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Advisement and Registration Instructions

Advisement Process

Each semester all graduate students will need to be advised prior to registering for courses. In addition to meeting with academic advisors, each student must complete an advisement form. The form must be signed by the student, the advisor, and taken to the Office of Graduate Student Services for advisement holds to be lifted. (PHYT, ATEP, COMD, and EXSC students submit forms to their academic unit for processing.) Signed forms may be placed in the drop-off box in Public Health Research Center (PHRC) 108. Students should list the name of the instructor for all courses and provide a current email address. If known, students should also list the course registration number (CRN). A scanned copy of the form will be emailed to students once processed.

Registration Process

Students will use Self Service Carolina (SSC) to register for courses, check financial aid, view academic records, and much more. Students will log into SSC using their VIP ID. VIP ID is an 8 digit number that has been assigned to students to login to various USC websites. Students can find their VIP ID on their official acceptance letter from the USC Graduate School. For more detailed instructions about logging into SSC and registering for courses please download and read course registration instructions [pdf].
Due to a recent IT security upgrade, an additional step is required to login to many university systems including Self Service Carolina. All students, alumni, faculty, and staff now are required to complete the multifactor authentication process before being able to access Self Service Carolina. This is a one-time registration process that will enable you to access your account. Learn more about multifactor authentication.

Additional Registration Information

Students may visit Registration for more detailed information about the registration process.

Once students are registered for courses, they may visit to view the part of term dates. These are important dates related to registration, fee payment, refunds, and withdrawal deadlines. All students must register and pay fees by the deadline date or will be automatically cancelled from classes and required to re-register.

If you experience any problems or have further questions, please contact the Office of Graduate Student Services at 803-777-5031 or