Students may transfer into the Honors College from within the University of South Carolina or from other colleges and universities. Admission for transfer to the Honors College is very competitive and the number of applications approved is based on the number of vacancies in the College.

Students who have completed no more than 45 credit hours while enrolled at an institution of higher education and have a minimum 3.6 GPA in all college work attempted may apply for transfer admission to the Honors College. The 45 credit hour limit does not include AP and/or IB credit hours or hours earned for college courses taken while enrolled in high school. 

There are two transfer deadlines during the year. Students who are in their first year of college should apply by the April 15 transfer deadline and would enter the college the following Fall semester. Student who are completing the first semester of their sophomore year should apply by the December 1 transfer deadline and would enter the college the following Spring semester. In brief if you are freshman, you should apply in April; if you are a sophomore, you should apply in December.

All students interested in transferring into the Honors College, whether from another college or university, from within the USC system, or as an enrolled USC-Columbia student, will need to complete the Honors College application for transfer admission. Non-USC students will also need to apply for university admission through the USC-Columbia Admissions Office. Students in the USC system, but not on the Columbia campus, will need to complete a Change of Campus form available through Admissions.



General guidelines for consideration as a transfer applicant are as follows:

Note that a student admitted to the Honors College as a new freshman who declined admission for any reason may enter the Honors College during a subsequent semester--up to one year after the student would have originally enrolled--without submitting a further application. The student accepting the offer of admission in these cases must have maintained a 3.5 GPA in all college course work. A transcript confirming the GPA should be sent directly to the South Carolina Honors College. If you are a student in this situation please contact the honors college.

Frequently Asked Questions
We recommend that you review our list of FAQs for helpful information regarding everything from opportunities in the honors college, our expectations for transfers, your eligibility, the application itself, and additional questions. Please click here to see answers to the most common transfer questions.



Questions regarding transfer admission into the Honors College can often be answered by reviewing our Frequently Asked Questions page.  Any additional inquiries should be directed to Elise Porter, Recruiting Coordinator, at