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Orientation


Find My Orientation

Our programming is customized to meet our students' needs as precisely as possible. Ensure that you get the most out of your orientation session.

Determine Your Status

You will be required to attend one of several unique orientation sessions. You can determine which one you need to go to by considering several factors. 

  1. Admission Status
    If you are a high school student or graduate who has never attended a post-secondary institution, you are classified as a freshman. If you are coming to USC to complete your undergraduate education after attending another post-secondary institution, you are classified as a transfer student.
  2. Major and College
  3. Starting Term
    Students can begin their first semester atUSC during different times in the year.
    • You are a spring admit if you are beginning your first semester at USC-Columbia in January.
    • You are a summer admit if you are beginning your first semester at USC-Columbia in May or June.
    • You are a fall admit if you are beginning your first semester at USC-Columbia in August.
  4. Status within Special Programs
    The University of South Carolina offers a variety of special programs: Honors, Capstone, Gamecock Gateway, Opportunity Scholars Program, Galen Health Fellows and International Accelerator Program. Please check your admissions materials to verify if you are a part of any of them.

Find the Right Session

If you are starting at USC in:

 

Things You'll Need to Know

Keep in mind that a reservation in a specific orientation session is not guaranteed until payment is completed. Sessions have limited space, and they close once they are full.

Freshmen and transfer students admitted during the summer or fall semesters are required to pay a $200 admissions deposit to confirm enrollment before gaining access to orientation session dates and registration. Availability is first come, first served.

The orientation fee must be paid before you can register for an orientation session.