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At Orientation

Find out more about what you can expect during your Summer Term Orientation.

For Freshmen and Transfer Students

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

At Orientation You Will:

  • meet other new students, faculty and staff.
  • learn about living at Carolina and get familiar with campus.
  • be introduced to  your academic program and degree requirements.
  • have an advising session where you register for classes.
  • pick up your CarolinaCard.

What You Should Know


Check-in will begin at 8:15 a.m. in the Russell House University Union, directly across the street from the Bull Street Garage. You will receive your comprehensive schedule and a light continental breakfast will be served.

Unless special arrangements are made, there will be no overnight accommodations.


Orientation will last until approximately 5 p.m. Please plan accordingly.


Parking is available in the Bull Street Garage. Please print and display your parking decal 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 Patterson Hall for room check-in anytime after 2 p.m. Call 803-777-6636 if you need to make special arrangements for an earlier check-in.  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 5PM.

  • 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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