- University 101
Grow into your college experience at the University of South Carolina through a highly-specialized curriculum that's designed to help you succeed both personally and academically.
Build a Lasting Foundation
College is a transformative time. Challenging academics, new experiences, being in a different place or transferring schools — it takes some adjustment. University 101 helps you bridge these transitions with greater success, connect with peers, and access the full scope of university resources.
University 101 is UofSC's groundbreaking course, created to foster student success, development and transitions into, throughout and beyond the University of South Carolina. Nationally recognized as having the nation’s top public first-year experience by U.S. News & World Report, the university has also been named an Institution of Excellence in the First College Year by the Policy Center on the First Year of College.
South Carolina's hallmark University 101 program is a national model for first-year seminars and consistently named by U.S. News & World Report as a "Program to Look For.”
Students achieve greater success when University 101 is incorporated in their academic pathway. How do we know? Our years of research show that University 101 students consistently experience higher first-year persistence rates, six-year graduation rates and first-year GPAs than unenrolled students.
Students not only learn academic strategies to apply to coursework and learning, but also critical skills like time and priority management.
Students cultivate a connection with their alma mater by learning about the university's history and enduring traditions that still thrive across campus today.
The enhanced interactions from faculty and staff help students establish a strong sense of belonging and the opportunity to connect with peers on a deeper level.
First Year Reading Experience
First-year students share a common academic experience — a book to read during the summer — followed by on-campus programming that includes an opportunity to hear from the author.First Year Reading Experience
Build on a great first year with an even better second year. Our Sophomore Success program supports and engages second-year students in academic success and integrative learning activities.Sophomore Success Program
Start your future.
Get your first year at South Carolina started now. Find the application you need to begin the admissions process for an undergraduate, graduate or professional degree from the University of South Carolina.Undergraduate Admissions