|University Housing collaborates with faculty and staff to create supportive learning environments within each residential community. You'll find a variety of academic support services available in your residence hall. We want you to succeed and we'll help make it happen.
Capstone Scholars - Capstone Scholars form a select group of students at the University of South Carolina, committed to academic excellence and engaged in a culture of inquiry that fosters both personal discovery and a sense of community. First-year students invited into the Capstone Scholars program met a certain number of academic criteria and responded to the invitation by the designated deadline. Open to students from all majors, Capstone Scholars program is designed to promote intellectual curiosity and interdisciplinary thinking. Approximately 500 first-year students were in the Fall 2005 inaugural class.
Carolina’s Global Community - Students with at least 60 semester hours who are looking for an international living environment may request Carolina’s Global Community in South Quad. Designed to enhance intercultural experiences, this international living/learning community pairs international students with American roommates. Residents work together to create a global learning community and prepare to work in the global economy.
Community for Tomorrow’s Educators - This community, located in McBryde, is a residential community designed to enhance the skills, knowledge and attitudes of students who intend to join the teaching profession. A collaboration between University Housing and the College of Education, this is a community of approximately 50 first-year education students.
Engineering and Computing Community - This intimate learning environment, of approximately 75 first-year students, is designed to enhance students’ skills, knowledge and attitudes associated with the field of engineering. Engineering students, living in Bates House, have access to academic support programs and services as well as increased interaction with faculty from the College of Engineering and Information Technology. Students requesting this community must be or intend to be engineering or information technology majors.
Environmental Awareness Community at West (Green) Quad – West (Green) Quad is a residential facility that integrates technology, design, sustainability and learning opportunities. It was designed to attract students and faculty from various academic disciplines across campus. The community, of approximately 500 upperclass students, encourages a sense of environmental awareness among fellow students, the University of South Carolina campus and surrounding community.
First-Year Pre-Medical Community - Located in McBryde, this community serves approximately 35 first-year students interested in careers in the health profession and medicine. Students have access to an array of academic support services and the chance to interact with medical professionals, faculty and staff from the Office of Pre-Professional Advising. The community also hosts a 10-part lecture series with medical school faculty and other professionals, as well as medical-related community service events.
First-Year Sustainability Community - This community, located in Bates House, raises approximately 15 first-year students’ sense of environmental consciousness and encourages their leadership on related issues. Unique aspects of this community include common sections of University 101 and Environment 101; field trips to the Congaree Swamp, Baruch Institute and other sites of environmental interest throughout South Carolina; and opportunities to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, Gibbs Garden, and the Rocky Branch watershed.
French House (820 Henderson Street) - The French Language House is a living and learning community for upperclass students majoring or minoring in French, or for students who have taken or are currently enrolled in French courses. Student residents of the House have a strong interest in French culture and in speaking the language, or are native French speakers. This community, made possible through a partnership between the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures and University Housing, is ideal for students interested in an immersion experience without going overseas, or as preparation for study abroad in a French-speaking country.
Honors Housing - Students who have been accepted into the South Carolina Honors College can apply for honors housing, available in Maxcy for freshmen. Upperclass students in the Honors College are eligible to live in apartments on the Horseshoe.
Music Community - A union between the University of South Carolina School of Music and University Housing, this community provides a unique living and learning experience for first- and second-year students. Located in McBryde, it fosters well-rounded musicians who aim to better themselves personally, academically and musically.
Pre-Law Community - The Pre-Law Community in McBryde provides a living and learning experience that serves first-year students who have demonstrated the motivation and desire to pursue a career in law and who want leadership opportunities, academic assistance and support to be successful.
Preston Residential College Residential College - Students can experience a unique blending of residence-based activities, faculty offices and seminars in Preston Residential College, our modern-day residential college. Preston Residential College is home to approximately 240 students, plus a live-in faculty member who serves as principal. Assignments are limited to students whose supplemental applications are approved by the Preston Residential College selection committee.
Teaching Fellows Community - This community in McBryde and Patterson is a residential community designed to enrich the educational environment for students who intend to join the teaching profession. The Teaching Fellows community is limited to students who have been accepted into the South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program.
Upperclass Pre-Medical Community - The Upperclass Pre-Medical Community provides a living and learning community in South Quad for upperclass students who seek the synergistic benefit of living with students who have similar career goals. Students in this community also volunteer in a health care setting and mentor freshmen Pre-Medical students.
To access supplemental applications for individual Living and Learning Communities, visit this link: http://www.housing.sc.edu/alc.html