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Undergraduate Education

Resident Honors Program

College Academic Services Building, Room 200
(213) 740-2961
(800) 872-2961

Director: Pennelope Von Helmolt, Ph.D.

Each year, USC admits a small number of exceptional and highly motivated high school seniors to begin their college careers a year early as part of the Resident Honors Program. The program accepts students interested in all majors, but looks particularly for mature individuals who are ready for the challenges of a university. The typical resident honors student has a cumulative SAT score above 2100 and an ďAĒ high school GPA.

The application process for the Resident Honors Program begins during a studentís junior year of high school. SAT scores are an important part of the application and students are encouraged to take the SAT (or the ACT) in October or November. In addition to an expanded university application, the program also requires a nomination form from the studentís high school counselor and two letters of recommendation from high school teachers (one from the studentís English teacher). All materials should be sent directly to the Resident Honors Program office.

For more information, contact Pennelope Von Helmolt at (213) 740-2961 or (800) 872-2961, or vonhelm@usc.edu.