At the South Carolina Honors College, you can choose from hundreds of engaging courses
designed specifically for you, live with high-achieving classmates, and experience
learning that takes you far beyond the classroom.
The Best of Both Worlds
When you combine the resources of a top-tier research university and the feel of a
small liberal arts college, you get the
top-ranked public honors college in the United States. You get the best of both worlds, the South Carolina Honors
Your academic experience at the Honors College will inspire you. You'll carry what
you learn here throughout the rest of your life and career. As you explore your interests,
you'll also have access to some of the
coolest courses on campus. With nearly 600 honors courses offered each year, you and your dedicated honors
advisor can find perfect courses that fit your major and your interests. And speaking
of majors, if you can't find one that fits your unique educational goals, you have
a unique option available only to Honors College students — the Baccalaureus Artium
et Scientiae [BARSC] degree, which allows you to design your own major.
Once you're here, you'll have access to special
campus housing for honors students as well as all the amenities the University of South Carolina has to offer. No doubt
you are accustomed to challenging course work and strong academics, but there's a
great big world beyond the classroom and Honors College students are encouraged, make
that required, to apply what they learn through research projects, study abroad, service learning and internships. As you navigate that big world, you'll also be part of a supportive community, including
other honors students and a devoted team of faculty and staff.
Our alumni live and work all over the world, and we make every effort to keep you
in touch with each other. From alumni awards to regional events, getting together
with this accomplished group can open doors for you.
We have information sessions for prospective students on a weekly basis. Staff and
students share their experiences, discuss the academic offerings provided by the college,
review the application process and requirements and answer your questions. We look
forward to meeting you! We also encourage applicants to learn more about Honors life
prospective student page!
USC Honors College students win top Pay it Forward prize
Thrisha Mote, Anusha Ghosh, Jiya Desai and Aastha Arora earned the top prize in the Pay it Forward competition sponsored by South Carolina's electric cooperatives. The competition aims to find solutions to pressing social and economic problems in the state's rural areas.
Building a better world
Tamera Sullivan, a 2019 USC and Fulbright alumna, will now pursue a career as a foreign service officer with the Pickering Fellowship.
From side hustle to startup: McNair Institute prepares future entrepreneurs for success
Brett Nilsen and Sean Powers came to the McNair Institute with a dream of starting their own company. They left the university with strong foundations for their shoe resale startup.
Alumna Jenni Williams lives out her childhood dream
Honors Alumna Jenni Williams discusses how her childhood dream of becoming a news reporter became a reality while attending USC and the South Carolina Honors College.
Dance and political science alumna gets creative to help marginalized youth
How do you combine a creative calling, a passion for politics and a determination to drive social change? Just ask Vivien Toumey. The Arts and Sciences alumna has turned her background in dance and political science into an impactful career in non-profit work, where she has crafted social media campaigns that have led to real policy changes.
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May 4Join us for a celebration of our spring graduates on May 4, 2023 at 6:00 PM. Location: Koger Center
16With an average class size of just 16 students, Honors College courses tend to be
more intimate and encourage thoughtful interaction between our students and faculty. LEARN FROM THE BEST »
Want to sign up to receive one of our Honors newsletters? Weekly SCHC student newsletter:
Each Monday, our students automatically receive our SCHC News that includes that week's
events, upcoming opportunities and Honors news. Family members, campus partners, faculty
and others are welcome to sign up to receive it as well!
If you're a parent or family member of an Honors student, we encourage you to sign
up for our parent/family communications. We send out a newsletter 1-2 times each semester
as well as invites to different Honors events that are open to family members.