September Monthly Tips

  • Family Weekend. Don’t miss your chance! Online registration for Family Weekend 2019 packages at current prices ends Sept. 9 at 4 p.m. Late online registration will take place Sept. 10-25 with a $20 late fee attached to each package. A final details email will be sent to registered participants the week prior to Family Weekend with important information.

  • Academic Resources. Encourage your student to start the semester well by learning about the resources Carolina offers to help students succeed. The Student Success Center provides a variety of resources and initiatives including peer tutoring, peer writing support and supplemental instruction

  • Career Fairs. Students can jump start their career search and networking by attending the Career Fairs, hosted by the UofSC Career Center, taking place Sept. 24 (STEM majors) and Sept. 25 (all majors) from noon to 4 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

  • December Graduation. If your student is planning to graduate in December, remind them that Sept. 16 is the last day to apply for graduation.

  • Family Calendar & Handbook 2019-2020. You can view the 2019-2020 Family Calendar & Handbook on the Parents & Families Gateway, or send the Office of Parent & Family Programs an email at to request a hard copy be mailed to your home.

  • Receive University Updates. Parents and family members are encouraged to join the dues-free Parents Association! You’ll receive monthly e-newsletters and updates from across campus. It’s the best way to stay connected to Carolina for important deadlines, inclement weather updates and more.

  • Rideshare Safety. Using rideshare services like Uber and Lyft is a convenient way to get around Columbia, but it's important to travel safely. UofSC's Division of Law Enforcement and Safety encourages students and community members to review safety tips before their next ride.  

  • Student Health Insurance. Undergraduate and graduate students who take six credit hours or more, graduate assistants and international students are required to have health insurance for the 2019-2020 academic year. Students need to either enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan or waive it by inputting their health insurance subscriber information for 2019-2020. The deadline to waive the university-sponsored health insurance is Sept. 13. Failure to waive will result in automatic enrollment.

  • Technology Services. If your student has trouble with their computer or mobile devices during the year, the University Technology Services Carolina Tech Zone, located at 516 Main Street, is available to help with software and virus protection, connecting to the internet and diagnosing computer ailments.

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