New Student Checklist
The College of Engineering and Computing offers an easy to follow list that will give
you the information you need to know before arriving for class.
Prepare for Orientation
The University has a fully staffed office that conducts numerous orientation sessions
for students and parents. Follow these steps to make the most of your time with us.
Finalize Your Major
Deciding on a major will help you get the most out of your orientation day and first
If you are unsure which engineering or computing major is right for you, explore our 10 undergraduate programs. Still can't decide? Check out this video comparing the types of work in each field of study, the classes and curricula, and factors to consider
if you decide to change your major later.
Take the Math Placement Test (MPT)
The MPT is online. All new CEC freshmen are required to take this test before orientation.
This is a critical step in your pre-orientation process as many of your first semester
courses will be determined by your MPT score. We encourage you to take the practice tests prior to taking the tests.
Computer science, integrated information technology and all engineering majors need
to take the PreCalculus Placement test. Computer information systems majors should
take the Algebra Placement Test. If you are undecided, we recommend you take both.
Students may take the test up to three times, however you will have to wait seven
days in between attempts.
Get Ready for Classes
After orientation, there are a few more things you can do to get ready for classes
and our Office of Student Services is available to answer your engineering and computing
Identify Your Academic Advisor
Our staff advisors are dedicated to help ensure success in your transition to UofSC's College of Engineering
and Computing. They can help you identify resources, connect you with campus partners,
and help you identify your academic and professional goals. Keep an eye on your UofSC
email for a follow-up within two business days after orientation. Please note all
official communication after orientation will be directed to your UofSC email.
Consider Our Computer Recommendations
We recommend that all students have a good laptop or desktop computer and a reliable
internet connection. In addition, College of Engineering and Computing students have
free, 24/7 access to computer labs with computers capable of running all of the required
applications needed to graduate. If you are considering the purchase of a personal
computer, however, follow the recommendations from our IT support team.
We recommend that all Engineering and Computing freshmen review algebra, trigonometry
and precalculus before the first day of class. Good resources include ALEKS Prep for Calculus, Khan Academy Precalculus, and Schaum’s Outline of Precalculus.
We also recommend that incoming freshman majoring in Computer Science, Computer Engineering
and Computer Information Systems work through a Java tutorial, particularly those
students who will use AP Computer Science-A credit to place into CSCE 146 Introduction
to Algorithmic Design II. A good resource for this is Oracle’s The Java Tutorials.
Walk Your Class Schedule
Remember to walk your class schedule before the first day of class. Find your actual classrooms, not just the buildings,
so that you will be on time. Don't forget to review the shortcut Dr. Lyons talked
about during orientation!
Meet the CEC Clubs
Join us for the annual Big Wednesday on August 18th from 1-3 p.m. in Swearingen. Meet
over 40 different CEC clubs and important campus offices.