UofSCHousing LIVE – Housing & Admissions Q&A

UofSCHousing LIVE – Housing & Admissions Q&A


*Music Starts* welcome to Paterson Hall as we kick off
season two of U of SC housing live I’m Josh wise joined tonight by dr. Mary
Wagner and Joe fortune some student guests will join us shortly maybe you’ve
already decided to call Carolina home or maybe you have more questions either way
we’re here to answer your questions live tonight are you ready to go garnet then
let’s get started simply populate your questions in the comments section of the
Facebook live stream and we’ll pose those questions to our panel so let’s
get started with the first question Jenna this one’s for you it came by
social media earlier today can you go back and select a preferred roommate
after you’ve submitted your housing application yes you may do that students
can edit their application through May first so no need to worry if you have
found an additional roommate or you need to rewrite your housing choices you have
until May 1st – to edit your application all right what is the best thing you can
do to be guaranteed living in a quad there is no guarentee as you say we will do our
best to honor housing choices and as you know most of our housing is based on
learning communities and so within the quads
we have green quad we also have our new rodas community which is located in
South quad and the business community which is located in this quad and so
you’re this opportunity is if any of those interest you to actually submit an
application there again just a reminder to all of our followers out there
tonight that remember women’s quad is not an apartment style it is a suite
style community that’s different than all the other quads on campus so Mary
don’t want to leave you out a question came in earlier they can I get my
financial aid package upgraded hmm well that is a popular question this time of
year so if you applied for a federal financial aid and you submitted a FAFSA
to the University of South Carolina and your
and your application is complete you probably got an email from the from the
financial aid office last week reminding you to go out onto self-service Carolina
and check your package so that’s federal aid that’s what the FAFSA is for us for
the federal aid but the merit aid that you may have received would come from
the admissions office and at this time we’re unable to upgrade any of the
scholarships very good this is seems like a simple question
however I’ve got to ask it what is official move-in day weeks in the coming
weeks but again you can start planning for Monday August 20th an easy question
it’s a lob question it’s laundry free or do I have to pay for it it is bundled
within your residence hall charge on your tuition bill and so it’s not
exactly free but you don’t have to pay a separate line item for it in your bill
with the University all right Mary what does sorority recruitment process entail
well it’s been a long time since I’ve gone through it myself when I was a
student here at the University but I do know that they are sticklers for
deadlines and so if you are planning on registering for it make sure that you
meet the deadline I cannot remember exactly what that deadline is right now
but it is available on the student life website but make sure you that you
follow the deadlines and then students will be moving in a little bit earlier
than the regular move-in day I believe that’s August 15th is that correct
which is a Wednesday so that they can participate in the sorority recruitment
process and it lasts several days and students will go through a series of
different different events they call them parties where they’ll have an
opportunity to meet women from the various sorority houses on campus and be
able to review them all before they start going through their selection
process okay very good as I’m sitting here looking at some of the questions
we’re getting on Facebook Joe can you request three suitemates or just one
roommate and if if you will be living in capstone suitemates
well it’s isn’t you answers to that question
Josh first first-year students new new freshmen are only allowed to request one
roommate and so whether you’re in the suite style or apartment style or
traditional style you’re only allowed to request one roommate and so that’s the
person living in the space with you and so in the apartment Styles like the the
quads um you also can request one who mate they’re obviously those are private
big names but in that situation you’re only allowed to request one as well
however we do have part place alarm which will be in our inventory for the
second time involved 2018 and one thing special for those students that we’re
doing is we allow them to select all of their roommates and so if you have
selected part places your top choice you will be given the opportunity to select
all four of your roommates if you’re in a bi bedroom unit if you’re in a
three-bedroom unit you’ll be able to select select the other two people and
say that’s something special for Park Place people only perfect we’ll talk a
little more about Park Place in just a few moments Jo a follow-up question is
how soon after May first a student’s hear about their housing assignment it
will be around mid-may when students start to begin to receive information
and so it won’t be May 2nd so don’t start calling our office asking where am
i living but it will certainly be but certainly by mid-may students will begin
to hear and our goal is to have all placements done prior to the first
orientation now July 15th is also important date
could you tell us a little bit about that day yes post your official room
assignments awesome Mary a question for you
orientation there’s only so many spots on the first one is it more important to
be the first one or is it okay to wait just a little bit well I think there’s a
lot of myths out there that people assume that you have to come to the very
first orientation or try to be there right away
and we actually hold sections of classes in popular subjects back from some of
the earlier orientation dates so that students regardless of when you come for
admission or when you come for orientation you have access to a lot of
the same kinds of classes that students who might have attended on the first
date would have gotcha here’s a question about Bates West is there another dorm
recommended for sports management living and learning community besides Bass West very good Mary one more question for you
came in earlier I have AP IB or de coursework I will not be entering as a
freshman our Y’s do I still need a meal plan yeah so we have a lot of students
who are bringing coursework with them if they’ve done Advanced Placement
International Baccalaureate or dual enrollment coursework in high school so
the hours wise it’s possible to come in you might have 30 sometimes 40 hours
we’ve even had a student come in with more than 60 hours at one point with so
much advanced coursework but when you come to the University as a first-time
student after you graduate from high school you are like a first year student
and so you are required to have a meal plan that’s really important because
that’s part of your social life your social structure we know that you’re
going to be meeting students and getting to know them over your meals oftentimes
within your learning communities or adjacent to them it’s a very part of
being a part of the university community very good still to come on you have se
housing live will be talking with Kern students about why they said yes to
Carolina but first we’re going to tell you more about the premier luxury
community at Carolina in part place this unique apartment style residence hall
features five styles of living including private apartments two three four and
five bedroom apartments special amenities include a resort style pool
hot tub grilling stations and a cyber cafe all within a short walk to the new
heart of campus secure your housing assignment today by selecting university
housing at Park Place on your housing application University housing at Park
Place luxury living at Carolina all right we’re gonna get back to your
questions now real quick follow up on that when will we know if we got a spot
at Park Place Jo place and those students that signed up within that time
frame or they told us that whatever admitted student days we actually
guaranteed them a spot at Park Place and so you still have an opportunity to do
that as well and so if you list Park Place is your top choice again very soon
you’ll hear from someone within our assignments office to say you may you
made the cut and your new home will be the luxury living at Park Lane also a
special promotion we’re doing right now if you sign up before April 15th and put
Park Place is your number one community you’re automatically entered to win a
bicycle provided by Pepsi so go ahead and do your housing application today
for your chance to win that special bike provided by Pepsi Mary a question just
came in that I think is great for you Columbia Hall is it really far away from
a lot of freshman classes oh gosh I think a lot of that it’s it depends we
can’t predict what every single student’s first year schedule is going
to be like but there are a lot of classes on that side of campus and so
you have the humanities which everybody is going to have to take English or
history or political science and a lot of those classes are offered over in the
Welsh humanities building which is close to Columbia Hall and then there’s
gambrel Hall as well which a lot of the social sciences if you’re
an HR SMM HR team major you’re going to be over there by close hip there’s
gonna be a lot of coursework that’s gonna be offered in that space as they
start to move into some of the faculty you’re gonna be moving into the offices
over there within the next year so I think it’s a great part of campus
because you’ve got access to some dining facilities there’s a very beautiful
walking space there and and there’ll be a lot of great community there for
people to hang out lots of coffee shops you’ve got colloquium over there it’s
just a really attractive convenient part of campus a lot of questions coming to
us tonight about different deadlines and dates and so Mary when do you sign up
for a meal plan well a student can do that before they finalize their bill
which will be over the summer so when one of the things we often get asked is
when do I get my bill how will I know exactly how much everything’s gonna cost
and so you have some control over how many meals you add to your bill for
example but you’ll register for classes first then you will know how much you’re
paying for the academic portion and before you pay your final bill you’ll
select which meal plan you want and all first-year students have to have at
least 14 meals but they could have of course three a day you could have 21 so
it will be more expensive if you do that but students would have at least 14 and
so they would select that before they finalize their bill perfect perfect
Joe a question for you how many spaces available in the business living
community very good just a reminder tonight we may not get to all the
questions that are being populated in our Facebook live stream but what we’ll
do is tomorrow we’ll do some question and answers on our social media and
that’s a great way for you just to keep up with what’s going on so if we don’t
get your question tonight during our live show we will continue to answer
your questions on the U of se housing social media as well is also a great
place to always follow admissions social media and they’ll also be able to help
you with your questions so back to the questions online so how do you make
housing assignments is it sorted by application to the community
or to USC it really depends on the community that you’ve applied to you and
so we certainly get party to our living in learning communities and so that is
the first group of students that we actually assign and so for example you
know the business community that we just mentioned or whether it’s health and
wellness that all those students who have selected that as a choice we will
look at those within their different groups and those will be done based by
date of admission to the institution okay now our faculty live living in
learning communities to include the International House in maxy the new
rodas community as well as Green quad Kailen Kailen Kailen that’s the UM thank
you Mary all of those require a supplemental application and you know
that goes there for our community education teams which is a group of our
Residence Life staff to include the faculty member leading that community
and they will read every application and so make sure that you put all your
effort into letting those committees know why you want to be a part of those
communities okay another question coming in is it possible to live in dorms that
are reserved for a community outside of your major that’s a great question for
Joe can you live outside in a community that’s not attached to your major yes
yes we have some students who choose to do that again most of our residence
halls is based there are few spaces here or there not many and it’s a very
competitive process if you’re not trying to live in a learning community you will
find it very difficult to to live in a place like these quad or green quad or
South quad but it’s just not spaces everything is really dedicated to the
living and learning community gotcha question also Joe to follow up
can freshmen apply for 650 Lincoln first-year students may not unless you
are a first year student athlete and you still will you’ll get information
directly from the athletic department about that and the first year students
are not allowed leaving sixty-degree in first semester or second semester okay
Mary questions about what kind of meal plan should I get for my freshman year
any advice well I think it has to do with kind of what your your dining
preferences are how often you eat I know that when I was the first year student
at the University I thought I needed to have all three and I found that there
would be some meals that I you’re just not going to be on campus 24/7 and so
you may have times where you’re gonna go off campus you’re gonna want to eat with
your friends or you know you sleep in I hear students like to sleep a lot and so
you might miss breakfast and all you have left is lunch and dinner and so you
know I found the 14 meal plan to be right on for me in fact I think that was
the one I had all four years here at the University or I had 21 the first year
and then 14 for the remaining three years while I was there here I got you
Joe if you’re admitted to the Honors College are you automatically admitted
to the honors residence hall no you’re not you still will need to request that
on your housing application because there are some members of the Honors
College group for roommate reasons and others they want to live in other places
on campus they want to experience some of our other communities outside of the
honors community and say it’s not you know it’s not something that it’s done
for you you will have to rank that on your housing application as your top
choice okay very good well I want to thank you
both for answering some questions tonight we’re gonna turn now to the real
story about why you should say yes to Carolina when we come back to you of SC
housing live from Paterson Hall all right welcome back we’re joined now
by some current Gamecock students that are going to be taking some of your
questions so let’s start off why don’t you give us our name your major and
where you’re from hi I’m a Darius Simpkins a sophomore
economics major from 18 South Carolina I’m Sunita Austin I’m an international
business and econ major from Atlanta Georgia and I’m William Palmer I’m a
finance and marketing major and I’m from the Chicagoland area very good this is a
great time to remind you you can continue to ask your questions of these
current Gamecock students as they are telling us a little bit about why you
should choose Carolina so continue to put your questions in the comments
section of Facebook live so guys why don’t we start off now with the question
why should these students choose Carolina well so I’ll give them my
personal experience so I’m a senior so I’ve been here for four years now and me
personally as an out-of-state student I came down here one because the business
program here was fantastic so that really sold me as well as I’m just the
kind of person that likes to go out and experience new things so it was a nice
change of pace and honestly I do not regret that decision
every single day that I’ve been here so I’m glad great how about you guys so I
am a current freshman I kind of chose USC because of the international
business program I originally you know felt like I was a little far away from
home like I said I’m from Georgia and then as soon as I got onto campus I
realized everything that Darla Moore School of Business has to offer and I
knew that it was definitely mine evil so for me personally uh I’m the first
person in my family to go off to college so it was very important for me to come
to an institution where I was gonna feel like more than just like you know
another number or another statistic and I came to my admitted students day the
year that I decided to enroll and like felt that immediately like you know I
found somewhere that value me as an individual and that I could felt like I
could grow you know personally and you know develops awesome well I guess the
next thing is all freshmen are required to live on campus so tell us about your
experience in your community your first year I know you’re still going through
it but tell us a little bit about the community and how it kind of gave you a
kickstart to being a Gamecock um so I lived in South Tower last year in a
traditional style she had a bathroom with 24 of the guys you know it’s hard
not to make friends when you’re all you know waiting in line for the bathroom so
yeah it was just a really good he’s a good time great experience I wouldn’t
change it for anything so how I met some of my you know best friends so like I
said I am a freshman and I live a park Place this year so I do like having my
own space and some quiet area in my room to study but I think the most important
thing that we have at Park Place socially our resident life coordinator
does a really good job of holding events for us like dinners or bingo night or
something like that and then academically we have some really nice
study rooms on the bottom floor where you can kind of find other business
students that are struggling in the same classes or want to study with you and
then you can all just gather there and you make really good friends do that
yeah so for me my freshman year I lived in maxy which is one of the suite-style
residence halls and I mean I cannot speak any highly of it I mean I could I
could go on all night about it but I’m sure Josh would cut me off for that man
I I’ve made friends there that have been with me all four years and I just would
not be able to picture my experience here without them so awesome also maybe
if you guys can touch on it we’ve got some questions coming in tonight about
hey what are important things to bring to college so
you talk about a residence hall you’re talking about just normal activities
what are important things that you found that you needed around campus I’d say on
top of just like the classic things that you need you know like your your
backpack obviously clothes that you’re gonna have
to wear and you know change it off I’d say board games or any sort of like
outdoor activity works quite well I mean my experience in maxi pretty close to
the horseshoe so it’s pretty common to go out there and you see people either
like playing with dogs they’ll be out there with their frisbees even late
nights within the residence hall where people you know they’ll play like
Yahtzee or just you know basic board games as well and that everyone winds up
loving that so I would say well you might not think about it probably bring
some sort of fun activities to deal with your friends I kind of want to go along
with that I think one of my favorite things is just like laying out on the
horseshoe and studying like a hammock to bring something like that or kind of
like outdoor activities we have pretty good weather and then also I would
definitely bring pictures and like things from home to kind of make your
space feel a little more comfortable I know I just brought like my bedding from
home and like some pillows just to feel more homey and more comfortable in a new
area sometimes that’s intimidating I would kind of say something that you
really don’t need that I think a lot of people think that they do a TV I
personally just had you know a Netflix account Hulu and my laptop and was
perfectly fine so definitely you know saved us a lot of trouble like moving in
because we didn’t have a TV but like I’d never felt you know shortchanged because
I didn’t have one so awesome just a reminder you all will receive a move-in
guide from University Housing it’ll be a digital copy that will be sent with your
community assignment in late May early June so be on the lookout for that
that’s an important information that will give you all the items you’ll need
to bring for living at Carolina so as we’re going through some of these
questions I’m kind of sitting here thinking what
are what if you had to have your closing argument what would would you say to
somebody that says convince me to come to Carolina I don’t know I guess I would
just take it back to like my own personal story just being from in-state
where a lot of people are kind of the same in some ways USC was definitely the
first environment that I’d encountered where there were so many different types
of people from different backgrounds experiences different ways of thinking
and its really in foreign my own thought patterns in a lot of ways and I can
definitely say that I’ve grown immensely just by virtue of being a student here
and it’s definitely been something that I could not I just I couldn’t describe
it or where it’s fully just how amazing it’s been to you know be surrounded by
such a welcoming environment so I think one of the most important things that
one of my tour guides told me when I came I guess last summer to visit
Carolina was you know it’s a big school and you can always make a bigger school
smaller but you can’t make a smaller school bigger and even though like it’s
so it’s so big and there may be a lot of people you still feel like there’s a
place for you and you’re in a very caring environment and it’s very homey
and so I think I just just in the opportunity so like you know you feel
very homey and very welcomed and then the opportunity is just great that I
could go on and on about but again yes so again I have the privilege of having
four years of being able to try and sell you guys on this so one is as they’ve
stated it is a big school you know we’ve got a d1 football team we had a run in
the Final Four last year women’s had another run in the final four this year
but you have these communities within each of the residence halls which really
does help make it feel small and intimate to where you can get some
friends so I live a 14-hour drive away from here
and the fact that I was able to make friends within my first week here was
fantastic that really just speaks to how the communities work here
another thing all my northern friends out there you guys had snow today
we didn’t down here so if you don’t want to be dealing with snow in April I think
that speaks for itself so well I want to thank you guys for
joining us tonight some of these students are available
through admissions and through housing to continue to answer your questions but
questions are answers story stories told we’re just a few short weeks until the
May 1st deadline to say yes to Carolina admissions and housing staffs are
answering questions on social media and via the phones up until that date so are
you ready to go garnet so for the entire cast and crew we say good night from
University of South Carolina