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Sophomore Success

Fortify your freshman experience and keep the momentum going into your second year with these events and helpful information, designed just for sophomores.

Programs and Activities  

SophoMORE September

This month-long program is dedicated to helping second-year students adjust to their second year at the university. Over 15 events take place throughout the month, with food, fun, prizes, resources and discussions crucial to the second year at UofSC. Events are designed for second-year students at UofSC but are open to all students.

  • Get a SophoMORE September punch card at any of the main events. Pick up a sophomore punch card and have it signed by a Student Success Center staff member at each event. 
  • ALL students will need to swipe their Carolina Card at events, so please have it with you!
  • Attend 8 events and win a free t-shirt. Attend 10 events and win a t-shirt and another great prize!

HASHTAGS: #UofSC21 OR #sophseptember18

How to Change Your Major Information Session. Wed. 9/5 5 p.m., Russell House University Union 203

SophoMORE Welcome Back Carnival. Thurs. 9/6 1 - 4 p.m., Greene St

Curbside Wellness Fair. Mon. 9/10 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Russell House Patio

Active Study Workshop. Tues. 9/18 7 p.m., Russell House University Union 201

Get Smart About Credit Workshop. Wed. 9/19 7 p.m., Russell House University Union 348

National Student Exchange (NSE) Info Sessions. Wed. 9/19 2 p.m., Student Success Center

Study Abroad Fair. Thurs. 9/20 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Russell House University Union Ballroom

Cooking 101: Easy Cooking for Apartment Living. Thurs. 9/20 5 p.m. Center for Health and Well-Being Demonstration Kitchen

National Student Exchange (NSE) Info Sessions. Fri. 9/21 2 p.m., Student Success Center

SophoMORE Cool Down. Tues. 9/24 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Greene St

Amazing Race with Campus Wellness. Mon. 9/24 2:30 p.m. Locations vary across campus

National Student Exchange (NSE) Info Sessions. Mon. 9/24 1:00 p.m. and Tues. 9/25 4 p.m., Student Success Center

Mindset for Success Workshop. Wed. 9/24 7 p.m., Student Success Center Conference Room

National Voter Registration Day. Tues. 9/25 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Greene Street

Career Fair

STEM fields. Tues. 9/25 12 p.m. -5 p.m. Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Shuttles will be available around campus

All Majors. Wed. 9/26 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Shuttles will be available around campus

What's App-ening Workshop. Wed. 9/26 7 p.m., Russell House University Union 348

National Student Exchange (NSE) Info Sessions. Thurs. 9/27 5 p.m., Student Success Center

Mutual Expectations: Academic Advising. Thurs. 9/27 11:40 a.m. - 1 p.m., Russell House University Union Ballroom

Out-to-Lunch, Success Consultation, Financial Literacy Consultation
On your own between September 1 and September 30! Have a one-on-one consultation with approved programs. Visit the Student Success Center for more information.


SophoMORE Warm-Up Series

In the spring semester, this series of events encourages students to “warm up” to programs and opportunities that are beneficial in the second year of college. 

Stop by and visit us in front of the Thomas Cooper Library and grab a hot drink! We'll have a complete listing of all upcoming SophoMORE Warm Up events, academic planners, and other resources. 

Location: In front of Thomas Cooper Library 

When: 12 - 2 p.m.

Come hear from upperclassmen about their experience doing research! A panel of Magellan Ambassadors will share how they got involved in research, the impact research had on them, and more. 

Location: Student Success Center Conference Room, Thomas Cooper Library - Mezzanine Level

When: 3 -4 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the Student Success Center and Office of Undergraduate Research

Stop by and grab a donut and some quick information about how to explore with the National Student Exchange during your time at UofSC! 

Location: 2nd Floor of Russell House University Union

When: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the Student Success Center and Office of Undergraduate Research

Want to see the world? Stop by and learn more about the opportunities UofSC offers! Spend some time learning more about the search, decision, and what you can do to prepare.

Location: Student Success Center Conference Room Thomas Cooper Library - Mezzanine Level

When: 4 - 5 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the Student Success Center and Study Abroad

Explore the basics of credit and discuss credit reports and credit scores. We will help you determine whether or not you're ready for a credit card and take next steps with you from there.
Location: Student Success Center Conference Room Thomas Cooper Library - Mezzanine Level
When: 3 - 4 p.m.
Sponsored by the Money Management Program in the Student Success Center 
Students and faculty are invited to come for a free lunch and interesting discussion on what role and benefits career preparation has in the classroom. An RSVP is required for this event at
Location: Russell House University Union Ballroom
When: 11:40 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Co-sponsored by the Student Success Center, Center for Teaching Excellence, and Career Center 


Halfway There Celebration

This annual event celebrates the huge milestone reached when sophomores are halfway done with their college career. At this point, you have four semesters down and four semesters to go.

Sophomores make memories with the Class of 2021 Photo Booth! Enjoy free food, music, and walk away with a keepsake photograph! Class of 2021 tassels will be given to the first 200 sophomore students that attend!


Support in the SophoMORE Year

It is never too early to gain career related work experience. Finding a part-time job or internship can be quite a challenge. Visit the Career Center or Pre-Professional Advising for more information on how to find these opportunities and prep for an internship or job search.

Did you know that some academic units even have an internship coordinator? Check with your academic advisor to see if your college or school has one and set up an appointment to chat.

During sophomore year, many students are deciding on an official major or changing their major. There are many resources to help. 

Career Center – This office has many assessments and staff available to help you determine your area of interest.

University Advising Center – Home to Major Change Advising, advisers here can help you figure out which courses will align between majors if you are switching between colleges or schools at the university.

We want to see you succeed at the University of South Carolina — inside and outside of the classroom. The university has developed a number of resources to help students succeed academically. As a second-year student, you may be familiar with many of these already. 

  • The Student Success Center – Your one-stop-shop for academic support on campus, we offer many services, including supplemental instruction, peer tutoring, peer writing and communications, success consultations and financial literacy consultations.
  • The University Advising Center – Receive tips on how to talk to your advisor or explore major change advising.

Even though many sophomore students move off campus or dive into other activities, it is very important to still be connected to campus. The University of South Carolina offers many opportunities for students to actively participate both on campus and in the community. 

USC Connect and Graduation with Leaderships Distinction
USC Connect helps you get the most out of your Carolina education, from finding experiences to engage in, to reflecting on what that experience has meant to you. The Graduation with Leadership Distinction program is a formal distinction that honors the broader scope of achievements for students engaged within and beyond the classroom.

Undergraduate Research
The Office of Undergraduate Research can help students find many opportunities to engage in undergraduate research with a focus on faculty-student mentorship.

Service-Learning and Volunteer Opportunities
Service-Learning integrates meaningful community service with academic coursework. Check out the listing of courses available from the Leadership and Service Center.

The Leadership and Service Center provides an abundance of information on ways you can be involved in the university community and the city of Columbia.

Joining a student service organization brings together like-minded students on a mission to serve those in need.

Domestic Study Away and Study Abroad
Participating in Domestic Study Away, such as the National Student Exchange or international Study Abroad, is a great way to broaden your horizons and have the experience of a lifetime.

Peer Leadership
Peer Leadership is a wonderful way to give back to your fellow students, serve in a leadership role, and gain transferable skills for the real world. There are nearly 60 peer leader groups on campus, from tutors to recruitment counselors.

The USC Connect Opportunity Database has a complete list of beyond the classroom experiences. 

Many students move into off-campus apartment complexes during the second year at Carolina!

  • Off-Campus Student Services can help students find the places that best fits their needs, provide tips and advice on being a good neighbor, and help you figure out your rights as a tenant.
  • Student Legal Services can help you review your lease
  • Make an appointment in the Student Success Center to meet with a Money Management Peer Financial Consultant to learn how to make a monthly budget and pay your bills on time!
  • Healthy Carolina can help you learn how to prepare meals, grocery shop, and find healthy ways to distress!


Month by Month Roadmap

We are happy to provide a guide with important reminders and tips for success in your second year.
Follow the Roadmap »


The SophoMORE Initiative is committed to:

  • Helping sophomore students feel connected and welcomed at UofSC
  • Engaging sophomore students in academic success and integrative learning activities
  • Supporting and celebrating sophomore progress toward degree completion in four years
  • Providing events specifically for sophomore students to promote connection with major and future career opportunities
  • Encouraging sophomore students to engage in high-impact practices through USC Connect and explore the option of Graduation with Leadership Distinction
  • Helping faculty and staff understand the sophomore student population and how to best assist them