Transfer Student Orientation

Frequently Asked Questions

  • General
  • Fees
    • What are the fees for New Student Orientation?

      The cost to attend New Student Orientation for transfer students is $115 for students and $50 per parent/guest.

    • What does my New Student Orientation fee cover?

      For students, the cost covers your lunch, parking, and all supplies and resources for New Student Orientation. The cost also helps cover salaries for student staff, printing, transportation, equipment, and facility rentals.
      For parents and guests, the cost covers your lunch, parking, and all supplies and resources for orientation. The cost also helps cover salaries for student staff, printing, transportation, equipment, and facility rentals.

    • 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.
    • If I am living on campus, 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