The Bulldogs will be back in force in the fall of 2021.

South Carolina State University students will return to a traditional campus experience as the university restores full in-person classes and residency.

“Everyone at SC State is excited to get back to a sense of normalcy,” President James E. Clark said. “There’s nothing in the world quite like the energy of a university campus in the fall, and we are committed to creating a vibrant atmosphere at SC State while maintaining precautions against COVID-19.

“We have learned a lot about how to operate with the necessary practices in place, and with widespread availability of testing and vaccinations, we now believe we can return to standard operations while still offering a safe environment,” Clark said. “Safety remains our top priority, so everyone on campus will be expected to adhere to those measures.”

The challenges from COVID-19 forced colleges and universities across the country to make difficult choices for the last two academic years. SC State adopted numerous strategies to curb the spread of the virus among the campus community, including moving most instruction online.

“SC State never shut down,” said Dr. Learie B. Luke, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Our faculty steadfastly responded to the pandemic by adapting instruction to a virtual delivery model. Students have remained fully engaged in learning.

“The university experience is best, however, when personal interactions occur between instructors and students, as well as between peers. The social aspects of campus life enhance what takes place in the classroom. Nothing can replace a communal learning atmosphere, so being back on campus will energize everyone,” Luke said.

Freshmen and transfer students will find upperclassmen ready to welcome them to Bulldog Nation.

“Being a Bulldog means being part of a huge family,” SGA President Javonni Ayers said. “Having everyone together on campus will fuel our fire. We will build so many memories together, and they will last a lifetime. The SC State spirit is alive and well, and we can’t wait to embrace new members of this family.”

Students can apply for the fall semester at www.scsu.edu/admissions. The deadline to apply for fall admission is May 31.

Freshmen will move into residence halls August 12, followed by returning students on August 13. Mandatory new student orientation will take place August 13-17.

Classes will begin August 18.

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