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!
Jackie Parnell reflects on the internship set his trajectory for the rest of his career.
German and political science major finds first-rate education by way of a second choice
Jahleel Johnson discovered opportunities in-state that allowed him to study around the world.
4th Udall Scholar named in 10 years at UofSC
Harrison Bench's passion for environmental advocacy led to him being awarded a Udall Undergraduate Scholarship, one of the most prestigious national scholarships in the U.S.
May graduate earns public health degree as foundation for career in medicine
During her program, Madison Petersen gained research experience with the Arnold Childhood Obesity Initiative, Connect Lab and the NCI-funded Cancer Education Program, ultimately earning Graduation with Leadership Distinction in Research.
A Letter from the Dean
As Dean Steven Lynn completes a decade of service to the Honors College, he reflects on this season of celebration and looks toward the future.
Important information for
Welcome to our Honors Class of 2026! Make sure you check out our "Incoming Freshmen"
page to learn more about freshman orientation, summer advising, upcoming freshman
events and more!
Incoming Freshmen HQ
Dec. 11Join us for a celebration of our fall graduates on December 11, 2022 at 3:00 PM. Location:
May 4Join us for a celebration of our spring graduates on May 4, 2023 at 6:00 PM. Location: Koger Center
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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 »
Meet the newest Honors BARSC-MD cohort! These bright and hard-working freshmen are
ready to pursue a rigorous and exciting path of coursework and experiences to follow
their calling into the field of medicine.
Learn more about our amazing students
Honors students Kylie Dolbier, Rachel Kirk and Kelley Powell are a dynamic trio who
brought unrivaled energy and passionate leadership to the field as they helmed one
of the best marching bands in the country.