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How to Register

It only takes a few simple steps to sign up for your University of South Carolina orientation session.

Registration is now open!

Welcome Gamecocks! This summer we will have in-person and virtual options for students beginning in the fall. 

The Registration Process

All reservations for freshmen, transfer students, parents and guests are made online at You'll need to know your VIP ID and password in order to log in. Please be aware that our orientation reservation system is only accessible through the Google Chrome or Firefox browsers.

  1. Pay your enrollment deposit.
    Freshmen students admitted during the summer or fall semesters are required to pay a $200 admissions deposit to confirm enrollment before gaining access to orientation session dates and registration. Please note that electronic check payments will be held for six business days while the check clears. Transfer students do not need to pay an enrollment deposit. 
  2. Verify your session.
    All freshmen and transfer students are required to attend orientation before starting classes. Before you register, find your orientation »
  3. Set up your account. 
    Using your VIP ID and USC ID, you will set up your account and log on to Self Service Carolina. You will be prompted to complete the following steps:
    • Add security questions for account verification
    • Access your USC email and set up your email preferences
    • Add emergency contact information
    • Set Up Multifactor Authentication
  4. Make your reservation.
    Using a laptop or desktop device go to and log in with your VIP ID and password. Click the "Admissions" tab and then the "Orientation Services" link. Select your campus from the dropdown and follow the instructions on the screen. Please note: You will not be able to register for orientation using a mobile device or tablet. Additionally our orientation reservation system is only accessible through the Google Chrome or Firefox browsers.
  5. Pay for your session.
    Your reservation will not be complete until you have paid for your New Student Orientation session.
  6. Prepare for your session.
    Once you have completed and confirmed your reservation, please read through your session information and all emails for up-to-date information.

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