USC welcomes largest freshmen class

      The University of South Carolina's largest-ever freshmen class will arrive later this week.

      The State newspaper of Columbia reports Thursday this year's freshmen class is nearly 500 students larger, for a class of about 4,400 students. That could bring the school up to $3.5 million in additional revenue.

      The university accepted more students partly to fill a hole caused by state budget cuts. Officials say more students than expected then took the school up on its offer.

      Last year, there were 3,900 freshmen. Four years ago, the freshmen class consisted of fewer than 3,700 students.

      Freshmen are required to live on campus. That means more upperclassmen must find housing off campus.