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New Student Orientation

Freshman Orientation

Purpose of Freshman Orientation

Freshman Orientation is a required, two-day residential experience at Winthrop University to ensure that incoming freshmen have a successful transition from high school to college.  The main purpose of Freshman Orientation is to provide new students with the information, support and resources necessary to begin their academic journey.  It is also a time to explore opportunities to live, learn and lead on the Winthrop campus and in surrounding communities.  During Freshman Orientation, students will begin engaging in the campus community by:

  • Completing a class schedule and registering for classes;
  • Receiving comprehensive academic advising;
  • Interacting with upperclassmen, student leaders, faculty, staff and peers;
  • Gaining a better understanding of Winthrop University programs, policies and procedures, along with the purpose of higher education;
  • Discussing relevant issues to the first-year collegiate experience such as diversity, deep learning, academic integrity and the Winthrop University Common Book Project;
  • Exploring events, educational programs and activities offered during Winthrop Welcome Week in August.

Freshman Orientation 2016 Dates

Session I:     June 15-16

Session II:    June 20-21

Session III:   June 23-24

Session IV:   June 27-28

Session V:    August 17-18 (Fall Orientation)

Please note that the Fall Freshman Orientation session (Session V) is not an overnight session. Residential students will move directly into their assigned residence hall room on the morning of Day 1. Commuter students will return to their off-campus residence at the end of the program on Day 1 and return in the morning for the Day 2 events and to register for fall classes.


Freshman Orientation Schedule Draft (PDF)

Fall Freshman Orientation Draft (PDF)

Please note that these schedules are subject to change. Final schedules will be distributed at Orientation check-in.

Orientation Registration

Students can register online for the session of their choice. After you have successfully registered online, you will receive an email confirmation.

International Students

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

Students or Guests 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 803/323-3920.

Questions or Concerns 

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

New Student Orientation
248 DiGiorgio Center
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
803/323-2384 (fax)
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