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Carolina Master Scholars Adventures Series

Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series

Celebrating sixteen years of learning through exploration, the Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series is open to rising 6th - 12th grade students who are academically talented or gifted.  Experience college life this summer at USC .  Explore careers you've dreamt about and dive deep into learning without the pressure of grades.  Jumpstart your future and choose from challenging, fun and engaging topics. 

Summer 2019 Camps

This summer academically talented middle and high school students from across the country joined us at USC for some serious fun, met new friends and continued their quest for knowledge in this nationally recognized, award-winning academic adventure!    Here's a full list of our 2019 courses. 


Program Basics

The CMS Adventures Series embraces healthy living, community service and social interaction in an interactive learning environment. 

  • Admission and acceptance into the program is selective and courses fill quickly, so don't miss out!
  • Courses are based out of USC Columbia.
  • Scholars can enroll in one class per week.
  • Class size is limited to 20 scholars per course, unless otherwise noted.
  • The program starts with orientation on Sunday afternoon for all scholars. Class instruction is held Monday-Friday and ends with a parents session on Friday at 1:00 pm.  Class instruction is held 9:00 am-3:15pm Monday through Friday followed by afternoon activities. Commuters check out daily between 4:30-5:00pm.  Residential and Commuter Plus students enjoy dinner and evening activities. View a typical day at camp and a sample class schedule.
  • Course fees depend on the type of enrollment.  You may choose from:  residential, commuter and commuter plus evening.  Additional lab and transportation fees apply to these courses - Computer Gaming, Vex Robotics, Electrical Engineering, Law, Chemistry, Medicine-Ultrasound, Creative Writing, Information Technology and Engineering.
  • Once you are enrolled, take a moment to review this summer's Scholar Information Guide which provides helpful information, even though our housing location and schedules are not confimed yet. 
  • Partial scholarships are also available.

We have answers to common questions about the program and if any time you have questions or need more information, you can email or call 803-777-9444.



To be eligible for admission to the Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series, a student must:

  1. Be a rising 6th through 12th grader
  2. Be academically talented and gifted as established by objective means
  3. Attend an institution or home school accredited by an approved state or national accreditation organization, or provide objective evidence of academic success as specified in subparagraph 4 below
  4. Submit a completed application and an report card or official transcript from an accredited institution subject to the following:
    1. Applicants attending unaccredited institutions or institutions that do not award traditional numeric grades may submit, in lieu of an official transcript, approved standardized test scores (i.e., ACT, MAP, PACT, PSAT, PLAN, SAT, STAR, or ITBS  scores), or the results of a standard intelligence test administered by a licensed  psychologist (at the applicant’s expense).
    2. Applicants who have previously attended an Adventure Series program will need to submit an updated report card / official transcript and be in good standing (i.e., no disciplinary issues) at both their institution and the Adventure Series.
    3. Students who participated in Duke TIP Talent Search at 4-6 or 7-8 Grades are automatically accepted into the program upon submission of an application and proof of Duke TIP Identification Number or SC Junior Scholar status and recent report card/ official transcript..
    4. All applicants must be covered by a valid health insurance policy during their enrollment in a Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series course, proof of which must be provided on the standard Consent and Waiver.



  1. Because admission to the Adventure Series is highly competitive and limited to academically  talented students, an applicant generally must meet one of the following criteria in order to be  selected for admission:
  2. Completed applications, report card / transcripts or test scores are reviewed and evaluated holistically to determine if an applicant should be admitted to the Adventure Series.
  3. The University of South Carolina Carolina Master Scholars Program does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of  race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status.
    • Maintain a grade point average equivalent to a 3.25 GPA.
    • Score at or above the 93rd percentile nationally in reasoning ability on a standardized aptitude test or score at or above the 94th percentile nationally on a standardized achievement test or be classified as gifted and talented based on the results of a standard intelligence test.
    • Applicants are encouraged to apply early. Enrollments in Adventure Series classes are  limited, and applicants found to meet eligibility requirements will be offered admission on a first come, first served basis.


Program Costs

Choose the type of enrollment to fit your needs:

Residential – $975

Residential scholars check in Sunday afternoon and check out Friday at 2:00 PM. The program fee includes all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and all afternoon and evening activities. Scholars reside in a university residence hall and experience student life at USC alongside counselors. Lab fees may also apply to some courses. 

Commuter – $575

Commuting scholars check in Sunday afternoon for a mandatory orientation. Daily check-in is Monday through Friday at 8:00 AM. Daily check-out is Monday through Thursday at 4:30 PM.  Friday check-out is 2:00 PM. The program fee includes lunch and all afternoon activities. Commuters are also invited to participate in Thursday evening pizza party and activities. Lab fees may also apply to some courses. 

Commuter Plus Evening – $665

Commuter Plus scholars check in Sunday afternoon for a mandatory orientation. Daily check-in is Monday through Friday at 8:00 AM. Daily check-out is Monday through Thursday at 9:30 PM.  Friday check-out is 2:00 PM. The program fee includes lunch and dinner and all afternoon and evening activities. Lab fees may also apply to some courses. 

Scholarship Opportunities

Visit our scholarship page to discover what opportunities are available for the 2018 Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series.

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