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Fall Freshman Orientation

We will connect you to resources, services, academic programs and people that will help make the University of South Carolina feel like home. This is just the start of a new way of learning, thinking and making connections at UofSC.

Registration is now open!

Welcome Class of 2025! This summer we will have in-person and virtual options to prepare you for your first semester at UofSC. Please read below to learn more.


Welcome Class of 2025!

Orientation is a great time to connect with 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

South 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! 

We are glad to return to campus for 2021 New Student Orientation and our Office wants to ensure we meet the needs of all incoming students and families. With that in mind, we are excited to offer both in-person and virtual orientation programming. You will be able to choose which Orientation experience is best suited for your needs. No matter what you decide, both options will still provide all the necessary tools and resources needed for a successful transition to South Carolina.

Regardless of modality, as a part of the program, you will:

  • Connect virtually with UofSC 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 a virtual academic advising session and register for classes

In-Person Orientation

In-Person Orientation will span over two days. Day One will consist of fully in-person programming. You should plan to be available from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Day Two will consist of online programming and offer optional on campus activities in Columbia. You should plan to be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. During Day Two, students who join us for in-person activities will be able to receive in-person assistance from Orientation Leaders, campus tours and participate in office open houses. For in-person
Orientations, overnight housing will not be required or provided. 

Please note: The Office of New Student Orientation is working to create a safe and fun environment in which all CDC and state regulations concerning COVID-19 will be strictly followed. At this time, all in-person Orientation participants will be required to follow social distancing protocols and wear face coverings.

Virtual Orientation

Virtual Orientation will span over two days. Day One will consist of fully synchronous virtual Orientation programming. You should plan to be available from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Day Two will focus on academic advising and course registration. You should plan to be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. These days will be hosted using online platforms such as Blackboard Collaborate, Microsoft Teams, and/or Zoom. An email with all the appropriate links and technology requirements will be sent to you closer to your session.

Dates and Fees

Orientation registration will open on April 7 at 12 p.m.

Please keep in mind that session availability is on a first-come first served basis and is dependent on the number of available seats per college/major during a given session.  

In-Person Orientation dates

  • Session 1: Monday, June 7- Tuesday, June 8
  • Session 2: Tuesday, June 8- Wednesday, June 9
  • Session 3: Weds., June 9- Thursday, June 10
  • Session 4: Monday, June 14- Tuesday, June 15
  • Session 5: Tuesday, June 15- Weds., June 16
  • Session 6: Weds., June 16- Thursday, June 17
  • Session 10: Monday, June 28- Tuesday, June 29
  • Session 11: Tuesday, June 29- Weds., June 30
  • Session 12: Weds., June 30- Thursday, July 1
  • Session 16: Monday, July 12- Tuesday, July 13
  • Session 17: Tuesday, July 13- Weds., July 14
  • Session 18: Weds., July 14- Thursday, July 15
  • Session 19: Monday, July 19- Tuesday, July 20
  • Session 22: Monday, July 26- Tuesday, July 27

Virtual Orientation dates

  • Session 7: Monday, June 21- Tuesday, June 22
  • Session 8: Tuesday, June 22- Weds., June 23
  • Session 9: Weds., June 23- Thursday, June 24

To be determined Orientation dates

  • Session 13: Tuesday, July 6- Weds., July 7
  • Session 14: Weds., July 7- Thursday, July 8
  • Session 15: Thursday, July 8- Friday, July 9
  • Session 20: Tuesday, July 20- Weds., July 21
  • Session 21: Weds., July 21- Thursday, July 22
  • Session 23: Tuesday, July 27- Weds., July 28
  • Session 24: Weds., July 28- Thursday, July 29

As we observe the needs of students and families, the modality (e.g. in-person or virtual) of certain July dates will be determined on a rolling basis and may be unavailable at the time of your registration. We encourage you to check our website and your email as frequently as you can for updates.

Students: $130 (regardless of modality)

Guest: $50 (In an effort to promote social distancing, we strongly encourage each student attending an in-person Orientation session to bring no more than one family member or guest.)

The Orientation fee covers supplies and resources for orientation. The fee also helps cover salaries for student staff, printing, transportation, equipment and facility rentals.


The deadline to request a refund is June 15, 2021. 

Email your request to and include the student's first and last name, date of birth and the reason you need a refund. You will then receive a follow-up email with further details and next steps.

All refunds are subject to a $35 administrative fee.

What You Need to Know


Cancelling or Changing Your Session

Students will be able to change their orientation session after payment. If you choose to change your request, please log back into the Orientation Portal and make the change within the system. Please note: Registration closes two (2) business days before the start of each orientation session.

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