Winthrop University: Family Programs - EFC September 2018
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New Student and Family Programs
248 DiGiorgio Campus Center
Winthrop University
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
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Eagle Family Connection

September 2018

Greetings from the Office of New Student & Family Programs (NSFP)!

We are thrilled to welcome you to a new academic year at Winthrop! The faculty and staff are excited to have our new and returning students back to our beautiful campus. At Winthrop, we understand that when a student goes to college, their family goes to college, too. Parents and family members are vital to student success both in and out of the classroom. You are all valued members of our Winthrop community where everyone is dedicated to the well-being, education, and growth of your student. We look forward to working with you through this academic year, keeping you connected to the university and informed of opportunities for your student.

Please know that our office is here to help answer your questions and guide you through this experience. NSFP will be your connection to the University. We are happy to serve as a point of connection for you through answering your questions or putting you in touch with those who can. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have by e-mailing us at or calling 803/323-2387.

We wish the best to you and your students as we begin the 2018-2019 academic year. Go Eagles!

We also encourage you to download the Winthrop University Guides app, available for both iPhones and Androids. It has lots of info about different programs and offices your student will interact with. 



Family Day

You are invited to attend Family Day 2018 on October 6, 2018! This day provides you the opportunity to visit with your student and take part in numerous activities and events planned for your enjoyment. We hope to see you there!

The registration fee for Family Day is $25 per person. Family members six and under are not charged the $25 registration fee. Your registration fee covers a ticket for you and your student to attend the Family Day picnic, a Family Day giveaway, a variety of activities, and administrative costs. Please note that some optional activities have additional fees and are not included in the registration cost. You will also have the opportunity to purchase a Family Day T-shirt for $5 - $6.50 (S-2XL) when registering.

Family Day 2018 registration is open. You will need to enter your student's last name and birth date to access the system. Once in the system, you will enter information for each family member you are registering.

Registration will close September 26 at 5 p.m. In order to register late (after September 26), you must e-mail Please note that a $5 late fee will be applied for each late registrant.

We hope you will join us on October 6! Please do not hesitate to contact our office at any time if you have any questions at 803/323-2387 or via e-mail at



Orientation Leadership

You should know about an awesome opportunity for your student to pursue. The Office of New Student and Family Programs is looking for 2019 Orientation Leaders and your students are the ones we are looking for. Being an Orientation Leader provides students with an amazing experience and great way for them to gain leadership experience on campus. Information sessions start next week so make sure to encourage your student to go for this new opportunity. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Kat Burroughs, our Student Program Coordinator for Staff 2018-2019.


Student Financial Services

The staff of Student Financial Services is excited to welcome students and families to the fall 2018 semester.

Student Financial Services is committed to assisting students and families achieve their educational goals by providing financial information and resources in a professional and individualized manner through effective communication. We are responsible for the preparation and distribution of billing statements for tuition, fees, room, board and other related charges. Our staff processes payments, assists students in setting up payment plans, protects student registrations, issues refunds, and collects on defaulted student accounts.  We will be happy to assist with any questions concerning these areas, but we are unable to answer questions concerning those areas covered by the Office of Financial Aid, including loans, scholarships, and grants.

Reminder: The remaining due dates for students who are on payment plans are September 7, October 1, and November 1. Students who have a balance due on their accounts, but are not enrolled in a payment plan, should have their accounts paid in full by September 7.

Please check out the SFS website for more details.



Residence Life

As the new school year begins, we in the Department of Residence Life at Winthrop are thrilled to be housing your student. Just as your student is learning from expert faculty in the classroom, the same is true of the residence halls, where our live-in professional staff and our trained student leaders work to actively engage residents and provide intentional learning experiences.

You might have noticed that, at Winthrop, we opt to use the term "residence hall" instead of "dorm." A dorm is a place where you sleep, but a residence hall is a place where you live, learn, lead, and grow. Through our carefully cultivated residential curriculum, we strive to make your student a better educated person for having chosen to live with us. Here are just a few of the things that you can expect your student to learn this year.

The residential experience hinges on three educational priorities: academic excellence, self-development, and community commitment. Academic excellence is all about helping your student find learning opportunities, utilize university resources, and have interactions with faculty and staff members outside of the classroom. Self-development promotes personal responsibility and good communication for effective navigation of challenges and conflicts, all while helping residents learn more about themselves as unique individuals. Finally, community commitment encourages our residents to have meaningful interactions with others, develop diverse relationships, show respect for shared and different experiences, and be a part of something bigger than themselves.

So how do these educational priorities show up in the residence halls? One way is through programming with their Resident Assistants. Your student might attend a social where they make magnets for their Micro fridge while meeting others and making connections on their floor, or an educational program on how to bounce back from personal challenges with visitors from Winthrop's Center for Student Wellness, or an event on how to be safe and make good choices on campus with our Campus Police officers, or maybe even a program helping them register to vote and contribute to a global community with some of our political science faculty. Your student will also have regular interactions with their Resident Assistant in the hall. Our Resident Assistants are trained to recommend resources with tailored precision and assist with everything from roommate conflicts to personal emergencies. Beyond our RAs, Residential Learning Coordinators, master's degree holding professional staff members, are there to assist and work to make the residence halls safe, interesting, and educational places to live.

Your student's classes will prepare them for success in their field of choice, but on-campus living will prepare your student for success in life. We are grateful and excited for the opportunity to work with your student and look forward to helping them thrive in their home away from home.



Parent Portal

The Parent Portal allows Winthrop students the ability to grant access to their information to parents, guardians, or another third party. Depending upon the level of access granted by the student, authorized users may view addresses, grades, unofficial transcripts, class schedules, financial aid, and emergency contacts.

Only students can grant access or remove access at any time. This does NOT take the place of your signed Permission to Release Records form. That form is still needed to allow parents/guardians to talk with instructors or to obtain copies of academic records.

More information and instructions on how to set up a proxy are available online. There is also a quick link to this page through the Office of Records and Registration website.



Winthrop Inn

For your lodging needs please contact the Inn at Winthrop located in the heart of campus in Joynes Hall.

The Inn at Winthrop features 12 elegantly-appointed suites and is certified by the South Carolina Green Hospitality Alliance as a Two Palmetto facility for green practices that protect and preserve the environment.

Contact Amanda James for more information. 



Important Dates


September 26
Online Registration for Family Day closes at 5 p.m.
Oct 6 Family Day

Last Updated: 12/20/22