October Monthly Tips



  • Parents Association. If you haven’t already, join the dues-free Parents Association! You’ll receive monthly e-newsletters from the Office of Parent & Family Programs to keep you updated. It’s the best way for parents and families to stay connected to Carolina!

  • AlcoholEDU and SAPU. First-year students are reminded to complete part 2 of AlcoholEdu and SAPU by Oct. 22. Students who fail to complete the online trainings will not be able to register for spring courses.

  • Carolina Alert. All students should sign up for Carolina Alert to receive emergency communication by text message and email. If parents/family members would like to receive the alerts, space is available in the student's account to add additional email addresses and/or cell phone numbers for family members.

  • Counseling. Sometimes students feel overwhelmed during midterms. If your student needs to talk with someone about how they are feeling, encourage them to make an appointment with Counseling & Psychiatry.

  • Dropping a class. The last day for students to drop a course or withdraw without a grade of "WF" being recorded is Nov. 6.

  • Fall break. Fall break is Oct. 10-11. Talk with your student about their plans for the break. Many students will plan a trip home or to visit friends at another university. Student Government offers a shuttle to the Columbia Metropolitan Airport during fall break, so encourage your student to make a reservation by noon on Oct. 4 if they would like to ride the shuttle.

  • Fall passport fairs. Students planning to study abroad or travel in the coming years can take advantage of the Russell House Student Mail Center’s Passport Fairs, Oct. 16 and Nov. 20. Applications will be available on-site and students can have a passport photo taken for a small fee and submit all documentation to receive their passport.

  • Flu vaccines. Student Health Services has the flu vaccine at no cost to your student. Students will still need to bring their insurance card, as the vaccine will be filed with the insurance company. No appointment is needed. Students can visit the Center for Health and Well-Being during regular business hours to receive the flu vaccine.

  • Meditation and yoga. The Center for Health and Well-Being offers weekly meditation and yoga sessions for students to enjoy. Midday Meditation provides students the opportunity to reflect and refocus Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:20-11:40 a.m., as well as Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30-12:50 p.m., while yoga sessions are available Monday at 5:15 p.m. and Wednesday and Friday at noon. These take place in the C.A.L.M. Oasis on the second floor of the Center for Health and Well-Being and are free to all students.

  • Student Success Center. As midterm exams and projects approach, remind your student to visit the Student Success Center for tutoring, supplemental instruction, and assistance with writing and study skills.

  • Test strategy workshops. Is your student preparing for the GRE, GMAT or LSAT? Learn more about the test strategy workshops available through Continuing Education.

  • Undergraduate Admissions. Have a high school senior interested in attending the University of South Carolina? The Early Action Application Deadline for Undergraduate Admissions is Oct. 15.

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