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With 15 colleges and schools offering 324 unique degree options, you’re sure to find the right fit at the University of South Carolina. All programs start with the Carolina Core classes for a well-rounded education, and you’ll have the opportunity to apply what you learn in the classroom to hands-on research starting your freshman year. Whether you’re conducting experiments for an engineering course, researching the Brazilian coffee trade for economics, or making oceanic discoveries in marine science, the right experience can help you connect your lessons to the real world.

South Carolina faculty members serve as teachers, advisers, and mentors, working hard to ensure an exceptional student experience. At each school within the university, you’ll find advisers who are knowledgeable about the specifics of each degree program. Plus, you can meet with coaches to create an academic plan, set goals, and learn the skills you need to be successful during your time at USC.


It’s easy to find your place at South Carolina, which offers over 400 organizations to help you get involved, pursue your passions, showcase your talents, and make a difference in the community. You can join student government, engage in interfaith activities, participate in a Greek organization, or work on the daily newspaper. There are also countless events and activities to choose from, so there’s never a dull moment. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can start your own group to find other students who share your interests.

If you like sports, there are plenty of options for both casual and competitive athletes. With dozens of intramural leagues open to all students as well as 57 club sports, there’s something for everyone who wants to get out and play. Prefer to watch? Check out one of the 19 men’s and women’s NCAA Division I teams that regularly compete for championships. Go Gamecocks!

I wanted to help people physically as much as I could while doing something I liked — using math and engineering concepts. So I chose biomedical engineering because it’s focused on the medical and health fields. One of the reasons I chose USC was because when I was deciding on a university, I also thought about getting a minor in business or management and USC’s business school is one of the best in the nation.
- Andre, Mexico


At South Carolina, you’ll have the opportunity to build your resume and gain hands-on experience through internships and co-ops. These full- and part-time work experiences, some of which are paid, can help you decide whether you’ve chosen the right field while making important networking connections to help you after graduation. You’ll learn to apply classroom knowledge and skills to the real world and gain relevant experience in your chosen field, ensuring that your resume stands out in future job searches.

The on-campus Career Center will help you every step of the way, both before and after graduation. The wide range of services available to both students and alumni includes career counseling, help writing resumes and cover letters, an online job database, and connections for job shadowing. The center also works closely with employers to recruit on campus, connecting qualified students to internships, co-ops, and jobs in a variety of industries.


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