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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. 

Step 1: Register to attend a New Student Orientation session

Registration and frequently asked questions about orientation can be found on the Office of New Student Orientation website. If you've already registered to attend an orientation session, start with step 2 below. All new students to USC-Columbia must attend New Student Orientation to be advised. 


Step 2: Download and complete the Pre-Orientation Advising Worksheet


Step 3: 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?  


Step 4: Complete the Math Placement Test 

You will complete the Math Placement Test online. This is a requirement before coming to orientation. Failure to complete the correct Math Placement Test will impact your advisement. You must take the Math Placement Test no later than 3 business days before orientation. You will record your placement test score(s) on your Pre-Orientation Advising Worksheet and bring the completed worksheet with you to orientation. Register and learn more about the Math Placement test here


Step 5: Register for the Foreign Language Placement Test

The Foreign Language Placement Test is completed in person on the USC-Columbia campus the day before orientation. Register and learn more about the Foreign Language Placement test here



Other Frequently Asked Questions 

All new students to USC-Columbia must attend New Student Orientation to be advised. Students will register for courses immediately following advisement. 

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions maintains a table of the USC credit  you may receive for high scores on Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams. 

Be sure to request that testing agencies send official AP/IB credit directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The AP code for USC-Columbia is 5818.

Consult the Transfer Equivalency Tables provided by the University Registrar. 

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

DegreeWorks is an online degree auditing and academic planning tool that helps you review your progress toward degree completion. DegreeWorks will show all requirements for your intended major, including Carolina Core requirements. Prior coursework received and processed by the University will also appear. You can access DegreeWorks by logging in to Self-Service Carolina and selecting the student tab. 

Check out this video if you need help understanding your degree audit in DegreeWorks. 

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

Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 803-777-7700 and ask to speak with an Admissions Counselor. 

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