BSW Upper Division Application
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The College of Social Work is required to collect information on the ethnic and racial compositions of its student body and report this information to the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the United States.
Are you of Hispanic, Latino, or of Spanish origin?
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Purpose of Personal Statement:
A written opportunity for applicants to express themselves in several areas, which includes but is not limited to: Significant achievements, factors that have shaped academic and professional interests, and professional goals.

Applicants are required to respond in writing to questions in the following three areas: (1) Interest in social work, (2) life challenges, and (3) providing service. The suggested length of the personal statement is approximately 4-5 pages, which allows applicants to write 1-2 pages per each of the three areas:

Area One:Interest in Social Work
Discuss personal strengths or qualities you will bring into the Upper Division major and profession of social work. Describe what you hope to accomplish professionally.

Area Two: Life Challenges
Discuss a life challenge you have experienced. Describe what you did to address the challenge, and the extent to which these strategies were effective.

Area Three: Providing Service (Volunteerism)
Respond to one of the following two options

       * Option One: Discuss the types of community service you have performed, including the roles you have played and the tasks you have completed. Discuss the populations who have benefited from your service. Describe the impact of the service that you provided.

       * Option Two: Discuss the types of community service you would like to perform in the future, including the roles you would play and tasks you would complete. Discuss the populations who would benefit from your service. Describe the anticipated impact of the the community service that you would provide.

Upload your personal statement (Word or PDF only).(*)
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Your transcript can be accessed through your student profile:

left hand menu- look for transcript tab

once open right click it to print

once the print menu comes up, hit the down arrow by the printer selection

select print as PDF

Once this is saved you can upload it into the application

Upload your un-official transcript (Word or PDF only).(*)
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Licensure is required in many states to practice social work and a criminal record could potentially prevent someone from acquiring a license to practice. Also, some employers and field placement agencies require background checks for criminal records. If you have any concerns regarding the status of your eligibility for licensure and availability of field placements or employment opportunities, it is suggested you speak to your advisor, the coordinator of the BSW Program, or the BSW Field Coordinator.
I have read, understand, and agree to abide by the policies and procedures of the USC-BSW Program as stated in the Carolinian Creed (, BSW Student and Field Manuals, and NASW Code of Ethics ( The information on this application is true to the best of my knowledge. Should I furnish any false information on this application or on any supporting document, reference, or material, I understand that this act shall constitute cause for denial of my application or termination from the program.
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If you need additional information, call 803.777.7939 Return application packet with all completed documents to the BSW office (Hamilton 105) or submit online.
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LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: After you submit your personal statement, you will be sent the following link that you will need to forward to your 3 references. Send the following link to the three individuals that are providing recommendation for the upper division major.

Forward this address to your 3 references: