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!
Undergraduate students win Tulane Health Policy Case Competition
Honors College students Anusha Ghosh and Muskaan Makkar and Capstone Scholar Hima Vadlamani are the 2023 winners of the nationwide Tulane Health Policy Case Competition, which invited undergraduate students to propose solutions to New Orleans’ homelessness crisis.
A Letter from the Dean
Dean Steven Lynn shares an update on the state of the South Carolina Honors College and the many exciting things ahead.
USC and SCHC alumnus Roger Barnette Cycle of influence
Following in his father's footsteps, Roger Barnette attended the University of South Carolina, loved his college experience and learned what he needed to have successful career. Now he's helping the Honors College recruit today's top talent from the Atlanta area and beyond.
'Where there's hope, there's life'
Having lived in Amsterdam, Brazil, Paris and Washington, D.C., Coy Gibson is happy to be in his home state of South Carolina. And with good reason: His position as director of finance and operations of the Anne Frank Center at the University of South Carolina allows him to boost the Palmetto State’s reputation as a forward-moving place to live.
Alumna Sharon Panelo was an English major in the South Carolina Honors College 21 years ago, but she always knew she “wanted to find that intersection of what I’m good at, what the world needs and how I can make a living, of course.” Today, she brings her love of literature and talent for creative writing to the world of strategic communications.
Nov. 28 | 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Harper College Room 320
Join us for this year's showcase as we
highlight exceptional scholarly, creative and applied thesis projects from a range
of academic disciplines. Learn more
December 17, 2023 Join us for a celebration of our December graduates at 3:00 PM in the Russell House
May 2, 2024 Join us for a celebration of our spring graduates at 6:00 PM at the Koger Center.
Find more information about Revocation
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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 »
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.