Monthly Tips

What’s going on around campus? What should I be talking with my student about? What things might my student be experiencing this month? Use these monthly tips to help navigate the college experience at the University of South Carolina! The tips are meant to supplement the monthly e-newsletter content. Not signed up to receive our e-newsletters? Sign up here!

June 2017

Parents Association. Join the dues-free Parents Association! You’ll receive monthly e-newsletters from the Office of Parents Programs to keep you updated. It’s the best way for parents and families to stay connected to Carolina!

Horseshoe Bricks. Now is a great time to order a personalized brick on the historic Horseshoe for your student. This is a great way for rising seniors to leave their legacy at their alma matter. Visit My Carolina Alumni Association for more information about the Horseshow Brick program.

Orientation. Transfer Orientation will begin on June 9 and continue until July 31. New Student Orientation will begin on June 12 and continue until July 27. For more information on orientation dates and registration, please visit the Office of New Student Orientation website. Be sure to visit the Office of Parents Programs table at the Resource Fair to learn more about our office and pick up our publications!

Parking. If your student plans on bringing a car to campus next semester, visit Parking Services for information on prices, as well as parking maps.

Advising. If your student has questions about courses, changing majors or academic planning, encourage them to speak with his/her academic advisor or visit the University Advising Center for more information.

Academic success throughout the summer. If your student is taking summer courses encourage him/her to stay on top of his/her work in order to maintain his/her GPA. Visit the Student Success Center website to access tips on effective study skills and time management. It is a great resource for students!

Reflect with your student. Engage in a discussion with your student about the past year at Carolina. Allowing your student to express interest about his or her experiences at college will help keep the lines of communication open throughout the summer and into the next school year.

May 2017

2017 Freshman Orientation. Students can register now to attend one of the 13 orientation sessions happening during June and July. The Office of New Student Orientation provides detailed information, frequently asked questions and directions on how to make a reservation to attend a sessison this summer.

Immunizations. The university requires a complete immunization record for all students. All newly admitted students must print, complete and return the immunization form prior to their assigned orientation date. Students not in compliance with immunization requirements will not be allowed to register for classes.

My Carolina Alumni Association. Membership in My Carolina Alumni Association offers many benefits, including discounts, online access to the alumni directory and campus resources such as the Blatt P.E. Center and the Career Center.  Graduating seniors are invited to join today!

Parents Calendar. Our office produces the Parents Calendar each year and distributes it to all parents of incoming first-year and transfer students during summer orientation. In addition, we’re glad to mail you one. Just send us an email and include your mailing address. We will be happy to send one to you when they are available!

Residence halls close May 4. All residence halls will officially close at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 4. For more information on procedures for moving out of the residence halls, click here.

Student Health. Talk with your student about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle during the summer. If your student is in Columbia this summer and is enrolled in good standing and paying fees to UofSC they are eligible to use the Strom Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center.  

Summer jobs. Encourage your student to stay active and engaged this summer. In addition, a summer job is a great way to save money for the upcoming school year!  Check out the Career Center website for more information and tips.

April 2017

CarolinaCard. Make sure your student has the Carolina Cash they need to buy snacks and meals during the long study sessions leading up to final exams! To add Carolina Cash, click “Carolina Cash Deposits” on Self Service Carolina under the account tab.

Exam schedule. Exams take place at the end of the month and continue into May. Make sure your student knows when their exams are scheduled to take place!

Financial aid for summer school. The UofSC summer financial aid application is available April 1 and the deadline to complete it is May 1.

Reading Day. Tuesday, April 25 is Reading Day for the spring semester. There will be no classes held on this day, as it is reserved for students to prepare for final exams.

Reflection. As the semester comes to a close, have a conversation with your student about their academic year at Carolina. It is important to reflect on all the growth and transformation your student has had this year and to celebrate that development! Challenge your student to think critically on the ways they have developed and how that has prepared them to be successful in the future.  

Russell House Study Union. The Russell House Study Union will be held April 26- May 4. During that time the Russell House will be open until 2 a.m. for students to study and to attend de-stress events throughout the week. Free coffee and snacks are offered most evenings after 8 p.m. until they are gone. The “Russell House Review,” which offers free massages and a late night breakfast, will take place April 26 from 10 p.m. to midnight on the Russell House 2nd floor. The Student Success Center staff and faculty will be present to provide study sessions throughout the building for students. Students will have the opportunity to print and copy materials for free at the information desk in the Russell House.

Stress management. As your student begins to prepare for final exams and papers they may feel stressed or overwhelmed. If your student needs to talk with someone about how they are feeling, encourage them to make an appointment with counseling and psychiatry. UofSC students are eligible to receive most services at counseling and psychiatry at no additional charge. However, students who request more than 10 individual visits per academic year may incur additional charges.

March 2017

Parents Association. Join the dues-free Parents Association! You’ll receive monthly e-newsletters from the Office of Parents Programs to keep you updated. It’s the best way for parents and families to stay connected to Carolina! Also, be sure to review the 2016-2017 Parents Calendar.

Parents Weekend 2017. Mark your calendars for Parents Weekend 2017, to be held Oct. 6-8! More information about registration will be made available in the next few months. Please continue to visit the Office of Parents Programs website for updates throughout the late spring and summer!

Carolina Alert. All students should sign up for Carolina Alert to receive emergency communication by text message and email. To sign up, students should visit my.sc.edu/emergency and log in. If parents/family members would like to receive the alerts, additional spaces are available on the student’s account to add a parent/family member’s email address and/or cell phone number. For more information about how to sign up, click here.

Spring Break. Spring break is right around the corner, March 5-12. Have a conversation with your student about what their plan will be during the break. Encourage your student to make safe and responsible choices over the break. As a reminder, residence halls will close on Saturday, March 4 at 10 a.m. and reopen Sunday, March 12 at 8 a.m. 

Undergraduate Research. Students who have participated in undergraduate research are encouraged to apply for Discovery Day, an annual event to be held April 21 for undergraduates from all USC campuses to showcase their scholarly pursuits in and out of the classroom. The priority deadline for students to register is March 3. Click here for more information.

University Advising Center. Is your student looking to change their major to a different college? Does your student need assistance with academic success strategies? Encourage them to make an appointment with the University Advising Center, which includes major change advising (when switching to a different college) and academic success coaching (ACE).

Walk Home Cocky. Walk Home Cocky is a Student Government program that aims to increase safety within the Carolina community. Volunteers accompany students on their walk home from the Thomas Cooper Library late at night. The service runs from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. from Sunday night to Thursday night in the Thomas Cooper Library.

February 2017

Parents Association. Join the dues-free Parents Association! You’ll receive monthly e-newsletters and other timely information from the Office of Parents Programs to keep you updated. It’s the best way for parents and families to stay connected to Carolina!

Academics. Encourage your student to utilize the Student Success Center resources to receive extra help in certain classes. Resources include peer tutoring, supplemental instruction and more!

Scholarships. Now is the time for students to think about applying for departmental scholarships (deadlines vary) and Student Government scholarships (Feb. 10 deadline) for 2017-18.

Spring break. Spring break is right around the corner, March 5-12. Have a conversation with your student about what their plan will be during the break. Encourage your student to make safe and responsible choices over the break. As a reminder, residence halls will close for the break March 4 at 10 a.m. and reopen March 12 at 8 a.m.

Stress Management. If your student is feeling stressed or overwhelmed, encourage them to visit Counseling and Psychiatry. USC students, who have paid the student health fee, are eligible to receive most counseling services at no additional charge. However, students who request more than 10 individual visits per academic year may incur additional charges.

Undergraduate research. Students who have participated in undergraduate research are encouraged to apply for Discovery Day, an annual event to be held April 21 for undergraduates to showcase their scholarly pursuits in and out of the classroom. The deadline for students to register is March 3.

January 2017

Career Center. Some students may question their choice of major at this time in the academic year. Encourage your student to visit the Career Center to discuss various career options and what to consider when selecting a new major. The Career Center works with employers on a daily basis who are looking for UofSC students to fill their internship and full-time positions. The Career Center can help your student prepare for the upcoming Career Fest and S.E.T. Job Fair.

Carolina Basketball.  Gamecock basketball season is in full swing. Direct your student to the Student Account Manager to claim tickets to both men’s and women’s basketball games. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. This is a great way for your student to gain loyalty points for the Fall 2016 football season! Learn more here.

Drop/Add date. Remind your student that the last day to change/drop a course without a grade of “W” being recorded for the spring 2017 semester is Jan. 17.

Fraternity recruitment. Men’s spring fraternity recruitment will take place Jan. 9-24. Click here for more information and to register for fraternity recruitment.

May graduation. Is your student planning to graduate in May? Remind him or her that the last day to apply for May graduation is Jan. 30. Students should check with their advisors on the application process. If you’re coming from out of town, make sure to book your hotel soon. Also, think about dinner reservations because restaurants book up quickly!

Parking permits. If your student didn’t have a car on campus during the fall but will have one for the spring semester, encourage him or her to get a parking permit from Vehicle Management and Parking Services before classes begin.

Residence hall openings. Residence halls will open for the spring semester Jan. 4 at 8 a.m.

Shuttle schedule. With the beginning of a new semester, students are figuring out how to get from class to class. The Carolina Shuttle runs during the day, and the Evening Shuttle helps students safely get around at night. Encourage your student to review the shuttle schedules as they plan for the semester.

Spring semester fee payment deadline. The deadline to pay fees for the spring semester is Jan. 4 at 5 p.m. Read more about the options for paying fees.