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USC President Carol L. Folt, front center, along with Winston Crisp, vice president for student affairs, back right center, posses with the new McCarthy Honors College students during the start of move in day, August 21, 2019. (Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Honoring Native Lands

Residential Education acknowledges that we are on the traditional land of the Tongva People. For thousands of years, the Tongva people lived on this land we occupy today, and were considered the most powerful indigenous peoples to inhabit the Los Angeles basin. Along with the Tongva, we also recognize the Chumash, Tataviam, Serrano, Cahuilla, Juaneno, and Luiseno People, for the land that USC also occupies around Southern California. We pay respects to their elders past and present. Please take a moment to consider the many legacies of violence, displacement, migration, and settlement that bring us here today. And please join us in uncovering such truths at any and all events.


Welcome to the website for the Office for Residential Education! The information on this site is designed to acquaint you with the residential experience including the programs, staff, faculty in residence and leadership opportunities open to all students living in our Residential Colleges and Residential Communities. We hope that it will serve as a valuable guide to gaining a better understanding of what it means to be a member of the residential community at USC.

Living in a Residential College/Residential Community is a unique experience where students get to meet people from all across the United States and the World. Together, they learn to live, interact, and socialize together and create memories that soon prove that this is more than just a place to sleep—it is their new home for the year.  Students have the opportunity to attend activities that cultivate their social, academic, and cultural growth as young adults and interact with a variety of staff who are there to support them in their transition not only to college during their first-year, but through the transitions that come with every year at USC.

Students learn that they have a role in making their community great. Whether they become involved in community council, attend events, or develop a relationship with their Resident Assistant, all students are a vital part of the community they live in and they are encouraged to be active and responsible members. Residential Education is here to ensure a quality experience while also focusing on student safety and developing a connection to the University. None of this is possible without students who are willing to a part of a community that upholds respect and creates an environment that is both social as well as conducive to academic success.

The Residential Education staff is committed to providing an environment that supports the holistic development and success of all our residents from their first-year to their graduate career. If you have questions about Residential Education or anything you see on this website, please feel free to email us at