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South Carolina Honors College

Transfer FAQs


What opportunities are unique to the Honors College?

There are many! We offer over 600 Honors College classes per year, or over 250 per semester.  These classes are small, averaging about 18 students, allowing for you to engage deeply with your classmates, your professor, and the course content.  Our classes are distinguished by discussions, demonstrations, debates, and much more.  Our students also get free printing, priority registration, and an Honors College advisor to help keep them on track with requirements. There are also study abroad trips, research opportunities, internship programs, and service learning experiences available exclusively to Honors College students.

If I transfer into the Honors College, will I be able to have direct admission to International Business?

No, only Honors College students who declare International Business as incoming freshmen receive direct admission. Students transfering to the SCHC (either internally or externally) who declare International Business are not eligible for direct admission and will be required to apply through the standard process.

If I transfer into the Honors College, will I be able to have direct admission into the College of Nursing’s Upper Division?

No, only incoming honors college freshmen who declare Nursing at time of admission and maintain both minimum GPA and upper division progression requirements will receive direct admission. Students transfering to the SCHC (either internally or externally) who declare Nursing are not eligible for direct admission to upper division and will be required to apply through the standard process.

What scholarships are available to transfer students?

SCHC transfer students can apply for Honors College departmental scholarships as well as departmental scholarships from the college that correlates to your major. 

Internal transfers who have previously received a university scholarship  will retain their scholarship. SCHC transfer students are not eligible for additional university scholarships through Admissions. 



What are the expectations of me as a transfer student into the Honors College?

All Honors College students, including those who transfer in, are expected to complete the Honors College Requirements.  

Will I be able to complete the Honors College curriculum?

While the curriculum requirements may look complicated, your Honors College advisor will work with you to be sure you graduate on time. 

Will courses I took previously meet Honors College requirements or will I need to retake certain classes? 

Courses you have previously taken will not count towards Honors requirements.

The handbook states that you are required to have an Honors course in English. You may have already taken ENGL 101 (AP) and ENGL 102 at USC, but they were not honors courses. You would still need to take an Honors English class, but we have many options to choose from--you would not have to retake something that you have already taken (ENGL 101 or 102 in this situation).  For example, you could take our Nature Writing, Literary Hauntings, Life & Leadership, or a host of other Honors English classes.



I already have more than 45 credit hours —can I still apply?

We have the 45 credit hour limit in order to ensure transfers have adequate time to complete the honors requirements. Thus, we prefer transfer admits to have at least five semesters remaining, preferably six. If you intend to continue to study at USC for five or more semesters, you may still apply if you have already completed more than 45 credits.

Do you look at SAT scores or high school GPA?

We primarily look at work done at the college level.  SAT and ACT scores and high school GPA factor very minimally into our decision.

My GPA is borderline—should I still apply?

Does your GPA include any dual enrollment classes taken in high school? We look at the institutional-level GPA—or anything after high school, so make sure you calculate your GPA based only on institutional work post-high school. However, we do have a hard cut-off, so if your institutional GPA is less than 3.6, you would be ineligible.



Can I ask my U101 teacher or my TA to write my letter of recommendation? What about a PhD student?

While we do prefer faculty, it is to your advantage to ask for a letter of recommendation from an instructor who can best speak to your academic abilities and work ethic—and that may be a staff member or graduate student.

Is there a format the letter of recommendation should follow?

No, but we expect that the letter will address your academic ability and academic work ethic.


Transfer Process

If accepted, when would I enroll in honors classes?

You would be advised for the upcoming semester.

For example, if you apply by the December 1 deadline, you would hear about honors acceptance before classes begin in January. In this case, you would be advised and placed into honors classes for the spring semester.

Do I have to live in honors housing if I already have another housing contract?

No, you are not required to live in honors housing. It is also difficult to get into honors housing in the semester immediately following your acceptance. However, you are welcome to apply for honors housing options in future semesters. 


Other Questions

I am already in the Capstone program—how does that affect the transfer process into the Honors College?

Being a student in the Capstone program does not, in and of itself, give you an advantage in transfer consideration, but Capstone students tend to be competitive transfer applicants.  If you are accepted as a transfer student into the Honors College, you can be both a Capstone Scholar and an Honors College student if you so choose. Note that there are fees associated with both programs.

What is the Honors College fee?

There is a fee of $575 per semester. This fee primarily goes towards securing distinguished faculty to teach honors courses.