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Before You Arrive

Start preparing for your Fall Transfer Student Orientation by taking care of the preliminary details.


For Transfer Students

You are classified as a transfer student if you currently attend a post-secondary institution, or you have in the past, and you are coming to the University of South Carolina to continue your education.

 Planning for Orientation

There some things you will need to do ahead of time to make sure you are able to register for classes and fully participate in orientation activities.

  1. Determine and know your Orientation Session.

  2. Complete your advising homework.
    Complete your Advising Worksheet. This can also be found in your Orientation Portal. 

  3. Take your math placement test online.
    Your math placement test should be taken at least two weeks prior to your orientation session. More about math placement testing »

  4. Register to take your foreign language placement test.
    The foreign language placement test should be taken before you attend Orientation
    More about foreign language placement testing »

  5. Submit residency, citizenship and immunization records. 
    It is crucial that you submit your residency informationcitizenship verification and immunization records prior to orientation to prevent holds on your account during the registration process.

  6. Request your CarolinaCard, your official university ID, online.
    To receive your CarolinaCard complete the Cardholder Agreement and upload your photo. If your photo is accepted, the CarolinaCard Office will send a confirmation email. 

Overnight Accommodations

While overnight accommodations may not be necessary, we wanted to share a few options: 

  • Stay steps from campus at Graduate Columbia, a boutique hotel tailored to South Carolina. Sleep well in their comfy, cheerful guestrooms.  
  • Stay at Hotel Trundle, Columbia’s award-winning boutique hotel. Save 15% on your stay with promo code BYEBYEKIDDO. Visit to book! 
  • Steps from UofSC, these 5star Airbnb lofts provide a cozy alternative to hotels. Our restored 1920s studios offer free parking, snacks and charming character!


There are two airports located close to the city of Columbia. Within Columbia, we have the Columbia Metropolitan Airport. Less than a two hour drive is the Charlotte International Airport. For those arriving to and from Charlotte, Columbia Charlotte Shuttle is the leading provider of transportation between UofSC and the Charlotte Airport. Be sure to ask about their 10-Pack discount. 


During your session, we will provide parking. This was included in your Orientation registration fee, and you will not have to pay upon your arrival. 

Parking will be available in the Bull Street Garage located at 611 Bull St.  Please note that this is five blocks away from the check-in location at the Koger Center for the Arts. Your day will end at the Russell House, which is right next to Bull Street Garage.


Check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the Koger Center for the Arts. During this time, you will be greeted by your Orientation leaders, grab schedules and have an opportunity to enjoy a continental breakfast to get you fueled for the day ahead!  Orientation Leaders will guide you from Bull Street to the Koger Center.

What to have available

  • VIP ID and password
    You will use this throughout orientation, so please plan to memorize it or write it down in advance of your session.
  • Transcripts and records
    This includes AP/IB scores, high school transcripts, immunization records, your advising worksheet and any other relative correspondence.
  • Completed Advising Worksheet »

    You will need this to register for classes. 

  • Appropriate Technology and Internet Access
    You will need to bring a laptop and headphones. If you are unable to access one or both of these, please let us know in the accommodations sections of your Orientation Reservation Portal. 


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