Palmetto College is the University of South Carolina’s online bachelor’s degree completion consortium providing leadership, management, and coordination of online education across all eight USC campuses. Through Palmetto College, students can begin and complete any of seven high-quality bachelor’s degrees, through asynchronous or real-time delivery, without disrupting personal, family, and professional commitments.
In addition to its degree completion mission, Palmetto College is also an administrative organization encompassing the University’s four associate degree-granting regional campuses (Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter and Union); Fort Jackson of Extended University, and the Office of Continuing Education and Conferences.
Susan Elkins, Chancellor
Chris Plyler, Vice Chancellor and Vice Provost
Chris Nesmith, Assistant Vice Provost
Extended University Programs
Extended University Programs are designed for students who need courses at convenient sites and times or in flexible formats, compatible with their jobs or other schedule restrictions. Undergraduate courses are offered for regular academic credit through the Fort Jackson Program. For further information about these programs, contact the offices described below.
Adult Student Services
Supporting the academic courses, the Adult Student Services Office provides information and assistance as follows:
Advisement. This office provides academic advisement for continuing education (undergraduate, nondegree seeking) students. This office also offers adult students information concerning admission, registration, course selection, career planning, academic assessment, placement/proficiency testing in math and foreign languages, and other campus services.
Orientation. Orientation is available for newly admitted adult students prior to the beginning of each semester.
Scholarships. Incentive scholarships are available to adult students beginning their college careers. Continuing education scholarships are available to currently enrolled adult students to assist them in earning degrees.
Adult Student Advancement Program. The Adult Student Advancement Program is for students age 25 or older who will benefit from special academic assistance before choosing or being admissible to a degree program. Students are limited to a maximum of 30 hours in this program.
For information concerning any of the areas listed above please call 803-777-9446.
Palmetto College combines the resources of the University of South Carolina system with the flexibility of course delivery formats including on-campus, traditional classes, two-way video classes, and online classes.
Faculties from Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter, and Union, as well as Extended University in Columbia, use two-way interactive video to teach students at multiple sites simultaneously as well as fully online, asynchronous instruction. These delivery mechanisms give students access to many more course options than are available face-to-face on their campuses
Fort Jackson Program
The USC Fort Jackson Program is designed for and awards Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees to active-duty military personnel (all branches), their family members, Department of Defense civilian employees, National Guard members, reservists, and veterans. Civilians, including Columbia-campus students, are welcome to take courses on a space-available basis, but they may not earn these associate degrees.
Associate Degree Programs at Fort Jackson