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Summer Term Orientation

Meet us in May to explore your new campus community. 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.

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

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:

  • Meet USC 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 an academic advising session and register for classes
  • Pick up your Carolina Card

Additionally, you will have the opportunity to participate in a new student service project. Consider bringing an item for our Community Engagement Service Project with you to your orientation session. Our program collects and distributes nonperishable items to Gamecock Pantry and Harvest Hope.

Note: Attendance is mandatory for the entire orientation program; students who do not attend the entirity of the program will not be able to register for classes.


Dates and Fees

There are two dates available for Summer Term Orientation. You must attend one of these orientation sessions. 

  • Option 1: May 9
  • Option 2: May 30

For Student: $115
For Parent or Guest: $50 each
This covers the cost of your breakfast, lunch, parking and all supplies and resources for New Student Orientation. The cost also helps cover salaries for student staff, printing, transportation, equipment and facility rentals.

The parent and guest fee covers breakfast, lunch, parking and all supplies and resources for orientation. It also helps pay salaries for student staff and printing, transportation, equipment and facility rental costs.


You can request a refund through June 1, 2019. Email your request to and include the student's first and last name, date of birth and the reason you need a refund. All refunds are subject to a $35 administrative fee.

What You Need to Know


Cancelling or Changing Your Session

You can use our reservation system to add or remove guests, make changes to your session or have it canceled. If you choose to cancel your request, you must call the Office of New Student Orientation at 803-777-2780. Registration closes 72 hours before the start of each orientation session.

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