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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.


Welcome Class of 2024!

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! 

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

Dates and Fees

Registration for New Student Orientation will open May 18.

Virtual Day of Orientation are one day. Please keep in mind that session availability is on a first-come first served basis and is dependent on college/major. 

  • Session 1: June 8
  • Session 2: June 9
  • Session 3: June 10
  • Session 4: June 11
  • Session 5: June 15
  • Session 6: June 16
  • Session 7: June 17
  • Session 8: June 18
  • Session 9: June 22
  • Session 10: June 23
  • Session 11: June 24
  • Session 12: June 25
  • Session 13: June 29
  • Session 14: June 30
  • Session 15: July 6
  • Session 16: July 7
  • Session 17: July 8
  • Session 18: July 9
  • Session 19: July 13
  • Session 20: July 14
  • Session 21: July 20
  • Session 22: July 21
  • Session 23: July 22
  • Session 24: July 23
  • Session 25: July 27
  • Session 26: July 28
  • Session 27: July 29
  • Session 28: July 30

For Student: $130 
This fee covers supplies and resources for orientation. The fee also helps cover salaries for student staff, printing, transportation, equipment and facility rentals.


You can request a refund up to five(5) business days prior to the start of the virtual Day of Orientation session.

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 unable to change their orientation session upon payment. If you choose to change or cancel your request, you must contact the Office of New Student Orientation at Please note: Registration closes five (5) business days before the start of each orientation session.

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