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Face coverings will be required on-campus and social distancing will be 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. Campus will be closed on Labor Day (Sept. 7). Classes will be held asynchronous (virtual) on Labor Day (Sept. 7) and Election Day (Nov. 3). Classes will be held remotely on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Fall break will also be cancelled with face-to-face instruction being held on Oct. 15-16. This schedule also aligns with that of University of South Carolina's institution in Columbia.

Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning

At the University of South Carolina, what you learn inside the classroom is only the beginning.

Part of the USC Family

As a USC Union student, you’re a member of the University of South Carolina family and can take advantage of programs like the Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning (CIEL). True learning extends beyond the classroom. That means taking what you've learned and connecting it to your own personal experiences.


Don't Miss Out

In order to truly distinguish yourself, we encourage you to think about the experiences that you'd like to gain during your time at the university. Now stop and think again. This time dig deeper, and think about how those experiences can influence your academics, how your academics can enhance your experiences and how both can impact your long-term goals. This interweaving of learning inside and beyond the classroom is called integrative learning and at South Carolina we call it Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning. 

By following the steps of CIEL, you can create your plan so that your experiences can be applied in a purposeful way. CIEL partners—faculty and staff across the university—can show you how to choose your experiences, engage in the ones that are right for you, reflect on what you've learned and then share what you've learned with others to demonstrate your leadership skills.

The pathways of experience that you choose can lead you to pursue special recognition through Graduation with Leadership Distinction and ultimately prepare you for life and success beyond USC.

The University of South Carolina Union's CIEL Representative is Dr. Steven Lownes -


Make the Most of Your Time Here with CIEL