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Summer Term Orientation

Anyone who is starting at the university in summer is expected to attend, whether you are a first-time college student or you are transferring from another institution of higher learning.

Summer Term Orientation Updates

For any student starting at the University of South Carolina during the summer semester, your New Student Orientation experience is comprised of two steps:

  • Step 1: Register for your Summer Courses. As early as Wednesday, April 29 an academic advisor will contact you to schedule a time to meet virtually and discuss your summer semester courses only.
  • Step 2: Register for your virtual New Student Orientation experience and for your Fall semester courses. Beginning on May 18, you will be able to register for your virtual Orientation experience. Upon registering for your virtual Orientation experience, you will receive further information about advisement and registration for your Fall semester courses.

Please check your student email account for further information.  


For Freshmen and Transfer Students

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

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

For any student starting at the University of South Carolina during the summer semester, you will need to register and attend a virtual Day of Orientation.

Beginning on May 18 at 12 p.m., you will be able to register for your virtual Day of Orientation experience. If you are a Transfer Student, please view the fall transfer orientation information. If you are a Freshman Student, please view the fall freshman orientation information.

For Student: $130 per student
This fee covers supplies and resources for orientation. The fee also helps cover salaries for student staff, 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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