Are students required to attend New Student Orientation?

Yes, we ask all new students to the University of South Carolina Salkehatchie to attend an orientation session.  We feel that orientation prepares our students for what to expect and helps get them finalized to begin their enrollment. Orientations are offered 6 times over the summer prior to the Fall semester and one session is offered on each campus prior to Spring semester.  Students can register for orientation here!

What are your admissions deadlines?

USC Salkehatchie does not have a formal application deadline, and will work with students to get them enrolled up until the day classes begin.  However, we recommend  applying and having all admissions materials to us at least one month prior to the beginning of classes.

What documentation do I need to submit for acceptance?

Incoming Freshmen should submit official high school transcripts or GED information as well as official copies of their ACT/SAT scores.  In order for documents to be official they should be sent directly from the High School or testing center and be unopened.  Students who have previous college work will need to submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended.  High school information and test scores may be requested from transfers depending on the number of credit hours attempted at previous institutions.  All students under the age of 25 are required to take the ACT or SAT for acceptance to USC Salkehatchie.  For your convenience, the ACT is offered several times a year on campus for students who plan to attend.

How do I apply to USC Salkehatchie?

New students should Apply Online and submit the appropriate application fee.  Paper applications are available upon request by contacting your Admissions Counselor.  Students who will be transferring from another USC campus will need to complete a change of campus request inside their Self Service Carolina account.

Does USC Salkehatchie offer academic scholarships?

Yes.  Students may complete an academic scholarship application if they wish to be considered.

The early application deadline is November 15.  The final deadline for scholarship applications is April 15.

New students must have a 3.0 GPA or higher and/or scored 1000 on SAT or 21 on ACT.

Returning students must have a 3.0 or higher GPA.

What is USC Salkehatchie’s Federal School Code?

Our federal code for FAFSA is 003454.

How do I check my financial aid application status?

  1. Log into SSC
  2. Choose Financial Aid, Award, and Award for Aid Year
  3. Choose the Award Overview Tab to see your award. You can complete the required eligibility certifications for Life, and State Need-Based Grant awards by choosing the Terms and Conditions Tab.
  4. Then choose the Accept Award Offer tab to accept, decline or adjust any aid that you have been awarded.


My parents don’t claim me on their tax return, so can I be an independent student for financial aid?

To be considered an independent student for financial aid purposes, a student must be able to answer yes to one of the dependency questions on the FAFSA and provide documentation if requested. The FAFSA does not look at whether you were or were not claimed on your parents’ tax return to determine your dependency status.

Is there a deadline to apply for financial aid?

Our office has a priority date of April 30 for a student to be given full consideration for all types of aid because we have limitations on some types of funding. After April 30, students will be considered for Pell Grant funds, Direct Loan funds, and other types of loan funds.

I applied for financial aid last year, do I have to apply again this year?

Yes, you will need to complete a renewal FAFSA each year.

How do I apply for financial aid?

To apply for federal financial aid at USC Salkehatchie, you must complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA is available each year on October 1; you will use the FAFSA for the fall, spring, and summer semesters of the following academic year.

Prior to completing the FAFSA student and parent (s) must register for a FSA ID which allows you to submit FAFSA electronically.

Parent(s) and student tax information is needed to complete FAFSA.



Does the Leadership Institute provide small business services?

The Leadership Institute, through its partnership with the SBA and the SBDC assigned to the Lowcountry region of SC, refers individual business owners to consultants for assistance with business development. The Institute also provides training sessions and workshops in the region.

What are the Leadership Development opportunities in the Salkehatchie region?

The Leadership Institute oversees three major Leadership Development programs:

  • Leadership Salkehatchie: Sponsored by SouthernCarolina Alliance, the Economic Development Alliance for 6 counties in the Lowcountry, the Leadership Salkehatchie program focuses on young, rising talent in our area. It meets for 8 months and covers a wide range of topics meant to develop awareness and action in the region. Contact Terri Boone at (803)812-7354 or for more information.
  • Leadership Colleton: In partnership with the Walterboro Colleton Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Institute staff conduct this leadership program for adults living and/or working in Colleton County. For more information, contact the Walterboro Colleton Chamber of Commerce at (843)549-9595 or .
  • Youth Leadership: High school students across the Salkehatchie region in 10th and 11th grade are nominated by their guidance counselors to participate in this program that meets during the school year. The goal of the program is to develop leadership skills and an awareness of the community. For information, contact Warren Chavous at (803)812-7345 or

Where is the Leadership Institute located?

The Leadership Institute is located on USC Salkehatchie’s Allendale campus, but leads and participates in programs across the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

What types of programs does the Leadership Institute oversee?

The Leadership Institute focuses on programs that make real, tangible advances within its three areas of emphasis: Leadership Development, Community and Economic Development, and Business and Workforce Development.

What is the Leadership Institute?

The Leadership Institute at USC Salkehatchie was established in 1998 by the SC legislature to help stimulate economic development while increasing leadership capacity the Salkehatchie region: Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton and Hampton counties.

Q: Can I really earn a 4 year nursing degree at USC Salkehatchie?

A:  Yes.  Through a partnership with the University of South Carolina College of Nursing in Columbia, USC Salkehatchie is able to offer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree to our top 16 students each year.  At the conclusion of the program, successful participants earn a USC Columbia BSN degree and are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Q: Will I be a USC Salkehatchie or USC Columbia student?

A:  Program participants are USC Salkehatchie students for the first 2 years while completing prerequisite courses, then become a USC Columbia student once accepted into the Upper Division to complete the last 2 years of the program.  While a USC Salkehatchie student, participants pay USC Salkehatchie’s tuition, yet once accepted in the Upper Division and become a USC Columbia student, participants pay USC Columbia’s tuition rates and fees.   Students remain physically on the USC Salkehatchie campus (Allendale or Walterboro) to complete Upper Division course work and clinical experiences in the Salkehatchie region.

Q: How many students are accepted into the Upper Division and how competitive is the program?

A:  Currently, we accept up to 16 students each year into the Upper Division portion of the program.  The number of applicants varies each year and progression is based solely on GPA in designated courses as outlined by the USC College of Nursing (see bolded courses on the Sample BSN Curriculum Plan).  Competitiveness varies from year to year and is based on the number of applicants and the GPA of each applicant.

Q: How are courses delivered throughout the Upper Division portion of the program?

A:  Upper Division courses are taught by USC Columbia College of Nursing professors via various methodologies.  The most common form of course delivery is online, via Adobe Connect.    Students must be present and online for these classes at a designated day and time.  Students sign in to class via a specified website and communicate with professors via a real-time, online method.  Several Upper Division courses are solely online, where students complete coursework at their own pace, yet within specific time frames designated by the professor.  Live labs accompany several of the Upper Division courses (such as Assessment), where students have an opportunity to practice skills and apply information learned in class.  Tests for Adobe Connect classes are completed on the student’s campus of choice (Allendale or Walterboro) with a proctor present.

Q: How much travel is involved?

A:  One of the objectives of the USC Salkehatchie Rural Nursing Initiative is to provide local students the ability to gain the same educational experiences and degree opportunities as students attending and living on the USC Columbia campus with as little travel as possible.  Students in the USC Salkehatchie cohorts of the Upper Division attend the majority of clinical and clinically-related experiences within the Salkehatchie region (Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton, and Hampton counties).  A small amount of  travel to Columbia is necessary for the pediatrics specialty, but this may vary from semester to semester.  We strive to keep students’ travel outside of the Salkehatchie region to a minimum.

Q: When is the application for the Upper Division due and when am I eligible to apply?

A:  There is one Upper Division application process each year.  The application becomes available via the USC College of Nursing website in November each year and is typically due by the first week of December.  The time in which the Upper Division application becomes available and the link to the application are communicated to students by Rural Nursing Initiative Administration via email.


Students who remain on the  nursing curriculum are eligible to apply to the Upper Division in the first semester of their sophomore year, and are eligible to progress to the Upper Division when required pre-nursing courses have been completed and the student’s GPA is >3.0 in courses designated by the USC College of Nursing (see BSN Curriculum Plan).  Participants must earn a grade of C or better in all required courses to count toward the BSN degree and cannot earn more than one below C grade in any science or nursing course (this deems a student ineligible to progress in the nursing curriculum). Please refer to the USC College of Nursing undergraduate student handbook for more information at


Q: Will the courses taken at my current and/or previous college(s) transfer into the USC system?

A:  Oftentimes, courses from other colleges do transfer into the USC system, however this cannot be guaranteed by the student’s advisor until an official transcript has been provided to the USC Salkehatchie Admission office.  For further information on transfer credits, students can visit the following websiteS:


Q: Are part-time and full-time options available?

A:  Students may choose to be part-time while completing pre-nursing courses yet must be enrolled full-time and complete courses in a pre-determined sequence while in the Upper Division.

Q: What if my GPA is below a 3.0?

A:  If a student is enrolled at USC Salkehatchie as an intended nursing major and his/her USC and/or overall GPA falls below a 3.0 , he/she will be placed on probation for one major semester or 12 credit hours.  If by the end of the probationary semester, the student’s USC and/or overall GPA is >3.0, the student will be removed from probationary status.  If the student does not raise his/her USC and/or overall GPA to a >3.0 by the end of the probationary semester, it is recommended that the student change his/her major.  Nursing advisors, however, will work one-on-one with students to map out a plan of action, whether it is to remain on the nursing curriculum and attempt to raise his/her GPA, transfer to another institution, or change his/her major.

Q: I am an RN looking to earn my BSN. Is this program right for me?

A:  This is a traditional BSN program and is not intended as an RN-BSN option.  If you are currently an RN looking to advance your education and obtain a BSN degree, please contact our Palmetto College advisor, Melissa Hooks.  More information on Palmetto College as well as Melissa Hooks’ contact information may be found at

Q: If I still have questions, who can I contact?

A:  For additional questions, any of the following USC Salkehatchie Rural Nursing Initiative faculty/staff members will be glad to assist you:


April Cone, MSN Ed., RN – Academic Program Manager

(803) 812-7429 or (843) 782-8670


April Williams – Administrative Assistant

(803) 812-7435


Lisa Webb, MSN, RN, CEN – Clinical Assistant Professor

(843) 782-8660


OSP/SSS sounds like a great program, how can I qualify?

Yet another great question. The first thing to do is complete a short application. Applications can be found in one of our labs or on the USC Salkehatchie website. The criteria is located on the application. If you have any questions, call our main office at 803-812-7378.

SSS/OSP sounds like is does so much to support students, can you help students financially?

We can’t give you money or buy materials for you but if you qualify for our program and utilize our services then you may qualify for grant aid after your second semester.

Tutoring sounds great, I’m sure I will use it but what types of workshops do you offer?

Our workshops are customized to meet students’ needs; so if students request a workshop to help them get organized then we give pointers on organizational skills. Some other examples of workshops are stress management, money management, etc.

Can anyone be a part of SSS/OSP?

You ask great questions.   Anyone can utilize our tutoring  and workshop sessions. We encourage everyone to complete an application for SSS/OSP to see if you qualify for one on one advising (academic/personal issues); cultural trips to 4 year institutions; and other educational experiences. We also have computer labs and free printing for your education and so much more.

What is Student Support Services (SSS) also called the Opportunity Scholars Program (OSP)?

Happy you asked, SSS/OSP is a support service to help USC Salkehatchie students succeed educationally, personally, and professionally.

Is there someone that I can contact directly if I have questions about Palmetto College?

USC Salkehatchie has a Palmetto College Program Coordinator, Melissa Tomlins Hooks that works with each of our Palmetto College students directly to help them with questions and academic advisement so that our Palmetto College students know what courses that they needs to take and how close each student is to completing their Bachelor’s Degree.   She can be contacted via e-mail at or by phone in her Allendale Office at (803) 812-7358 and in her Walterboro Office at (843) 782-8659.

Are Palmetto College Bachelor Degree Completion Programs accredited?

All of the Palmetto College Bachelor Degree Completion Programs are  fully accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Can I start a Palmetto College Program if I have never completed any college courses?

The program is designed for students that have college credit that need to finish a Bachelor’s Degree in the comfort of their home and the convenience of their schedule.   We highly suggest that students who have never completed any college level courses to start their education journey at one of our four Palmetto College campuses, where you will receive your first two years of college credit. With USC Lancaster and USC Union in the northern part of the state, USC Salkehatchie in the low country and USC Sumter in between, you’ll always be close to home.

Once you have 45 credit hours from any accredited college, you can complete your bachelor’s degree online. You can access your coursework from home or the office… or you can pick it up and take it with you to your son’s soccer game, your hair appointment or the nearest Starbucks! And because Palmetto College is part of the USC system, your diploma will carry the same credibility and weight as any other four-year degree from the University of South Carolina.

What Degrees Bachelor Degrees are offered by Palmetto College?

  • Business Administration
  • Criminal Justice
  • Elementary Education
  • Health Promotion
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Services
  • Information Management and Systems
  • Information Science
  • Liberal Studies
  • Organizational Leadership
  • RN to BSN

What is Palmetto College?

Palmetto College was started to offer Bachelor Degree Completion Programs so that everyone could obtain a high quality, University of South Carolina Bachelor’s Degree.   Palmetto College is a collaborative online upper-level degree completion program which utilizes the resources of the USC system’s four regional campuses (Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter and Union) and four senior campuses (Aiken, Beaufort, Columbia and Upstate). Generally speaking, students who have completed a minimum of 60 hours of transferable undergraduate general education courses will be eligible to apply for admission.

Is it true that I can get a Bachelor’s Degree through USC Salkehatchie?

Yes, with the establishment of Palmetto College in 2013, it enables students to begin their college journey with USC Salkehatchie and complete their bachelor’s degrees through Palmetto College in one of the 11 areas.

Where Can I Obtain a Student Handbook?

The USC Salkehatchie Student Handbook is posted on our website.   Please be sure to check it out.  It contains all kinds of very useful information for students about our campus.

Where Can I Get a List of Clubs/Organizations at USC Salkehatchie?

Clubs and advisors are listed in the student handbook. However, some of the clubs may become inactive throughout the academic year. To check on the status of a club, call or email the advisor who is listed in the handbook, or call the Student Activities Office at 803-812-7341-Allendale or 843-782-8678-Walterboro or email Student Activities Director-Rob Brendle at

Where Can I Find Information About Upcoming Events?

There are 5 ways students can get information regarding information for events:

  1. Calendar of events hung around campus for students to view.
  2. Flat screen TVs located around campus with information on upcoming USC Salk events.
  3. Student Activity Events are placed in all Bathroom Stall Walls on each campus.
  4. Social Media: Facebook and Instagram.
  5. Online Events Calendar on the USC Salk Website

How Do I Start a New Club?

The following are required steps in starting a new club:

  • Define your club’s purpose and create a purpose statement.
  • Find an advisor. (USC Salk Staff or Faculty)
  • Hold an interest meeting and find five members (including yourself). You may want to also define your club officers at this time: President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.
  • Create a club mission statement and submit it, to the USC Salkehatchie Student Government for review.

Where are the wellness centers on campus?

There are two wellness centers  – one on each campus.  On the Allendale Campus, the center is in its own building between the softball and baseball fields.  On the Walterboro Campus, the center is in the Research/Student Center building.    Both centers have both weight equipment and treadmills, etc and are open to all students, faculty and staff at Salk.   Hours for the centers are posted on the doors of each center but they are generally open between 8:30 and 5 – regular office hours of the campus.