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Fall Freshman Orientation

We will connect you to resources, services, academic programs and people that will help make the University of South Carolina feel like home. This is just the start of a new way of learning, thinking and making connections at UofSC.

Registration is now closed.

Welcome Gamecocks! Registration for New Student Orientation is currently closed. Check back soon for updates on our fall sessions.


Welcome Class of 2025!

Orientation is a great time to connect with your peers and Carolina faculty and staff, as well as learn more about the University of South Carolina and the resources available to you as a Gamecock student. 

What to Expect

South 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:

  • Connect with UofSC 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 a virtual academic advising session and register for classes

Orientation Overview

Freshman Orientation is a two-day program. Students should plan to be available from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on day one and 8:30 to 5 p.m. on day two. 

Please note: Face coverings are required at all times inside all campus buildings, unless you are in your own residence hall room, private office or you are eating inside campus dining facilities. Visit the Current COVID-19 Guidelines page to learn more.

Dates and Fees

Check back soon for updates regarding dates and registration!

Please keep in mind that session availability is on a first-come first served basis and is dependent on the number of available seats per college/major during a given session. 

Students: $130 

Guest: $50 (In an effort to promote social distancing, we strongly encourage each student attending an in-person Orientation session to bring no more than one family member or guest.)

The Orientation fee covers supplies and resources for your session. The fee also helps cover salaries for student staff, printing, transportation, equipment and facility rentals.


For refunds, please email and 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. We do not administer refunds for August sessions.

All refunds are subject to a $35 administrative fee.

What You Need to Know


Cancelling or Changing 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 orientation session.

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