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New Student Information

Welcome to the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia! We congratulate you on this achievement and extend you a very cordial welcome to our institution. Below you will find most of the information you will need before you matriculate in late July.

NOTE:  Please check this page often as updates are made frequently when additional information is provided.

Virtual Town Hall Meeting Summary from June 25, 2020.

MI Orientation is scheduled for July 27-August 7, 2020.  Classes are scheduled to begin August 10, 2020. You will not be allowed to attend orientation or fall classes until your Immunization requirements have been satisfied.


Matriculation Requirements

University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia New Student Matriculation Requirements.

Additional information about these requirements is listed below.

A satisfactory background check is required for all matriculating students. You should have received an email from Certiphi with instructions for completing the background check.  

A 10 panel drug screening is required for all matriculating students. You will receive an email from the Office of Admissions with instructions on how to complete the drug screen. The fee for the 10 panel drug screening is $29.

HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) training and compliance is required for all new students.

Immunization requirements must be met and on file with the Student/Employee Health Nurse by July 15, 2020. You will not be allowed to attend orientation or fall classes until these requirements have been satisfied. All questions and documentation should be directed to the Student/Employee Health Nurse: Jennifer Evans,

Each state has its own licensing board with specific medical licensure requirements. The M.D. program at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).  Graduates are eligible for professional licensure in the state of South Carolina, but must complete the process and requirements for professional licensure in the state of their residency. For students who are not living and completing residency in South Carolina, please review the information regarding medical licensure specific to individual states throughout the U.S.

Before you arrive in July, you will receive an email from Prisma Health Student Affairs with instructions for completing the onboarding process.  It’s important to note that Prisma Health uses two different systems in the clearance process: myClinicalExchange and Learning Hub.

myClinicalExchange (mCE) is a student data management system used to house all your contact information and compliance records (i.e., immunizations and background check reports).

Learning Hub is a learning management system with computer-based modules that teach and test important health care compliance issues like HIPAA, infection control, patient rights, etc.

Meeting the requirements of both systems is mandatory prior to your start date at UofSC School of Medicine Columbia.

Prisma Health Student Affairs Administration (SAA) will be your primary contact during onboarding. Please note, this is a separate department from the UofSC School of Medicine Columbia Office of Student Affairs. For specific questions or assistance with myClinicalExchange and/or Learning Hub, please email or call (864) 455-5654.

The University of South Carolina requires that the School of Medicine Columbia has a complete record of your undergraduate and/or graduate preparation with degree(s) conferred prior to your matriculation to medical school.  An official, terminal transcript from ALL institutions from which you received degrees, as well as transcripts of all coursework taken at other institutions, is required.

Please note that transcripts sent to AMCAS during the application process do not fulfill this requirement.

If you attended the University of South Carolina (any campus), we can pull that transcript.  It is not necessary to send us the University of South Carolina transcript.

Transcripts must be on file with the Office of Admissions no later than the end of the fall semester.  Spring registration may be withheld for those students who have not fulfilled this requirement.   

Transcripts may be sent electronically to:
or mailed to:

Office of Admissions
USC School of Medicine-Columbia
Building 3
Columbia, SC  29208

Please complete the Student Directory Form when you have moved or when you know the local address that you will be using for the 2020/2021 academic year. This form is only used for contact information at USC SOM Columbia. It does not update your directory information in

In addition, in early September 2020, you will receive an email with instructions to submit local and emergency contact information in OASIS, our scheduling software platform. This will not update your directory information in

The Registration/Records/Diploma Holds policies of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia are located in the School of Medicine Columbia’s Bulletin.


Additional Information

The University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia’s Commit to Enroll deadline is Monday,  June 22, 2020. Choosing this enrollment option means you have withdrawn your application from all other medical schools and are committing to matriculate at the UofSC School of Medicine Columbia for Fall 2020.    

The Admissions Ambassadors would like to invite you to join the Class of 2024  Facebook page to connect with your incoming classmates. 

COG is a student organization at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine that connects students, faculty, and staff with volunteer opportunities in the local community.  We have helped pack fruit and veggie boxes with Foodshare SC, served meals at Transitions Homeless Center, and provided assistance to home-bound older adults via The FriendShip. This work will continue throughout the summer, and we would love for you to be a part of it! Please fill out this survey to join our email list and get updates on upcoming volunteer opportunities. Feel free to send any questions to Salem Carriker, COG President, at

Please read this article about some of the volunteer work!

The University of South Carolina is working diligently to prepare for the safe return of our Gamecock family.  The School of Medicine Columbia will continue to follow the protocols of the University of South Carolina.

Additional information will be provided regarding COVID testing.

For more information, please view Financial Aid.  For specific questions regarding your FAFSA (our FAFSA code is 003448), financial aid, loans, and/or scholarships, please contact Mr. Jerel Arceneaux (Student & Career Services) by phone at (803) 216-3629 or by email:

If you are looking for housing and/or roommates for the fall, please join our Potential Housing Options that current students are posting for the upcoming fall semester. It will update as students add to the form, so please check back often.

Please complete the Vehicle Registration Form by Friday, July 17th.  Your parking decal and SOM Columbia key will be distributed at Orientation.

Students must provide their own laptop computers. Please review our computer recommendations. The laptop MUST have a camera.

We utilize ExamSoft, which helps institutions improve student learning with secure software that provides valuable data.  Please review the ExamSoft computer requirements.

Students will need access to a variety of resources as they complete their didactic education.

Your preclinical education begins with the MI Orientation, a two week-long program held at the end of July.

  • Establishing connections with peers, faculty and staff
  • Connecting students with on-campus, local, and national resources and organizations
  • Informing students about relevant policies and procedures for the School of Medicine Columbia and the University of South Carolina
  • Preparing students for the academic expectations of medical school
  • Assisting students with taking care of any last-minute issues prior to starting classes

The Class of 2024 Orientation will be held Monday, July 27 through Friday, Aug. 7. On the first day, July 27, everyone will be together at Seawell's Restaurant, located at 1125 Rosewood Dr., Columbia, SC 29201.  After that first day, people will be in one of eight groups that will rotate for different orientation experiences for the next two weeks.

If you have specific questions about Orientation, please contact Dr. Eric Williams (Student & Career Services) by phone (803) 216-3616 or by email:

All incoming fall students are now registered.  You can view your schedule at

The School of Medicine is unable to answer questions or provide advice regarding an applicant’s legal residency.  Applicants should contact the SC Residency Office for advice on their specific situation.

Residency affects both your tuition and eligibility for scholarships. The University of South Carolina is required by state law to determine the resident classification of all applicants interested in claiming South Carolina as their state of legal residence. South Carolina Residency makes initial determinations for all students at the time of their admission. The School of Medicine Columbia does not make any decisions regarding legal residency. Decisions for all students are made by the Residency Office at the University of South Carolina.

Upon admission, all students claiming South Carolina as their state of residence must complete SC Residency Certification in Self Service Carolina. Any new student claiming South Carolina as their residence who does not apply for residency will be billed at non-resident tuition rates.

You will receive an email once a preliminary determination has been made. The preliminary decision will also be available on Self Service Carolina. Your official status will only be updated to resident upon receipt and processing of any additional documents.

The SC Residency Office reviews its records to determine if a student’s residency status may have changed. The office may request additional information to determine if you still meet residency eligibility requirements.

All new students will be provided a School of Medicine email account. You will receive your login credentials for this account before you arrive in July. 

If you had academic accommodations at your last educational institution and would like to continue them, please register with the Student Disability Resource Center ASAP, and certainly before the undergraduate students start on the main campus.  There will be a HUGE rush at that time.

The School of Medicine Columbia requires you to have health insurance, but you must be registered for classes before you can apply for health insurance. For additional information, please check Student Health Services Insurance. If you have specific School of Medicine questions, please contact Mr. Jerel Arceneaux (Student & Career Services) by phone at (803) 216-3629 or by email:

Assignments for the 2020/2021 academic year have been made. If you did not receive an email with this information, please email

Please review the Gross Anatomy Overview, Summer Assignments and Textbook Requirements.

Updates will be added as course information is received.

Tuition and Fees for the upcoming academic year are determined by the University Board of Trustees in July of each year.

All new students will need a Carolina Card ID badge with a photo. The Carolina Card ID badge will also serve as your School of Medicine ID badge.  Please visit Carolina Card to upload a photo.  You will need to use your USC login credentials (USC ID and VIP ID can be used interchangeably and are included in your official acceptance letter from the Office of Admissions). 

For any questions or issues with photo uploads, please contact the Carolina Card Office at (803) 777-1708 or by email at Once you have submitted a photo, the Carolina Card Office will send you a confirmation email when the photo has been approved. Carolina Card ID badges will be delivered to the School of Medicine and distributed to new students during Orientation. 

September 25, 2020 is the tentative date for the White Coat Ceremony. We hope it will be in person and we do not know yet if family will be able to attend. More details will follow.

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