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    VIP ID and Username Setup

    Students will use several services online to keep up with their personal, financial and academic information. This step-by-step guide will walk you through learning your username and setting your password that will grant you access to these important services. We have also provided a visual guide on the right side of the page for each step.

    Step 1 - Claim your VIP ID and Set Your VIP Password

    • Go to
    • Select I am a new user who has never used my VIP ID and need to establish my password
    • Enter your VIP ID which can be found on your acceptance letter
    • Enter the last four digits of your Social Security Number
    • Enter your legal last name
    • Enter your date of birth
    • Enter the displayed letters, then click continue
    • Enter your password and set your security questions then click continue
    • Your VIP ID and Password are now claimed


    Step 2 - Multifactor Authentication Setup (Mobile Phone)

    • Go to
    • Scroll to the bottom and select Multifactor Authentication Setup
    • Login with your VIP ID and password
    • Answer the security question and click submit
    • Enter your mobile phone number
    • Select mobile, choose your platform then click submit
    • You will now be on a screen with a QR code, keep this screen open while setting up your mobile phone
    • On your mobile phone, use your app store to search for DUO Mobile
    • Download and open the DUO Mobile app
    • In the DUO Mobile app, press the + sign at the top of the screen
    • With your mobile phone, scan the QR code on your computer screen
    • Your DUO Mobile app will confirm your account
    • On your computer, click on Return to Overview
    • At the bottom of the page, click Test Authentication
    • Enter your VIP ID and password and click Sign in
    • Click Send me a Push
    • Open the DUO Mobile app on your phone and click Approve
    • You have now setup and verified your Multifactor Authentication


    Step 3 - Setup Your Network Username Password

    • Go to
    • Scroll to the bottom and click on View my IDs and manage my passwords
    • Log in with your VIP and password
    • Go through the Multifactor Authentication process of your choice to finish logging in
    • Under Your USC Identifiers, go to Network Username
      • Your network username will be the first part of your USC Sumter email
      • Example:, smithjo is your network username
    • Click Manage Password
    • Create a password you will remember following the rules laid out in the description
    • Click Set Password
    • This network username and password will be used to login to Blackboard, your student email, and your Self Service Carolina account


    Step 4 - Access Blackboard

    • Go to
    • On the left menu, click Blackboard
    • On the drop-down menu, click USC Columbia & 2 Year Campuses
    • Login with your network username and password