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Gamecock Gateway

  • Gamecock Gateway student sits on her dorm room bed with her laptop


The Bates House community is designed to support academic success and enhance every Gateway student's overall college experience.

Bates House

Students in the Gamecock Gateway program live on-campus at the University of South Carolina in the Bates House Living Learning Community. This co-ed traditional residence hall houses 531 students—including USC students, Palmetto Pathway Bridge students, and visiting exchange students. 


Building Amenities

Building amenities include a computer lab, study lounge, Gamecock Gateway satellite office, and Bates Diner—an all-you-care-to-eat dining facility. 

Take a virtual tour of Bates House »


Housing Staff

At Bates House, students are supported by one full-time residence life coordinator (professional staff), an assistant residence life coordinator (graduate student), and a host of resident mentors (undergraduate students), some of whom are former Gamecock Gateway students.

Common Housing Questions

You will be paired with a fellow Gateway student. If you would like to pre-select or preference a roommate, please provide your preferred roommate’s name and USC email address on the Roommate Request screen as detailed in the Housing Application Instructions (included in the packet you received after paying your deposit).

Your $750 housing deposit is non-refundable. The deposit serves as an advance payment on your fall housing, and is automatically deducted from your fall housing fees. 

More information about tuition and fees »

No. Gamecock Gateway students live together in Bates House, as the program is both academic and residential. In fact, all USC freshmen are required to live on campus. Research shows that students who live on campus are more likely to stay in college and graduate. They report more satisfaction with their undergraduate experience, particularly with friendships, faculty relations and college life. They also achieve more in extracurricular activities, particularly in leadership and athletics.

Yes. Gamecock Gateway students are required to purchase the Residential All Access with $200 meal plan dollars plan at USC. This meal plan is already included in your required tuition and fees, paid via the Midlands Technical College MyMTC portal.

Meal Plan Upgrade

If you desire to upgrade your meal plan, please pay for the required plan through your MTC tuition and fees, and then pay the balance for your desired upgrade through the CarolinaCard office by calling 803-777-1708 or visit the office in person in the lower level of the USC Russell House University Union.

Review traditional dining plans through Dining 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 Transportation, Housing or Meal Plan Accommodations (through USC)

  • Complete the registration process with the USC Student Disability Resource Center, including registering with the center and applying for specific accommodations.

Register for Classroom Accommodations (through MTC)


More Questions about living on-campus?

Visit the website of University Housing for more information.



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