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Spring Orientation 2017

The Office of New Student and Family Programs is very excited that you have been admitted to Winthrop University! In order to assist you with your transition, Spring Orientation for students and families will be held on Friday, January 6 for all freshmen and transfer students.

Please note that the Spring Orientation session is not an overnight session. Residential students will move into their assigned residence hall room on Thursday, January 5. Commuter students will return to their off-campus residences at the end of the program on Friday, January 6.

Spring Orientation Registration Information

  • All new students should register for Spring Orientation through their enrollment checklist. Students can also register parents and family members attending Spring Family Orientation.
  • Registration for Spring Orientation will open on Tuesday, November 1 and will close on Wednesday, January 4 at 5 p.m.
  • Spring Orientation will begin at 7:45 a.m. and last until approximately 5 p.m., so please plan accordingly. While you may finish before 5 p.m., we cannot guarantee it. You must be present at the entire Orientation session to fully register for courses for the Spring semester.

Orientation Schedules

Drafts of the Spring Student and Family Orientation Schedules are available below as a PDF. You will be given a final schedule when you check in for Orientation.

Spring Student Orientation Schedule (Freshman and Transfer) (PDF)

Spring Family Orientation Schedule (PDF)

Residential Student Information

  • If you will be living on campus for the Spring 2017 semester, you should plan to move into your assigned residence hall room on Thursday, January 5 from 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Room assignments will be provided to you by the Department of Residence Life. Please contact them directly at 803/323-2223 with questions about your room assignment.
  • You will check in at your assigned residence hall to receive your room key.
  • After moving into your room, your Orientation events will begin at 8 a.m. on Friday morning.

Placement Test Information

  • Students taking the Mathematics Placement Exam (if required by your major) should request a code online by Tuesday, January 3 and complete the exam by Wednesday, January 4, as it will not be administered at Spring Orientation. Please visit for more information on the test, including information on whether or not you will need to take it.
  • The Foreign Language Placement Test will be administered during Spring Orientation on Friday, January 6 from 12-1 p.m. in 307 Kinard. Students in majors that require a foreign language who wish to continue in their study of French, German, or Spanish should plan to take the test. You do NOT need to take the test if you plan on starting a new language or are in a major that does not require a foreign language. Please visit for more information on the test, including information on whether or not you will need to take it.

Family Orientation

  • Family Orientation is being offered on Friday, January 6 for parents and family members of new students. There is $10 registration fee for each parent and family member attending Spring Family Orientation.
  • Registration for Family Orientation is available through the student’s enrollment checklist.

Welcome Weekend Activities

  • Join your Transfer Orientation Leader and Mentor for events designed to make your first weekend as a Winthrop student great!
  • Events begin Saturday, January 7. More information about Welcome Weekend activities will be available in December.
  • Contact Military, Adult, and Transfer Services at 803/323-4784 or via email at with questions about Welcome Weekend events.

Hotel Information

Family members who need to make overnight accommodations for Spring Orientation can view a list of hotels that give a Winthrop discount by clicking HERE (PDF).

International Students

International students should contact the International Center at 803/323-2133 regarding orientation requirements and accommodations. 

Students with Disabilities

In order to better accommodate the needs of any student or family member with a disability, please contact the Office of New Student and Family Programs at 803/323-2387 or the Office of Accessibility at 803/323-3290.

Questions or Concerns

Contact the Office of New Student and Family Programs at 803/323-2387 or via email at


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