For Freshmen and Transfer Students
Any student starting at the University of South Carolina during the summer semester
is included in this session.
Planning for Orientation
There are some things you will need to do ahead of time to make sure you are able to register for classes and fully participate in orientation activities.
Complete your Checklist for New Freshmen.
You can locate the checklist and track your progress in Self Service Carolina. If you are a transfer student, this is not a needed.
Register to take your foreign language placement test.
You'll take your foreign language placement test the day before your orientation. Testing is administered on campus and by appointment only.
More about foreign language placement testing »
Submit residency, citizenship and immunization records.
It is crucial that you submit your residency information, citizenship verification and immunization records prior to orientation to prevent holds on your account during the registration process.
Request your CarolinaCard, your official university ID, online.
To receive your CarolinaCard complete the Cardholder Agreement and upload your photo 72 hours prior to Orientation. If your photo is accepted, the CarolinaCard Office will send a confirmation email. Your CarolinaCard will be available for pick up the first day of Orientation with a valid driver's license, military ID or passport.
What to Bring to Orientation
This is required to obtain your CarolinaCard. These include an unexpired drivers license, government issued identification card, military identification or passport.
VIP ID and password
You will use this throughout orientation, so please plan to memorize it or write it down in advance of your session.
Transcripts and records
This includes AP/IB scores, high school transcripts, immunization records, your advising worksheet and any other relative correspondence.
Comfortable clothing and shoes
Wear/bring comfortable clothing and walking shoes. Buildings are air-conditioned and may vary in temperature. Additionally, plan on a significant amount of walking throughout the orientation experience. If you or any of your guests do not have the ability to walk distances of several blocks or up and down stairs, please include that information in the "Special Accommodations" section on the reservation form so that we can accommodate you accordingly.
- A Sweater or Sweatshirt
Buildings are air-conditioned and may vary in temperature.
Umbrella or Rain Jacket
Columbia is prone to afternoon rain showers.
Consider bringing an item for the Community Engagement Service Project donations for Gamecock Pantry and Harvest Hope.