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    From High School To The Horseshoe

    Making the decision to Call Carolina Home

Incoming Students

First-year students live on campus so they can experience opportunities that will help them make the most of their college experience, and to make sure they feel at home at Carolina.

New Application Process Coming Soon

We are updating and improving the new student application process.  Information about steps to applying will be available soon.  The new process will open on February 15, 2022.


Step 1 - Accepted to South Carolina

Step 2 - Apply for Housing

Step 3 - Housing Considerations

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Living-Learning Communities

Living-learning communities (LLCs) provide students with unique living environments that engage them with students of similar interests.  Before completing the housing application, learn more about our LLCs and how they can be a part of your future at Carolina.

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As a new incoming student, you may be a part of special University program that will dictate your housing options.  Make sure you are aware of the housing options available to you before beginning the housing application. 

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Medical & Special Requests

It is important for students with special housing requests to thoroughly review the housing accommodations section of the application. Students must meet all the requirements listed on the application to be considered for specific accommodations. Students must also register any housing accommodations with the Student Disability Resource Center in order to process the request.

Step 4 - Explore Your Housing Options

Step 5 - Housing Building Assignment

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Building Assignment

Residence halls and communities will be assigned on a rolling basis after February 15.  You will either be assigned a Learning Community or Carolina General Housing.  Consideration for buildings and communities is based on the date of application to University Housing.  The sooner you apply, the sooner you will know your building/community assignment.

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Roommate Selection

The roommate matching section of the application will be available mid-March, once you receive a building or community assignment. All roommate matching is completed at in the housing portal. You will only be able to select roommates from those students living in the community you are selected to.  (Roommate matching will remain open until June 30)

Step 6 - Room Selection

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Real-Time Room Selection

Students who apply before May 15 will be allowed to select their building and room during a designated selection date and time based on availability. This information will be available in the housing portal ​once your building assignment is posted. These dates and times vary by building and community. (Room selection will begin June 1 and run through June 30)

Step 7 - Move-In Day

First-Year Living Requirement

All first-year students are required to live on campus for a full academic year.

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