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

Session - A, January 6, 2023 Family Schedule

Freshman Summer Orientation Dates Coming Soon


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 they transition into the Winthrop community. 

The schedule for Family Orientation can be found with the corresponding Freshmen Orientation, Transfer Orientation, or Spring Orientation session schedule.  If you are traveling from out of town to attend orientation, families are encouraged to secure off campus overnight accomodations while their student participates in the two-day freshman orientation program.  


"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


Freshman Family Orientation 2023

Freshman Family Orientation is held concurrently during the first day of Freshman Orientation sessions (in-person). Students and families will arrive at Orientation together and then separate, branching off to their respective Orientations. Freshman Family Orientation will begin around 8:00 a.m. and end around 5:00 p.m.

In the student Orientation registration process, your student will have the option to register up to two family members. The Freshman Family Orientation fee is $25.00 per person. Family Orientation fees are non-refundable.

If you are in the area while your student is busy with Orientation (like on Day 2 when there are no Family Orientation sessions), we encourage you to explore Rock Hill and the surrounding areas!


Transfer Family Orientation 2023

Virtual resources will be shared with the families of transfer students throughout the summer.
CLICK HERE for more information!


Garnet & Gold Letter Program

We are 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 email for more information.


Students and Guests with Disabilities

To request accessibility accommodations for Orientation, please have your student provide information about your needs through the Orientation Registration process, and we will work with you through your request. Please note that both Orientation and Family Orientation do involve a good bit of walking around campus (if the sessions are in-person, on campus). Winthrop University does not have wheelchairs, scooters, or other equipment available for rent, so please plan to bring or rent your own equipment for your visit, sufficient for your needs.

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: 11/22/22