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South Carolina Honors College

Transfer Applicants

The Honors College has much to offer and is an excellent option if you're looking for an enhanced college experience.  Transfer admission is highly selective and based on the current number of students in the college. Students from both within the University of South Carolina and other universities are eligible to apply.

Can I Apply?

Students who have completed no more than 45 credit hours while enrolled at an institution of higher education and have a minimum 3.6 GPA may apply for transfer admission to the Honors College. The 45 credit hour limit does not include AP and/or IB credit hours or hours earned for college courses taken while enrolled in high school. 


How Do I Apply?

All students interested in transferring into the Honors College, whether from another college or university, or from the USC-Columbia campus or another regional campus within the USC system, will need to complete the Honors College application for transfer admission.


Application Guidelines

General guidelines for consideration as a transfer applicant are as follows:
  • Minimum of a 3.6 GPA on a 4.0 scale on all college work attempted.
  • Submission of two letters of recommendation from professors.
  • Application including a written essay. (See the application form for essay topics and guidelines.)
  • Transcript of college work (staff will get this directly from the registrar for transfers within the USC system).
  • Reasonable chance of completing the requirements for graduating from the Honors College including a senior thesis. Graduation with honors requires 45 Honors College credit hours.  Please see our online handbook [pdf] for a breakdown and more information.  
Note that a student admitted to the Honors College as a new freshman who initially chose to attend another institution may enter the Honors College during a subsequent semester--up to one year after the student would have originally enrolled--without submitting a further Honors College application. The student accepting the offer of admission in these cases must have maintained a 3.5 GPA in all college course work and must apply to USC as a transfer student.

There are two transfer deadlines:

  • Students who are in their first year of college should apply by the April 15 transfer deadline and would enter the Honors College the following fall semester.

  • Student who are completing the first semester of their second year should apply by the December 1 transfer deadline and would enter the Honors College the following spring semester.

In brief if you are a freshman, you should apply in April; if you are a sophomore, you should apply in December. Should the deadline fall on a weekend, applications will be due the first Monday following.

All applications will be reviewed as a group, with no preference given to applications received early.

  • The transfer application is not currently available. It will be available on this page two months prior to the upcoming deadline. 

  • If you are applying from outside the University of South Carolina system, please also complete the general undergraduate application. Note that deadlines for the general admissions application differ from the Honors College application.

  • If you are applying from within the USC system, but not from the Columbia campus, please fill out a Change of Campus form.


Questions regarding transfer admission into the Honors College can often be answered by reviewing our Frequently Asked Questions page.  Any additional inquiries should be directed to Elise Porter, Recruiting Coordinator, at