USCB Fall 2017 Academic Updates

USCB Fall 2017 Academic Updates

June 23, 2017

BLUFFTON, S.C. – The University of South Carolina Beaufort will begin its 2017-18 academic year in August, 2017. Many academic activities have been scheduled and announcements are being made for the upcoming year.

Convocation and FYRE Kickoff – August 23rd at 1 p.m. – Sand Shark Recreation Center – The convocation academic ceremony is the official kick-off of the academic year. Convocation will feature a keynote address from Joan Robinson-Berry, Vice President and General Manager of Boeing South Carolina.

FYRE – The First Year Reading Experience is an opportunity for students to have their first common learning experience before they arrive on campus for classes. First-year and new transfer students receive a copy of the book at summer orientation. Throughout the school year, students have the chance to participate in special events planned around the book. This year's book is Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. A special screening of the film along with FYREside chats and an essay contest will take place this fall.

Classes Begin – August 24 – Classes begin on all campuses for the 2017-18 academic year.

Academic Tuition – Mandated and unavoidable expenses continue to escalate annually.  This year, USCB will experience the largest single year state mandated increase to required university contributions for employee retirement accounts.  Health and property insurance costs are also significantly increasing and the university also anticipates an increase in utility cost.  Virtually none of these costs were funded as a result of the recent legislative session.  Every effort has been made to minimize the impact to students, but unfortunately USCB has to raise student tuition by three percent. This increase applies to all universities in the University of South Carolina system.

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Located in the heart of the Carolina Sea Islands, the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) is a baccalaureate member of the USC system, serving the southeast coast of South Carolina and Georgia. Since 2002, USCB has tripled its academic degree programs, doubled its FTE enrollment, opened its first on-campus housing (now serving more than 900), joined the NAIA Sun Conference, and fielded conference and national award-winning Sand Shark athletes in nine sports. The university's two campuses serve a diverse student body of 2,000 students. The Hilton Head Gateway campus in Bluffton, SC, offers cutting-edge Computational Science and Nursing laboratories, and a broad range of academic degree programs. The Historic Beaufort campus, located on Beaufort's downtown waterfront, houses an innovative baccalaureate Studio Art program in close proximity to Beaufort's many art galleries. The University of South Carolina Beaufort offers students an exceptional place to learn and live in an environment focused on growth, preservation and opportunity.

For more information about the University of South Carolina Beaufort, contact Kerry Jarvis, public information coordinator, at 843-208-8030 or