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Welcome, Admitted Freshmen!

As a new Gamecock, your potential for success has no limits, and we can't wait to show you all that Carolina has to offer in just a few months.

Keep up the good work! Please remember to do as well as you can this semester and send us your final official high school transcript with your graduation date after you graduate. Your grades and courses matter! The University of South Carolina reserves the right to reconsider the acceptance of any student who no longer meets admission requirements.

Here are the important things to do in order to make your transition to the University of South Carolina as smooth as possible:

1. Successfully log in to Self Service Carolina.

Self Service Carolina (SSC) is your personal student account that you will use during your years at Carolina. Get started by claiming your VIP ID and referring to the information included with your acceptance letter. Remember to write down your VIP ID and password. Claiming your VIP ID and setting your Self Service Carolina account password will allow you to log in to your student email, apply for on-campus housing, and eventually register for New Student Orientation. After you successfully log in to SSC, please bookmark

2. Complete multifactor authentication.

You are required to complete a two-step verification process called "multifactor authentication."

To set up your multifactor authentication, visit and log in with your VIP ID and password. After correctly answering your previously established security question, you will register and activate the phone number you would like to use to verify your identity any time you log in to the university's information systems.

For more information, visit this site and click the "How do I get started?" question. If you need additional assistance, please contact University Technology Services at (803) 777-1800.

3. Read the "2018 Next Steps for Summer/Fall Freshmen" document in the "Forms" section of your admissions checklist.

This form will be available approximately 5 business days after we mail your acceptance letter. The "2018 Next Steps for Summer/Fall Freshmen" document is intended to be your one stop guide to enrolling in the freshman class. Log in to your personal checklist to access it. If you have forgotten your password, there is an opportunity to reset it.

4. Pay your $200 nonrefundable enrollment deposit in the "2018 Enrollment Deposit Form" that is located in the "Forms" section of your admissions checklist (Summer and Fall freshmen only).

This form will be available approximately 5 business days after we mail your acceptance letter. The only way to pay your nonrefundable enrollment deposit is by logging in to your personalized checklist and accessing the form.

The enrollment deposit will secure your place in the 2018 freshman class as long as we receive it by May 1, 2018. In addition, this will allow you to apply for on-campus housing and register for New Student Orientation once those applications become available. 

Have you been offered freshman admission to another USC campus? If you decide to attend USC Columbia, you must cancel your application at the other USC campus before you can pay the Columbia enrollment deposit. After you cancel your application to the other USC campus, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (803) 777-7700 to let us know.

5. Log in to your student email.

After claiming your VIP ID and setting your password, you can set up your student email by following these instructions. It is important to set up your email account in order to receive important information from several university offices. 

6. Visit the "Requirements for Specific Majors" section (left menu).

Some majors have special entrance, fee, and progression requirements. If your intended major is listed in this section, please carefully read the important information about it.

7. Has your senior year course schedule changed since you applied?

If so, please let us know. A change in your course schedule may affect your acceptance. Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and ask to speak with an admissions counselor. Our freshman course requirements are listed here

8. Contact us with questions!

We are always happy to assist you. We encourage you to visit and click the “Live chat now” or “Leave us a message” option. 

Do you have additional questions about becoming a Gamecock? Check out our Freshmen Q&A Section!


Important Dual Enrollment (College Courses Attempted in High School) Information

Are you currently enrolled in any dual enrollment courses? These are courses that are taken through a college or university and are not AP or IB courses. If you are currently enrolled in a college course at any college or university, these courses are part of your permanent academic record. Therefore, it’s important to pay attention to your grades because we will need the official college or university transcript when you enroll!

Financial Aid and Scholarship Information

The University of South Carolina has consistently been recognized as a great value in higher education: more than 90 percent of first-year students at the University of South Carolina-Columbia receive some form of financial aid. Please read our Financial Aid page for important information regarding processes and deadlines from our Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships. For more information about applying for need-based aid, please visit the Financial Aid website.

If you plan to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), we recommend you do so no later than April 1. Earlier is even better so that we can consider you for all types of need-based aid for which you may qualify.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions mailed merit-based scholarship offers to qualifying students in March 2018. We are not awarding any additional merit-based scholarships.

2018-2019 Tuition and Fees Information

The 2018-2019 tuition and fee rates will be set by the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees in Summer 2018, and student bills reflecting any adjustment to tuition rates are distributed to registered students in early July. Although the fee schedule for 2018-2019 has not yet been determined, you are welcome to look at the 2017-2018 fee schedule to estimate costs of attendance. You can find our fees listed here.

Undergraduate Admissions Admitted Students