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Office of Access and Opportunity

Student Programs

There are endless opportunities for students to get involved in activities and organizations, both socially and academically. We active seek students to partner with us.

The Leadership and Service Center coordinates the resources for more than 500 student organizations on campus. These resources can help students gain access to the university and connect with people and programs dedicated to diversity and inclusion initiatives.

In partnership with Midlands Technical College, UofSC offers this “bridge” program to students who do not meet the entrance criteria for freshman enrollment.  However, the students are high potential students who can benefit from attending Midland’s Technical College for one year, while residing in student housing.  After the first year students transfer to UofSC. The program is designed to promote access for underrepresented students.  Facts:

  • 35% minority students
  • 72% of students in the program transferred from Midlands Tech to UofSC
  • 70% graduation rate among minority student who matriculate through the program

Since 2008, the Gamecock Guarantee has offered an affordable, high quality education to academically talented first-generation students from low-income South Carolina families.  The scholarship covers tuition and technology fees for four years (as long as the student continues to meet the program criteria).

The program encourages student success by creating a “small college” atmosphere that includes tutoring assistance, academic advising, guidance on undergraduate research and study abroad opportunities, mentoring, workshops and cultural enrichment opportunities.  Low income, first generation students take freshman year courses as a cohort. Facts:

  • 50% minority students 
  • 72% five-year graduation rate (2008 cohort)
  • 95% freshman to sophomore retention rate for the past five years

The Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program is an initiative that recruits and prepares under represented minorities to become college and university professors. The initiative aims to promote and increase diversity in the professoriate.

Phone: 803-777-2808

The Black Graduate Student Association at UofSC is a student run organization dedicated to fostering an academic, professional and social environment for black graduate students. The organization also serves as an aid in advocating the needs and concerns of black graduate students at UofSC.


The Graduate Civic Scholars Program (GCSP) is a new and innovative professional development opportunity for masters and doctoral students graduating in May 2016 or after, who are interested in community and public engagement and action-based research. GCSP will provide opportunities for interdisciplinary research, involvement in social justice initiatives and an enhanced understanding of the role of scholarship in addressing societal needs.

Kirk Foster, faculty director

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is dedicated to the advancement and development of graduate and professional students at UofSC. It serves to advocate on behalf of the interests of nearly 7,000 graduate and professional students at the University of South Carolina. The GSA works closely with administrators, faculty and staff to achieve its goals.

Phone: 803-777-2631


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