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USC Lancaster reopened for in-person classes on August 20, 2020. Face coverings are required on-campus and social distancing is encouraged among members of the campus community. The semester will be offered in an accelerated format, with in-person instruction ending on Nov. 24. In addition, classes will be held on many traditional holidays and breaks to allow for the semester to end earlier than usual. Classes will be held remotely on General Election Day (Nov. 3), Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Frequently check this COVID-19 link. and the gray boxes below to stay up-to-date with the latest news and updates.

Message from the Dean

Walter Collins 

Hello, and welcome to the University of South Carolina Lancaster.

We hope you will take the opportunity to browse our website and see the variety of ways this campus makes a difference in the lives of the students we serve. When we are operating in a normal status, I encourage you to visit our campus, talk with our faculty and professional staff, and see for yourself what a special place this is to start or continue your education. In the meantime, we are available to you virtually by phone, through email, and online chat. We believe that you’ll find just what you’re looking for right here. First and foremost, no matter the circumstances, our faculty and staff are dedicated to assisting you in reaching your personal and professional goals.

One of the most positive and enduring aspects of this campus is the degree to which the surrounding community, a community that spans a six-county service area, loves and helps sustain this campus. We are fortunate to enjoy the support of the citizens of this region of South Carolina as well as that of leaders in business and government. There is no question that, whether you are online or in person, you will be challenged academically while you are a student here. We hope too that the community support you’ll readily see and feel will also challenge you, in turn, to show your support to this campus and community for years to come.

While you’re here, and as you can safely do so, take advantage of the many “extras” of college life. Perhaps be a spectator at one of our intercollegiate games or matches and cheer for the Lancers, attend a concert, lecture or film showing, take a day trip or a Travel Study trip to see new places. Dealing with the global pandemic can be a challenge, but our goal is to make your time here as rewarding as we can. College is all about new experiences, and I hope you get involved as conditions allow. Please introduce yourself to me around campus, and let me know if I can help you with any concerns you might have.

Best wishes for many productive years at USC Lancaster!

Walter Collins
Regional Campus Dean
USC Lancaster


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