The program provides a unique opportunity for talented students to participate in dynamic academic and social activities.
The program is open to qualified students in any year of undergraduate study. Incoming students who have demonstrated exceptional academic abilities are invited to join the Honors Program during the admission process. Current USC students may also apply to join the Honors Program. Honors students must show and maintain exceptional performance in their cumulative USC GPA.Program Policies
- Fall Retreat
- Weekly lunch with the speakers
- The Honors Colloquium
- Special events such as the End of Semester BBQ and the Senior Brunch
- Students who successfully complete the Honors Program will receive special recognition at commencement
Who was Professor Rusch?
W.V.T Rusch is the founding faculty member of the Engineering Honors Program at the University of Southern California.
Here is some information about Dr. Rusch, his life and accomplishments:
- Request a letter from a Viterbi faculty member recommending you for membership of the Engineering Honors Program. Address the letter to:
Dr. Aluizio Prata, Jr., Faculty Director
Engineering Honors Program
- Complete the Engineering Honors Program Profile Form.
- Submit both the letter of recommendation and profile form together to
Engineering Honors Program
Deadlines vary by semester and are listed below. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
The Fall Retreat
Fall 2016 Retreat at Jungle Island Paintball and Alpine Camp and Conference Center
Enjoy a day of Paintball competition followed up by a weekend of high and low ropes course elements and camp activities!
- Please complete these two forms: Registration Form and USC Liability Release Form
- Complete this RSVP Link
- Please return the two forms in item 1, and a $75 security deposit check* (payable to the University of Southern California) to
EHP – Retreat Registration
Viterbi Admission & Student Affairs Division
3710 S. McClintock Ave., RTH 110
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2900
*The security deposit will be returned in full to all students that register and attend the retreat.
For additional questions regarding the retreat, please contact:
Weekly Honors Colloquium
The Honors Colloquium is a credit/no-credit seminar class (ENGR 100abcd) that provides students with the opportunity to attend weekly lectures, and have lunch and network with leaders in the field of engineering.
Honors students are expected to complete the colloquium a varying number of times based on when they are admitted to the program. The Honors Program Policies section contains specific information on how many semesters of the Colloquium a student is expected to take.
Every week the students enrolled in the Honors Colloquium are invited, by email to have lunch with the speaker. The lunch is free and the students interested need to promptly reply to this email. Although space constraints limit the number of students that can be accommodated each week, preference is given to earlier responders and students that have not yet had lunch in any given semester.
Considering that about eight students can be accommodated each week, and each colloquium series has about fourteen speakers, each student can reasonably expect to be able to attend lunch at least once per semester. However, since not all students have either the interest or the availability to have lunch with the speaker, past experience has indicated that very interested students can expect to be able to attend lunch multiple times.
Fall 2016 – Spring 2016 – Fall 2015 – Spring 2015 – Fall 2014 – Spring 2014 – Fall 2013 – Spring 2013 – Fall 2012 – Spring 2012 – Fall 2011 – Spring 2011 – Fall 2010 – Spring 2010 – Fall 2009 – Spring 2009 – Fall 2008 – Spring 2008 – Fall 2007 – Spring 2007 – Fall 2006 – Spring 2006 – Fall 2005 – Spring 2005 – Fall 2004 – Spring 2004 – Fall 2003