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At Orientation

Find out a little more about what you can expect during your Spring Orientation.

For Freshmen and Transfer Students

Any student starting at the University of South Carolina during the summer semester is included in this session.

What You Should Know


Check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m. on the 2nd floor of the Russell House University Union, directly across the street from the Bull Street Garage. You will receive your orientation program schedule and locations of various sessions.  A light breakfast will be served during check-in.

Overnight accommodations are not provided unless special arrangements have been made. Please contact our office with questions.


Orientation will last until approximately 5 p.m. Your complete participation is required, so please plan accordingly.


Parking is available in the Bull Street Garage. Please print and display your parking pass on your dashboard, which will be sent via email at least 48 hours prior to your Orientation Session. or your convenience, there are garnet directional signs located around campus to help guide you to Bull Street Garage.


Pre-Event Accomodations

If you selected to spend the night on campus prior to orientation (pre-event accommodations), students will report to Sims Hall and families will report to South Quad for room check-in anytime after 2 p.m. Basic linens are provided by our Conference Services department, including sheets, a blanket, a pillow and a towel. These will be in your room upon checking in. The parking pass for the Bull Street Garage that you received in the email regarding Orientation will also be valid for the night before the date listed on the pass. Please park in Gate 2 of the Bull Street Garage.


Carolina Food Co. will provide breakfast and lunch during orientation. You will only need to plan your meals if you are arriving the day before or staying after 5:00 p.m.

  • Food Restrictions
    Please make us aware of allergies and dietary restrictions in the "Special Accommodations" section of the reservation form so we can have appropriate meals available for you.

Advising and Registration

You will meet with an advisor during orientation to help plan your class schedule and register for classes.

Parents and guests are encouraged to help their student review degree requirements prior to coming to orientation; however, only students attend advising sessions during orientation.

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