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Info for Incoming Freshmen

Welcome to the South Carolina Honors College! We have lots of activities and opportunities to ensure that you have a great first year experience here.

Honors Orientation and Course Registration 

As an Honors College Student, you have priority registration for Fall 2019 courses over other incoming freshmen. Honors College advising and course registration is conducted by phone for incoming freshmen in early summer. Find out more.


Peer Mentoring

The Honors Peer Mentorship Program is to help incoming freshmen transition into college and connect you with upperclassmen through events and programs.  Participating in this program is voluntary and if you choose to do so, you will be assigned to an honors mentorship group. The mentorship group will include two upper-class honors students and small group of freshmen.  Your mentor will be responsible for engaging the group in activities and events at USC and for getting to know you in a one-on-one setting as well.  Students will be notified after August 15th with their mentor contact information. 


Freshman Flotilla

This year, we will celebrate 6 years of floating down the Congaree River in an event that is designed to be relaxing and fun!  Participating in Flotilla is an opportunity to meet and get to know each other and also learn more about the Columbia area, about the river and this city.  Students who participate in Flotilla sign up for a morning or afternoon trip to kayak down the Congaree River. Transportation is provided by the Honors College. Be on the lookout for sign-ups. Date: TBA


Honors Convocation

This program officially welcomes you to the Honors College family, and is only for Honors College students.  You will hear from current students and meet our staff and others who teach honors courses. This is our anniversary year – celebrating 40 years of Honors on campus!  Attire for the event is casual. Transportation will be provided at the Honors Residence Hall beginning at 5pm.