July 2021
IMPORTANT DATES:
7/5 Independence Day Holiday - Observed (no classes)
7/6 Family Weekend registration opens at 10 a.m. (EDT)
8/4 Mail-In payment for fees due
8/11 Fall tuition bill due by 5 p.m.
8/19 First day of classes for the Fall 2021 semester
UofSC Families!

The summer months are going quickly! It has been wonderful to welcome new students to orientation this summer. We are excited to welcome the new parents and family members who have joined our community. August will be here before we know it, so take time this month to help your student get organized for the new academic year. Encouraging students to think ahead of what they need to get done, such as creating a budget plan, ordering textbooks, and starting to pack can get them ahead of their to-do list. This month is a great time to discuss expectations with your student from creating a communication plan to setting realistic academic goals will allow you and your student to get on the same page before they come back to UofSC for the fall.     

Family Weekend registration opens July 6 at 10 a.m. (EDT), so be sure to mark your calendar! This truly is a university-wide tradition to make great Gamecock memories with your student. The schedule of events are coming together and we hope you will consider joining us for fun-filled weekend! I hope you and your family have a great July!

If you or your student have questions throughout the summer, please reach out to the Office of Parent and Family Programs by phone (800-868-6752) or email (scparents@sc.edu). We're here to help!
Anna C. Edwards, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Student Life
Campus Recreation Spotlight
Family Weekend registration opens
Tuesday, July 6 at 10 a.m. (EDT)!
We are excited to welcome families to campus for Family Weekend, Sept. 24-25! For the most up-to-date information and calendar, check out our Family Weekend website and mobile app!

Be sure to register each individual family member when purchasing your packages. If you have a question, check out our frequently asked questions section as you will likely find your answer there.
Mark your calendar: UofSC Ring Week
Ring Week will take place August 30 - September 3, 2021. Students can purchase them all week from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the second-floor lobby of Russell House. They must purchase their ring by the end of ring week to ensure that they are eligible to participate in the Fall 2021 Ring Ceremony on Sunday, October 17 at 2 p.m.
Did you know that in South Carolina, adults 20-24 years old account for less than 1% of vaccinations given? Join us along with Health Services on Tuesday, July 20, at 7 p.m. EDT for a virtual webinar with SC Department of Health and Environmental Control nurses to learn more about the different vaccines that are available and why it is important for young people to get vaccinated.
Is your student looking for an On-Campus Job for the Fall?
Campus Recreation offers a fun, on-campus job that offers flexible hours and provides all the training necessary!
Have them apply through Handshake as interviews will begin in early August!


Postal Services for On-Campus Residents

Students living on-campus in residence halls or Greek Village will receive a unique Mail ID # and address on July 15, accessible on Self-Service Carolina. Mail and package pickup will be at Blatt PE Center student mail & package pickup location. They will start accepting packages on August 1 for Fall Move-In. Your student's address format:

Student Name (including middle initial)
U of SC Mail ID#
1400 Greene Street
Columbia SC 29225-0112

New payment requirement

The National Automated Clearing House Association (NACHA) has issued a rule requiring that all ACH web debits be validated before they are used to make a payment or receive a refund. The easiest way to validate your checking account ahead of time is to set up your payment profile in Self Service Carolina
Order your Spirit Packs today!

The Student Alumni Association (SAA) is selling Spirit Packs just in time for football season! They are $40 each, showcasing new custom, student-designed BEAT t-shirts, BEAT stickers, and a rally towel! They are also offering vintage pack options that feature Gamecock swag from years past!


They should consider applying to Student Government's Freshman Council. It acts as an entry-level organization within Student Government with an emphasis on leadership and community involvement. Applications are open now on Garnet Gate and will close on September 2 at 11:59 p.m EDT.. If you have any questions, email sgfroco@mailbox.sc.edu.
Is your student still looking for
Off-Campus Housing for the Fall?
They can start their search with the Daily Gamecock’s housing locator website, Garnet Living. Be sure to check out Off-Campus Living and Neighborhood Relations website for additional safety resources and tips for being a good neighbor!
Amazon Lockers are now available On Campus
Your student may choose to deliver their Amazon packages to one of seven Amazon lockers throughout campus. They are accessible 24/7 and students just have to choose pick up at Amazon Locker at "check out". For more information regarding locations and names of the lockers visit the website.
Carolina Cash is a convenient way for your student to pay on and off-campus. It can be used at all Carolina Co. dining locations, Barnes and Nobles Bookstore, and over 40+ off-campus vendors. The funds roll over every semester; load now through Self-Service Carolina.
Students have the ability to assign Authorized Users to their account via Self Service Carolina. This will give you access to make payments, view account balance/history, set up payment plans, and more!

Get the Vaccine On Campus

We encourage students to upload their vaccine card to their MyHealthSpace. If your student is in the Columbia area this summer, have them stop by the Health Center to get vaccinated. We can help speed the return to a more normal and vibrant university environment. Learn more at COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Download the Parent & Family Program App today!

Our Parent and Family app consolidates need-to-know and helpful information. It provides quick and easy access to important web pages, campus partners, and us. It’s a tool for any family member to have in their back pocket!

You can download it by App Store, search "University of South Carolina Parents" in the app store or by texting the link to your phone.
Talking with Students about Alcohol

We offer an in-depth guide to talking with your student about alcohol use during their time in college. This conversation guide is available to download for University of South Carolina parents and family members. Use code "UofSCfamily" as the username and password when logging in to access the guide. 
"A new visual communications course in which students will learn to fly camera-equipped drones that have become a go-to tool in documentary making, news gathering, infrastructure inspection, real estate marketing and more."

Professor Van Kornegay, School of Journalism and Mass Communications
"What I always found personally as a doctoral student was I learned the most when I was actually doing — partnering with faculty and doing research and learning from them — so I have always wanted to provide those similar opportunities to current doctoral students.."

Doctoral Student Vanessa Kitzie, College of Information and Computing
Please continue to visit the Parents & Families Gateway for information and resources at sc.edu/parents.

Office of Parent & Family Programs
University of South Carolina
Website: sc.edu/parents 
Parents Assistance Line: 1-800-868-6752