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After you have placed your deposit with the Gamecock Gateway program you will begin to receive communications from both the University of South Carolina and Midlands Technical College with necessary steps to take to assist in your full enrollment. This page will have details on the tasks you are being asked to complete for both schools as well as helpful links. 

After submitting your deposit you should complete the following:

University of South Carolina Tasks
  1. Log on to Self Service Carolina. Self Service Carolina (SSC) is your personal student account you will use during your time at Carolina. If you have not already done so, use your IDs provided  in your UofSC Admissions Portal to set up your account and log on to SSC. You will be prompted to complete the following steps:
    • Add security questions for account verification
    •  Access your UofSC email and set up your email preferences
    • Add emergency contact information
    • Set up Multifactor Authentication (MFA). Use these step-by-step instructions
  2. Complete your housing application by May 15th 
    • Watch this overview video to learn how to complete your housing application 
    • You can access the housing application after logging on to Self Service Carolina
    • Housing questions? Please call (803) 777-4283. 
    • If you have applied for admission to another UofSC campus, you must cancel all other UofSC system applications before you can apply for on-campus housing! Once cancelled, notify UofSC Columbia Admissions at 803-777-7700
  3. Upload your Immunization Records on MyHealthSpace using your UofSC credentials 
  4. Prepare to get your CarolinaCardOn Self Service Carolina, you can accept the cardholder agreement and upload a photo. Do this prior to your advisement meeting. If you have questions, contact the CarolinaCard Office at
Midlands Technical College Tasks
  1. Complete all of the steps required in your MTC Welcome Letter (Beginning March 15th) 
    • Set up your MyMTC account using your MTC ID provided in your MTC Welcome Letter 
    • You will receive your welcome letter to the email you used to apply to the University of South Carolina
  1. Update your FAFSA code to reflect your enrollment at Midlands Technical College 
    • MTC's FAFSA code is 003993
    • Need help completing your FAFSA? Contact Midlands Technical College's Equal Opportunity Center for assistance
    • Deadline: ASAP. April 15 is the priority processing deadline. Students who apply by the priority deadline have priority consideration for a variety of aid offered by Midlands Technical College. July 15 is the guaranteed processing deadline. Please note, as a two-year institution, MTC distributes financial aid later than four-year institutions. However, students who apply for financial aid by July 15 are guaranteed to have their application processed in time for the fee payment deadline. If you have financial aid questions, call MTC Student Financial Services at 1-800-922-8038. Reminder, all financial aid and scholarship will be processed by Midlands Technical College. You will not recieve aid from UofSC.
    • Did you know that the Midlands Technical College Foundation offers student scholarships each year? This application is only open until April 15th, so you'll need to act fast! You cannot submit this applications until you have set up your MTC Account in step 1. Find more information on applying here 
  2. Submit a high school transcript to the Midlands Technical College Admissions Office including: 
    • Mid-year grades calculated on or after January 1st, 2022
    • If you are in a year-long class without mid-year grades, then you will need to submit a transcript as well as a report card showing your grades from the first semester of your senior year
    • Submit all documents to Jonathan Miles at 
    • Questions? Reach out to MTC Admissions at 803-738-7879
  3. Complete your MTC Placement Testing (if required) 
    • Information will be shared  via an Advisement Ready letter sent to your email 
    • Some students may be required to take an English and/or a Math placement test based on standardized test scores and high school courses/grades 


Need technology help?

MTC IT Help Desk
Phone: 803-738-7888
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:00am to 5:00pm, Friday 8:00am to 1:30pm 

UofSC IT Service Desk
Chat online with a technician, Available Monday-Friday 9:30am to 4:30pm 
Phone: 803-777-1800, Available Monday-Friday 8:00am to 6:00pm



Starting in May, you should work to complete the following: 

  1. Complete your Advising Overview/Quiz and Virtual Backpack course 
    • Check your Midlands Technical College email for more details
  2. Sign up for an advising meeting
    • Additional information will be sent via Midlands Technical College email upon completion of the Advising Overview/Quiz 
  3. Complete MTC Lawful Presence form (if applicable) 
    • If you are required to complete a Lawful Presence form there will be an alert in your MyMTC Self-Service account 
  4. Send all academic records to both MTC and UofSC within one week of your high school graduation
    • Including official score reports for AP/IB scores, Dual Enrollment transcripts from the credit granting college/university, and final high school transcripts
    • Note: SC LIFE Scholarship cannot be considered without final high school transcripts  
  5. Attend Gamecock Gateway Orientation
    • Students, Parents, and Supporters will all be invited to hear from Gamecock Gateway student ambassadors, professional staff members, and campus resources like Student Financial Services and FInance. Students will pick up their Carolina Card and get to meet fellow classmates while parents hear about how best to support their college student. 
    • Registration will take place in May via a form sent to MTC email addresses. 
    • Orientation dates are as follows: 
      • June 21st 8:30am-12:30pm
      • June 22nd 8:30am-12:30pm
      • June 27th 8:30am-12:30pm
      • June 28th 8:30am-12:30pm
    • Note: Gamecock Gateway students will not attend Midlands Technical College or University of South Carolina orientation. We have a program specific orientation designed to deliver a combination of information from both institutions. 


Later this year you will complete the following: 

  • First Things First Retreat
    • An optional retreat for First Generation college students enrolling in the Gamecock Gateway program
    • More information will be shared this summer via email  
  • Move-in to Bates House 
    • Gamecock Gateway move-in will take place in August. Exact date and times will be shared during the summer. 
  • Get ready for college to start with Boost Week
    • Boost Week is Gamecock Gateway's orientation to all things UofSC and MTC! We'll get you ready for classes and help you start to get to know your new classmates and campus
    • Gamecock Gateway students are required to participate in Boost Week Extended Orientation programming 

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