A high school graduate who is entering a post-secondary institution for the first time is considered a freshman student.
Planning for Orientation
Make sure you don't miss out on anything by ensuring that these things are taken care of ahead of time. If you fail to prepare properly, you will not be able to register for classes during your Day of Orientation.
Complete your Checklist for New Freshman.
You can locate the checklist and track your progress with Self Service Carolina.
Take your math placement test online.
Your math placement test should be taken at least two weeks prior to your orientation session. The exam is available 24 hours a day/7days a week.
More about math placement testing »
Submit residency, citizenship, and immunization records.
It is critical that you submit your residency information, citizenship verification, and immunization records prior to orientation to prevent holds on your account during the registration process.
- Request your CarolinaCard, your official university ID, online.
To receive your CarolinaCard complete the Cardholder Agreement and upload your photo 72 hours prior to Orientation. If your photo is accepted, the CarolinaCard Office will send a confirmation email.
What to have ready
VIP ID and Password
You will use this throughout orientation, so please plan to memorize it or write it down in advance of your session.
Transcripts and Records
Including AP/IB scores, high school transcripts, immunization records, your advising worksheet and any other relative correspondence.
Completed Advising Worksheet »
You will need this to register for classes.
- Appropriate Technology and Internet Access
In order to participate in virtual Orientation, you will need to have appropriate technology such as a laptop, desktop, tablet or mobile device. It is strongly encourage that you utilize a laptop or desktop for your Day of Orientation. Additionally, you will need access to a high-speed Internet connection. If you are unable to access one or both of these, please let us know in the accommodations sections of your Orientation Reservation Portal.