Winthrop University: New Student Orientation
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New Student and Family Programs
248 DiGiorgio Campus Center
Winthrop University
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
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Winthrop's Admissions Team is working hard to provide you with options to learn more about Life as an Eagle. Please check our Visit Page to sign up for one of our Virtual Admissions Experiences.

Want a one on one meeting or have any questions? There are three ways you can contact us:
Phone: 803/323-2191
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Welcome to Winthrop

We look forward to meeting you at Orientation! We strive to create a welcoming and engaging experience for new students and their families through Orientation, Welcome Week, and Family Programs.

Our hope is that through Orientation you learn more about the Winthrop experience and how to be successful in your transition academically, socially, and personally. We provide many tools and resources to help with this - it all starts at Orientation. Go Eagles!



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Further Information for 

Incoming Freshmen

New Transfer Students

Families of New Students



COVID-19 Update

Winthrop has implemented measures to help lessen the spread of the COVID-19 virus. See the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information webpage for the most current official announcements from Winthrop University.

Given the current restrictions and concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic, Winthrop’s Orientation program will adapt. Orientation has been split into two parts: First Flight and Eagles Landing. During First Flight, you will complete online modules. Once you've completed your work online, you will meet virtually with your academic advisor and register for fall classes. Part 2 of your Orientation requirement is Eagles Landing, a 1-day virtual session in early August.

New students, your first step has not changed: register for Orientation online. If you have been accepted to Winthrop but haven’t signed up for Orientation yet, do so now at Orientation Registration.

As we continue to make adjustments, we’ll let you know about your next steps to complete your Orientation requirement. Check your new Winthrop email account regularly and this page for further updates.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. We are so happy to welcome you into the Eagle family!

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, email is the best way to reach Winthrop offices, as many of us are working remotely. Campus is currently closed to visitors, so please do not plan to come to offices in-person. Additionally, many offices do not have a way to check office voicemails (if they are working remotely). Faculty and staff will do their best to respond in a timely manner. For a quick list of email addresses, please check out our Resources tab.



Eagle Experiences

"My favorite part of my Orientation experience was getting to know everyone in my group and becoming close with my OL. Orientation made Winthrop feel like home."

Early Childhood Education major from Greenville, SC


"Orientation served as a great opportunity to get to know other individuals who were going through a similar transition as myself. Starting fresh on a new campus, especially after having been in the military for 4 years, was very intimidating for me. I was able to use Orientation as a small stepping stone to help me connect to my peers."

Human Nutrition major from Southington, CT


"Winthrop Orientation didn't feel like 'Orientation.' New Student and Family Programs did a great job merging information and fun! Those two days flew by and made me one hundred times more ready and prepared for college." 

Dance Education major from Aiken, SC


"I loved that my OL reached out to me and showed interest in me. I felt particularly self-conscious entering college since I was younger than most students, so her bubbly personality really encouraged me and made me feel like I belong here."

Human Nutrition major from Fort Mill, SC


"My favorite part of Orientation was exploring the campus with our OLs. They were all so upbeat and helped any way they could with any problems I had and even made me feel really good about opening up to others rather than staying quiet like I normally do."

International Business major from Chester, SC


"As a transfer student entering Winthrop, I was nervous about being different and not fitting in. From the moment I arrived at my Orientation, those fears were alleviated, and I felt connected and included in the Winthrop community. No matter who you are, the staff of NSFP is here to support you on your Winthrop journey. Orientation Leaders will come alongside you to encourage, support, and connect you at Winthrop."

Sociology and Anthropology double major from Calhoun, GA


"My favorite thing about Winthrop is the opportunities that are available as a student here. The size of our population combined with the caliber of our faculty & staff and our amazing departments means that there is always an opportunity for a new leadership experience, a new mentor relationship, or finding a new passion. Students looking for an environment that pushes them to try new things and fosters their strengths will find that in Winthrop."

Integrated Marketing Communication major from Greensboro, NC


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Orientation Partners

The Office of New Student and Family Programs would like to thank our Orientation Partners for their support. We welcome the opportunity to talk with other community business and organization representatives who would be interested in partnering with us in support of Winthrop's New Student & Family Programs. Please contact Lori Harris at or 803/323-2387 for more information. Here are our current Community Partners:

Founders Federal Credit Union


Plato's Closet


Last Updated: 8/7/20