New Student Tool Kit

New Student Toolkit 

The New Student Toolkit is everything a New Student and their Family could need when preparing for their education at USCB. It contains a brief description of every department, along with some resources that may be useful. Consider this the home base of Sand Shark information and preparation!  

Toolkit group pictureAcademic Advising 

Academic advisors are mentors who build relationships with their advisees, pay attention to their academic progress, recommend resources and assist advisees in identifying and fulfilling their goals while they work towards completing their degrees. Advisement at USCB is a collaborative, continuous process of evaluation and clarification leading to student development, growth and maturity. All students are required to meet with their advisors during Advising Days to discuss their goals, academic progress and any other issues that may arise before registering for classes for the upcoming term. While the advisors' role is critical in this process, the ultimate responsibility for registration decisions rests with students. 

Accessibility Services 

Accessibility Services is one of the support services provided by the Student Development Department. The University of South Carolina Beaufort believes academically-qualified individuals with disabilities should have equal opportunity and access to a quality college education. We are actively involved in fostering an environment that encourages full participation by students with disabilities in every segment of the university. Accessibility Services facilitates services and accommodations to meet the various needs of students with disabilities at the university, in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. 


Posing with FinneganUSCB Athletics has 11 active sports, including women's soccer, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's indoor track and field, baseball, softball, men's golf, women's golf and men's and women's outdoor track and field. USCB is transitioning to become a NCAA Division II institution, as it has been accepted as a provisional member in the Peach Belt Conference. Since athletics began in 2007, USCB has earned 264 All-Conference selections, 275 Academic All-Conference selections, 57 NAIA All-Americans and 36 NAIA National Championship appearances.  

Bursar's Office 

The Bursar’s Office is responsible for all aspects of student financial services. We provide information regarding tuition and fee, distributing scholarships, and financial aid and student loans to student account. 

Campus Store 

The brand new Campus Store is located in the Broad River building on the Bluffton campus. At the Campus Store you will find textbooks and University apparel!

Bystander Intervention 

USCB requires all new students to complete a Bystander Intervention training before the first day of class.  The program is an interactive web-based activity that takes about 1 hour to complete.   

What is Bystander Intervention?  

  • It equips college students with the skills to navigate difficult situations related to sexual misconduct, leading to a safer and more connected campus. 

Information on how to login and complete the training will be sent later this summer.  Students who do not complete the training by the first day of class will not be allowed to make changes to their schedule or register for the next semester until it has been completed.

Campus Recreation

campus rec pictureCampus Recreation provides opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to engage in physical activities to create healthy lifestyles. The Sand Shark Recreation Center sits adjacent to the library and includes a fitness center, group exercise room, athletic training room, and gymnasium (2 basketball/volleyball courts). Campus Rec also offers an outdoor basketball court, two tennis courts, and a sand volleyball court. The fitness center is open from early morning to night and features Precor cardio equipment, free weights, power racks, and multiple sectorized machines. Adjoining the recreation center are four acres of lit field space for student intramurals, club sports, and general recreation. The recreation center is also the headquarters for Sand Shark Athletics - all coaching staff and athletics' administrative staff have offices in the recreation center. 

Career Services 

Whether it's gaining admission to your ideal graduate program, going to a top professional school, working at a world-class resort, or starting a corporate career, we're focused on helping our students and graduates achieve the highest level of success - however they define it Career services at USCB don't start when you're a senior. We'll engage you beginning your first year to map out a career path best suited to your goals in life. And, along the way, we'll provide a rich abundance of services and programs focused on one thing—your success. 

Clifton Strengths 

Counseling Services 

Counseling services are available to all currently-enrolled students for the purpose of increasing students' academic success and personal development through the promotion of health and wellness. Issues of depression, homesickness, anxiety and stress, sexual orientation and gender identity, substance abuse, eating disorders, time management, anger management, sexual assault, feelings of isolation and loneliness as well as other challenges may be addressed through counseling. College counseling services are designed to assist students with addressing the difficulties they may encounter as they go through times of transition. 

Financial Aid 

The Office of Financial Aid/VA is responsible for preparing and communicating information on financial aid. Our goal is to help students and families understand the types of financial aid support available while adhering to federal, state and university regulations. 

Housing and Student Conduct 

housing pictureLiving on campus in an apartment at USCB provides a supportive, high-quality environment that is conducive to learning and making friends. Research shows that students who live on campus are more satisfied with their college experience, earn higher grades and are more likely to graduate.  

ITSS (Information Technology Services and Support) 

The University of South Carolina Beaufort Office of Information Technology Services and Support (ITSS) provides a wide array of technology along with related support services and guidance to facilitate the accomplishment of USCB's mission.  Assistance includes phone service, network management, server management, audio visual support, enhanced classroom technology, desktop support and instructional technology. Protecting the security of University assets and data is central to ITSS operations.  


Public Safety 

The Department of Public Safety / University Police is an integral part of a successful community. USC Beaufort is geared towards student success, academically, and socially. By adhering to the concepts of community policing, we can learn how to best associate ourselves with those dedicated to our safety and security. The Department of Public Safety / University Police is comprised of a contingent of  state-certified police officers and public safety personnel. Safety escort services will be provided for students arriving or moving around campus after dark and can be arranged by calling  (843)-208-8911 for the Bluffton Campus,  (843)-812-8186 for the Beaufort Campus, and (843)-208-4911 for the Hilton Head Campus. 

Student Life 

student life pictureOpportunities for fun, leadership, entertainment and connection on campus are brought to you by the Office of Student Life, which implements and provides support for a wide range of co-curricular activities and programs for the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) student body. This includes campus-wide programming, fraternity and sorority life, advisement of the Sand Shark Activities Board (SSAB) and Student Government Association (SGA) and student organizations as well as community-service initiatives on and off campus. 

Student Rights & Responsibilities