University of South Carolina

Admissions


WELCOME, USC PARENTS!

When your student searches for the best fit in a place to pursue an undergraduate degree, you're an important influence on the final decision. You want your student to feel right at home while getting the best possible education to prepare for future success. We're here to help. That's the "Carolina Difference."

Use these links to discover more about how USC helps your student.

Academic Success

With more than 70 majors in 15 colleges, your student can create an exciting, challenging and enjoyable program of study. At USC, academics matter. Our extensive support services, including our Student Success Center, help your student succeed. From the first gathering of the entire freshman class in the Carolina Coliseum to small-group meetings where they discuss the summer reading assignment they completed before arriving at school, your student benefits from the ongoing high level of interaction, personal attention, free academic success coaching, after-hours Writing Center consultations and math tutoring offered at USC, conveniently accessible in our residence halls. For about the same cost as regular tuition, your student can study abroad and earn course credit while exploring critical issues at one of more than 50 institutions in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and South America.

Our professors participate in USC's Early Intervention Initiative, designed to refer students who miss classes to the Class Absence Reflection Group for counseling. In addition, our resident advisors — upperclassmen who serve as peer mentors — may help identify potential problems, refer students for help and alert the University to any issues.

Community

From opening day in August — when USC staff and faculty members help your student move into the residence halls — to the exceptional experiences gained in our award-winning University 101 course that assists students as they settle in and get used to university life, the USC community creates a welcoming home away from home. You'll be glad to know our long-term studies show that students who take U101 are more successful than those who don't. As Thomas Rickenbaker '10 says, "My University 101 instructor helped me find my voice in the classroom." Your student can participate in USC's 300+ campus organizations to discover new interests and meet new friends.

Safety and Prevention

Carolina's trained professional staff focus on safety and crime prevention to keep your student safe on campus, in student activities and in the residence halls.

  • Students can access more than 140 call boxes across campus to summon immediate help from one of the 55 academy-trained members of USC's accredited police force, who patrol the campus on foot, bicycle, horseback and cruiser. University police also provide escorts.
  • Project ID, a free service for USC students, faculty and staff, engraves a University identification code on personal property such as laptops, iPods or bicycles to deter theft and aid in recovery of items that are stolen.

Wellness

The conveniently located Thomson Student Health Center provides full-time registered or certified medical staff, including seven physicians and three nurse practitioners, as well as on-site pharmacy, laboratory, radiology and physical therapy services, immunizations and allergy shots. In the Travel Clinic, your student can coordinate necessary country-based health information and risks with their personal health care needs for traveling abroad.

Healthy Carolina, a university-wide initiative, offers a guide to all the opportunities that encourage students to live a healthy life, so they miss fewer classes, earn better grades and participate more fully in the campus community.

If you have paid the health fee, your student is eligible for 12 free sessions at the Counseling and Human Development Center, which offers support for making the successful adjustment to life on campus.

The Office of Student Disability Services provides adapted transportation and helps arrange sign language interpreters, note-taking assistance for lectures and class assignments, special accommodations for housing and testing, as well as a TDD for making phone calls. The Center for Adaptive Technology in the Thomas Cooper Library offers technological resources and equipment.

Career

Given its location in the state's capital city of Columbia, the University of South Carolina sits in the center of an exciting city with diverse employment opportunities. Coordinated through our Career Center, USC students find internships and conduct job shadowing in state and federal government agencies, banks, hospitals and health care providers, corporations, high-tech companies, manufacturers, retail outlets and more. From the first semester of University 101 classes, Career Center staff members offer skills and interest assessments, résumé writing workshops, job fairs and practice in interviewing skills.

USC faculty members and academic advisors often become role models, mentors or professional colleagues who continue the positive connections established with students throughout the college years and into the future.

For students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in medicine or law, the Office of Pre-Professional Advising offers invaluable advice about taking the MCAT or LSAT test and how to compete for graduate school admissions.

USC Parent Resources

When you become an "official" Gamecock parent, you'll want to join us for Parents Weekend and check out the resources of the Office of Parents Programs, including an email listserv, newsletters and a telephone hotline to keep you up-to-date.

$3,000 For competitive Magellan Scholar individual undergraduate research

With this award, your student can develop a project with a faculty mentor to pursue their intellectual passion.

Housing

Your student can apply to live in one of 25 campus residence halls with facilities that range from suite-style, apartment-style and female-only to coed and traditional-style Freshman Centers.

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Cost and Aid at USC

Costs & Aid

USC offers many options to assist you with investing in your student's affordable education.

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Visit USC

Visit

Join your student for an in-person guided tour of USC's beautiful and friendly campus.

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