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Imagine CarolinaShaping Our Student Experience Together

Imagine Carolina is a one-day, in-person retreat where students can share perspective and ideas directly with university leaders to help shape the Carolina experience for those who will follow in their footsteps. 


Imagine Carolina Presidential Retreat 

Undergraduate students on the Columbia campus were invited to be part of the first Imagine Carolina Presidential Retreat held on September 11, 2022. About 200 students joined the day-long event to share their experiences with the school and their views on what they would do to improve areas ranging from academics and student life to post-graduate readiness and the campus climate. 

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  • Imagine Carolina was an excellent idea — and a very welcome one. It inspired me, I felt connected to the president’s vision, and I’m grateful for being heard by the staff.

    Stephane Tagne, mechanical engineering junior
  • a group of students listen to a speaker at Imagine Carolina
  • a large group of students sit together at conference tables at Imagine Carolina
  • President Amiridis, Cocky and a student at imagine Carolina
  • a close-up of Imagine Carolina stickers on display
  • two students smiling and making the spurs up gesture at Imagine Carolina


Imagine Carolina for Graduate and Professional Students

The Imagine Carolina for graduate and professional students — which was originally scheduled to occur on Dec. 5, 2022 — has been postponed. It will be rescheduled to a later date.

The only way to ensure continued excellence in our graduate and professional programs is to speak with students themselves. Through an open forum, Imagine Carolina will allow our graduate and professional students to share their concerns, thoughts and ideas with our administrative team. These conversations will spark change.

Provost Donna Arnett
Provost Donna Arnett