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Before You Arrive

Start preparing for your Spring Orientation by taking care of the preliminary details.

For Freshman and Transfer Students

Any student beginning classes at South Carolina during the spring 2022 semester must attend this session. 


Planning for Orientation

There are 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. Complete your checklist for admitted freshmen.
    You can locate the checklist and track your progress in Self Service Carolina. This is not needed if you are a transfer student.

  2. Confirm your major.
    Several aspects of your New Student Orientation, including advising and registration, are guided by your college and major. If you would like to change your major, please do so no later than a week prior to your session. Contact the Office of New Student Orientation by phone at 803.777.2780 for further instructions. 
  3. Complete your pre-orientation advising modules and worksheet.
    Watch the pre-orientation advising modules and complete your advising worksheet.

  4. Register for and 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 »

  5. Register for and take your foreign language placement test.
    You'll take your foreign language placement test two weeks before your Orientation session. Testing is administered on campus and by appointment only. More about foreign language placement testing »

  6. Submit residency, citizenship and immunization records. 
    It is important that you submit your residency information, citizenship verification and immunization records prior to Orientation to prevent holds on your account during the registration process.

  7. Request your official university ID, CarolinaCard, online.

    To receive your CarolinaCard, complete the Cardholder Agreement and upload your photo 72 hours prior to Orientation. If your photo is accepted, the CarolinaCard Office will send you a confirmation email. Your CarolinaCard will be available for pick up during Orientation with a valid driver's license, military ID or passport.

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!  


There are two airports located close to the city of Columbia. Within Columbia, we have the Columbia Metropolitan Airport. The Charlotte Douglass International Airport is less than a two-hour drive. 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.

What to have ready

  • VIP ID, university email and university password. You will use these throughout Orientation, so please plan to memorize it or have it written down in advance. 
  • Transcripts and records. Including AP/IB scores, transcripts from your previous school/institution, immunization records, your pre-orientation advising worksheet and any other relevant correspondence. 
  • Your Completed Pre-Orientation Advising Worksheet. You will need this to register for class. 
  • A laptop. Please bring a laptop with you to your session. If you are unable to access one, please let us know in the accommodations sections of your Orientation Portal. 

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