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Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of South Carolina!

We're thrilled that you are considering joining the University of South Carolina. We've dedicated this page to resources, links, and forms you'll need to become an enrolled student. We want to make the process as easy as possible for you.

The first thing you'll need to do to conduct business with the University of South Carolina is set up your online account in Self Service Carolina. Self Service Carolina is where you'll go to pay your enrollment deposit, sign up for housing later this spring, and ultimately register for classes. Setting your account up is simple.

Make sure you have your acceptance letter on hand. The second page of the letter contains your VIP ID and the last four digits of your USC ID. You'll need these credentials to set up your password for Self Service Carolina. Click here to claim your VIP ID and set up access to your account:

Step 1: Claim my VIP ID

Make note of both your VIP ID and your password.

If you have already claimed your VIP ID and set up your password, you can return to Self Service Carolina and access your online account by clicking here: You'll use your VIP ID and the password you created when you claimed your VIP ID.

Step 2: Pay Your Enrollment Deposit (freshmen only) now

You can go ahead and secure your space in the 2014 freshman class by paying your enrollment deposit on Self Service Carolina using your VIP ID and password. Please note your enrollment deposit must be submitted by May 5, 2014 to guarantee your spot in the freshman class. Please note that the deposit deadline has been extended from May 1 to May 5. Log in here to the start this process:

Step 3: Apply for On-Campus Housing (freshmen only) after housing application becomes available in 2014

Fall freshmen are guaranteed on-campus housing as long as the housing application is submitted by May 1. An email will be sent to the email address on record with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions when the housing application is available online in 2014. At that time, you will find your housing application under the “Student” tab on Self Service Carolina. For more information, go to and click “Apply Now” in the upper left hand corner. New freshmen receive an assignment based on their learning community choice and date of application to the University of South Carolina. The housing application fee is $50 (non-refundable) and the room deposit is $100 (fees are subject to change).

Step 4: Visit the New Student Orientation website at in March

Your attendance at New Student Orientation this summer is required, and sign-up for Fall 2014 New Student Orientation will be available in the spring. You will learn about campus services and resources, meet with an academic advisor, register for classes, receive your official student ID, and more. For more information, please visit the Office of New Student Orientation website,

Step 5: Take two placement tests BEFORE New Student Orientation

To ensure you begin your studies at the appropriate level, you must take placement tests in math and foreign language prior to Orientation. These tests determine your proficiency level and your placement or exemption for each subject area. For more information on math testing, visit For more information about language testing, visit *Please note you will not be able to take the placement tests at New Student Orientation.

Other Important Information

When do I need to use my USC Email?

The Office of Financial Aid will communicate with you via your USC email address, so be sure to check it to access information about the status of any financial aid awards you may receive. Financial Aid will begin posting aid awards on April 1. To find your University email address sign into Self Service Carolina. Select "Personal Information" and then select "View E-mail addresses". Your email address will be "Username" is your USC network username. You will also need to set a network password (this is different than your VIP ID and password). Use this link to set your password: and select "Set Your USC Username/Email Password."

Where will Admissions communicate with you?

While you will be gaining access to your USC email to receive information about Financial Aid, the Admissions Office will continue communicating important information to you and your family via the email you listed on your University Application. If you have questions about the status of your application or questions about the enrollment process, in general, contact Undergraduate Admissions at 803-777-7700 and ask to speak with a counselor.

Need help?

Check out these detailed instructions on how to set up your Self Service Carolina account.

Do you need a copy of the Next Steps guide that came with your acceptance packet? Click here.

Are you an international student? Check out these Frequently Asked Questions and Next Steps guides for Fall 2014 international freshmen.



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Enrollment Deposit

To secure your place in the freshman class, you'll need to pay your enrollment deposit online by May 1, 2014. Sign on to Self Service Carolina to access the payment screen.


If you claim South Carolina residency for tuition purposes, you'll need to sign on to Self Service Carolina and complete a residency certification form.


You'll be able to sign up for Orientation later this spring. Visit to read about the orientation experience.


You will be able to sign up for Housing on Self Service Carolina later this spring. You can visit for more information about residence halls.

Student Day

You and your parents are cordially invited to explore Carolina at Admitted Student Day! During this comprehensive on-campus event, you will get a better feel for life at Carolina before it's time to make your final college decision. You will learn about our academic programs, mingle with current and prospective students, tour the campus and residence halls, and find out what it means to be a Gamecock.

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