Catalina Residential College

Expand Your Horizons on Catalina Island

The Wrigley Institute Catalina Residential College, based at the Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island, is your campus-away-from-campus for learning about the environment and sustainability. We offer residential courses on a variety of topics, with a focus on interdisciplinary and hands-on learning for future environmental leaders. Sound like you? Explore our offerings to get started!

A group of smiling Environmental Studies students walks onto the beach on Catalina Island
Student in Kayak

Spring Break @WMSC

Spring Break @WMSC is your chance to learn more about what the Wrigley Institute has to offer. This program is open to all USC students and includes activities like kayaking, hiking, and snorkeling while getting an introduction to Catalina Island-based research and our unique facility.

2022 dates: March 16-18
Cost: $100 (financial aid is available)

a line of Environmental Studies students stands in a field on a Catalina Island hillside with the ocean in the background an elevated view of Santa Catalina Island off the coast of California


Our Maymester program is an immersive, four-week living/learning experience that couples specialized coursework with interdisciplinary learning. Students register for and attend core classes on the island but also collaborate across disciplines on projects and explore Catalina as a group.

2022 dates: May 16-June 10
Cost: Included in spring tuition, but with additional costs for room and board (significant financial aid is available)