One year from now, you can pack your bags and head to the University of Southern California to begin your college career. Twenty to thirty exceptional students will have the opportunity to trade home room for a seminar room, a bedroom at home for one in a campus residence hall, and their senior year of high school for their freshman year of college. If you have a passion for learning, an insatiable curiosity, and a spirit for adventure, why stay in high school another year? Get a jump on your life and start your college career now.
The Resident Honors Program (RHP) accepts students who have the social and emotional maturity to function independently as college freshmen. Interested students should have a record of success in high school such as honors, AP and IB courses, summer programs, leadership experience, and special talents. We want students who have been able to balance scholarship with leadership; who have been active in their school and in their community.
In USC's Resident Honors Program, you will engage in a comprehensive educational experience - an experience specifically designed to broaden your academic horizons, hone your writing skills, and promote critical thinking. The nucleus of the Resident Honors Program is USC's nationally recognized Thematic Option Honors Program. Thematic Option courses break down boundaries which separate disciplines and teach students to appreciate the relationships between literature, history, philosophy and science. The curriculum is built around small courses, taught by many of the University's finest faculty, and programming that takes learning beyond the classroom.
In the Resident Honors Program, you can choose any undergraduate major that USC has to offer, from Cinema to Engineering to Philosophy to Neuroscience. You can also take courses that prepare you to enter law school, medical school, or graduate studies. You can even work with your advisor to create your own unique degree program. All students are invited and encouraged to take advantage of USC's vast resources, from our accessible faculty to our numerous campus events, organizations, and overseas studies programs. You will be a part of the quality and tradition that make USC a leader in higher education.