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!

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.

December 2016

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. Carolina basketball games are always fun and full of school spirit! This is also a great way for your student to gain reward points for the Fall 2017 football season! Learn more here.

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

December Commencement. Commencement will be held Dec. 12 at 2:30 p.m. in the Colonial Life Arena. Click here for more information on Commencement.

Exercise to Relieve Stress. As finals approach, students may become stressed. Students can relieve stress by maintaining a healthy exercise routine. Campus Recreation offers a variety of ways for students to work out, stay in shape and relieve stress. Outdoor Recreation will be hosting De-Stress For Success at the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center on Friday, Dec. 2 from 2 to 6 p.m.

Fee Payment. Please be sure your student reviews their spring 2017 bill thoroughly and checks that all charges are present and accurate. The online and in-person payment deadline is Jan. 4. The deadline for pre-payment by mail is Dec. 19. Payment plans for the spring semester are available through your student’s SSC account.

Final Exam Schedule. If your student is unsure when their exams are, encourage them to review their syllabus or view the complete final exam schedule here. Suggesting a new place to study like the Petigru College group study rooms or the Darla Moore School of Business Global Cafe can be a great way to support your student.

Spring 2017. Make sure that your student has signed up for spring semester courses if they are returning in the spring. If your student thinks they need to add or drop a course, they should reach out to their academic advisor. Click here for more information about academic advising.

Winter Break. Be sure to discuss with your student how they plan to return home for winter break. University Housing residence halls close Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. Have your student ask their resident mentor for more information on residence halls closing for winter break.