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Gamecock Gateway

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Academics and Support

Need some assistance in a particular class? Uncertain about how to study or take notes? Do you simply need general academic motivation? Gamecock Gateway provides academic support for you at both Midlands Technical College and the University of South Carolina.

Academic Advising

Every Gamecock Gateway student works with an academic adviser from Midlands Technical College. Your relationship with your adviser is an important one, as your adviser's job is to help you succeed. You will be advised in both the fall and spring semesters to ensure you are scheduling the right classes, that you are maintaining your minimum course load, and to provide the academic support you need to transfer successfully to USC your sophomore year.

Academic Calendar

Our students operate on a unique academic calendar. Keep up with important information and review the Gamecock Gateway academic calendar.


Where will I take classes?

As a Gamecock Gateway student, you will primarily take your courses at the Midlands Technical College Airport and/or Beltline campuses. A shuttle is provided Monday-Friday between the USC campus and the MTC campuses. Your major(s) will largely determine your campus assignment.

Each student works with an academic adviser at MTC who will work closely with University of South Carolina academic personnel to ensure that the coursework complies with USC transfer requirements.

Can I enroll in classes at USC?

No. While in the Gamecock Gateway program, students can only take classes at Midlands Technical College. Once you have completed 30 hours of coursework and meet all of the USC transfer requirements, you will have the opportunity to enroll as a full-time USC student and take classes at USC. 

What if I need to drop a class?

Students are expected to be enrolled in a minimum of 15 credit hours each semester, so if you need to drop a class, please meet with your MTC adviser immediately. Students must complete 30 hours of transferable credit through Midlands Technical College in order to continue at USC the following fall.

Will I declare my major as a Gamecock Gateway student?

Yes. Gamecock Gateway students must declare a major as their schedules are created in order to meet the transfer requirements. This allows students to transition smoothly into their sophomore year at USC.


Tutoring and Academic Support

Bates House Tutoring

The MTC Academic Success Center oversees tutoring at Bates House, and tutoring subjects are specific to MTC courses.

How It Works

All tutoring sessions are scheduled as drop-in sessions, so there is no appointment needed. Students can simply show up in the Bates House Lounge during the times posted to receive assistance. Your attendance also helps the Gamecock leadership team evaluate the popularity of the sessions, and allows us to address any changes that need to be made between semesters.

MTC Academic Success Centers

MTC operates an Academic Success Center on both the Airport and Beltline campuses.

Airport Academic Success Center

Location: Academic Center, Room 151
Hours: Mon-Thurs from 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., Fri from 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Airport Tutoring Hours by Subject

Beltline Academic Success Center

Location: Lindau Engineering Tech Building, Room 211
Hours: Mon-Thurs from 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., Fri from 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Phone: 803-738-7871
Beltline Tutoring Hours by Subject

Disability Services

The USC Student Disability Resource Center and MTC Counseling and Career Services work together support students with documented disabilities including — but not limited to — medical conditions, learning disabilities, health concerns, physical disabilities, psychological disabilities and many others.

Register for Classroom Accommodations (through MTC)

Register for Transportation, Housing or Meal Plan Accommodations (through USC)

Transfer Requirements

Gamecock Gateway is a one-year-only program extending from fall to spring in a single academic year. To transfer to USC Columbia, students must:

  • earn 30 transferrable credit hours at Midlands Technical College
  • have a 2.25 GPA or higher (some USC programs will require a higher GPA for admission)
  • be in good conduct and financial standing with both USC and MTC

More about transferring to USC »