New Student Checklist – My CEC

New Student Checklist

The College of Engineering and Computing offers an easy to follow list that will give you the information you need to know before arriving for class.

When You Are Admitted

Finalize Your Major

Deciding on a major will help you get the most out of your orientation day and first advising!

If you are unsure which engineering or computing major is right for you, explore our 10 undergraduate programs. Still can’t decide? Check out this video comparing the types of work in each field of study, the classes and curricula, and factors to consider if you decide to change your major later.

Take the Math Placement Test (MPT)

The MPT is online. All new CEC freshmen are required to take this test before orientation. This is a critical step in your pre-orientation process as many of your first semester courses will be determined by your MPT score. We encourage you to take the practice tests prior to taking the tests.

Computer science, integrated information technology and all engineering majors need to take the PreCalculus Placement test. Computer information systems majors should take the Algebra Placement Test. If you are undecided, we recommend you take both. Students may take the test up to three times, however you will have to wait seven days in between attempts.

Before Orientation

Get the most out of New Student Orientation by doing your part to be prepared.

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Register for Orientation

You must register for and attend a New Student Orientation session in order to sign-up for classes. Click here to learn more about your session.

If you haven’t taken the Math Placement Test yet, do that now.

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Prepare for Orientation Advising

During your day of Orientation you will also meet one on one with an academic advisor and register for your first semester of classes. Review your program’s recommended four-year plan in the Major Map Repository and prepare a list of questions about the classes you need to take.

Before the Semester Starts

After orientation, there are a few more things you can do to get ready for classes and our Office of Student Services is available to answer your engineering and computing questions.

Identify Your Academic Advisor

Our academic advisors are dedicated to help ensure success in your transition to UofSC’s College of Engineering and Computing. They can help you identify resources, connect you with campus partners, and help you identify your academic and professional goals. Keep an eye on your UofSC email for a follow-up within two business days after orientation. Please note all official communication after orientation will be directed to your UofSC email.

Consider Our Computer Recommendations

We recommend that all students have a good laptop or desktop computer and a reliable internet connection. In addition, College of Engineering and Computing students have free, 24/7 access to computer labs with capable computers of running all of the required applications needed to graduate. If you are considering the purchase of a personal computer, however, follow the recommendations from our IT support team.

Study Up

We recommend that all Engineering and Computing freshmen review algebra, trigonometry and precalculus before the first day of class. Good resources include ALEKS Prep for Calculus, Khan Academy Precalculus, and Schaum’s Outline of Precalculus.

We also recommend that incoming freshman majoring in Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Computer Information Systems work through a Java tutorial, particularly those students who will use AP Computer Science-A credit to place into CSCE 146 Introduction to Algorithmic Design II. A good resource for this is Oracle’s The Java Tutorials.

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Walk Your Class Schedule

Remember to walk your class schedule before the first day of class. Find your actual classrooms, not just the buildings, so that you will be on time. Don’t forget to review the shortcut Dr. Lyons talked about during orientation!

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Attend Big Wednesday

Join us for CEC’s annual Big Wednesday just before fall semester classes start. Meet over 40 different engineering and computing clubs, important campus offices, and welcoming department chairs and faculty.


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