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Pre-Orientation Advisement for New Freshmen

Welcome to the University of South Carolina-Columbia! An essential component of New Student Orientation is your introduction to your academic college and your advisement for your first semester at Carolina. New freshmen should view the videos below and complete the Pre-Orientation Advising Worksheet prior to attending a New Student Orientation session. 

Download the Freshman Pre-Orientation Advising Worksheet

View the Pre-Orientation Advising Videos

The videos below will answer: 

  • What is advising, and how will I work with an advisor during my college career? 
  • What are the components of a degree, and what is the Carolina Core? 
  • What should I do to prepare for orientation advising?
  • What can I expect after orientation advising?  

Part 1: What is advising, and how will I work with an advisor during my college career?

Part 2: What are the components of a degree, and what is the Carolina Core?

Part 3: What should I do to prepare for orientation advising? 

Part 4: What can I expect after orientation advising?

 

Check out these additional resources to prepare for advisement at freshman orientation. 

Questions for Admissions?

If you have questions about your admissions status or would like to change your major before attending orientation, contact an Admissions Counselor in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. 

Register for New Student Orientation

Registration and frequently asked questions about orientation can be found on the Office of New Student Orientation website. 

Looking for the USC-Columbia AP School Code?

The code is: 5818. Be sure to request that testing agencies send official AP/IB score reports directly to USC-Columbia Undergraduate Admissions. 

Be sure to submit official, sealed transcripts for all coursework at non-USC institutions to Undergraduate Admissions

Transcripts should be mailed to USC-Columbia Undergraduate Admissions.   

Complete the Math Placement Test

You can complete the math placement test online. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions about the Math Placement Test here. 

Register for the Foreign Language Placement Test

The Foreign Language Placement Test is completed in person on the USC-Columbia Campus. 

What is the Carolina Core?

Learn more about the Carolina Core, its requirements, and its courses. Please Note: some majors require specific Carolina Core coures. Not all courses listed on the website may apply to all majors. Your advisor will share more at orientation. 

View your degree progress and requirements in DegreeWorks

DegreeWorks can be accessed by logging in to Self-Service Carolina and selecting the student tab. Please Note: DegreeWorks will display the prior work the university has received and evaluated at that time.  Please be certain all prior work is submitted to the USC-Columbia Office of Undergraduate Admissions.  Please allow processing time for its review and placement in your degree audit.