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Academic Advising

Our Advisors and Staff

Drew Newton

Title: Associate Director, First-Year Advising
Department: University Advising Center
Academic Advising
Phone: 803-777-2176
Office: Close Hipp Building, Suite 381


B.A. English and Secondary Education, James Madison University

M.Ed. Higher Education and Student Affairs, University of South Carolina


Hometown: Farmville, VA

About Me: Originally from Farmville, Virginia (it's a real place!), I am a proud graduate of James Madison University and the University of South Carolina (Go Gamecocks!). Prior to my career in higher education, I served as an eighth grade English teacher in Virginia. I have had the opportunity to serve and learn at Carolina in multiple capacities, including Graduate Assistant for LGBT Programs, Assistant Director of Transfer and Special Student Population Services, Director of the Gamecock Gateway, and now Assistant Director of First-Year Advising. A higher education "nerd," you will often find me exploring college campuses when not at Chipotle or ChickfilA.

Areas of Expertise:  Teaching/Instruction; First-Year and Transfer Student Support; Campus Inclusivity; Presentations/Marketing

Professional Achievements

  • 2013 Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support New Professional of the Year Award
  • 2011 USC Hero Award by the USC Student Health Services Bystander Accountability Initiative
  • 2011 First Year Graduate Student of the Year Award by the USC Student Personnel Association
  • Recipient of the Association of Collegiate Conference and Event Directors-International’s 2008 Outstanding New Conference and Event Professional Award

Favorite Quote:  "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Advice to Students:  Be open to all that is around you! When you are vulnerable to your new opportunities, you learn so much about yourself, and you fall in love with Carolina over and over again.

Involvment in the Carolina Community: Prior experiences include: U101 Instructor; Founding Chair, Transfer Dialogue Group; Co-Chair, Veterans Student Services Advisory Committee; Division of Student Affairs/Academic Support Professional Development Team; USC Connect Assessment Review Team; First Night Carolina Planning Committee; Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support Web Advisory Committee; University 101 Advisory Council