Step 1: Register to attend a New Student Orientation session
Registration and frequently asked questions about orientation can be found on the Office of New Student Orientation website. If you've already registered to attend an orientation session, start with step 2 below. All new students to USC-Columbia must attend New Student Orientation to be advised.
Step 2: Download and complete the Pre-Orientation Advising Worksheet
- Honors College Students: Honors College advising and course registration is conducted by phone for incoming freshmen between May 14 - June 8. Please view the webpage linked here for Honors College-specific processes. Honors College students will also use the insights on this webpage to prepare for advisement and New Student Orientation.
- All Other Students: Download and complete the advising worksheet and bring it with you to your orientation advisement session.
Step 3: View the Pre-Orientation Advising Videos
The videos below will answer:
- What is advising, and how will I work with an advisor during my college career?
- What are the components of a degree, and what is the Carolina Core?
- What should I do to prepare for orientation advising?
- What can I expect after orientation advising?
Part 1: What is advising, and how will I work with an advisor during my college career?
Part 2: What are the components of a degree, and what is the Carolina Core?
Part 3: What should I do to prepare for orientation advising?
Part 4: What can I expect after orientation advising?
Step 4: Complete the Math Placement Test
You will complete the Math Placement Test online. This is a requirement before coming to orientation. Failure to complete the correct Math Placement Test will impact your advisement. You must take the Math Placement Test no later than 3 business days before orientation. You will record your placement test score(s) on your Pre-Orientation Advising Worksheet and bring the completed worksheet with you to orientation. For more information on the Math Placement Test or to register, click here.
Step 5: Register for the Foreign Language Placement Test
The Foreign Language Placement Test is completed in person on the USC-Columbia campus the day before orientation. Register and learn more information here.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
When will I be advised?
All new students to USC-Columbia must attend New Student Orientation to be advised. Students will register for courses immediately following advisement.
How will my AP/IB scores equate to USC credit?
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions maintains a table of the USC credit you may receive for high scores on Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams.
Be sure to request that testing agencies send official AP/IB credit directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The AP code for USC-Columbia is 5818.
How will courses I've taken at other institutions equate to courses at USC-Columbia?
Consult the Transfer Equivalency Tables provided by the University Registrar.
Be sure to submit official, sealed transcripts for all coursework at non-USC institutions to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
How do I view my degree requirements and any progress I have made towards that degree?
DegreeWorks is an online degree auditing and academic planning tool that helps you review your progress toward degree completion. DegreeWorks will show all requirements for your intended major, including Carolina Core requirements. Prior coursework received and processed by the University will also appear. You can access DegreeWorks by logging in to Self-Service Carolina and selecting the student tab.
Check out this video if you need help understanding your degree audit in DegreeWorks.
What is the Carolina Core?
Learn more about the Carolina Core, its requirements, and its courses here. Please Note: some majors require specific Carolina Core coures. Not all courses listed on the website may apply to all majors. Your advisor will share more at orientation.
How do I change my major before orientation?
Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 803-777-7700 and ask to speak with an Admissions Counselor.