The University of South Carolina initiated the First-Year Reading Experience in 1993 to provide incoming freshmen with a common academic experience - a book to read during the summer followed by a first-year class gathering and discussion groups before fall classes begin.
The First-Year Reading Experience at the University of South Carolina is a half-day event held each fall before the start of classes. The event is planned for the Monday before classes begin, during the University’s Welcome Week. Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the program introduces students to academic life at the University of South Carolina. By bringing students together, before the first day of classes, to discuss a common reading, the University demonstrates that academics are the top priority at the University of South Carolina.