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Living and Learning Communities

This is where living meets learning. Students will explore topics of interest to them and build a strong educational foundation by the end of the year.

Applying for a Community

Every residence hall on campus is home to one or more student learning communities. You'll choose your preferred communities as part of your housing application and then answer a short series of questions about your choices. 

Why Apply
As part of a learning community, you'll have unique opportunities to pursue your academic and personal interests, engage with your community, meet new people and interact with faculty in your field.


Being Part of a Community

Each living and learning community encourages students to spend time and energy on activities that enhance their education and promote self-awareness.

Community Gatherings

Get to know your neighbors by discussing community initiatives, identifying personal and professional goals and having fun throughout the year.

One-on-One Time with Your Resident Mentor

Your resident mentor (RM) will take the time to check in with you and talk about how you're doing at USC. Building staff is focused on helping you have the best experience possible, and giving each student individual attention.

Study Groups and Academic Support

Your community is a place to build effective study habits and get academic help when you need it. Connect with other students who are taking your courses or share your major, and get help from faculty right in your own study lounge.


Types of Communities

Faculty Principal Community

These are themed, building-wide learning communities staffed by a faculty member who is an expert in the theme. Students get in-depth experience with their community topic, and gain a greater understanding of how to apply that experience outside the classroom and after they graduate.

Associated Community

These are smaller learning communities within residence halls focused on an area of study or student interest. Students in these communities will meet others who share their interests, and have unique opportunities to pursue those interests outside of the classroom.



Learning Communities

Business Community

Students who are pursuing a career in a business-related field and are interested in expanding their knowledge and skills outside the classroom join this community.

Capstone Scholars

This is an invitation-only community for top academic students looking to focus on their leadership skills.

Carolina Men's Community

Male students interested in creating strong bonds within a brotherhood while developing leadership skills and pursuing their academic interests join this community.

Carolina Women's Community

Female students interested in exploring womanhood through the lens of their academic careers, leadership development and social justice issues join this community.

Engineering and Computing

Students who are studying engineering or computer sciences and are interested in expanding their skills outside the classroom join this community.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Community

Students who find themselves driven to dream up new things or find themselves constantly trying to improve ways of getting stuff done will find a home in this community. 

Galen Health Fellows

Students who are pursuing careers in allied health professions, and are interested in hands-on learning opportunities join this community.

Gamecock Gateway

This is an invitation-only program that gives students the experience of living on campus while helping them transition into being full-time at Carolina.

Gamecock Guarantee

An invitation-only community for first-generation college student(s) who are recipients of the Gamecock Guarantee award.

Green Quad

Sustainability-minded students wanting to connect both their daily routines and academic careers to green practices join this community.

Healthy Carolina Wellness

Wellness-conscious students interested in living a healthier lifestyle and participating in programs focusing on all aspects of personal wellness join this community.

Honors Community

Students in the Honors College belong to a close-knit community where members support each other intellectually and academically. 

International House at Maxcy College

Students who want to live in a diverse community to learn about world cultures and languages, and want to promote better international understanding join this community.

Journalism and Mass Communication

Students who are pursuing a career in journalism or communications and are interested in developing their network and experience outside the classroom join this community.

Music Community

First-year students in the School of Music are part of the Music Community, which gives them opportunities to connect with professors and peers outside the classroom.

Outdoor Adventures and Recreation

The OAR community is excited to welcome all students who share a passion for engaging in outdoor pursuits, building leadership skills, exploring the Columbia and Southeastern region, serving as environmental stewards, and developing healthy behaviors for a life of wellbeing.

Park Place Community

Students who reach their highest academic, personal, and professional potential in a luxurious community equipped to surpass your needs.

Preston Residential College

Students focused on advancing their service and leadership skills through unique academic, community building and travel opportunities join this community.

Rhodos Fellows

This community is for students who are pursuing careers in information, design, and computing and are interested in becoming part of the next generation of graduates driving the future of digital technologies.

Sport and Entertainment Management

Students who are studying sports and entertainment management and are interested in opportunities to network and learn outside the classroom join this community.

Visual and Performing Arts

Students who are interested in exploring their artistic skills and creative options beyond the classroom join this community.

Women in Leadership

Female students interested in developing their leadership skills to pursue leadership positions both on and off campus join this community.

Women in Retailing

Female students who are pursuing a degree in retail and want to connect with others who have similar interests join this community.

Women in Science

Female students who are pursuing a career in science and are interested in networking and research opportunities outside the classroom join this community.