Freshman Student Orientation

Frequently Asked Questions

        • General
        • Fees
          • What are the fees for New Student Orientation?
            For freshman students attending a two-day session, the fee to attend New Student Orientation is $220. For parents/guests of freshman students attending a two-day session, the fee is $115 per parent/guest.
          • What does my New Student Orientation fee cover?
            For students, the fee covers your overnight stay in a residence hall, all meals, parking, and all supplies and resources for New Student Orientation. The fee also helps cover salaries for student staff, printing, transportation, equipment, and facility rentals.
            For parents and guests, the fee covers all meals, parking, and all supplies and resources for New Student Orientation. The fee also helps cover salaries for student staff, printing, transportation, equipment, and facility rentals. The parent and guest fee does not cover overnight housing; if your parents/guests wish to stay overnight on campus, they can add this option in the orientation reservation system for $40/night.
          • Does my New Student Orientation fee include housing for the night between Day 1 and Day 2?
            Yes, for freshman students, your fee includes overnight housing for the night between Day 1 and Day 2 of your New Student Orientation session, because staying overnight on campus is a required part of your New Student Orientation. If you wish to stay overnight on the night prior to or the night after your session, you can select these options on the Dates page in the online reservation system. There is a $40 fee per night for this additional housing.
          • What is your refund policy?
            Refunds are not offered after June 1, 2017. Requests for a refund should be sent to orientation@sc.edu and are subject to a $35 administrative fee. No refund requests will be honored after June 1, 2017.
          • How do I request a refund?
            To request a refund, email orientation@sc.edu with the student’s first and last name, date of birth, and the reason that you need a refund. All refunds are subject to a $35 administrative fee, and no refund requests will be honored after June 1, 2017. If you have questions, please call our office at 803-777-2780.
        • Advising/Registration
        • Campus Life
          • Where can I buy my textbooks?
            Students can purchase their textbooks through the Russell House University Bookstore (both online and on-site). Students can pre-order their textbooks during the summer and pick them up during move-in weekend. You can access the Russell House University Bookstore website.
          • When do I buy my textbooks?
            If you wish to buy your textbooks on the day of your orientation, you can pre-order them through the Russell House University Bookstore once you have registered for your classes. Preordered textbooks can be picked up during move-in weekend.
          • When will I be able to move into my residence hall?
            On-campus move-in for the Fall 2017 semester has not been announced yet. More information from University Housing can be found here: http://www.housing.sc.edu/
          • What is the CarolinaCard?
            The CarolinaCard is your official USC student photo identification card. The CarolinaCard has a number of functions, including serving as a security system to allow you to enter locked doors in your residence hall, serving as your ticket into University athletic events, and is what you will use to buy their meals (if on a meal plan) and make other purchases with Carolina Cash. Carolina Cash is a debit system in which you (or parents/family members) can add money to the Carolina Card to be spent at on-campus locations, including printing facilities, laundry rooms, the Russell House University Bookstore, dining locations, parking and other locations. More information can be found at http://carolinacard.sc.edu/.
          • How do I sign up for a meal plan?
            You can sign up for a meal plan on Self Service Carolina, on the Account Information page. There are several meal plans to choose from, and more information about each can be found here: http://sc.edu/dining/plans/index.html.
        • College/Major
          • What are the abbreviations for the different colleges and schools?
            College of Arts and Sciences – abbreviated as CAS
            Moore School of Business – abbreviated as BUS
            College of Education – abbreviated as EDU
            College of Engineering and Computing – abbreviated as CEC
            Honors College – abbreviated as HON
            College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management – abbreviated as HOS
            College of Information and Communications – abbreviated as CIC
            School of Music – abbreviated as MUS
            College of Nursing – abbreviated as NUR
            Opportunity Scholars Program – abbreviated as OSP
            College of Pharmacy – abbreviated as PHA
            Arnold School of Public Health – abbreviated as PUB
            College of Social Work – abbreviated as SOC
          • My College/ Major are appearing incorrectly in your system, what can I do to fix it?
            Call Undergraduate Admissions at 803-777-7700 and ask them to change your college/major because it is appearing incorrectly for Orientation. Once Admissions changes it in their system, it should take approximately 24 hours to update in our system.
          • My College is correct but my major says “No Major.” Is this correct?
            This is normal! Students within the College of Pharmacy and the Darla Moore School of Business will always appear as having “No Major” at New Student Orientation, regardless of what major you applied for on your Admissions Application. For Honors College students who are in the College of Pharmacy or the Darla Moore School of Business, your major will also appear as “No Major,” but your college should appear as HON, for Honors. Additionally, if you are within the College of Arts & Sciences and you are Undeclared, your major will appear as “No Major.”