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Parents and Guests

Join us for a special orientation for families and guest, where you will get a glimpse of what life on our campus will be like for your student. You will also have a chance to meet some of the people who will be supporting them and influencing their success in the years ahead.

Welcome to the Family!

The Office for New Student Orientation offers family orientation programming during all first-year and transfer student orientation sessions. Although it is not mandatory, we highly encourage each student to have at least one representative attend this orientation session. Your support has a significant impact on your student's success.

What to Expect

The family orientation program runs concurrent to, but separate from, the student orientation program. Through a variety of presentations and programs, family members will learn more about areas of their student’s college experience. Attending orientation is a great opportunity for family members to ask questions about the University of South Carolina and truly understand their student’s transition to college. 

As a part of the program, you will: 

  • Meet with academic deans or advisors to discuss your student’s major or program of study.
  • Be introduced to academic policies and support resources
  • Receive information on a variety of services and ways students can get involved at the university
  • Ask questions of current students, staff and administrators
  • Interact with other parents and loved ones of new students
  • Learn about and join the Parents Association