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From starting your application to clicking the submit button, get the inside scoop about the admissions process and life at South Carolina directly from UofSC experts and our current students!

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Ask the Interns: What’s Your Ideal Fall Weekend in Columbia?

We asked our interns how they would spend the perfect fall weekend in Columbia!

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6 of our Favorite Fall Traditions at Carolina

Here are six of our favorite things to do at Carolina when the fall season rolls around!

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3 Benefits To Taking Carolina's University 101 Course

Curious about University 101? Explore a current peer leader's three reasons to take the course!

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6 Tips To Finding A Major You'll Love

Starting to explore your major options? Be sure to keep these six tips in mind!

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A Guide to Gamecock Gameday

Curious how gameday works for current students? Let us show you the ropes of gameday.

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27 Free Things to do in Columbia for the Class of 2027

There are tons of fun, free things to do in Columbia! Check out some of our favorites.

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5 Things Every Gamecock Should Cross Off Their UofSC Bucket List

Heading to UofSC? Here are five things that every Gamecock needs to add to their "UofSC bucket list."

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Five Tips to Help You Prepare for Your Senior Year of High School

Check out this list of things you can do this summer to help you prepare for your senior year of high school!

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4 of the Best Spots to Bike on Campus

The University of South Carolina recently won the Silver Bicycle Friendly University Award from the League of American Bicyclists! Check out some of our favorite spots to bike!

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4 Fun Things to do During the Summer in Columbia

Staying in Columbia for the Summer? Check out these four fun activities!

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10 of the Best Spots to Take Photos When You Visit UofSC

Be sure to check out these 10 photo spots when you visit our campus!


4 Places to Buy Gamecock Merch When You visit UofSC

Check out these shops for your Gamecock merch when you visit UofSC!

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Understanding UofSC's Ticket and Reward System

Here’s the rundown on how the points and reward systems work so that you can get tickets to all your favorite sporting events! 

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3 Ways to Practice Mindfulness as a College Student

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health! Practice mindfulness while balancing college life with these three simple steps.


9 Things To Look For When Choosing Your Perfect College Fit

When you take your next college tour, take note of these nine things that are sure to impact your college experience! 

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6 Places To Watch Football If You're Visiting/Attending Carolina During Super Bowl Weekend

Visiting Carolina during Super Bowl Weekend? These six places are great for football watching!

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10 Things Every Future Gamecock Wants This Holiday Season

Check out these 10 items that would make the perfect gifts for your future Gamecock this holiday season! 

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5 Reasons I'm Thankful to be a Gamecock

There are endless reasons why I'm thankful to be a Gamecock. Here are a few!

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Rivalry Of The Ages: Carolina Vs. Clemson

Want to learn all about the history of the Carolina and Clemson rivalry? We've got you covered!

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6 Tips For Preparing For College From A First-Generation Student

Check out these six tips for preparing for college – written by a first-generation Gamecock!

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Your Weekend Trip To UofSC Based On Your Favorite Halloween Movie

Planning to visit South Carolina in the upcoming weeks? Here are a few activities you should check out based on your favorite Halloween movie! 

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26 Walkable Spots From Campus For The Class Of 2026

There is always something new and exciting to explore just steps away from campus. Check out some of our favorite spots!

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Hallmarks of Fall – 4 Fall Festivities To Enjoy When You Visit Columbia

We love the autumn season at UofSC! So, we wanted to share four of our favorite Columbia fall festivities.

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Lattes and Lectures: 4 Of The Coolest Coffee Spots For Your Next Study Break

Whether you're looking for a good study spot or just want a fresh cup of coffee, we know some of the coolest local coffee spots in town! 

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Gamecock Essentials: 4 Tips to Maximize Your Gameday Experience

Planning to attend a UofSC football game this season? Check out these four tips to help you prepare for your Gamecock football experience.

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From Senior to Senior: 5 Must-Know Tips for Your Senior Year

College senior Miranda Butler shares advice that she wishes she knew before starting her final year of high school.

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UofSC Visit Guide Series

Visiting UofSC? Keep reading  to discover a visit experience catered towards your interests!

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One...Two...Which application is right for you?

The University of South Carolina accepts two applications: The Common App and the UofSC App. Learn more about each application! 

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Instagrammable Campus Tour Spots

Heading to UofSC  for a tour? Get your camera ready for these six “Instagrammable” photo spots.

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UofSC's Best Study Spots

Are you on the hunt for the best places to study on campus? Well, look no further — we’ve got it covered! 

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Art Galleries in Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina prides itself on creating a warm and welcoming art community.  Check out these local galleries! 

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6 Tips for Living with a Roommate

Living with a college roommate is a new experience that can be very exciting! Read these quick tips to make your roommate experience as great as it can be.

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REAL Advice: 5 Things Nobody Tells You About Freshman Year

Feeling excited but a little nervous about your freshman year of college? Fear not, we’re here to help! We gathered useful advice from current students. 

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UofSC Ghost Stories

Gather 'round the virtual campfire for some seriously spooky tales of chilling encounters at UofSC. 

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Meet Cocky!

Meet Cocky, our tail-shaking, wing-flapping Gamecock who is never too "chicken" to pump up our Gamecock spirit!

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Columbia Connection: The Perfect Blend of Coffee and Study Spots

Relaxing study spots and delicious coffee can be found around every corner in Columbia. Here is a list of four of our favorites that are within a 10-minute walk from the center of campus! 

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Game Day Ideas for Watching at Home

It's finally time for Carolina football! Game days might look a bit different this year. Find out ways to make watching the Gamecocks at home just as exciting as watching in Williams-Brice Stadium.

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An Insider's Guide to the South Carolina Honors College

Get the inside scoop about the South Carolina Honors College including courses, professors, housing, activities and more!

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Your First Week at South Carolina

Each fall, we roll out the garnet carpet for our new and returning students and their families. The bustling week of activities, which begins on Move-in Day, includes a number of fun, on-campus events such as First Night Carolina, Convocation, the start of classes and more.

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University of South Carolina Traditions

UofSC is a special place, with a vibrant community and caring spirit. There are many reasons to call South Carolina home, but the campus traditions are some of our students' favorite.

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Columbia Connection: Best Places to Watch the Carolina Sunset

There are few things that beat watching the sunset over the city of Columbia skyline, and our students agree. 

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Love letters to South Carolina

In the spirit of Valentine's Day, Clara Bergeson '22 and Mallory Mikolajczyk '22 write about how South Carolina has influenced their collegiate careers and lives. 

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Ready, Set, Transfer: Six tips for becoming a Gamecock

From the application process to transitioning to South Carolina, Bri Kelly, coordinator for transfer admissions, gives insight on becoming a Gamecock.

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Seven reasons I'm thankful for South Carolina

As the holiday season approaches, Melissa Mesnick '21 writes why she is thankful to be a student at South Carolina. 

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Finding your community at South Carolina

Bri Broomfield, coordinator for diversity and inclusion, tells how you can find your community on campus.

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The South Carolina Honors College Student Experience

Maddie Claire Porterfield '20 talks about how her experience in our top-ranked South Carolina Honors College has shaped her college career.

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How to make the most of your campus visit

Brittany Wilson, communications manager for the Visitor Center, gives her perspective on how to make the most of your South Carolina campus visit. 

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Undecided on a college major? You're not alone.

Brian Hayes '23 talks about his experience as an undeclared major.

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Making the most of your college admissions rep relationship

Philadelphia regional admissions representative Allie Warrick gives tips on how to make the most of your relationship with your admissions rep.

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College terms 101: Fifteen words to know before you apply

Assistant director Julia Hodge breaks down 15 commonly used words in the admissions world.

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Alexa, play Sandstorm: All about fall semester at South Carolina

Sarah Lilley '19 describes the most exciting moments of fall semester.

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Six things to do before or after your campus tour

Visiting campus? Miranda Butler '22 outlines six things to do in Columbia while you're here.

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Finding your home away from home

Alumna Kaitlyn MacDonald gives advice on making the most of your time at South Carolina.

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