Whether you’re an incoming freshman, a senior about to graduate with your college
degree, or a new transfer student, your academic advisor will help you define and
achieve your academic goals at the University of South Carolina.
Academic Advising is provided by your academic college/school.
Remember: you must meet with you assigned academic advisor each semester before you can register
Incoming Freshman and Transfer Students: All new students to the USC-Columbia campus must attend New Student Orientation to be advised. Students will register for courses immediately
following advisement. Follow the steps outlined in the pre-orientation checklist to make sure you're ready for orientation
STAY on Course
For more information on academic advising procedures in your college/school, find
your college below.
START Your Course
First-Year Academic Advising
If you are a first-year student or a transfer student, you will be assigned a first-year
advisor in your college/school. Your first-year advisor will contact you several times
throughout the year, offer multiple 30 minute in-person sessions, help you develop
a four-year degree plan, evaluate transfer credit, and help you transition to college.
First-year students can view their assigned academic advisor on
Self-Service Carolina (login).
CHANGE Your Course
If you are interested in changing majors
between colleges/schools, an Exploratory Advisor can help. Exploratory Advisors are also able
to answer general advisement questions and help you prepare for your departmental
advising appointment. Contact your current academic advisor if you are looking to
change majors within the same college/school.
GET on Course
Coaches meet one-on-one with undergraduate students to create an academic and engagement
plan, set goals, and share resources to help you achieve your academic goals within
and beyond the classroom environment. Each session is tailored to the your needs and
focuses on general academic advising, academic planning/success strategies, strengths
identification, engagement planning/campus involvement, and navigating campus resources.
Academic coaches also work with students who are returning from academic suspension
or probation or students who are at risk of probation or suspension.