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At Orientation

Find out a little more about what you can expect during your Spring 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 USC and become more 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 7 a.m. on the 2nd floor of 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. Your complete participation is required, so please plan accordingly.


Park in 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.

  • 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

Students will meet with an adviser that corresponds with their major during orientation to help them plan their class schedule and register for classes.

Parents and guests are welcome to help their student review the academic bulletin prior to coming to orientation, but parents are not allowed to attend advising sessions with their students during orientation.