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Inclusive Excellence

The University of South Carolina values inclusive excellence. Our campus community can truly thrive only when those of all backgrounds and experiences are welcomed and respected.

Being a flagship university campus dedicated to learning, discovery and growth requires valuing all members of our university community. Whether for students or faculty and staff, the many opportunities of a South Carolina education or career shouldn’t just be within reach. The members of our learning community — and their teaching, education, research and work — are only stronger when supported by an inclusive culture.


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A Community of Integrity

In the late 1980s, students, faculty and staff created the Carolinian Creed in response to a national rise in campus-based intolerance incidents. The university-wide social honor code, adopted in 1990, reflects our collective aspiration to prioritize integrity, practice civility and create an inclusive campus community. 

Carolinian Creed

Not only has South Carolina been recognized for having an African American graduation rate in the top 10% of public universities, since 2016, African American freshman enrollment has grown by 85% and both underrepresented minority and Hispanic freshman enrollment have increased over 50%.

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Supporting LGBTQ+ Students

Members of the LGBTQ+ student community can easily connect with a wide range of campus resources. Whether figuring out how to navigate gender expression or just finding safe and welcoming spaces around town, we're here to help you feel welcome at your campus home.

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University Resources

Along with multicultural clubs and organizations and affinity groups, the University of South Carolina has offices and departments that work to promote diversity, social justice and student success.

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South Carolina strives to be an accepting, inclusive community and nurtures an atmosphere that supports inclusion and positive social change. Here, every student matters and contributes to our collective success.

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