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Fall Freshman Orientation

We will introduce you to your program and show you around your new University of South Carolina campus home. This is just the start of a new way of learning, thinking and making connections at USC.

 Welcome Class of 2022!

Orientation is a great time to meet many of your peers and Carolina faculty and staff, as well as learn more about the University of South Carolina and the resources available to you as a Gamecock student. 

What to Expect

During this two-day orientation session, you will learn about living at the University of South Carolina and get acquainted with our campus policies and procedures. We will introduce you to your academic program along with related policies, curriculum and degree requirements.

Please plan to bring an item for our Community Engagement Service Project with you to your orientation session. Our program collects and distributes nonperishable items to Gamecock Pantry and St. Andrews Kids Café, a service of Harvest Hope Food Bank.

An overnight stay is required. You'll also be advised, so that you can register for your first semester of classes. Don't forget to pick up your CarolinaCard!


Dates and Fees

Fall Freshman Orientation occurs between June and July.

Fall Semester Dates

Dates for Fall Freshman Orientation will be released in April.


For Student: $220
For Parent or Guest: $115 each
This fee covers one night in a residence hall and all meals, parking, supplies and resources for orientation. The fee also helps cover salaries for student staff, printing, transportation, equipment and facility rentals.

You can use our orientation reservation system to reserve an additional night in a residence hall, for a fee.

The parent and guest fee does not cover overnight housing. If your guests wish to stay overnight on campus, they can add this option in the orientation reservation system for $40 per night.


You can request a refund through June 1, 2018. Email your request to and include the student's first and last name, date of birth and the reason you need a refund. All refunds are subject to a $35 administrative fee.

There will be no refunds after June 1, 2018. 

What You Need to Know


Cancelling or Changing Your Session

You can use our reservation system to add or remove guests, make changes to your session or have it canceled. If you choose to cancel your request, you must call the Office of New Student Orientation at 803-777-2780. Registration closes 72 hours before the start of each orientation session.