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Division of Information Technology

Information for Students

New students have a lot to familiarize themselves with upon entering the Gamecock family. The Division of IT wants to make the process as easy as possible. The list below is a helpful guide for arriving on campus and your days ahead.

If you have additional questions, contact the IT Service Desk at 803-777-1800.  We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. if you need in-person, hands-on IT support, visit the Carolina Tech Zone, located beside the iHub Apple Store at the bottom of the Byrnes Building (right across from the Horseshoe).

Network Username and Other IDs

  • You are assigned a Network Username when you are admitted to the university. You will use your Network Username to log in to the wired and wireless networks, university email, and other university systems. Before using your Network Username, you will need to set a password in For security purposes, the password expires every six months. You will receive an email from the Division of IT Service Desk when the password is close to expiring. No one at the university will ask for your password. Do not respond to any emails requesting your Network Username and password.
  • Your VIP ID is an eight-digit number that is assigned to you when you apply for admission to the university or for financial aid. It is used to log in to Self Service Carolina. Your VIP ID is included on your acceptance letter, given to you if you have applied for financial aid, and available in
  • The USC ID is a unique combination of letters and numbers used by faculty and staff to securely manage your student information and records. You may be asked to provide your USC ID to verify your identity. The USC ID, which is not used to log in to any system, is printed on the back of your CarolinaCard and available in
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  • You were provided a student email address when you were admitted to the university. All student email addresses will consist of your Network Username, followed by
  • To access your email, visit from any browser. 
  • If you need to change your password, visit
  • To install the Outlook app on your mobile device, see the instructions in our Knowledge Base by clicking here
  • Remember - the university will never as you for your password via email. If you receive a request to provide your password via email, forward the message to immediately. Do not click any links in the message. 

IT Security

  • Multifactor Authentication (MFA) is required to access systems on the university network that store Personal Identifiable Information (PII). You will need to take an extra step to confirm your identity when you log in to university systems such as The university uses Duo Security to provide MFA services. The easiest way to use MFA is to download the free Duo Security app on your smartphone.
  • Antivirus software is required for all computers connected to the university's wired or wireless network. 
  • Be careful of phishing scams. See more information on how to protect yourself here.
  • Helpful videos and tips on security and privacy are available on our Security website.

Computer Requirements and Software

  • computer is highly recommended, but not required. 
  • The Division of Information Technology supports Macs, Windows, and Linux. If you bring it to campus, we can support it. However, some academic colleges/majors require specific computers. Please check with your advisor to make sure you have the correct device. 
  • Apple products can be purchased at the Gamecock iHub, located on the first floor of the Byrnes Building, right across from the Horseshoe. 
  • Microsoft Office 365 is available for free for as long as you are a student at the university. It includes the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote and more for both Mac and Windows. You can install Office 365 on up to five computers and five mobile devices. Also included is OneDrive, an online file service that provides you with 50GB of free cloud storage to store your documents and access them from any device, anywhere. More information and download instructions are available in the Knowledge Base.
  • All computers that connect to a university network must have current, up-to-date antivirus software. Antivirus software is included with Microsoft Windows; however, it is not included on Macs. If your computer does not have antivirus software, the Carolina Tech Zone can assist you. 

Connect to University Networks


  • Blackboard is our online course management system. Your instructors will tell you if and how they use Blackboard. You log in at with your Network Username and password. 

IT Support

  • The Knowledge Base allows you to complete IT tasks independently without having to contact the Service Desk. Included are step-by-step instructions to address many common IT requests such as password resets.
  • The Self-Service Portal allows you to easily request technology assistance, report an issue, request services, and access articles in the Knowledge Base.
  • The Service Desk provides technology support via telephone and chat. Telephone support is available Monday-Friday at 803-777-1800. Chat support is available Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. from the Self-Service Portal.
  • Follow the Division on social media to get up-to-date information on issues affecting technology on campus. We are available on Facebook and Twitter

Leave it at Home

  • Wireless printers are not allowed on the campus network. If you have a wireless printer, the wireless feature must be turned off while the printer is on campus. You can connect to the printer via USB or Bluetooth.
  • Routers are not allowed on the campus network. If you need additional network connections, you can use a 10/100 ethernet switch.


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