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Student Opportunities

At USC Sumter, our vision is to be the destination of choice for the brightest minds seeking the best learning experience. You will discover that USC Sumter provides unique program combinations that help you start and finish your degree, while you enjoy the benefits of a true college experience.

Beyond the Classroom

As a student here, you will learn from world renowned faculty. Your learning will extend beyond the campus and the classroom with opportunities to participate in community service-learning projects, internships, research and study-abroad programs. USC Sumter is the university of choice for students who want to be the best they can be. If you're ready to challenge yourself, then we invite you to choose USC Sumter.

Military Friendly Designation

We were proud to be designated a 2017 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds, and publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM and Military Spouse. Now in its seventh year, the original, premier Military Friendly® Schools designation provides service members and their families with transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.

Institutions competed for the elite Military Friendly® School title by completing a survey of over 100 questions covering ten categories, including military support on campus, graduation and employment outcomes, and military spouse policies. Survey responses were scored against benchmarks across these key indicators of success. In addition, data was independently tested by EY (Ernst & Young) based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media with guidance from an independent Advisory Board of higher education and recruiting professionals. 

The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation. The methodology used for making the Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past seven years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.

“USC Sumter is excited to receive the Military Friendly designation,” says Dean Sonntag. “Faculty and staff are dedicated to helping all students succeed but sometimes military members and their dependents have unique needs. With our Base Education Office personnel and recently hired Veteran’s Affairs Coordinator, we are able to assist our military students and their dependents with most issues as they arise. And we’re working hard right now to further increase and improve our service to these students.”

“Post-secondary institutions earning the Military Friendly® School award have exceptionally strong programs for transitioning service members and spouses,” said Daniel Nichols, Chief Product Officer of Victory Media and Navy Reserve veteran. “Our Military Friendly® Schools are truly aligning their military programs and services with employers to help students translate military experience, skills and training into successful careers after graduation.”

Opportunity Scholars

The Student Support Service is one of the TRIO programs funded by the United States Department of Education. The SSS (Student Support Service) helps first generation college students make the adjustment to college life. The program assists students in developing the skills and motivation necessary to successfully pursue a college education. This free service also provides individualized instruction to develop or strengthen the student’s identified needs in mathematics, English and reading.

A variety of workshops are presented throughout the year with information for personal, academic, and career development. Additionally, comprehensive advising services are available to assist students with academic affairs, financial aid, career guidance, and other student concerns. Any student who has been accepted to USC Salkehatchie can apply for admission to the Student Support Service.

All students are encouraged to apply to the SSS, but because of federal eligibility guidelines, the program is restricted in the number of students served. However, any student who applies to the program will be properly evaluated. Please contact the SSS office for more information on eligibility requirements.

Academic Advising

Student schedules, courses, grades, etc. are closely monitored each semester. Individuals as well as group sessions are held with the students to assist in time management, study skills, and test-taking skills. 


OSP offers students one-to-one, individualized tutoring. All tutoring is monitored by our specialists and academic progress is charted.  

Career Planning

Assistance is provided to students in assessing their career plans and setting realistic goals. Faculty members are consulted concerning students' career choices and related course work. 

College Transfer Assistance

Services to assist students in the transition to a 4-year university are provided. College visits are offered. 

Cultural Events

OSP arranges on and off-campus cultural events for each participant.

Financial Aid

Assistance is provided to students in the completion of FAFSA, acquiring scholarships, grants, and other means. 

How Do I Qualify?

Two thirds of the program participants must be first generation college students with financial and academic need. The remaining one third may be either first generation, have financial need, or be disabled.
Print an OSP application [PDF]


University 101

The transition from high school to college can be tough. We make it easier with our University 101 program. 

A Program to Look For

University 101 was developed at USC Columbia in 1972 and adopted by our campus in the 1980s. It's consistently ranking in the top "program to look for" by the US News and World Report. Why? When you register for University 101, you'll find yourself in a smaller campus environment that will give you built-in support systems to create paths toward personal and academic success. You'll discover dynamic and interactive classrooms, hear outside speakers and have a rewarding experience. 

Choosing a UNIV 101 Course

When you enroll, you can choose between a general section or a major-specific section, like business, health professions or nursing. Some Columbia campus majors require a major-specific course, so be sure to talk to your advisor.