Gamecock Gateway is a one-year-only program extending from fall to spring in a single academic year. To transfer to USC Columbia, students must:
- earn 30 transferable credit hours at Midlands Technical College
- have a 2.25 GPA or higher (some USC programs will require a higher GPA for admission)
- be in good conduct and financial standing with both USC and MTC
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to earn 30 credits?
Yes. Gamecock Gateway students must be enrolled in a minimum of 15 credit hours each semester, and must complete 30 hours of transferable credit through Midlands Technical College in order to continue at USC the following fall.
Can I transfer to USC after one semester?
No. In order to fulfill the requirements for the Gamecock Gateway program, you must complete both fall and spring semesters.
What if I do not meet the Gateway transfer requirements?
If you are unable to meet the transfer requirements, you have several options. Gateway academic advisers will help you register for summer classes in order to meet the credit and/or GPA requirements for transfer. Gateway students can also choose to remain at MTC for an extra year and enroll in MTC’s Bridge Program.
Do Fast Track course credits count?
No. Math 101 and Math 102 courses do not count toward the 30 transferable credit hours. For additional clarification about transferable credits, please speak with your academic adviser.
Will my prior college coursework or AP/IB credits count?
No. Your prior college-level coursework (including dual enrollment or AP/IB credit) does not count toward the 30 transferable credit hours needed to be considered for admission to USC. Gateway students must earn 30 transferable credit hours during their Gateway year.
Prior college-level coursework does, however, count toward your transferable GPA. Please be sure to send transcripts for all college coursework, including Teacher Cadet, and all AP/IB scores to both Midlands Technical College and USC.
Previous coursework also contributes to your advising during the Gateway year and will follow you to USC (pending course articulation).