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Student Opportunities

At USC Sumter, our vision is to be the destination of choice for the brightest minds seeking the best learning experience. You will discover that USC Sumter provides unique program combinations that help you start and finish your degree, while you enjoy the benefits of a true college experience.

Beyond the Classroom

As a student here, you will learn from world renowned faculty. Your learning will extend beyond the campus and the classroom with opportunities to participate in community service-learning projects, internships, research and study-abroad programs. USC Sumter is the university of choice for students who want to be the best they can be. If you're ready to challenge yourself, then we invite you to choose USC Sumter.

Opportunity Scholars

The Student Support Service is one of the TRIO programs funded by the United States Department of Education. The SSS (Student Support Service) helps first generation college students make the adjustment to college life. The program assists students in developing the skills and motivation necessary to successfully pursue a college education. This free service also provides individualized instruction to develop or strengthen the student’s identified needs in mathematics, English and reading.

A variety of workshops are presented throughout the year with information for personal, academic, and career development. Additionally, comprehensive advising services are available to assist students with academic affairs, financial aid, career guidance, and other student concerns. Any student who has been accepted to USC Salkehatchie can apply for admission to the Student Support Service.

All students are encouraged to apply to the SSS, but because of federal eligibility guidelines, the program is restricted in the number of students served. However, any student who applies to the program will be properly evaluated. Please contact the SSS office for more information on eligibility requirements.

Academic Advising

Student schedules, courses, grades, etc. are closely monitored each semester. Individuals as well as group sessions are held with the students to assist in time management, study skills, and test-taking skills. 

Tutoring

OSP offers students one-to-one, individualized tutoring. All tutoring is monitored by our specialists and academic progress is charted.  

Career Planning

Assistance is provided to students in assessing their career plans and setting realistic goals. Faculty members are consulted concerning students' career choices and related course work. 

College Transfer Assistance

Services to assist students in the transition to a 4-year university are provided. College visits are offered. 

Cultural Events

OSP arranges on and off-campus cultural events for each participant.

Financial Aid

Assistance is provided to students in the completion of FAFSA, acquiring scholarships, grants, and other means. 

How Do I Qualify?

Two thirds of the program participants must be first generation college students with financial and academic need. The remaining one third may be either first generation, have financial need, or be disabled.

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Jump Start Brochure [PDF] 

University 101

The transition from high school to college can be tough. We make it easier with our University 101 program. 

A Program to Look For

University 101 was developed at USC Columbia in 1972 and adopted by our campus in the 1980s. It's consistently ranking in the top "program to look for" by the US News and World Report. Why? When you register for University 101, you'll find yourself in a smaller campus environment that will give you built-in support systems to create paths toward personal and academic success. You'll discover dynamic and interactive classrooms, hear outside speakers and have a rewarding experience. 

Choosing a UNIV 101 Course

When you enroll, you can choose between a general section or a major-specific section, like business, health professions or nursing. Some Columbia campus majors require a major-specific course, so be sure to talk to your advisor.