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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 2023!

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

Carolina's New Student Orientation is the first step in helping you successfully transition to the Gamecock community. We understand it may be time filled with excitement, but also nervousness. That's why our goal is to help you feel comfortable with your life as a Gamecock! 

As a part of the program, you will:

  • Meet USC faculty and staff and get to know some of your peers 
  • Learn about living at the University of South Carolina
  • Get acquainted with our campus policies and procedures
  • Be equipped with a list of resources to help you succeed
  • Learn about your academic program's curriculum and degree requirements
  • Attend an academic advising session and register for classes
  • Pick up your Carolina Card

Additionally, you will have the opportunity to participate in a new student service project. Consider bringing 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 Harvest Hope.

Note: An overnight stay is required. Attendance is mandatory for the entire orientation program; students who do not attend the entirety of the program will not be able to register for classes.


Dates and Fees

Freshmen Orientation Sessions last two days and include an overnight component. 

  • Session 1: June 10- June11
  • Session 2: June 17- June 18
  • Session 3: June 19- June 20
  • Session 4: June 24- June 25
  • Session 5: June 26- June 27
  • Session 6: July 1- July 2
  • Session 7: July 8- July 9
  • Session 8: July 10- July 11
  • Session 9: July 15- July 16
  • Session 10: July 22- July 23
  • Session 11: July 24- July 25
  • Session 12: July 29- July 30
  • Session 13: July 31- August 1

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, 2019. 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, 2019. 

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.

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