer the smallest floor communities at USC.

The Faculty Master for the South Area Residential College resides in Marks Hall and takes the lead in creating an environment conducive to student learning and social engagement. Pardee Tower, Trojan Tower and Marks Tower each have one additional faculty member in residence.

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University Residential College at Birnkrant

Originally established as a residential college in 1994, this community was redefined as the University Residential College (URC) in 2011. URC offers a vibrant and enhanced living-learning experience for Mork Family, Trustee and Presidential Scholars.

Through faculty interaction, diverse programming, opportunities to experience Los Angeles, and a literature- and film-based community-building retreat, this residential college is designed to inspire students to reach their full potential as agents of global change.

About once a month, residents travel off campus to sample cultural food from around the world, guided by specialists in the particular culture. Popular activities include trips to view and discuss new films as well as visits to nearby jazz and blues clubs. Residents often visit Faculty Master Rosen’s apartment to watch DVDs on his home-theatre system. Weekly theme dinners for residents often feature live music, from jazz to classical with dinner guests who might be USC faculty members, a prominent visiting scholar or even the occasional Asian film director.

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Webb Residential College

Opened as a residential college in 2012, Webb Residential College is conveniently located near the University Village Shopping Center, Café 84, the Lyon Recreation Center, and the McDonald’s Swimming Pool. Webb Residential College is supported by a dynamic team of faculty and staff who endeavor to create a vibrant community where diversity is celebrated and living-learning opportunities abound. Residents of Webb are involved in the building government, engage in a multitude of intramural athletic opportunities, and actively participate in conversations that explore cultural issues. Residents are encouraged to participate in the West Area Diversity Month, a longstanding traditional program within the West Area (which also includes Webb Residential College as well as the Century and Cardinal Gardens apartment communities) that promotes active involvement in a global society by examining a wide spectrum of intercultural issues.

The Webb Residential College experience provides students with an excellent opportunity to develop strong independent living skills while still being able to enjoy all the amenities of living on campus. As an apartment style building, Webb Residential College is the only predominantly first-year housing facility which remains open for student occupancy during Winter Break. The Faculty Master resides on the first floor of Webb Tower and takes the lead in creating an environment conducive to student learning and social engagement.

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