Pillars for Carolina is a student-led organization that creates a foundation of community
and confidence through activities centered around leadership, service, and active
citizenship to inspire first-year students to leave their mark at the University of
To build a community of passionate people so that participants leave with a sense
of belonging, confidence, and a jumpstart on their Gamecock experience.
Community, Connection, Inclusion, Fun, and Self-Discovery.
Pillars for Carolina registration is now open!
Questions about Pillars for Carolina can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
When you participate in Pillars for Carolina, you'll enjoy an unforgettable week of
leadership and traditions while making lifelong friends. Registration opens in the
spring and remains open until the program has reached full capacity.
Students who participate in the Pillars for Carolina program, which was founded in
2011, start their first year feeling more confident about life in the classroom, with
a greater knowledge of campus and gain new friendships with student mentors, faculty
and staff members.
Pillars Engage (July 20-23, 2021)
A four-day program where participants will learn about campus, the ins-and-outs of
Columbia, and themselves. Learn about yourself, your values, and finding your place
at Carolina. Key events of this program include leadership development activities,
an Amazing Race, learning traditions of Carolina, and meeting new friends.
Pillars Serves (July 27-30, 2021)
A four-day program where participants will learn about the campus and local community
through the lens of service. Learn about yourself, your values, and finding your place
at Carolina. Key events of this program include leadership development activities,
values exploration, meeting new friends, and service in the Columbia community.
Pillars Capstone Scholars (July 27-30, 2021)
A four-day experience which provides a unique opportunity for incoming Capstone Scholars
to get extra support as they transition into the Carolina community. We embrace the
Capstone Scholars Program's commitment to experiential learning and use it to help
students develop self-awareness, enhance relationships, and set goals in preparation
for the fall semester.
Through Pillars Capstone Scholars, you will also have the opportunity to: spend three
nights living in a residence hall, explore campus, volunteer with a local nonprofit,
familiarize yourself with Columbia, and make new friends. This is a blend of activities
from the Pillars Serves and Pillars Engage weeks.
To participate in this Pillars option, you must be a Capstone Scholar. Admissions
sends notifications to students about the Capstone Scholars community in March. If
you're unsure about whether you are a Capstone Scholar, reach out to email@example.com.
Participant Learning Outcomes
Participants will develop a connection to the campus and community at Carolina
Participants will build meaningful relationships with first-year students and student
Participants will reflect on personal values and identity
Participants will identify campus resources and opportunities
Frequently Asked Questions
UofSC New Student Orientation and Pillars for Carolina are separate programs. While
New Student Orientation is mandatory for all incoming students, Pillars is an extra
way to meet fellow Gamecocks and spend time on campus before move-in day.
No, Pillars is offered to all incoming first-year Gamecocks, as well as incoming
All food and sleeping accommodations during the 4 days of the program. Participants
will also receive a t-shirt and a drawstring backpack.
**Registration fees go towards all space rentals and activities for participants during
Check-In is between 2-4pm on July 20th
Check-Out is between 3-5pm on July 23rd
Pillars Serves / Capstone Scholars
Check-In is between 2-4pm on July 27th
Check-Out is between 3-5pm on July 30th
Participants will be staying in a residence hall on UofSC’s campus.
Please list all dietary restrictions in your registration form, and we will accommodate
Clothes for 4 days of activities in and around campus
Be mindful of the South Carolina summer heat. The average temperature in Columbia
in July is 95 degrees.
Comfortable shoes to walk around in
Reusable water bottle
Hat / Sunscreen / Sunglasses - protective sun wear
Portable Chargers for your phones
Bedding for a twin XL size mattress Including sheets and a pillow
Students will have the opportunity to shop around some off-campus locations
After registration, you will receive an email with a full packing list.
Yes, the link to apply for scholarships is located on our website.
Additional involvement after participating in the Pillars for Carolina program can
be counted towards enhancement activities in graduating with Leadership Distinction
she/her/hers Overall Director Pillars Engage and Pillars Serves Junior Major: Public Relations Hometown: Smithtown, NY Fun Fact: I'm a twin! (Only 1 minute apart) Why Pillars? Pillars for Carolina is the experience that has made UofSC feel like home. From my
first day on campus as a freshman, I felt prepared for college thanks to the resources
provided to me by PFC. The friendships and mentorships gained through Pillars are
truly like no other I have ever known in my life. So grateful for this awesome program!
Overall Director Pillars Engage and Pillars Capstone Scholars Junior Major: Political Science Hometown: Hurricane, WV Fun Fact: I taught myself woodworking through YouTube videos Why Pillars? Pillars for Carolina is an essential part of an incoming freshman's first year experience,
primarily because the program provides the student with a tight-knit community and
a sense of belonging before the school year has even begun. Being a participant and
serving as an XM, I have seen this development occur organically through a variety
of Pillars activities which teach new Gamecocks about the culture and traditions of
she/her/hers Director of Staff Development Pillars Engage and Pillars Capstone Scholars Junior Major: Public Global Studies Minor: Spanish Hometown: Charlottesville, VA Fun Fact: I did a Maymester in Spain after my freshman year! Why Pillars? Pillars fosters an irreplaceable sense of community and provides opportunities for
personal growth and development. Pillars gives students the resources and confidence
to transition successfully into college and make the most of their experience at Carolina.
she/her/hers Director of Outreach Pillars Engage, Serves and Capstone Scholars Junior Major: Marketing Studies Minor: Sport and Entertainment Management Hometown: Rossford, OH Fun Fact: I dyed my hair purple for Dance Marathon last year! Why Pillars? Pillars has changed my life here at Carolina and has provided me with life-long friends
and memories. I would not be who I am today without the connections and opportunities
achieved through Pillars.
Director of Operations and Curriculum Pillars Engage and Pillars Capstone Scholars Junior Major: Sport and Entertainment Management Minor: Business Administration & Psychology Hometown: Edgewater, MD Fun Fact: I’ve been to 13 countries and 20 states Why Pillars? Pillars the best way to get a head start at USC. I have found some of the greatest
people and opportunities this campus has to offer, and created memories that will
last a lifetime!
Director of Staff Development Pillars Engage and Pillars Serves Junior Major: Business Economics and International Business Minor:French Hometown: Greenville, SC Fun Fact:My favorite Disney movie is Frozen Why Pillars? Because there’s no other program that will give you a leg up on college. Pillars gave
me some of my best friends I have ever had.
Director of Visual Communications and Content Pillars Engage, Serves, and Capstone Scholars Junior Major : Visual Communications Hometown : Ellicott City, MD Fun Fact : My roommates and I are fostering 2 kittens!
Why Pillars?: Pillars not only provides countless opportunities, but also a community for students
to grow and learn from each other. I admire what Pillars stands for, and I desire
to help make the transition into college memorable for new students.
Director of Operations and Curriculum Pillars Engage and Pillars Serves Sophomore Major: Exercise Science Minor: Nutrition and Business Administration Hometown : Greer, SC Fun Fact : In high school, my track coach made our team wear sweatpants to warm up in even if
it was a hundred degrees out. Now, I feel guilty when I don’t! Why Pillars? : Pillars for Carolina has provided me with such a strong foundation for my college
journey. The bonds formed during Pillars are priceless, and it’s incredible to see
how we all grow in UofSC’s traditions.
Pillars for Carolina Overall Advisor Coordinator of Leadership and Student Organizations Leadership and Service Center Haynes8@mailbox.sc.edu 803-777-9188
Pillars Serves Special Program Coordinator Coordinator of Service and Civic Engagement Leadership and Service Center firstname.lastname@example.org 803-576-6785
Pillars Capstone Scholars Special Program Coordinator Assistant Principal Capstone Scholars Program email@example.com 803-777-2076