Residential Colleges

USC's residential colleges provide an opportunity offered by only a few universities in the U.S. Based on British and Ivy League models, these programs strive to integrate a stimulating social setting, cultural activities and academic excellence into a living experience that enriches and teaches. Recent expansion of the residential college model into new buildings will give nearly all USC freshmen the opportunity to live in one of these communities and benefit from the programming and increased faculty interaction they provide. The addition of new residential colleges in USC Village extends this experience to a large number of undergraduate upperclassmen.

Birnkrant Residential College

The smallest, and many believe the friendliest, of the residential colleges, Birnkrant offers programs that introduce students to Los Angeles' food, cultures and art.

Faculty Master

Stan Rosen, Professor of Political Science

McCarthy Honors Residential College

Located in the USC Village, McCarthy Honors Residential College offers a vibrant and enhanced living and learning experience for Mork Family, Stamps Leadership, Trustee and Presidential scholars in a suite-style living environment. Through faculty interaction, diverse programming, opportunities to experience Los Angeles, and a community-building retreat (held either on- or off- campus), this program is designed to inspire students to reach their full potential as agents of global change.  

Faculty Master

New North Residential College

A hub of freshman life, close to libraries, dining facilities and the McCarthy Quad, New North is a popular location for students new to USC. The residential college is noted for its vibrant atmosphere and strong personal and academic support network. The residential college fosters a community of friends by offering programs that draw upon the cultural resources of both USC and Los Angeles and encourage students to learn and interact with one another. Every Tuesday evening, the community gathers for a special dinner, often featuring musical entertainment or a distinguished university guest, and on weekends, New offers opportunities for students to attend concerts, plays, films and sports events.  

Faculty Master

Philip Ethington, Professor of History and Political Science
Ange-Marie Hancock, Professor of Political Science and Gender Studies

Parkside Arts & Humanities Residential College

In addition to its special interest floors dedicated to music, the visual arts and architecture, the Arts & Humanities Residential College gives students from all academic backgrounds the opportunity to express themselves in these fields. Designed to create a space where students and faculty can form a strong scholarly community centered on the arts and humanities, the Parkside Arts & Humanities Residential College at connects students with the cultural offerings of the campus and Los Angeles area.

Faculty Master

Gail Peter Borden, Associate Professor of Architecture

Resident Faculty

David Albertson, Assistant Professor of Religion
Malancha Gupta, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Parkside International Residential College

The 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 will allow you 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. The International Residential College hosts visiting scholars and renowned international figures who give lectures and speak informally with students.

Faculty Master

Oliver Mayer, Associate Professor of Theatre

Resident Faculty

Ellie Nazimi, Assistant Professor of Preventative Medicine
Amon Emeka, Assistant Professor of Sociology
Brett Sheehan, Associate Professor of Chinese History

South Area Residential College

The new residential college comprises four traditional residence halls: Marks Hall, Trojan Hall, Pardee Tower and Marks Tower. Residents attend Master's Night dinners in the EVK dining hall, participate in special events and benefit from programming emphasizing personal growth and leadership.

Faculty Master

Timothy Biblarz, Associate Professor of Sociology

Resident Faculty

Benjamin Graham, Assistant Professor of International Relations
John Pascarella, Assistant Professor of Clinical Education
Myka Winder, Assistant Professor, Clinical Occupational

West Area Residential College

Opening as residential college in the fall of 2012, Webb and Fluor Towers are a part of the West Area group of residential colleges. Close to many of USC's facilities devoted to physical activity, including the Lyon Recreation Center and Uytengsu Swim Stadium, the residential college is developing wellness-based initiatives.

Faculty Master

Stanley Huey Jr., Professor of Psychology (Fluor Tower)
Laura A. Baker, Professor of Psychology (Webb Tower)