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Pillars for Carolina is a five-day, high-energy summer program for first-year students! Join the next incoming class 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.

Summer 2018 sessions will be announced soon!

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

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 2021! [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]


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.


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.

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