During the Gamecock Gateway program, students take courses at Midlands Technical College. Academic Advisors work closely with students to ensure that courses will help the student matriculate to the University of South Carolina at the end of their time in Gateway.
All students at the University of South Carolina share a common academic curriculum: the Carolina Core.
These first courses in the liberal arts and sciences support subsequent study in the program major and in beyond-the-classroom learning activities.
The Carolina Core develops competency in communication, analytical reasoning and problem-solving, scientific literacy, information literacy and the arts. Topics in global citizenship and multicultural understanding as well as values, ethics and social responsibility are explored.
A wide variety of Carolina Core courses are available with new options being added every year. Work closely with your advisor to choose Carolina Core courses that fit best with your major to ensure timely degree completion.
The University of South Carolina has made it very easy to see how coursework transfers from all SC Technical Colleges. Students can easily see how courses articulate for Carolina Core requirements and major specific requirements.
Frequently Asked Questions
As a Gamecock Gateway student, you will take your courses at the Midlands Technical College Airport and/or Beltline campuses. A shuttle is provided Monday-Friday between the USC campus and the MTC campuses. Your major(s) will largely determine your campus assignment.
Each student works with an academic adviser at MTC who will work closely with University of South Carolina academic personnel to ensure that the coursework complies with USC transfer requirements.
No. While in the Gamecock Gateway program, students can only take classes at Midlands Technical College. Once you have completed 30 hours of coursework and meet all of the USC transfer requirements, you will have the opportunity to enroll as a full-time USC student and take classes at USC.
Students are expected to be enrolled in a minimum of 15 credit hours each semester, so if you need to drop a class, please meet with your MTC adviser immediately. Students must complete 30 hours of transferable credit through Midlands Technical College in order to continue at USC the following fall.
Midlands Technical College also offers wintermester and maymester classes that offer a 4-week asynchronous course with the same credit hours available during a full semester class. Many students use these classes to make up for a dropped class during the semester. Students will work with their academic advisor to register for these.
Yes. Gamecock Gateway students must declare a major as their schedules are created in order to meet the transfer requirements. This allows students to transition smoothly into their sophomore year at USC.