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University of South Carolina Parent E-news: June 2017
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The sun has set on another successful year at Carolina. The busy buzz of the spring semester has disappeared, and planning for the fall is underway. As your student is settling into their summer routine, remind them to reflect on the past year and set goals for the upcoming semester.

President Harris Pastides sent an email to students yesterday. In the email, he encouraged students to use their summer wisely and to seek their true passion in life. As always, it was an inspiring message, and we think you'll enjoy reading it. It would be a great point of discussion to encourage reflection and goal setting.

Columbia, SC was just named one of eight "under the radar" American cities to visit "before they're too popular." We know the perfect weekend for you to make your trip! Parents Weekend 2017 will be held Oct. 6-8, and registration will open later this month.

Stay connected with the Office of Parents Programs; make sure to like us on Facebook , follow us on Instagram  and visit the Parents Programs website  for timely posts and monthly tips to supplement this newsletter. 

Pictured above: A classic Carolina sunset over Thomas Cooper Library.
Parents Weekend 2017
Mark your calendar for Parents Weekend 2017 , to be held Oct. 6-8! Registration is required.

Registration will open later this month! More information about the schedule will be made available in the coming weeks. Please continue to visit the Office of Parents Programs website throughout the summer as you prepare for an unforgettable Gamecock weekend.  
University Housing news
Fall 2017 Move-In
University Housing is pleased to welcome parents and students home this fall on Tuesday, Aug. 22. Discover more about Move-In 2017 by clicking here.

Questions? Visit the University Housing website or call 803-777-4283.
From the Bursar's Office
Payment deadline for fall 2017
Update: Tuition and fees for fall 2017 are due by 5 p.m. on Aug. 16. Bills will be available for view on Self Service Carolina in mid-July. Students can estimate their fall bill by reviewing the  2016-2017 tuition and fee schedule . Rates are subject to change and information for the 2017-2018 academic term will be posted following the Board of Trustees budget approval in late June.

College savings plans
Students who will use 529 education savings and trust funds should send a copy of their tuition statement to their plan administrator as soon as possible to ensure funds are disbursed and arrive before the deadline. Payment plan options are available if needed and can be processed via SSC. Please note that payment is due immediately for students who register after the payment deadline.

For more information from the Office of the Bursar, click here
Total Solar Eclipse 2017
Mark your calendar for Aug. 18-21, as Columbia, SC will be the total solar eclipse capital of the east coast! Columbia, SC and its surrounding region are positioned in the best location to witness a spectacle that has not been seen in the continental United States since 1979. Throughout the long weekend, attractions, cultural institutions, hospitality and retail businesses in Columbia, will host special eclipse-related events leading up to nature's grandest spectacle. For more information about the total solar eclipse, please visit:  
Opportunities to share with your student
Sorority recruitment
Registration for Panhellenic recruitment has opened online and will remain open until Aug. 1 at 4 p.m. (EST). Sorority recruitment will be held Thursday, Aug. 17 to Sunday, Aug. 27. In order to guarantee access to assigned on-campus housing prior to the university move-in date of Aug. 22, students should plan to register by Aug 1. 

Registration dates and fees are as follows:
Early Bird Registration: May 1-31 at 4 p.m. (EST) $150
Regular Registration: June 1-31 at 4 p.m. (EST) $175
Late Registration: July 1-Aug. 1 at 4 p.m. (EST) $200
University news updates
Pastides receives Ellis Island medal
Nearly 70 years after his parents left an idyllic Mediterranean island for a one-bedroom basement apartment in cold, rainy New York City, Harris Pastides is making his first trip to the spot where they arrived in America.  Read more>>>

UofSC opens new vault to store historic Marine Corps films
The University of South Carolina recently cut the ribbon on a new cold-storage vault to house a collection of 18,000 cans of film taken by the U.S. Marine Corps. The films include footage from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, as well as peacetime footage of training at Parris Island. Most of the film has never been seen by the public.  Read more>>>

UofSC is the only SEC university in Forbes' top 500 best employers
The University of South Carolina was rated prominently in a list released by Forbes that ranks America's Best Employers.  USC was ranked No. 96, the only Southeastern Conference university in list of 500.  Read more>>>

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Important upcoming dates
July 4: Independence Day (no classes)
July 15: Last day to apply for August graduation (note that there is no summer commencement)
Aug. 17: Payment deadline for fall 2017
Aug. 22: Move-In
Aug. 23: New Student Convocation
Aug. 24: First day of classes
Please continue to visit our website for information and resources at . As always, we are only a phone call or email away, and we encourage your feedback!

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