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Before You Arrive

Start preparing for your Spring Orientation by taking care of the preliminary details.

For Freshmen and Transfer Students

Any student starting at the University of South Carolina during the spring semester is included in this session. 

Planning for Orientation

There are some things you will need to do ahead of time to make sure you are able to register for classes and fully participate in orientation activities. 

  1. Complete your Checklist for admitted Freshmen.
    You can locate the checklist and track your progress in Self Service Carolina. This is not needed if you are a transfer student.

  2. Complete your advising homework.
    Watch the Pre-Orientation Advising Module and complete your Advising Worksheet.

  3. Take your math placement test online.
    Your math placement test should be taken at least two weeks prior to your orientation session.
    More about math placement testing »

  4. Register to take your foreign language placement test.
    You'll take your foreign language placement test the day before your orientation. Testing is administered on campus and by appointment only.
    More about foreign language placement testing »

  5. Submit residency, citizenship and immunization records. 
    It is important that you submit your residency information, citizenship verification and immunization records prior to orientation to prevent holds on your account during the registration process.

  6. 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. Your CarolinaCard will be available for pick up the first day of Orientation with a valid driver's license, military ID or passport.



What to Bring to Orientation

  • Government-issued ID
    This is required to obtain your CarolinaCard. These include an unexpired drivers license, government issued identification card, military identification or passport. 

  • 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
    This includes AP/IB scores, high school transcripts, immunization records, your advising worksheet and any other relative correspondence.

  • Comfortable clothing and shoes
    Wear/bring comfortable clothing and walking shoes. Buildings are air-conditioned and may vary in temperature. Additionally, plan on a significant amount of walking throughout the orientation experience. If you or any of your guests do not have the ability to walk distances of several blocks or up and down stairs, please include that information in the "Special Accommodations" section on the reservation form so that we can accommodate you accordingly.

  • A Sweater or Sweatshirt
    Buildings are air-conditioned and may vary in temperature.
  • Umbrella or Rain Jacket
    Columbia is prone to afternoon rain showers.

  • Donation Item
    Consider bringing an item for the Community Engagement Service Project donations for Gamecock Pantry and Harvest Hope.

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