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Undergraduate Admissions Admitted Students

Welcome to USC Columbia!

As a new USC Columbia student, your potential for success has no limits, and we can't wait to show you all that Carolina has to offer.

Here are the important things to do in order to make your transition to the Columbia campus as smooth as possible:

1. Complete multifactor authentication

If you haven't completed your multifactor authentication at your previous USC campus, you are required to complete the authentication before you register for classes.

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.

2. Visit the "Requirements for Specific Majors" section

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.

3. Register for New Student Orientation

Your attendance at New Student Orientation is required. You can start the orientation registration process by going to Self Service Carolina and selecting “View orientation information.” Please note that New Student Orientation registration for spring 2017 semester students begins in mid-October and in mid-April for summer and fall 2017 semester students.

International Students

In addition to New Student Orientation, all new international students must register for International Student Orientation with International Student Services (ISS). International Student Orientation is required even if you have previously attended a high school or college in the United States. In order to comply with South Carolina legislation, ISS must verify your lawful presence in the United States by reviewing your immigration paperwork during orientation. ISS will also inform you of your responsibilities concerning your visa status. To register, please visit

4. Complete the Math and Foreign Language  Placement Tests before New Student Orientation

For frequently asked questions about placement tests, please visit our USC System Transfer Q & A section.

5. Submit the Immunization Record Form

You must submit the Immunization Record Form to the Thomson Student Health Center prior to New Student Orientation. You may contact your current campus for your records.

6. Check out the Student Success Center

The purpose of the Student Success Center is to coordinate an intentionally-designed comprehensive array of programs, resources, and services that guide students to degree completion at USC through promoting academic goal setting and skill development, personal transition to the university setting, and effective decision-making. Need assistance with study skills? Looking for ways to make a big class feel small? Seeking the right beyond-the-classroom experience that will prepare you for a future career? Need a little extra tutoring in a course? Visit or call 803-777-1000.

Do you have additional questions about becoming a USC Columbia student? Check out our USC System Transfer Q & A section.


Financial Aid Information

The University of South Carolina has consistently been recognized as a great value in higher education. If you are receiving financial aid from your current campus, please notify your financial aid office of your intention to enroll at the Columbia campus. If you wish to apply for any financial aid, you must make sure to have your Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) sent to the Columbia campus (Columbia’s school code is 003448). For more information regarding processes and deadlines from our Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, check out our Financial Aid page.

Tuition and Fees Information

You can find our fees listed online.

Undergraduate Admissions Admitted Students