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College of Education

Undergraduate Student Resources

Student Success Center

Purpose: A comprehensive one-stop-shop for academic support services on campus. All programs and initiatives are free to undergraduate students at the University of South Carolina.

Location: Thomas Cooper Library, Mezzanine

Contact: 803-777-1000,

Services: The Student Success Center provides a wide range of services that fall under several categories: Study Smart, Money Smart, Population Specific Support, Academic Engagement, and Workshops.


Student Success Center Services

Supplemental Instruction (SI) – These sessions provide additional support for specific undergraduate courses.  Each session is led by an undergraduate student who earned an A in the subject matter and sessions occur at various times each semester. 

Peer Tutoring - Peer Tutors are trained undergraduate students who have excelled in the course they tutor.  Students can attend a drop-in tutoring session, or they can schedule an individual session with a tutor. 

Peer Writing and Communications – Similar to peer tutoring, students can schedule an individual appointment or attend a drop-in session to receive help with any part of the writing process. 

Study Skills – When students need help developing general academic strategies that will improve performance in all courses, students can make an appointment for a Success Consultation.  These consultations focus on Academic Success & Study Skills, Concentration & Attention, Exam Prep & Test Taking Strategies, and Procrastination & Prioritization. 

Students can schedule an individual Money Management Consultation to explore any of the following topics:

  • Basic Budgeting & Financial Goal Setting
  • Building & Managing Credit
  • Financial Planning for Study Abroad/National Student Exchange
  • Moving Off Campus
  • Student Loan Repayment & Education

If you have a student experiencing a sudden financial challenge, the SSC offers an Emergency Loan Program.  The maximum loan amount is $500 and must be repaid within one month. 

If you work with Sophomore students, the support provided by the SophoMORE Initiative may be helpful.  This initiative helps sophomores feel connected to the campus, their major, and future career opportunities by offering various events designed to engage Sophomore students.

Many students in the College of Education are transfer students and might benefit from services offered through Transfer Student Success. Students can schedule a Transfer Success Consultation to learn how to take advantage of specific resources for transfer students. 

The Veteran Success Program has been taken over by the Veterans and Military Services Center. The center offers many options for active-duty and verteran students.

While there are many student engagement opportunities on campus, the SSC promotes the Out-to-Lunch Program and the National Student Exchange. 

  • The Out-to-Lunch Program allows a student to take a professor to lunch to create a deeper connection between the student and professor.
  • The National Student Exchange allows students to study at different institutions in the US, Canada, and US Territories.

The Student Success Center offers a variety of one-hour workshops related to academics, money management, and skill development.  To learn more about specific workshops offered and the steps to requesting a workshop, visit the Student Success Center webpage.


University Advising Center

Purpose: To provide undergraduate students with academic advising support and coaching that guides progression towards a degree through standard advising practices and technologies.

Location: Close Hipp Building, Suite 381

Contact: 803-777-1222,

Services: While COE students should always be routed to Gamecock EdQuarters for questions related to academic advising, the University Advising Center also offers Exploratory Advising, Academic Coaching, and Withdrawal services.


University Advising Center Services

If a student is considering changing majors to one outside of the College of Education, meeting with an Exploratory Advisor can be helpful. These advisors can help students explore different majors and evaluate requirements to enter each major. They can also provide academic advising to students in the process of changing majors.

Academic Coaches provide individualized support and guidance for undergraduate students who are in a state of exploration and/or are academically at-risk. Academic Coaching assists students who benefit from extended on-going support and one on one sessions specially tailored to their individual needs. These coaches work with each student to explore majors and degree programs, discuss the major change process, complete self assessments (i.e. Strengths Quest), create an academic and engagement plan, set strategic goals, and identify campus resources that can help achieve academic goals within and beyond the classroom environment.

Hardship Withdrawal – If you know a student experiencing a hardship that is hindering academic performance, it may be in their best interest to petition for a Hardship Withdrawal.  Staff in the University Advising Center can assist students with this process.


Student Health and Well-Being

Purpose:  To provide comprehensive physical and mental health care services on campus. Professional and compassionate providers are committed to evidence-based, patient-centered care to help contribute to student success and overall well-being.

Location: Center for Health and Well-Being, 1401 Devine Street

Contact: 803-777-3175

Services:  Allergy Shots, Counseling & Psychiatry, Immunizations, Interpersonal Violence Support, Lab Tests & Screenings, LGBTQ Health, Nutrition, Physical Therapy, Primary Care, Radiology & EKGs, Sports Medicine, Travel Clinic, and Women’s Health.  Visit the website for Student Health and Well-Being for additional information.


Any UofSC – Columbia student enrolled in at least one-credit hour in a degree program can make an appointment online for many medical services, but the following services require a phone call to make an appointment:

  • Counseling: 803-777-5223
  • Immunizations & Allergy: 803-777-9511
  • Interpersonal Violence Support: 803-777-8248 (or just drop in)
  • Psychiatry: 803-777-1833
  • Faculty/Staff Wellness: 803-777-6518
  • Nutrition: 803-777-8283
  • Physical Therapy: 803-576-6383
  • Radiology X-rays: 803-777-3667
  • Travel Clinic: 803-777-9511

University faculty and staff can take advantage of several services offered at the Center for Health and Well-Being through the State Health Plan and our Gamecocks LiveWell program.

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