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Educational Talent Search

Beginning in the seventh grade, Educational Talent Search counselors work with students and their parents to encourage them to consider college, to ensure that they are enrolled in college preparatory courses and to assist them with admissions and financial aid applications.

Applying for Educational Talent Search (ETS)

Students accepted into ETS can access study skills development, mentoring, tutoring, college visits, parent workshops and more.

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Get a Head Start on Preparing for College

Educational Talent Search counselors work with students and their parents as early as seventh grade. Counselors encourage students to consider college, ensure they are enrolled in college preparatory high school courses and assist with completing admissions and financial aid applications.

Eligibility and Schools Served

We serve students in eligible schools in Richland School Districts One and Two. Requirements are based on family income and parents' education levels.

Participating Middle Schools

The following Richland County School District One middle schools are part of the ETS program:

  • Alcorn Middle School
  • Gibbes Middle School
  • St. Andrews Middle School
  • Sanders Middle School
  • WA Perry Middle School 

The following Richland County School District Two middle schools are part of the ETS program:

  • Dent Middle School
Participating High Schools

The following Richland County School District One high schools are part of the ETS program:

  • CA Johnson High School
  • Columbia High School
  • Eau Claire High School
  • Keenan High School
  • Lower Richland High School

The following Richland County School District Two high schools are part of the ETS program:

  • Richland Northeast High School


ETS Programs and Events

We offer a wide range of programs to help middle schoolers build vital study and success skills, including:

Annual Awards Breakfast

This annual breakfast honors the successes of middle- and high-school students who have excelled academically and shown commitment and dedication. At the breakfast, one eighth-grader is awarded the Dr. Paul L. Beasley Leadership Award.

Annual Etiquette Series and Luncheon

ETS eighth-graders complete a series on etiquette, proper dress, grooming, introductions and self-development, which culminates in a three-course luncheon featuring notable community speakers.

Campus Tours

Middle school students visit college campuses to become acquainted with various college opportunities in the state. Students meet with admissions officers, visit campus facilities such as classrooms and dormitories, and participate in activities. Campus tours require advance registration and parental approval.


We're here for you.

If you have questions, we're happy to help. If you are a current UofSC student, call 803-777-5125 or visit our office at 1400 Wheat St. If you are a college-bound student currently attending middle or high school, call 803-777-5127 or visit our office at 1338 Pickens St.