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All University of South Carolina system institutions will be closed through the end of the spring semester. Columbia campus virtual instruction will continue through the end of the Summer II semester (Aug 1). Details can be found on the coronavirus landing page.

New Student Orientation

Welcome to the USC Lancaster Family! Now that you have been admitted, we invite you to use this page as a new student checklisin preparation for the upcoming semester.

USC Lancaster Students

If you have questions or need assistance regarding the items below, please feel free to contact Ryleigh Waiters, Director, Student Life by email at or via live chat.

 Pre-Registration Checklist

  • Set up your account. (You will need the VIP ID from your acceptance letter to claim your account)
  • Be sure to save your user name, user id, email and password. 
  • Visit Account Claiming Help Page if you need assistance.

Completing your degree at the University of South Carolina will require math and foreign language courses. If you have not already completed these requirements, our placements will help determine which course(s) you need.

  • Click here to take your Math Placement.
  • Click here to sign up for your Foreign Language Placement.

Post-Registration Checklist

  • Once your final high school and/or college grades are posted, be sure to submit your official transcripts to our Office of Admissions at
  • Official transcripts must be sent directly from your previous institution (high school or college).
  • If you would like to confirm receipt, email admissions at or live chat.
  • Submit a copy of your immunization records to These must be received by the end of your first semester.
  • Verification of two MMR's is needed. (scanned and photo copies are accepted)
  • Click here for directions. 
  • Begin the financial aid process by completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA).
  • Be sure to add USC Lancaster’s school code, 003426.
  • Please note: Students starting in the fall semester must complete the 2020-21 application.

Virtual Orientation and Welcome Day registration is now open! This summer, you will complete Virtual Orientation on your own time, whenever is convenient for you. In August, you are invited to campus for a campus tour and vendor fair. When registering for Virtual Orientation and Welcome Day, please use the link correlating with your Welcome Day choice. Options are: August 11th  (morning), August 11th  (afternoon), August 12th  (morning) and August 12th  (afternoon).

Registration Instructions:

Click on the Welcome Day session you wish to attend
Complete the registration form
Enter your card information
Pay and click confirm
Click “Done”
You will be redirected to the Virtual Orientation portal.

  • You must use the Username and Password associated with your online application to the school for Virtual Orientation
  • If you have trouble being redirected to the Virtual Orientation Portal, please email

If you have any questions about your next steps, please contact:

You may also live chat with us.

2020 USC Lancaster Virtual Orientation & Welcome Day Session I

2020 USC Lancaster Virtual Orientation & Welcome Day Session II

2020 USC Lancaster Virtual Orientation & Welcome Day Session III

2020 USC Lancaster Virtual Orientation & Welcome Day Session IV