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The Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs (CBCSA) is here to welcome you to the Trojan family at the University of Southern California. CBCSA is a department that works toward creating an optimal learning environment for students of African descent and the Trojan family at large.

So “help us, help you” have a positive experience here at USC. Please stop by the office, located in Student Union (STU) 415, to introduce yourself to the CBCSA staff and become familiar with our services. We are open to your suggestions and look forward to working with you and your family. We hope to see you soon!

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Congratulations to the USC Class of 2020!

The Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs (CBCSA) would like to congratulate you on your admission to the Class of 2020 at the University of Southern California! Welcome to the Trojan Family!

CBCSA provides a wide range of core programs and signature events aimed to enhance the USC experience. CBCSA is committed to creating an environment that encourages the intellectual, professional, and cultural growth of Black students entering and completing degree programs at USC.

Would you like to experience the opportunity of a lifetime? Come experience a preview of Somerville Place THIS SPRING! We will be offering this opportunity from February 21st to April 24th for admitted students to the class of 2020!

The Somerville Place Overnight Experience gives admitted students the chance to experience life at USC by shadowing current students to class and spending the night on Somerville Place for free. Somerville Place is a Residential themed floor designed for first year students to learn about and explore Black culture within the USC community. This program develops students into well rounded campus leaders who are University scholars and are active within the community. Not only does Somerville have a long legacy and rich tradition within the USC community, it has also been recognized by the Los Angeles time here! If you have any additional questions about the overnight program contact us at or (213) 740-8257.

Below are the steps you need to complete in order to be a part of the Experience:

  • Step 1. At least two weeks prior to your interested overnight dates click here to fill out the Inquiry Form.
  • Step 2.The Somerville Place Overnight Experience Coordinator will email documents that will need to be filled out to participate in the program.
  • Step 3. Once we receive the signed documents into the CBSCA office we will begin securing a host for your visit.

If you have already committed to attend USC this fall and would like to live on Somerville Place, click here to fill out the supplemental application by May 1st. Remember, you must also indicate on your Housing application that you would like to live on Somerville Place which is listed under Special Interest Communities”.


Bridging our past with our present, the African American Cultural Celebration (AACC) serves as a traditional rite of passage that recognizes and affirms students of African descent who have completed a rigorous journey through academia at the University of Southern California. This largely attended and highly anticipated event unites students, families, and friends through culture and achievement.

This year’s ceremony will be held on May 12, 2016, the Thursday evening before the University’s Commencement. The ceremony will honor ALL undergraduate, graduate and professional school students.

This event is for any USC student that is graduating anytime in 2016.

Sponsored by: Center for Black Cultural & Student Affairs

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