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Next Steps for Admitted Palmetto Pathway Students

Welcome to Palmetto Pathway! As you transition into your first semester, please be
sure to review and complete the items listed below. If you have any questions or
concerns, please don't hesitate to contact Laura Humphrey Faile at 803-576-6045 or 803-597-1746.

In order to complete this section you must be fully admitted to Palmetto Pathway and received an acceptance email with your VIP ID.  For questions regarding your acceptance email and VIP ID please contact USC Columbia Admissions at 803-777-7700.

Your journey begins by following these next steps:

1.  Set up your Self Service Carolina and email accounts

  • Claim your account 
  • Set-up Multifactor Authentication. (You must first know your password and you must then verify your identity by receiving a push notification. The free Duo Security app is the easiest and fastest way)
  • Claim your Network Username .
  • A tutorial is available to assist you with claiming and accessing your accounts. Be sure to check your university email on a regular basis as important communications from Financial Aid, Admissions, and various campus departments will only be sent to your university email.

2. Have final high school transcripts and any dual enrollment course work sent to USC Lancaster.  Dual enrollment coursework MUST be sent from the higher education institution who awarded the credit in the form of an official collegiate transcript.  If you have any Advanced Placement (AP) test scores, those must also be sent to USC Lancaster. You may email these to and copy me at

3. Submit your Citizenship Verification Form and Documentation.

4. Required Immunizations

  • You must enter your immunizations in the "Medical Clearances" portion of MyHealthSpace and click on "Immunizations Record" and attach supporting documentation signed by a medical provider before orientation. (Note: You can take a photo of your documentation with your phone and upload the photo). Please also enter your immunization dates and vaccine types in the "Medical Clearances" portion for each vaccine received. You will not be able to register for classes until we have your required immunizations on file. The required immunizations include:
    1. MMR Vaccine (two doses): You'll need two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR), or positive blood titer reports. Please record these on MyHealthSpace in the "Medical Clearances" portion.
    2. Meningococcal Vaccine (Menevo or Menactra): You'll need the meningococcal vaccine to prevent meningitis if you are younger than 21. You must have received at least one meningococcal vaccine after your 16th birthday to satisfy this requirement. Please record these on MyHealthSpace in the "Medical Clearances" portion. If you have not received this vaccine you may decline this requirement by finding the link on the left hand side labeled “Downloadable Forms”. From there you will need to find “Meningococcal Declination Form” and follow the steps to complete this form and upload to MyHealthSpace.
    3. TB Risk Screening Question: Complete the questionnaire found on MyHealthSpace in the "Medical Clearances" portion.

5. Submit your SC Residency Certification form in that matches your start term (Fall, Spring, or Summer) AND year. This online form MUST BE done to qualify for in-state tuition. 

6. Complete the Math Placement Test and Foreign Language Placement Test before your Orientation date. Both are administered online, but the Foreign Language Placement test requires advanced registration.

7. Complete your FAFSA application and be sure to add USC Lancaster.

8. Palmetto Pathway students live in the Bates House residence hall community. We will notify you once the housing application for Bates House is open. Follow the instructions to submit your housing application! 

9. New Student Orientation. You'll receive information about New Student Orientation dates and registration later. Course registration will occur at New Student Orientation; therefore it is mandatory for Pathway students to attend. This communication will come from the University of South Carolina Office of New Student Orientation. USC Palmetto Pathway students do not need to pay an orientation fee.

10. Complete AlcoholEdu and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates. Avoid having a hold placed on your account by making sure you complete both steps of these courses by the deadline. Until these steps are complete, you will be unable to register for classes. You will receive an email when these trainings are available to you.  They must be completed by August and will not impact Fall registration status.

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