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On Your Time Initiatives

Non-Degree Students

Once you have been admitted to the University through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, On Your Time staff members serve as advisors to undergraduate non-degree seeking students. 

Please email with your name and VIP or USC ID for prompt advisement hold removal.

How to Apply

  1. Non-degree students can learn more about undergraduate level admission here.
  1. To apply for undergraduate admission to the University, set up an account first.
  1. Non-degree students should keep in mind that they are not eligible for financial aid.
  1. Once accepted, these students will receive an acceptance email from Undergraduate Admissions with a detailed to-do list and an assigned VIP ID. An acceptance letter will also come by USPS mail.
  1. On their list, they will be instructed on how to complete their proof of state residency, citizenship verification, and immunization paperwork. They will also be instructed on how to access Self Service Carolina, how to set up their email account, and how to complete multifactor authentication.  If they need assistance with these processes, students can reach out to these offices:

    Citizenship verification and proof of state residency, (803) 777-5555
    Division of Information Technology
    Multifactor authentication and email set-up, (803) 777-1800
    Student Health Services 
    Immunization completion,  (803) 777-3175
    Application status updates,  (803) 777-7700
  1. Before registering for classes, non-degree students will need to call or email the Office of On Your Time Initiatives at (803) 777-9850 or for advisement. They can have this advisement hold removed by phone or email. xfThe advisor will check for other holds (citizenship, immunization, etc) and ensure that the student is working on getting these removed. Non-degree students can find out more about advisement at Please include USC or VIP in any emails or voicemails for prompt service.
  1. After advisement and all holds are removed, the student can register for his or her class and pay tuition and fees in Self Service Carolina. Any questions about tuition and fees can be directed to the Bursar’s office at (803) 777-4233.

Application Deadlines:

  • May 7th for summer admission
  • July 1st for fall admission
  • November 1st for spring admission 

Registering for Classes 

Log in to to register. You'll need your VIP ID and password.

Find a Class

Use our online Class Finder to find courses that fit your schedule. For courses specifically on weekends or in the evening, be sure to select that session in the search field.

Auditing a Class

You can ask to audit a course, where you attend classes without receiving a grade or completing any assignments or exams.

Complete the Audit Form
Fill out the audit form and return to: 
Office of the University Registrar
1244 Blossom St.
Columbia, SC 29208

Class Overrides

Asking For An Override
Only the professor and department offering the course can offer an override for you to join a closed course or courses requiring special permission. If you need help contacting the department for your course, please let us know.

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