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Academic Advising

Orientation Advising for New Students

Welcome to the University of South Carolina! An essential component of New Student Orientation is your introduction to your academic college and advisement & course registration for your first semester of UofSC.  On this page, you will find helpful information and resources for your pre-Orientation and day of Orientation needs.

Summer 2021 Orientation - Academic Advising


Complete the following steps to prepare for virtual advisement at Orientation

Registration for and frequently asked questions about New Student Orientation should be directed to the Office of New Student Orientation. All new students must attend Orientation to be advised and register for courses.

You will view academic related videos as part of completion of the Pre-Orientation Module through the Office of New Student Orientation. STUDENTS: Please view these videos & complete the quizzes in the Orientation portal. The videos are linked below for reference. 

Freshman & Transfer students: Complete the Pre-Orientation Advising Worksheet when you register for Orientation. Your advisor will use it to prepare for advisement. STUDENTS: Please make sure you view the Pre-Orientation Advising Worksheet video & complete the module in the Orientation portal. 

If you need to access your worksheet to complete sections or make updates click here:

Honors College students: Honors College advising and course registration is conducted by phone for incoming freshmen. Please refer to the Honors College for honors specific advising processes.

You will complete the Math Placement Test online. This is a requirement before attending your Virtual Orientation day. 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 being the completed worksheet with you to orientation.

Learn more about or register for the Math Placement Test

For summer 2021, there will be remote (virtual) versions of all available language exams each Monday from May 17 - July 26). For the week of Memorial Day, the test will be on Thursday instead of Monday. 

Students must register for an appointment to take the test via the Language Placement Testing Website. Upon registering, students will receive an email confirmation with details about the exam. Please note, the exam will be available for 24 hours on that date and may only be taken one time. 

Note: At this time, there is are no plans for face-to-face testing.

Learn more about the Foreign Language Placement Exam

How prior coursework will transfer to UofSC is a key concern for many transfer students. If you have questions about how and if prior coursework will apply to your major, review the transfer student guide to credit articulation

Advising & Registration Resources

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Carolina Core Carolina Core Website - Search for Courses tag 1, tag2
Microsoft Teams Virtual Advising with Microsoft Teams How-To  
Self Service Carolina How to Register for Classes Using Self Service Carolina  
Schedule Planner

How to Register for Classes Using Schedule Planner

How to Register for Classes Using Schedule Planner (PDF)

Self Service Carolina How to Search for Classes  
DegreeWorks Running the DegreeWorks Audit  
Self Service Carolina Student Profile Overview  
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Frequently Asked Questions 

All new students to UofSC must attend an Orientation session to be advised. Students will register for courses immediately following advisement. 

You will be advised virtually via Microsoft Teams. You will be provided instructions for accessing you advisement session via Microsoft Teams. 

Here is a helpful video to show you what to expect with remote advising using Microsoft Teams.

The office of Undergraduate Admissions maintains a table of the UofSC credit you may receive for high scorse on AP and 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 UofSC is 5818.

Consult the Transfer Equivalency Tables provided by the University Registrar.

Be sure to submit official, sealed transcripts for all coursework at non-UofSC institutions to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

DegreeWorks is an online academic planning tool that helps you review your progress toward degree completion. DegreeWorks will show all requirements for your intended major. Prior coursework received and processed will also appear. 

You can access your DegreeWorks audit in Self Service Carolina. 


Learn more about the Carolina Core - the requirements and courses. Please note: some majors require specific Carolina Core courses. Not all courses listed on the website may apply to all majors. Your advisor will share more about this at orientation.


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