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CBCSA provides a wide range of core programs and signature events aimed to enhance the USC experience. CBCSA is committed to creating an environment that encourages the intellectual, professional, and cultural growth of students who identify as African-American or members of the African diaspora as they enter and complete degree programs at USC.

One of the resources available for you to choose from here at USC is Somerville Place, USC's African-American residential theme floor. Somerville Place is a space specifically designed for first year students to learn about and explore African American culture within the USC community. This program develops students into well rounded campus leaders who are University scholars and are active within the community.

In addition, Somerville Place has gained national recognition by being featured in the Los Angeles Times newspaper in March 2000. CBCSA would like you to consider Somerville Place as your freshman residence, and personally invite you to apply.

There are two steps to apply for Somerville Place:

  1. Complete the University Housing application at On your Housing application, mark the building code as “FLT” and the Special Interest Program code as “SMVR.”
  1. Complete the CBCSA Supplemental On-line Application at by the priority deadline May 1, 2016, however the final deadline Friday, June 10, 2016.

Check out these resources to learn more about Somerville Place:


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