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Families and Supporters

Join us for programming for families and supporters, where you will learn more about the University of South Carolina and your student’s transition to the university. 

Registration for Spring Orientation is open!

Registration for New Student Orientation in January 2024 is now open. Please view the Spring Orientation page for information regarding these sessions.


Welcome to the Family!

New Student Orientation is the first step in helping your student successfully join our Gamecock community. But Orientation isn’t just for students — families and supporters play a critical role in their success. That’s where we come in! The Office of New Student Orientation offers various resources to help you support your student’s transition to the University of South Carolina.  

Whether this is your first college student or your fifth, we invite you to participate in our Family and Supporter Orientation program and become familiar with all the resources available to both you and your student. The program runs concurrently with your student’s session, whether they are a freshman or transfer student. 

Our Family and Supporter Orientation focuses on a wide variety of topics and subjects that families and guests should find helpful during their student’s first year.  

Families and supporters will have the opportunity to connect with administration, faculty and staff to discuss their student’s needs and upcoming experiences. They will also have an opportunity to learn more about their student’s academic college and their chosen college and major. As a part of the program, families and supporters will: 

  • Be introduced to academic policies and support resources. 
  • Receive information on a variety of services available to both students and families.
  • Ask questions of current students, staff and administrators. 
  • Learn about the Office of Parent and Family Programs.

Spring, Summer Term and August Orientation: $50 per family member/supporter.

Fall Freshman Orientation: $115 per family member/supporter. Please note: If you are staying overnight in one of our designated residence halls during your student's Freshman Orientation, there will be an additional charge.

Fall Transfer Orientation: $50 per family member/guest.

The New Student Orientation registration fee covers all supplies and resources used during your session. It also covers your meals, parking, facility rentals, equipment, printing and staff salaries.

Participation in our programs involves frequent migrations to and from various campus buildings. If you or your family member/supporter have mobility restrictions at the time of your session, please be sure to indicate this in your Orientation Portal under the ‘Special Accommodations’ section. Golf carts will be made available for those needing assistance. 

Additionally, please make note of any other special accommodation related to sight, hearing, dietary restrictions, etc. in your Orientation Portal so that our staff can plan for your arrival accordingly.  

We recommend having your Orientation Portal updated with any special accommodation no later than a week prior to your session. Otherwise, feel free to contact the Office of New Student Orientation for any updates or changes. 

Your student will need to add you as their guest(s) through the Orientation Portal at Please ensure they provide the correct email address, so you receive all our communication. Students can add a supporter at any time.


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