University Honors Colleges Pitch the 'Liberal-Arts College Experience'

University Honors Colleges Pitch the 'Liberal-Arts College Experience' 1

Brett Flashnick for The Chronicle

The U. of South Carolina ties together living and learning environments for students in the Honors College, housing them in a separate dormitory. Here, students order from the Honors Cafe in the dormitory's lobby.

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Brett Flashnick for The Chronicle

The U. of South Carolina ties together living and learning environments for students in the Honors College, housing them in a separate dormitory. Here, students order from the Honors Cafe in the dormitory's lobby.

Ask students enrolled in the University of South Carolina's honors college why they chose it, and most will offer essentially the same explanation: Being here is like being at a small private liberal-arts college and a big public research university simultaneously.

"I like small class sizes, but I like a large college," says JonLuke Boggs, a freshman.

Jeet Gurum, a senior studying biology, economics, and political science, says he has enjoyed "all of the attention and faculty