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Pillars for Carolina is a five-day, high-energy summer program for first-year students! Join the class of 2019 for an exceptional Gamecock experience! Pillars for Carolina gives first-year students a unique opportunity to explore Carolina and learn about student life before arriving on campus for the fall semester. Get a head start on making Carolina home. Have an unforgettable week of service, leadership, and traditions while making lifelong friends.

There are no limits to your future. Your future starts here.

PLEASE NOTE: Pillars has a no-refund policy. ONLY register for the Pillars for Carolina summer program AFTER you have submitted your University deposit and are CERTAIN you will attend USC in August 2015.


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Experience Carolina

You’ve decided that Carolina is the place for you! Now find out how Pillars for Carolina can help you experience life on campus before arriving in the fall and connect with the class of 2019! [read more]


Develop your personal leadership skills at the collegiate level, learn about the hundreds of opportunities to get involved and jump-start your college career! [read more]


Discover the hidden treasures of the University of South Carolina and the Columbia area through on-campus and off-campus activities designed to help you dive into student life! [read more]


Last year 23,194 members of the Carolina community spent 502,334 hours of community service and donate $978,736. The community impact was estimated at $9,618,888. During Pillars for Carolina, peer mentors and participants volunteer with Cocky’s Reading Express, a campus literacy project that was initiated by Student Government almost 10 years ago. Click here to view photo gallery.


The first ever Pillars for Carolina program took place June 21 through 25, 2011. Freshman students enjoyed Carolina BBQ, Cocky’s Reading Express, learning about Gamecock traditions at Williams Brice Stadium and began to make Carolina their home. Students who participated in the program stated that they feel more confident about life in the classroom, gained valuable knowledge of campus and forged bonds with many new friends, faculty and staff members.