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Fall Freshman Orientation

We will connect you to resources, services, academic programs and people that will help make the university feel like home. This is just the start of your journey at South Carolina. 

Registration is now open!

If you are freshman or transfer student unable to attend a session in June or July, you will need to attend a one-day session in August. Freshmen will be required to attend on Aug. 12 or Aug. 15. Transfers will be required to attend Aug. 15. Learn more about how to register here. 


Welcome Class of 2026!

Welcome to the family! Once you have paid your admissions deposit, your next step is registering and attending a New Student Orientation session. New Student Orientation is a great opportunity to connect with your peers and South Carolina faculty and staff, as well as learn more about the university and the resources available to you as a Gamecock student. In addition, it is when you will get advised and register for classes. 

New Student Orientation Overview

If you are beginning classes in the fall, you are required to attend a Fall Term Orientation session in June or July. These are in-person, two-day, overnight sessions during which you will need to be available beginning at 8 a.m. on day one and 7:45 a.m. on day two. During your session you will hear from university faculty and staff, meet with an Orientation Leader and peers, attend an academic college visit, learn about university resources and take care of several campus business items. In addition, this is when you will meet with an advisor and get registered for fall courses. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided during your session. Students must participate in all components of their Orientation session in order to successfully complete advising and registration. 

While attending New Student Orientation, you will:

  • Connect with South Carolina 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. 
  • Receive a list of resources to help you succeed during your first semester and beyond. 
  • Learn about your academic program’s curriculum and degree requirements.
  • Attend an academic advising appointment and register for classes. 

In order to have a successful advising and registration process during New Student Orientation, it is important that you complete the following tasks at least two weeks before your session:

  1. Complete all items in your Admissions portal: Your Admissions Portal contains information that must be completed before you attend your New Student Orientation and enroll for classes at South Carolina. It is essential you complete all items in the Admissions Portal. 
  2. Submit your Citizenship Verification: Log on to your UofSC Admissions Portal to check if your status was previously verified based on information provided on your FAFSA. If you have not submitted a FAFSA, you will be required to complete the Citizenship Verification Form. If your citizenship has not been verified, complete the Citizenship Verification Form. Visit for more information on the residency certification process. 
  3.  Submit your Residency Verification (for SC Residents only): Students claiming South Carolina residency for tuition purposes are required to verify residency. Log on to your UofSC Admissions Portal to check if your South Carolina residency has been verified. We will use the information provided on your FAFSA to determine whether you need to complete the South Carolina Residency Certification Form. If you have not submitted a FAFSA, you will be required to complete the form. If your residency has not been verified, complete the S.C. Residency Certification Form through your portal. Visit for more information on the residency certification process. 
  4. Submit your Immunization Form: Submit your completed Immunization Record Form no later than two weeks prior to your New Student Orientation. Upload your records to portal under "Immunizations." Login with your network username and password and your birth date. Forms may also be faxed to 803-777-3955/ 803-777-3960 or mailed to the Allergy, Immunization & Travel Clinic, 1409 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29208. 
  5. Confirm your Major: If you are considering a major change prior to attending Orientation, make a “New Student Major Change Interest” appointment to speak with an Exploratory Advisor in the University Advising Center. Your Exploratory Advisor will make sure you have all of the correct information. Make an appointment by visiting You may also contact the University Advising Center at 803-777-1222 or It is critical that you attend Orientation with the correct major. If you plan on changing your major, please do so at least a week before your session. 
  6. Register for and Complete for your Math Placement Assessment: All students are required to take the online Math Placement Assessment no later than one week before your New Student Orientation. You will record your test score on your Pre-Orientation Advising Worksheet. Beginning June 2, you will be able to take your Math Placement Assessment online in Blackboard. For more information including practice assessments and instructions for completing the test online, visit 
  7. Register for and Complete your Foreign Language Placement Exam: Every student at South Carolina is required to take the Foreign Language Placement Exam before taking a foreign language course to determine whether they meet course prerequisites. It is only highly recommended for students to take the Foreign Language Placement Exam prior to attending New Student Orientation. For further information, please visit the Language Placement Testing Website.
  8. Have copies of your Unofficial Transcripts and any AP/IB Score Reports: Have copies of your AP/IB/Cambridge (AICE) scores and dual enrollment transcripts available during your New Student Orientation. If your scores do not arrive before your scheduled advising session, make a list of the test(s) you have taken and share this with your advisor. If official transcripts are not available, you may use an unofficial transcript during your session. Your advisor may also ask you to email copies of these documents prior to your meeting. 
  9. Complete your Pre-Orientation Advising Modules and Worksheet: You will access and view your Pre-Orientation Advising Modules in your Orientation Portal after registration. Please complete all modules, as well as your Pre-Orientation Advising Worksheet in order to prepare for your advising and registration appointment during New Student Orientation.

All students attending New Student Orientation are required to stay overnight in one of our designated residence halls. This is included in your registration fee. We will share more information regarding overnight accommodations, what to pack and move-in details at a later date. Please check back here frequently for updates! New Student overnight acommodations are separate from your move-in date for the fall semester.

We are excited to return to fully in-person Orientation programs for 2022! In order to have in-person sessions, our office will be operating in accordance with university and local COVID-19 guidelines. At this time, all Orientation participants will be required to adhere to any and all campus policies related to COVID-19 during their attendance. Campus policies may include following social distancing protocols, wearing face coverings inside of university buildings and forms of transportation, etc. To stay up-to-date on the latest information regarding COVID-19 guidelines at the University of South Carolina, visit frequently.


Dates and Fees

Fall Freshman Orientation is a two-day, overnight program. Students should plan to be available on day one beginning at 8 a.m. On day two, they should plan to be available from 7:45 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

  • Session 1: Thursday, June 9 - Friday, June 10 
  • Session 2: Monday, June 13 - Tuesday, June 14 
  • Session 3: Wednesday, June 15 - Thursday, June 16 
  • Session 4: Monday, June 20 - Tuesday, June 21 
  • Session 5: Wednesday, June 22 - Thursday, June 23 
  • Session 6: Monday, June 27 - Tuesday, June 28 
  • Session 7: Wednesday, June 29 - Thursday, June 30 
  • Session 8: Wednesday, July 6 - Thursday, July 7 
  • Session 9: Monday, July 11 - Tuesday, July 12 
  • Session 10: Wednesday, July 13 - Thursday, July 14 
  • Session 11: Monday, July 18 - Tuesday, July 19 
  • Session 12: Wednesday, July 20 - Thursday, July 21 
  • Session 13: Monday, July 25 - Tuesday, July 26 
  • Session 14: Wednesday, July 27 - Thursday, July 28 

August Orientation:

  • Friday, Aug. 12
  • Monday, Aug. 15

Students: $250 per student 

Guests:$115 per guest. Please note: If your guests would like to stay overnight in one of our designated residence halls, this will accrue an additional charge.  Click here to learn more about the Family and Guest Orientation program. 

The New Student Orientation registration fee covers all supplies and resources used during your session. It also covers your meals, overnight accommodation, parking, facility rentals, equipment, printing and staff salaries. 

Refunds: For refunds, please email orientation@sc.eduand 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. 

Changing and/or Cancelling your Session

Students will be able to change their Orientation session after payment. If you choose to change your request, please log back into the Orientation Portal and make the change within the system. Please note: Registration closes two (2) business days before the start of each session. 

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