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Fall Freshman Orientation

We will connect you to resources, services, academic programs and people that will help make the university feel like home. This is just the start of your journey at South Carolina. 

Registration is now closed.

Registration is currently closed for New Student Orientation. Check back soon for updates regarding spring Orientation!

 

Overview

If you are a freshman beginning classes in August (Fall Term) you are required to attend a Fall Term Orientation session in June or July. These are in-person, two-day, overnight sessions during which you will need to be available beginning at 8 a.m. on day one and 7:45 a.m. on day two. During your session you will hear from university faculty and staff, meet with an Orientation Leader and peers, attend an academic college visit, learn about university resources and take care of several campus business items. In addition, this is when you will meet with an advisor and get registered for fall courses. A continental breakfast (2), lunch (2) and dinner will be provided during your session. Students must participate in all components of their Orientation session in order to successfully complete advising and registration. 

While attending New Student Orientation, you will:

  • Connect with South Carolina 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. 
  • Receive a list of resources to help you succeed during your first semester and beyond. 
  • Learn about your academic program’s curriculum and degree requirements.
  • Attend an academic advising appointment and register for classes. 

In order to have a successful advising and registration process during New Student Orientation, it is important that you complete the following tasks at least two weeks before your session:

  1. Complete all items in your Admissions portal: Your Admissions Portal contains information that must be completed before you attend your New Student Orientation and enroll for classes at South Carolina. It is essential you complete all items in the Admissions Portal. 
  2. Submit your Citizenship Verification: Log on to your UofSC Admissions Portal to check if your status was previously verified based on information provided on your FAFSA. If you have not submitted a FAFSA, you will be required to complete the Citizenship Verification Form. If your citizenship has not been verified, complete the Citizenship Verification Form. Visit sc.edu/registrar for more information on the residency certification process. 
  3.  Submit your Residency Verification (for SC Residents only): Students claiming South Carolina residency for tuition purposes are required to verify residency. Log on to your UofSC Admissions Portal to check if your South Carolina residency has been verified. We will use the information provided on your FAFSA to determine whether you need to complete the South Carolina Residency Certification Form. If you have not submitted a FAFSA, you will be required to complete the form. If your residency has not been verified, complete the S.C. Residency Certification Form through your portal. Visit sc.edu/registrar for more information on the residency certification process. 
  4. Submit your Immunization Form: Submit your completed Immunization Record Form no later than two weeks prior to your New Student Orientation. Upload your records to sc.edu/myhealthspace portal under "Immunizations." Login with your network username and password and your birth date. Forms may also be faxed to 803-777-3955/ 803-777-3960 or mailed to the Allergy, Immunization & Travel Clinic, 1409 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29208. 
  5. Confirm your Major: If you are considering a major change prior to attending Orientation, make a “New Student Major Change Interest” appointment to speak with an Exploratory Advisor in the University Advising Center. Your Exploratory Advisor will make sure you have all of the correct information. Make an appointment by visiting sc.campus.eab.com. You may also contact the University Advising Center at 803-777-1222 or advising@sc.edu. It is critical that you attend Orientation with the correct major. If you plan on changing your major, please do so at least a week before your session. 
  6. Register for and Complete for your Math Placement Assessment: All students are required to take the online Math Placement Assessment no later than one week before your New Student Orientation. You will record your test score on your Pre-Orientation Advising Worksheet. Beginning June 2, you will be able to take your Math Placement Assessment online in Blackboard. For more information including practice assessments and instructions for completing the test online, visit math.sc.edu/assess. 
  7. Register for and Complete your Foreign Language Placement Exam: Every student at South Carolina is required to take the Foreign Language Placement Exam before taking a foreign language course to determine whether they meet course prerequisites. It is only highly recommended for students to take the Foreign Language Placement Exam prior to attending New Student Orientation. For further information, please visit the Language Placement Testing Website.
  8. Have copies of your Unofficial Transcripts and any AP/IB Score Reports: Have copies of your AP/IB/Cambridge (AICE) scores and dual enrollment transcripts available during your New Student Orientation. If your scores do not arrive before your scheduled advising session, make a list of the test(s) you have taken and share this with your advisor. If official transcripts are not available, you may use an unofficial transcript during your session. Your advisor may also ask you to email copies of these documents prior to your meeting. 
  9. Complete your Pre-Orientation Advising Modules and Worksheet: You will access and view your Pre-Orientation Advising Modules in your Orientation Portal after registration. Please complete all modules, as well as your Pre-Orientation Advising Worksheet in order to prepare for your advising and registration appointment during New Student Orientation.

All students attending New Student Orientation are required to stay overnight in one of our designated residence halls. This is included in your registration fee. We will share more information regarding overnight accommodations, what to pack and move-in details at a later date. Please check back here frequently for updates! New Student overnight acommodations are separate from your move-in date for the fall semester.

Specialized Academic Programs

Our team offers a variety of Orientation programs for specialized academic programs at the university. Find your program below to determine if there is anything you need to prepare for prior to your session.

Incoming fall students enrolled in the South Carolina Honors College will hear from their program regarding advisement and registration prior to attending New Student Orientation. Attendance at New Student Orientation is still required, as you will meet with staff members in the Honors College on day two of your session. Additionally, there will be an Honors College family-specific meeting. Students can attend any of the advertised June-July Orientation dates. Please check your email frequently for updates from your program.

Incoming fall students participating in the Capstone Scholars program will meet with their program on day two of New Student Orientation. Students can attend any of the advertised June-July Orientation dates. Please check your email frequently for updates from your program.

Incoming fall students participating in the Opportunity Scholars Program will meet with their program on day two of New Student Orientation. Students can attend any of the advertised June-July Orientation dates. Please check your email frequently for updates from your program.

Incoming fall students participating in Palmetto Pathway will need to attend one of four New Student Orientation sessions offered specifically for this program. At this time, you will meet with staff members from the Palmetto Pathway program and USC-Lancaster on day one and day two. The day one meeting will begin at 9:15 a.m. so please plan travel and arrival time accordingly in consideration of Orientation check-in.

Check back soon for updates regarding dates!

Incoming fall students participating in Gamecock Gateway will attend specified New Student Orientation dates as freshman. During your session, you will meet with your program coordinators periodically and participate in the overall Orientation program.

Check back soon for updates regarding dates!

Incoming fall students participating in CarolinaLIFE will need to attend one specified New Student Orientation session. At this time, you will meet with staff members from the CarolinaLIFE program on day one and day two. 

Check back soon for updates regarding dates!

Incoming fall students participating in the International Acelerator Program will need to attend one specified New Student Orientation session in August. Visit our August Orientation page for more information on this session.

Dates and Fees

Fall Freshman Orientation is a two-day, overnight program. Students should plan to be available on day one beginning at 8 a.m. On day two, they should plan to be available from 7:45 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Check back soon for fall 2023 dates!

Students: $250 per student 

Guests:$115 per guest. Please note: If your guests would like to stay overnight in one of our designated residence halls, this will accrue an additional charge.  Click here to learn more about the Family and Guest Orientation program. 

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

Changing or Cancelling Your Session

Sessions remain open until filled. If the session does not fill, it will close two business days prior to its start. You are able to change your New Student Orientation reservation at anytime, as long as the new desired date is still open. If you need to cancel your reservation, you will need to do so at least two weeks prior to your session in order to request a refund. To request a refund, please email our office at orientation@sc.edu. In your email, please include the following student information:

  • First and last name
  • Date of birth
  • Contact information
  • Reason for refund

There is a $35 administration fee associated with all refunds. You will receive an email confirmation upon your request being approved.


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