For Freshmen and Transfer Students
Any student starting at the University of South Carolina during the summer 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.
Complete your Checklist for New Freshmen.
You can locate the checklist and track your progress in Self Service Carolina. If you are a transfer student, this is not a needed.
Submit residency, citizenship and immunization records.
It is crucial 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.