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Incoming Freshman Advising

We know you're excited to meet your new Honors advisor and register for your very first college courses, but we also know that this process can feel a bit overwhelming and confusing. So we're here to help! Check out our comprehensive guide to preparing for your first advising session below. 

Honors Advisement and Course Registration

Priority registration before New Student Orientation is one of the many benefits of being a student in the South Carolina Honors College – this enables you to register for courses (both Honors and non-Honors) before other first-year students!

You will register for your Fall 2021 courses by meeting with your Honors Advisor in a virtual appointment that will take place between May 17 - June 4, before you attend UofSC’s New Student Orientation. 

In this 45-60 minute appointment, your Honors advisor will review your UofSC requirements (for your major, the Carolina Core, and Honors), discuss how AP/IB or dual enrollment credit will apply, advise classes for you to take in the fall based on these requirements and your expected credit, and enroll you in those classes (both Honors and non-Honors). You should expect to enroll in approximately 1-3 Honors classes with the remaining being non-Honors classes for your major or the Carolina Core. You will also learn about events, programs and opportunities for Honors freshmen and be able to ask questions. 


Honors Advisors

Student are assigned an Honors advisor who has knowledge of their intended academic major. Your Honors advisor will guide you toward Honors graduation by enrolling you in Honors courses to fulfill your Honors requirements, strategically overlapping with courses needed for your academic major, minor, and the Carolina Core.


Scheduling Your Advising Appointment

Honors advising appointments will take place virtually through Microsoft Teams May 17 - June 4. To schedule your appointment, please follow the steps below.

  • Beginning in May, all official communication regarding Honors advising will be sent to your UofSC student email account. You can check this account at outlook.com/email.sc.edu using the password you set when logging into Self Service Carolina.
  • Complete the Math Placement Test  
  • Schedule your Foreign Language Placement Exam or complete the Placement Exemption Form if you intend to start a new language.
    • For summer 2021, there will be remote (virtual) versions of all available language exams each Monday from May 17 - July 26. For the week of Memorial Day, the test will be on Thursday instead of Monday.
    • Students must register for an appointment to take the test via the Language Placement Testing Website. Upon registering, students will receive an email confirmation with details about the exam. Please note, the exam will be available for 24 hours on that date and may only be taken one time.
  • Complete the online Pre-Orientation Advising Worksheet.
    • Please note: this worksheet must be completed at least 24 hours prior to your Honors Advising Appointment. If not completed, your appointment will be cancelled and rescheduled for a later date.
  • Sign up for your honors advising appointment using the link sent to your UofSC email account on May 11.

Preparing for your Advising Appointment

  • Allot approximately 60 minutes for this appointment. You should set up in a quiet, private space -- avoid traveling in a car or being in a noisy or crowded area. Computer/internet access is required for your appointment. (If you do not have access to a computer, you will work with your Honors advisor to arrange a phone appointment instead.)
  • Your appointment will take place using Microsoft Teams. Learn how to log-in and use Microsoft Teams by watching this video.
  • Familiarize yourself with degree requirements of both the Honors College and your intended academic major using the Honors College website, the Undergraduate Academic Bulletin, and the Major Map Repository.
  • Check out the Honors College Courses offered this fall and make a list of those you might be interested in. (Please note: some of these courses may be full and not available for freshmen registration – in that case, your Honors advisor will help direct you toward some great alternatives!)
  • Watch the following videos to introduce you to the tools we will use during your appointment: How to Search for ClassesSchedule PlannerDegreeWorks

Changing your Major

Incoming freshmen are able to change their majors through the first week of fall classes. However, we encourage students considering a major change to do so, if possible, prior to your scheduled Honors Advising appointment. Honors students can make a major change through the UofSC Admissions Portal. 

Considering a major change but not sure? The university is offering three New Student Major Change Information Webinars to provide incoming freshmen information on their major options and the major change process.  

All New Student Major Change Information Webinars will be held through Microsoft Teams:


FAQ

We have several Honors College students who play a collegiate sport at the university. Prior to your advising appointment, contact your coach/assistant coach and ask for the practice schedule. You can then use the Schedule Planner tool help build a fall schedule with these times in mind.

Please contact the UofSC Band Office at 803-777-4278 or uscband@mozart.sc.edu to find out your fall practice schedule. You can then use the Schedule Planner tool help build a fall schedule with these times in mind.

When completing your Pre-Orientation Advising Worksheet, you will be asked to list all anticipated AP/IB credit and the scores you anticipate receiving. Honors students are usually accurate in guessing their anticipated score, based on past academic performance. If needed, your Honors advisor will work with you after scores are released in July to make adjustments to your fall schedule.

Contact your Honors advisor so they can make any adjustments to your schedule.

Yes. On the UofSC Admissions Portal, students can request to make changes to their application in the bottom right corner. After logging in, click the drop down box for “Application Change Requests,” then select the “Request to Change First-Choice Major” option.

For questions regarding Foreign Language Placement Test, please email your request to Prof. McAteer, DLLC Placement Director, flplace@mailbox.sc.edu

Information will be sent to all incoming freshmen in May about this program, along with access to the online application. More information is also available here. Please inform your Honors advisor during your Honors advising appointment if you intend to apply.


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