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From starting your application to clicking the submit button, get the inside scoop about the admissions process and life at South Carolina directly from UofSC experts and our current students!

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Your Weekend Trip To UofSC Based On Your Favorite Halloween Movie

Planning to visit South Carolina in the upcoming weeks? Here are a few activities you should check out based on your favorite Halloween movie! 

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26 Walkable Spots From Campus For The Class Of 2026

There is always something new and exciting to explore just steps away from campus. Check out some of our favorite spots!

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Hallmarks of Fall – 4 Fall Festivities To Enjoy When You Visit Columbia

We love the autumn season at UofSC! So, we wanted to share four of our favorite Columbia fall festivities.

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Lattes and Lectures: 4 Of The Coolest Coffee Spots For Your Next Study Break

Whether you're looking for a good study spot or just want a fresh cup of coffee, we know some of the coolest local coffee spots in town! 

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Gamecock Essentials: 4 Tips to Maximize Your Gameday Experience

Planning to attend a UofSC football game this season? Check out these four tips to help you prepare for your Gamecock football experience.

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From Senior to Senior: 5 Must-Know Tips for Your Senior Year

College senior Miranda Butler shares advice that she wishes she knew before starting her final year of high school.

UofSC Visit Guide Series

UofSC Visit Guide Series

Visiting UofSC? Keep reading  to discover a visit experience catered towards your interests!

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One...Two...Which application is right for you?

The University of South Carolina accepts two applications: The Common App and the UofSC App. Learn more about each application! 

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Instagrammable Campus Tour Spots

Heading to UofSC  for a tour? Get your camera ready for these six “Instagrammable” photo spots.

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UofSC's Best Study Spots

Are you on the hunt for the best places to study on campus? Well, look no further — we’ve got it covered! 

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Art Galleries in Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina prides itself on creating a warm and welcoming art community.  Check out these local galleries! 

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6 Tips for Living with a Roommate

Living with a college roommate is a new experience that can be very exciting! Read these quick tips to make your roommate experience as great as it can be.

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REAL Advice: 5 Things Nobody Tells You About Freshman Year

Feeling excited but a little nervous about your freshman year of college? Fear not, we’re here to help! We gathered useful advice from current students. 

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UofSC Ghost Stories

Gather 'round the virtual campfire for some seriously spooky tales of chilling encounters at UofSC. 

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Meet Cocky!

Meet Cocky, our tail-shaking, wing-flapping Gamecock who is never too "chicken" to pump up our Gamecock spirit!

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Columbia Connection: The Perfect Blend of Coffee and Study Spots

Relaxing study spots and delicious coffee can be found around every corner in Columbia. Here is a list of four of our favorites that are within a 10-minute walk from the center of campus! 

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Game Day Ideas for Watching at Home

It's finally time for Carolina football! Game days might look a bit different this year. Find out ways to make watching the Gamecocks at home just as exciting as watching in Williams-Brice Stadium.

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Six Ways to Maximize Your Virtual Open House Experience

Calling all high school seniors! Are you ready to experience UofSC from your living room? Check out these six tips to make your virtual Gamecock experience the best.

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An Insider's Guide to the South Carolina Honors College

Get the inside scoop about the South Carolina Honors College including courses, professors, housing, activities and more!

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24 Tips for the Class of 2024

From the best places to eat to making friends, Haylee Foreman '20 shares her top tips for living your UofSC life to the fullest.

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Your First Week at South Carolina

Each fall, we roll out the garnet carpet for our new and returning students and their families. The bustling week of activities, which begins on Move-in Day, includes a number of fun, on-campus events such as First Night Carolina, Convocation, the start of classes and more.

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University of South Carolina Traditions

UofSC is a special place, with a vibrant community and caring spirit. There are many reasons to call South Carolina home, but the campus traditions are some of our students' favorite.

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Columbia Connection: Best Places to Watch the Carolina Sunset

There are few things that beat watching the sunset over the city of Columbia skyline, and our students agree. 

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Love letters to South Carolina

In the spirit of Valentine's Day, Clara Bergeson '22 and Mallory Mikolajczyk '22 write about how South Carolina has influenced their collegiate careers and lives. 

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Ready, Set, Transfer: Six tips for becoming a Gamecock

From the application process to transitioning to South Carolina, Bri Kelly, coordinator for transfer admissions, gives insight on becoming a Gamecock.

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Five ways to get the most out of Admitted Student Day

La Toya Atkinson, manager for special events, gives tips on how to get the most out of Admitted Student Day. 

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Seven reasons I'm thankful for South Carolina

As the holiday season approaches, Melissa Mesnick '21 writes why she is thankful to be a student at South Carolina. 

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Finding your community at South Carolina

Bri Broomfield, coordinator for diversity and inclusion, tells how you can find your community on campus.

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The South Carolina Honors College Student Experience

Maddie Claire Porterfield '20 talks about how her experience in our top-ranked South Carolina Honors College has shaped her college career.

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How to make the most of your campus visit

Brittany Wilson, communications manager for the Visitor Center, gives her perspective on how to make the most of your South Carolina campus visit. 

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Undecided on a college major? You're not alone.

Brian Hayes '23 talks about his experience as an undeclared major.

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Making the most of your college admissions rep relationship

Philadelphia regional admissions representative Allie Warrick gives tips on how to make the most of your relationship with your admissions rep.

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College terms 101: Fifteen words to know before you apply

Assistant director Julia Hodge breaks down 15 commonly used words in the admissions world.

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Alexa, play Sandstorm: All about fall semester at South Carolina

Sarah Lilley '19 describes the most exciting moments of fall semester.

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Six things to do before or after your campus tour

Visiting campus? Miranda Butler '22 outlines six things to do in Columbia while you're here.

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Finding your home away from home

Alumna Kaitlyn MacDonald gives advice on making the most of your time at South Carolina.

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