It’s natural for anyone to become anxious or scared about entering a new environment. As children cope with their anxieties, parents can help by building routines to follow.
- Parents and Families Gateway
Parents and Families Gateway
The Office of Parent and Family Programs is your partner for student success.
The University of South Carolina's parents and families gateway is one of many ways we share information and resources with Gamecock families. The gateway, the Gamecock Family Hub, mobile app, assistance line and social media are useful resources that help you stay engaged and focused on what matters to you most — your student’s success .
Office of Parent & Family Programs
We understand that parents and families need our office at various points in their student’s journey at South Carolina. We partner with you to support your student’s growth and success at the university. In moments where you can’t find an answer or just need guidance to find the right resource, make us your first call.Join the Gamecock Family Hub
Every student deserves the opportunity to do great work in the classroom. USC designs and provides comprehensive resources to support students’ academic achievements.
Academic Advising & Coaching: Advisors help students define and achieve goals from freshman year to graduation, this includes individualized and ongoing learning support.
Changing Majors (Exploratory Advising): Advisors are available for in person or remote major change advising sessions to understand the next steps.
Student Success Center: Your student’s one-stop resource for academic support, including tutoring, peer writing, study skills and money management. Transfer and sophomore students can find tailored support here, too.
Student Disability Resources: Provides support and helps coordinate efforts to ensure registered students with disabilities receive reasonable accommodations.
Career Center: Supports students at all stages of career planning from identifying possibilities to making decisions on future direction to searching for hands-on experience.
From applying for financial aid to loading Carolina Cash on their CarolinaCard, we work to make financial transactions that support your student as easy as possible.
- Apply for Financial Aid
- Authorized User Portal
- Bursar's Office
- Carolina Card Information
- Check Financial Aid Status
- Financial Aid and Fee Payment
- Financial Aid and Scholarships
- Financial Aid Options
- Financial Literacy
- Pay Fees
- Paying for Graduate School
- Payment Information and Deadlines
- Payment Instructions
- Residency and Citizenship
- Scholarship Options
- Student Employment
- Work Study
Food and Housing
Food security and a safe place to live are crucial to student success. These resources can help with matters related to food and housing.
Campus Dining: Carolina Food Co. is committed to serving the campus community through delicious food and excellent service.
Gamecock CommUnity Shop: Our campus food pantry, created for students by students, is free, confidential and provides assistance and resources. Donate today!
Meal Plans: Explore available meal plan options and where to use them on and around campus.
Move In Details: One of the most memorable days of your college career is the first time you move in to your residence hall. Learn everything you need to know about packing, loading, unloading, unpacking and finally setting up your room.
On-Campus Housing: Get to know on-campus residence options and opportunities available inside our vibrant Carolina community.
Off-Campus Student Services: Find resources and support for students living off campus and get to know local neighborhoods in Columbia.
Postal Services: The one-stop shop offers package pickup for on-campus resident students, postal retail and passport services. For details on mailing letters and sending packages, please review the website.
Health, Well-being and Safety
Navigating the college experience can challenge students from time to time. Our campus
community is dedicated to a safe experience for everyone and offers these resources
Emergency: USCPD at 803-777-4215 or 911
Thrive@Carolina 24/7/365 Mental Health Support
Student Care and Outreach Team (Care Team)
- Alcohol EDU
- Alcohol Conversation Guide
- Campus Recreation
- Campus Safety
- Counseling and Psychiatry
- Health Insurance Waiver
- Immunization Requirements
- Insurance Requirements
- Mental Health Resources
- Parking Services
- Sexual Assault Prevention
- Shuttle Services
- Student Disability Resources
- Student Health and Well-Being
- USCPD Safety Tools
Help your student make the most out of their college experience. USC offers countless opportunities to connect with fellow students and pursue activities that align with their passions and goals.
Latest Announcements and News
Stay informed about what's happening at USC. Browse the latest headlines and articles.
"Let's Talk" drop-in sessions are held 3-4 p.m. Tuesdays and 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays in Russell House Room 303.
The changes will bring the university’s student information system to the latest software version, which incorporates standards and compliance requirements.
Bob Woodward brings his lifelong enthusiasm for practicing journalism at the highest level to the University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communications when he speaks at the 2024 Buchheit Family Lecture on Feb. 28. Woodward will talk with students about his experiences over the past 50-plus years as a reporter — almost all of it at The Washington Post — and what he sees for the future of journalism.
On Tuesday, Feb. 13, alumni and advocates of the University of South Carolina will come together for Carolina Day. The annual event is a chance for Gamecocks near and far to show their love for the university as well as the importance of USC in improving the lives of every S.C. resident.