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Summer Term Orientation

Anyone who is starting at the university in summer is expected to attend, whether you are a first-time college student or you are transferring from another institution of higher learning.

Registration is now open!

Welcome new Gamecocks! Students beginning in the summer will attend a virtual Orientation.  Please read below to learn more.

 

For Freshmen and Transfer Students

Any student starting at the University of South Carolina during the summer semester is included in this session. These will be held virtually for Summer 2021. 

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 virtually 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

Virtual Orientation Overview

Virtual Orientation will be one-day, consisting of fully synchronous virtual Orientation programming. You should plan to be available from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. These sessions will be hosted using online platforms such as Blackboard Collaborate, Microsoft Teams, and/or Zoom. An email with all the appropriate links and technology requirements will be sent to you closer to your session.

Please note: For students beginning in Summer 2021, there will be no in-person Orientation option. 

Dates and Fees

For any student starting at the University of South Carolina during the summer semester, you will need to register and attend a virtual Day of Orientation.

  • Thursday, May 6
  • Thursday, May 27

For Student: $130 per student

For Guest: $50 per guest 


This fee covers supplies and resources for orientation. The fee also helps cover salaries for student staff, equipment and facility rentals.

Refunds

The refund request deadline is June 15, 2021. 

Email your request to orientation@sc.edu 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.

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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