Opened as a residential college in 2012, the South Residential College includes two traditional-style residence halls: Pardee Tower and Marks Tower. South Residential College is conveniently located near the Doheny & Leavey Libraries, Tutor Campus Center, important campus service departments, several popular classroom buildings, and McCarthy Quad, a great place to relax and enjoy great Los Angeles weather. A signature of this residential area is its close-knit community; many describe South as being a true “family.”
South Residential College is 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. Programming provided by faculty and staff emphasizes personal growth and determining one’s best pathway for leadership as a USC student and future graduate. The Faculty in Residence take the lead in creating an environment conducive to student learning and social engagement. Residents are encouraged to attend FIR events and participate in faculty-student interaction outside the classroom. Students in South have always benefited from the sense of belonging that occurs within these facilities which offer the smallest floor communities at USC.
South Residential College is now also home to two of the oldest cultural Special Interest communities at USC, both of which provide opportunities for students to join together in a close community while learning more about their identity and culture. These communities include: the Latinx Floor, also called El Sol y La Luna, established in 1974 where freshmen Latinx students are empowered to become prominent campus leaders; and Somerville Place, named after John and Vada Somerville in 1993, which aims to foster an understanding of and respect for Black culture, while cultivating a sense of family and community.