Admitted Students

Next Steps

Congratulations on your acceptance to USCB!  Here are your next steps.

1.  Reply to your offer of admission via the Student Portal 

Reply to offer of admission

  • An enrollment deposit of $100 is required for degree seeking students starting in the Fall semester. Pay enrollment deposit via the Student Portal button above.
  • The deposit is due no later than June 1.  If the student is accepted after June 1, payment is due within two weeks of acceptance.
  • May 1 is the deadline to request a refund of the enrollment deposit.

2. Claim your VIP ID 

  • You will first need to obtain your VIP ID and your USC ID, which are on the bottom of your acceptance letter.
  • Go to and select ‘Account Claiming’.  Follow the setup wizard to set your Network/VIP ID password, establish your security questions, setup your Sand Shark Alerts, and enroll in Multi-Factor Authentication. If you are transferring from within the USC System, you will need to change your Preferred University Email Address to your address within ‘Update Account Settings’. If you need any help during the claiming process, directions can be found on the USCB ITSS Documentation Page.   
    NOTE: Please be sure to remember your Email Address, Network ID, VIP ID, and password. These will become important throughout the Next Steps process.   

3. Log in to your USCB Email

  • Go to and enter your Email Address and password. Official communication, including Housing, Financial Aid, and Admissions email messages, will be sent to this mailbox.

4. Complete Your Housing Application

  • Available January 15th (Priority Deadline April 15th)

Complete Your Housing Application

5. Apply for In-State Tuition

Apply for In-State Tuition

6. Complete Your Immunization Form

  • Required for Enrollment

Complete Your Immunization Form

7. Complete Your Citizenship Form

  • Required for Enrollment

Complete Your Citizenship Form

8. Register for a Sand Shark Registration Day 

  • Register for a Sand Shark Registration Day and mark your calendar for Fall New Student Orientation. 

Register for a Sand Shark Registration Day

9. Submit Final Transcripts

  • New Freshman must submit a Final High School transcript after graduation (due July 1st). Submit any Dual Enrollment and/or AP scores to the Admissions department prior to New Student Orientation.
  • All transfer students must submit a Final College transcript from ALL previous Institutions attended.

10. Log in to Self Service Carolina

  • Self Service Carolina is where you will register for classes, pay your bill, and view your final grades. You can log in by going to and clicking on Self Service Carolina. Your logon credentials can be either your Network or VIP ID that you claimed in the previous step.
  • Login to with your Network ID and select Photo Upload on the left hand side of the page. Upload a photo for your ID card here. Please pay close attention to the photo requirements. 

11. Take Placement Test (if required)

  • Must be completed two weeks before attending Sand Shark Registration Day. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Advising department at 843-208-8049 or email:

Take My Placement Test


Contact the Office of Admissions

Mailing Address:

University of South Carolina Beaufort
Office of Admissions
One University Boulevard
Bluffton, SC 29909

Phone (843) 208-8055
Fax (843) 208-8290

admissions staff