Step 1: Register to attend a New Student Orientation session
Registration for and frequently asked questions about new student orientation should be directed to the Office of New Student Orientation. If you've already registered to attend an orientation session, start with step 2 below. All new students to UofSC 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 (May 21 - June 5). Please refer to the Honors College for honors specific advising processes.
- 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?
- What should I do if I want to change my major before orientation?
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. Learn more about or register for the Math Placement test.
Step 5: Register for the Foreign Language Placement Test
The Foreign Language Placement Test is completed in person on campus the day before orientation. Learn more about or register for the Foreign Language Placement test..
Other Frequently Asked Questions
All new students to UofSC must attend New Student Orientation to be advised. Students will register for courses immediately following advisement.
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions maintains a table of the UofSC 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 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 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 DegreeWorks degree audit.
Learn more about the Carolina Core, its requirements, and its 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.
Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 803-777-7700 and ask to speak with an Admissions Counselor.