Program Dates:
June 18 - July 15, 2023


USC’s four-week college immersion program provides high school students like you with university experience in a subject area of their choice. Courses are interactive, engaging and challenging, allowing you to explore new areas of study or build on your high school coursework.

Depending on the specific course, you may expect group work, hands-on lab experience, field trips, guest speakers, and/or an encompassing final project. You may register for only one course, as each course requires five to six hours of instruction per day; you won’t have time for more than one. Applications are reviewed as they are submitted, and students are accepted on a rolling basis. If your preferred course is full and you are a qualified applicant, you will be placed on the waitlist for your preferred course and admitted into your second or third choice course.


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Choose from over 20 courses in a variety of subject areas
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Benefit from academic instruction and support from faculty and staff
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Receive three units of elective credit upon successful completion of the course


USC Summer Programs Daily Schedule & Activities


9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Classes in session
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Classes in session*

* Meeting times vary by course. See the course description page for specific course schedules.

USC Summer Programs Evening and Weekend Activities


You can enjoy a variety of recreational activities offered in the evenings, created and supervised by the Residential Advisors and program staff, including: ice cream socials, game night, movies on the lawn, scavenger hunts, intramural and field games, talent shows, and dances. Some courses have required evening academic field trips that return to the USC campus after 9:30 p.m. or later. This information will be available to students on the first day of class.

The program explores local attractions on Saturday trips off campus. Past trips have included: Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm Amusement Park, and Santa Monica Beach and 3rd St. Promenade. You are required to attend the Saturday trips off campus unless checked out for the day or weekend with an approved Absence Request. On Sundays, you can enjoy a variety of recreational activities created and supervised by the residential staff.


The whole course gives you an experience of how university can be in that specific course. Living away from your parents or guardians, you develop a sense of responsibility and independence which is very much needed when you’re entering your adulthood especially.
Aaliya D.
USC Summer Program 2022
The USC Summer Programs is an excellent way to prepare you for college, both academically and socially. Being on a college campus and meeting people from all over the world is an opportunity that you won’t get as a high school student, so take it while you can!
Zeyaan Q.
USC Summer Program 2022
I’ve attended several other summer programs that were online and on person. Those don’t even compare to the time I had at USC. The people I met and the places I visited will be core memories forever. This program really solidified USC to being my top choice for attending college. You should apply to make connections with people from all over the world and have a unique, informative experience on an amazing campus.
Clara C.
USC Summer Program 2022
USC Summer Programs is an amazing experience that gives you a glimpse into college life through the schedule, the freedom to hang out with your friends you will make there, and time management.
Divine T.
USC Summer Program 2022
USC Summer Programs offers quality education and perspective, while offering a balance of fun for students to have every day after classes end! It also helped me develop skills needed for college and beyond, like time management for homework and having fun with friends.
Genevieve S.
USC Summer Program 2022
I am very grateful for this program, I learned so much about journalism and I am excited to take what I learned and use it in my journalism class at school. Thank you USC Summer Programs for a great start to my summer.
Salimah S.
USC Summer Program 2021
The reason you should apply to a USC Summer Program is because you get to speak to college professors that are willing to share their experiences and give advice to you for the future.
Noah B.
USC Summer Program 2021
A few more weeks of school is worth it because the network of people you meet and tasks given can’t be found elsewhere.
Brianna R.
USC Summer Program 2021
USC Summer Programs give students access to numerous resources and allow them to interact with people from different backgrounds.
Shinjan G.
USC Summer Program 2021