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Information for Incoming First-Year Students

Welcome to the South Carolina Honors College! We can’t wait to help you take the first steps on your journey as an Honors Gamecock. Read more about the support, resources, and opportunities you’ll receive in your first year, below. 

Incoming First-Year Advising

One of the many benefits of being a student in the Honors College is priority registration — this means you get the opportunity to register for your fall classes before other incoming first-year students. To take advantage of this benefit, you will meet virtually with your Honors advisor in early summer, prior to attending USC’s New Student Orientation. Virtual Honors advising appointments for fall 2023 will take place between May 12th and June 2nd. During this meeting, you will be advised and enrolled in both your Honors and non-Honors classes. Students will receive information about this appointment in early May — so be sure to check your emails! Find out more.

Honors Orientation

Honors Orientation is designed to help you put together everything you’ve learned so far about joining the Gamecock and Honors communities this fall. Registration for fall 2023 New Student Orientation will open on March 27th at noon. Honors students will attend one of eight pre-selected New Student Orientation sessions, which will offer a unique and tailored Honors experience with information for students and family. During the Honors portions of New Student Orientation, you will meet your peers, hear from Honors upperclassmen, find out more about the Honors experience, and learn how to get involved within the Honors community. Find out more.

Honors Peer Mentor Program

The Honors Peer Mentor Program is an easy way for incoming Honors College students to meet their peers, explore the abundant resources USC has to offer and transition into a vibrant and well-rounded university life, all with the guidance and friendship of experienced upperclassmen. New students (mentees) are matched with upperclassmen (mentors) in the summer, so they have a contact made before move-in day!  

Apply to be a peer mentee here by Sunday, June 25th.  

First-Year Flotilla

First-Year Flotilla is a time-honored tradition for incoming Honors College students!

Flotilla is an opportunity to explore the city of Columbia and its beautiful Saluda River via kayak with your new classmates.  Students can sign up for a morning or afternoon trip. Transportation is provided by the Honors College, and no prior experience is required. Learn more here 

Honors Convocation

Honors Convocation is your official welcome to the Honors College family. Join us for your chance to hear from current students about the Honors College life, talk to our talented staff and faculty, and meet your fellow classmates. Learn more! 

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