Winthrop University: New Student Orientation - Family 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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New Student and Family Programs


Register now for Family Orientation!


Family Orientation

The Family Orientation program offers parents and family members the opportunity to learn about various campus services, policies and procedures, and also assists them in understanding the challenges their students may face. The goal of Family Orientation is to provide you with the information to help support your student as he/she transitions into the Winthrop community. 

The schedule for Family Orientation can be found with the corresponding Freshmen Orientation, Transfer Orientation, or Spring Orientation session schedule.


"While I was at Orientation, my mom was at a Family Orientation where they explained what I was going to experience here at Winthrop, making my mom feel much more secure."

History Education major from Dillon, SC


"During Orientation, Winthrop made sure to include all of the parents and make sure they understand the transition from high school to college, as well as what the students need to succeed and graduate from Winthrop."

Biology major from Aiken, SC


Family Orientation 2021

Family members of our newest Eagles are invited to join us for Family Orientation (no fee). Please register online. We look forward to getting to know you this summer!

Family Orientation will be fully virtual (schedule below). Additionally, we invite you to explore our website and reach out with questions.

Family Orientation Schedule:

These events will be held via Zoom. Once you've registered for Family Orientation, you'll receive the links via email in advance of each event.

  • What Every Eagle Family Needs to Know (with Student Panel #1)
    • Tuesday, June 1 at 5:15 p.m. ET
  • Student Panel #2 (Learn more about Winthrop's student experience.)
    • Tuesday, June 8 at 6 p.m. ET
  • Diversity at Winthrop
    • Wednesday, June 9 at 6 p.m. ET
  • Academics at Winthrop (featuring faculty from the Academic Colleges)
    • Tuesday, June 15 at 6 p.m. ET
  • College Finances (featuring Student Financial Services and the Office of Financial Aid)
    • Wednesday, July 14 at 6 p.m. ET
  • Residence Life & Living on Campus 
    • Monday, July 19 at 6 p.m. ET
  • Health & Counseling Services on Campus
    • Tuesday, July 20 at 6 p.m. ET

Garnet & Gold Letter Program:

Additionally, we are also hosting the Garnet & Gold Letter Program where families are given the opportunity to send a letter of advice, encouragement, support, etc. to their student halfway through their first semester at Winthrop. If you are interested in participating in this program, please fill out this participation form by Friday, August 20, 2021. Submissions received after August 20 will not be eligible.

Family Orientation Resources:

Once you've registered for Family Orientation, you'll gain access to Eagle Family Resources, including presentations from additional offices on campus and the Family O Book, your handbook for all things Winthrop.


If you have questions about New Student Orientation, please check out our Freshman OrientationTransfer Orientation, or Spring Orientation webpages.


Visit Rock Hill

We also encourage you to explore Rock Hill and the surrounding area. This is a great way to learn more about the city your student will live in, and you may find opportunities to spend time with your student.

Questions or Concerns

Contact the Office of New Student and Family Programs via email at

Last Updated: 6/3/21