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Transfer Process

There are specific transfer requirements that every Palmetto Pathway student must meet to be eligible to enroll as a full-time USC student their sophomore year.

Transfer Requirements

Palmetto Pathway 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 in their Pathway year 
  • Dual enrollment hours do not count towards the 30 required hours. However, dual enrollment grades will be considered in the GPA evaluation for admission.
  • Have a minimum 2.0 GPA or higher (some USC majors will require a higher GPA for admission) 
  • Be in good conduct and financial standing with both USC and USC Palmetto College 


Frequently Asked Questions

Yes.  Palmetto Pathway students must complete 30 credit hours in their Pathway year.  While dual enrollment and AP/IB course work will contribute to your advising experience, they will not count as the 30 credit hours needed to matriculate through the program. 

No. In order to fulfill the requirements for the Palmetto Pathway program, you must complete both fall and spring semesters. 

If you are unable to meet the USC Columbia system transfer requirements after the first year, you may have other options. Palmetto Pathway academic advisors will help explore alternative options with credit and GPA requirements in mind, such as summer courses and enrollment at other USC campuses.

No. Your prior college-level coursework (including dual enrollment or AP/IB credit) does not count toward the 30 transferable credit hours needed to be considered for admission to USC. Pathway students must earn 30 transferable credit hours during their Pathway year. 

Prior college-level coursework does, however, count toward your transferable GPA (and if applicable, institutional GPA). Please be sure to send transcripts for all college coursework, including Teacher Cadet, and all AP/IB scores to USC Lancaster and USC. 

Previous coursework also contributes to your advising during the Pathway year and will follow you to USC (pending course articulation). 


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