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First-Year Students

Incoming freshmen in the Darla Moore School of Business are assigned an academic advisor for the duration of their first year. Below, you will find information about academic advising and answers to frequently asked questions for both students and parents. 

Advising

First-year students must meet with their assigned advisor for at least one 30-minute appointment during each term (fall and spring) to be formally advised for the subsequent term (spring and summer/fall). First-Year Advisors are also available for drop-in hours throughout the semester, which are times where any freshman student can walk in and meet with their assigned advisor without an appointment. Formal advisement occurs by appointment only. Freshman receive both personal and University-wide communications from their First-Year Advisor throughout the year with important dates and deadlines regarding registration and other academic and University policies. For more information about First-Year Advising at the school of business, please click here.

To view a digital copy of the Undergraduate Student Handbook, please click here.

 

First-Year Frequently Asked Questions

If I want my parent(s)/guardian(s) to have access to my educational records, what do I need to do?

You will need to fill out a “Consent to Release Information” form with your assigned First Year Advisor. This form will be kept in your records stating we can only give information to the individual(s) you’ve provided on this form. This form will need to be updated each semester.

For more information about FERPA, please visit the USC Registrar’s office website.

Who is my first year academic advisor in the Business school?

You can see your assigned First Year Advisor in the Self Service Carolina account (my.sc.edu). 

I already know which classes I need to take for the following semester. Is meeting with my assigned First Year Advisor really necessary?

Yes. Every student must meet with their assigned DMSB First Year Advisor each semester to have their Advisement Hold removed. Once a student has met with their assigned First Year Advisor, the Advisement Hold will be removed by the advisor. It is also important to meet with your advisor each semester to make sure you are on track for graduation.  

When can I register for courses each semester?

Students can check their assigned registration time in their Self Service Carolina account by clicking on the ‘Registration Checklist’ link. 

My date/time is open on Self Service Carolina; however, I cannot register for classes. Why?

There are some different reasons you may not be able to register for classes:

  • You do not have the correct registration date/time. You can check this through the Registration Checklist on Self Service Carolina.
  • You have a hold or holds on your account. You will need to contact each of the offices stated on your Self Service Carolina account to get the hold(s) removed. If you have any advisement hold and have already been formally advised, please contact your assigned DMSB First Year Advisor as soon as possible.
I need academic assistance in a class. What should I do?

Some resources offered at the University of South Carolina include:  The Student Success Center, located in the Thomas Cooper Library-Mezzanine Level, has programs such as Supplemental Instruction and Tutoring.  Also, the University Advising Center, located in Close-Hipp, Suite 381, offers Academic Success Coaching sessions. It is also recommended to meet with the instructor and/or TA for the class, as well.

I’ve heard about a Grade Forgiveness Policy. What is this policy and where can I find out more information?

Grade Forgiveness is a policy in which a student at USC can use a total of two times. If you decide to use this policy, please make sure you retake the class for the second time at an approved USC campus. You will also need to ensure that any financial awards will not be affected by using this policy.

What are the progression requirements from the Business school I keep hearing about?

These classes are seven (7) classes with a grade of “C” or better, as well as a total institutional GPA, that needs to be reached by the end of the spring semester of a student’s first year.

The classes include: ENGL 101, ENGL 102, MATH 122 (or MATH 141), ACCT 225, STAT 206, MGSC 290 and either ECON 221 or ECON 222.

The GPA needed to progress is a 3.000 total institutional GPA.

Please note: If a student does not meet these progression requirements by end of spring of the first year, summer school will need to be taken to stay on track in the business school. It is important to keep your assigned DMSB First Year Advisor up-to-date on whether you plant to take summer school. 

When can I register for summer school classes?

Summer school registration depends on the institution. Consultation with your assigned DMSB First Year Advisor would be required to discuss summer school options.   

Do I need a certain GPA to take a summer school class at another institution?

Yes. You will need a 3.000 total institutional GPA by the end of your spring semester to take a course at a non-USC institution. If you do not have this GPA by the end of your spring semester, you will need to plan to take summer classes at a USC-based institution. You and your assigned DMSB First Year Advisor will talk further about the appropriate paperwork during formal advisement meetings regarding summer school.

When can I declare my business major?

After all progression requirements are met, students can then declare their specific major within the Business school. The only exception is the International Business program. Students must apply for this major through an application process that is due during the summer going into their second year at USC. Students interested in the International Business major will receive more information through their USC email, as well as be able to check the Darla Moore School of Business Facebook page in the spring semester of their freshmen year for more details on the application process.

I heard that all students need to have Directed Coursework in the business school, even if you double major. Is this true?

Yes, all students will need to have Directed Coursework completed by their graduation date. This Directed Coursework can include a minor, directed study, cognate, or concentration area. This Directed Coursework is built into the DMSB curriculum and will be a total of 18 credit hours. (NOTE: Some minors do require more than 18 credits, so please consult with your advisor regarding more information).

When can I declare my Directed Coursework?

You can begin taking classes as early as your first semester at USC. Please consult with your assigned DMSB First Year Advisor for the best class(es) to take.

I need an override into a particular class, but it is closed. Can my assigned First Year Advisor give me an override?

For Business classes: students will need to add their name to the Seat Request Link found on the Moore School website.

For Economics classes: students will need to contact the Administrative Assistant in the Economics department to see if an override can be granted. 

For Carolina Core classes: it is best to contact the department directly. Each department has their own way of issuing overrides.

Please note:  For any override, students are encouraged to continue to monitor Self Service Carolina to see if any seats become available before the add/drop date each semester.

Is it possible to graduate early?

This varies from student to student. It is recommended to contact your assigned DMSB First Year Advisor regarding a graduation map out plan.

When do Carolina Core courses need to be completed?

These courses need to be completed by the time of graduation. Consultation with your advisor during the semesters at USC is important to determine how many Carolina Core courses you have left to take.

I have college credit from high school. How do I send it to USC to ensure I receive the credit?

Before starting classes at USC:  You will need to send any Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and/or Dual Enrollment credit to the University Admissions office (902 Sumter Street Access/Lieber College, Columbia, SC 29208)

While enrolled at USC:  You will need to send any Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and/or Dual Enrollment credit to the University Registrar’s office (1244 Blossom Street, Columbia, SC 29208)

 


Frequently Asked Questions for Parents

Why do I not have access to my student’s education records?

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) governs the dissemination of educational information for all institutions of higher education, such as USC, that receive federal funding from the U.S. Department of Education. Darla Moore School of Business students may grant access to parents or others parties, allowing access to designated educational records as long as a student has completed a FERPA form. This access may be granted by any student at any time and may also be revoked or modified at any time by the student. Students must complete a new form every academic semester if they are wanting their academic records to be released to certain party members. For more information click here.

Who is my student’s academic advisor?

All first-year students can access the name of their academic advisor in the Darla Moore School of Business by visiting their Self Service Carolina account. There is also a Registration Checklist in Self Service Carolina for students to follow in regards to how to prepare to register for courses.

When can my student register for courses?

All students have different times and dates for their registration assigned by the university’s Registrar. Students need to check their Self Service Carolina account to see that the exact time and date their registration starts for classes.

Why is my student unable to register for courses?

Students are unable to register for courses due to a hold on their Self Service Carolina account. Some of those holds are Judicial, Bursars, Advising, etc. Students will need to contact the specific department the hold is through so they are able to register for classes.

Does my student need to meet with their academic advisor?

Yes, every student must attend a formal advising appointment every semester with their assigned Darla Moore School of Business academic advisor. During the meeting, classes for the following semester will be discussed as well as any issues or concerns the student has in regards to academics. The advisor will remove the student’s advising hold so that the student can register for courses. Students will need to check Self Service Carolina regarding any departmental holds on their account.

Where would my student go for academic assistance?

The University of South Carolina offers outstanding resources for students seeking academic assistance. The Student Success Center has programs such as Supplemental Instruction, Tutoring, and Transfer Student Services. Also, refer your students to Academic Success Coaching, where they meet one-on-one with a coach to create an academic and engagement plan, set goals, and given additional resources. Students should also speak with the instructor of their designated course for assistance as well.

Do all progression courses need to be completed by the end of the first year?

Yes, all first-year students are required to have a 3.0 total institutional GPA and all First Year Progression Requirement courses (ENGL 101, ENGL 102, Math 122 or 141, ACCT 225, STAT 206, MGSC 290, & ECON 221 or 222) completed with a grade of "C" or better by the end of their second semester. If these requirements are not met, students have until a designated date in August to complete progression or transfer out of the Darla Moore School of Business.

What should my student do if they receive lower than a C in a course?

If a student makes below a “C” in a business and/or directed study or minor course, the student must contact their academic advisor to discuss options. A “C” or better is required for all business and directed study or minor courses for the Darla Moore School of Business.

Undergraduates who earn grades of D+, D, F, FN, or WF may take up to two undergraduate courses for a second time, on the USC Columbia campus or a USC Palmetto College campus (Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter or Union), for the purpose of grade forgiveness. Courses taken at Aiken, Beaufort, and Upstate cannot be used to forgive courses taken at Columbia or any of the four Palmetto College campuses. Students should also meet with their academic advisor regarding advisement plan.

Please note:  Only two classes may be forgiven, and decisions cannot be revoked. Once completed the student can go to USC’s Registrar’s website to complete the necessary form for grade forgiveness.

What if my student needs to take summer courses to meet progression requirements?

You are able to do so, but under certain situations you are able to take courses at a non-USC institution or you are only permitted to take courses at USC and the regional USC campuses. The situations are as follows:

At or above a 3.00 total institutional GPA students are allowed to take courses at any higher education institution that offers the equivalent course(s) the student needs to take to meet their progression requirements.

Below a 3.00 total institutional GPA students are only allowed to take courses at USC-Columbia and the regional USC campuses. This is so students are able to take the needed course(s) and also boost their total institutional GPA to meet their progression requirements for the Darla Moore School of Business.

Once the total institutional GPA requirement is met then students are allowed to take courses at any higher education institution that offers the equivalent course(s).

When can my student declare their major?

After all progression requirements are met then students can declare their specific major within the school of business. The only exception is the International Business program. Students must apply for that specific major. Students interested in the International Business major will receive infor-mation via their USC email, as well as be able to check the Darla Moore School of Business Facebook page in the spring semester of their freshmen year for more details on the application process. The application will be due at the completion of the spring term.

When can my student apply for scholarships through the business school?

Students who have at least a 3.00 total institutional GPA by the end of the first semester of their freshmen year are eligible to apply for business scholarships for the sophomore academic year. Students interested will need to check the Darla Moore School of Business webpage and Facebook page in the spring semester for more details about the application process.