This is where living meets learning. Students will explore topics of interest to them
and build a strong educational foundation by the end of the year.
Applying for a Community
Every residence hall on campus is home to one or more student learning communities.
You'll choose your preferred communities as part of your housing application and then
answer a short series of questions about your choices.
Why Apply As part of a learning community, you'll have unique opportunities to pursue your academic
and personal interests, engage with your community, meet new people and interact with
faculty in your field.
Being Part of a Community
Each living and learning community encourages students to spend time and energy on activities
that enhance their education and promote self-awareness.
Get to know your neighbors by discussing community initiatives, identifying personal
and professional goals and having fun throughout the year.
Your resident mentor (RM) will take the time to check in with you and talk about how
you're doing at USC. Building staff is focused on helping you have the best experience
possible, and giving each student individual attention.
Your community is a place to build effective study habits and get academic help when
you need it. Connect with other students who are taking your courses or share your
major, and get help from faculty right in your own study lounge.
Types of Communities
Faculty Principal Community
These are themed, building-wide learning communities staffed by a faculty member who
is an expert in the theme. Students get in-depth experience with their community topic,
and gain a greater understanding of how to apply that experience outside the classroom
and after they graduate.
These are smaller learning communities within residence halls focused on an area of
study or student interest. Students in these communities will meet others who share
their interests, and have unique opportunities to pursue those interests outside of
Students who are pursuing a career in a business-related field and are interested
in expanding their knowledge and skills outside the classroom join this community.
Sustainability-minded students wanting to connect both their daily routines and academic
careers to green practices join this community.
Wellness-conscious students interested in living a healthier lifestyle and participating
in programs focusing on all aspects of personal wellness join this community.
Students in the Honors College belong to a close-knit community where members support each other intellectually and academically.
Students who want to live in a diverse community to learn about world cultures and
languages, and want to promote better international understanding join this community.
Students who are pursuing a career in journalism or communications and are interested
in developing their network and experience outside the classroom join this community.
First-year students in the School of Music are part of the Music Community, which gives them opportunities to connect with professors and peers outside the
The OAR community is excited to welcome all students who share a passion for engaging in outdoor pursuits,
building leadership skills, exploring the Columbia and Southeastern region, serving
as environmental stewards, and developing healthy behaviors for a life of wellbeing.
Students who reach their highest academic, personal, and professional potential in
a luxurious community equipped to surpass your needs.
Students focused on advancing their service and leadership skills through unique academic,
community building and travel opportunities join this community.
This community is for students who are pursuing careers in information, design, and computing and
are interested in becoming part of the next generation of graduates driving the future
of digital technologies.
Students who are studying sports and entertainment management and are interested in
opportunities to network and learn outside the classroom join this community.
Students who are interested in exploring their artistic skills and creative options
beyond the classroom join this community.
Female students interested in developing their leadership skills to pursue leadership
positions both on and off campus join this community.
Female students who are pursuing a degree in retail and want to connect with others
who have similar interests join this community.
Female students who are pursuing a career in science and are interested in networking
and research opportunities outside the classroom join this community.