USC Trustee Shelly Nemirovsky ’85 and her husband, Ofer, have made a gift of $15 million to endow and name a residential college at USC Village. As many as 320 students will live at the new Shelly and Ofer Nemirovsky Residential College when USC Village opens in August.
One of eight residential colleges planned for USC Village, Nemirovsky College will be a place for undergraduate students and faculty to continue and expand conversations and friendships that begin in the classroom and cross over to everyday life. The college will offer a variety of academic, cultural and recreational activities, forming a vital hub for student life on campus.
“Shelly and Ofer Nemirovsky’s generosity will strengthen the educational experience for undergraduates at USC. Their gift will help establish a thriving residential college system that creates new opportunities for students and faculty to engage, teach and lead,” said USC President C. L. Max Nikias. “We are extremely grateful for the Nemirovskys’ philanthropy, as well as their passion for education and the research underway at USC.”
USC Village is the largest development project in the history of the university and South Los Angeles. Located on the north side of University Park Campus, the 1.25-million-square-foot project will enhance campus life for students while offering an array of new retail and service options for the local community. USC Village will add as many as 2,700 student beds to the University Park Campus and increase the number of students living in USC-owned housing by nearly 40 percent.
“Much of what made my USC experience so rewarding was having the good fortune to live on campus and develop vital relationships outside the classroom, some of which endure to this day,” Shelly Nemirovsky said. “Knowing that all USC students will now have the opportunity to continue conversations beyond the classroom, in the spirit of collaboration, is thrilling for me, and I believe that I am privileged to witness this seminal moment.”
Read more about this generous gift to the Campaign for USC at USC News.