McCarthy Honors College

“It will give so many more students the opportunity to live on campus, which will be a tremendous benefit to them. USC Village is going to be a very special addition to the university, and we feel fortunate to make a gift to help start it off.”

Kathleen Leavey McCarthy ’57, USC Trustee

The Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation, chaired by USC Trustee Kathleen Leavey McCarthy ’57, has donated $30 million to USC to create the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation Honors Hall at the new USC Village. Leavey Honors Hall will integrate USC’s undergraduate scholarship and honors programs to establish a community of exceptional scholars.

Housing both the Honors Residence Hall and the Kathleen L. McCarthy Honors College, Leavey Honors Hall will provide a living space for as many as 600 freshmen honors students and an exclusive program of academic, cultural and social activities. Students will receive regular mentoring from top university faculty, as well as local and international leaders, who will live in the hall or visit the college. Among its many amenities, the building will feature dedicated space for honors seminars and one-on-one advising.

Students in the McCarthy Honors College will receive mentoring by top university faculty, as well as unique opportunities to learn from renowned civic and business leaders, accomplished artists, dignitaries, and other highly influential individuals. In this community of highly motivated individuals, students will be guided and inspired to fully develop their demonstrated leadership, scholarship, and citizenship abilities.