Whether you’re an incoming freshman, a senior about to graduate with your college
degree, or a new transfer student, your academic advisor will help you define and
achieve your academic goals at the University of South Carolina.
Log-in to the online Pathfinder system to schedule your advising appointment. Academic
Advising is provided by your academic college/school. You must meet with your assigned
academic advisor each semester before you can register for classes.
All incoming freshman and transfer students must attend orientation to be advised.
to make sure you are ready for orientation.
View the pre-orientation checklist
Not sure who your assigned advisor is? Learn how to locate your assigned academic
STAY on Course
For more information on academic advising procedures in your college/school, find
your college below.
START Your Course
First-Year Academic Advising
If you are a first-year student or a transfer student, you will be assigned a first-year
advisor in your college/school. Students who meet with a First-Year Advisor will 1)
discuss your transition to college; 2) build a course schedule; 3) map your major
and track your progress towards your degree; and 4) evaluate any transfer, AP, and/or
IB credit you have. Your first-year advisor will contact you several times throughout
the semester and offer mulitple 30 minute in-erson sessions. First-year students
can learn how to view their assigned academic advisor
CHANGE Your Course
If you are interested in exploring your major options and/or changing majors between colleges/schools,
an Exploratory/Major Change Advisor can help you. With an Exploratory/Major Change
Advisor you will 1) explore new major options; 2) evaluate your course credit for
your new major; 3) build a course schedule for your new major; and 4) prepare for
your departmental advisement in your new major. *Note, if you are changing majors
within your current college/school, contact your current academic advisor.
GET on Course
Academic Coaches meet one-on-one with undergraduate students to create an academic
plan, set goals, and share resources to help you achieve your goals within and beyond
the classroom environment. Each Coaching session is tailored to your needs and focuses
on 1) general academic advising; 2) academic planning/success strategies; 3) strengths
identification; 4) engagement planning/campus involvement; and 5) navigating campus
resources. Academic Coaches also work with students who are returning from academic
suspension and students who are at risk of University probation or suspension.