At the South Carolina Honors College, you can choose from hundreds of engaging courses
designed specifically for you, live with high-achieving classmates, and experience
learning that takes you far beyond the classroom.
The Best of Both Worlds
When you combine the resources of a top-tier research university and the feel of a
small liberal arts college, you get the
top-ranked public honors college in the United States. You get the best of both worlds, the South Carolina Honors
Your academic experience at the Honors College will inspire you. You'll carry what
you learn here throughout the rest of your life and career. As you explore your interests,
you'll also have access to some of the
coolest courses on campus. With nearly 600 honors courses offered each year, you and your dedicated honors
advisor can find perfect courses that fit your major and your interests. And speaking
of majors, if you can't find one that fits your unique educational goals, you have
a unique option available only to Honors College students — the Baccalaureus Artium
et Scientiae [BARSC] degree, which allows you to design your own major.
Once you're here, you'll have access to special
campus housing for honors students as well as all the amenities the University of South Carolina has to offer. No doubt
you are accustomed to challenging course work and strong academics, but there's a
great big world beyond the classroom and Honors College students are encouraged, make
that required, to apply what they learn through research projects, study abroad, service learning and internships. As you navigate that big world, you'll also be part of a supportive community, including
other honors students and a devoted team of faculty and staff.
Our alumni live and work all over the world, and we make every effort to keep you
in touch with each other. From alumni awards to regional events, getting together
with this accomplished group can open doors for you.
We have information sessions for prospective students on a weekly basis. Staff and
students share their experiences, discuss the academic offerings provided by the college,
review the application process and requirements and answer your questions. We look
forward to meeting you! We also encourage applicants to learn more about Honors life
prospective student page!
Verzyl Claims Three Bronze Medals for Team USA
South Carolina diving’s Sophie Verzyl claimed three bronze medals at the FISU World University Games in China this August out of five events competed.
Investigating the mysterious world of plants
2023 William A. Mould Senior Thesis Award recipient Kirsten Fisher's three year research project, “Deciphering Green Leaf Volatile Perception in Plants", details how plants can warn each other about impending harm and actively defend themselves from it.
Change of plans: A canceled study abroad trip leads to a new career goals
One week before Josh Hughes planned to study abroad in Ukraine, his trip was canceled because of the escalating conflict with Russia. He was disappointed-- until a new opportunity arose in Kyrgyzstan. Now, he's returned to his host country on a Critical Language scholarship.
Student body president aims for change
Student body president Emmie Thompson and running mate ran on a platform of small, tangible changes. She hopes the small changes she makes on campus can make a huge impact a student’s life.
The Pursuit of Excellence
Linda Stephens began her higher education journey as a Gamecock and first generation college student from a small town in South Carolina. She has since become an award-winning judge, all while encouraging other women to push for their own intellectual achievements.
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Dec. 17Join us for a celebration of our December graduates at 3:00 PM in the Russell House
16With an average class size of just 16 students, Honors College courses tend to be
more intimate and encourage thoughtful interaction between our students and faculty. LEARN FROM THE BEST »
Want to sign up to receive one of our Honors newsletters? Weekly SCHC student newsletter:
Each Monday, our students automatically receive our SCHC News that includes that week's
events, upcoming opportunities and Honors news. Family members, campus partners, faculty
and others are welcome to sign up to receive it as well!
If you're a parent or family member of an Honors student, we encourage you to sign
up for our parent/family communications. We send out a newsletter 1-2 times each semester
as well as invites to different Honors events that are open to family members.