Winthrop University: New Student Orientation - Freshman 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

Freshman Orientation

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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:

  • Creating a semester class schedule and registering for classes;
  • Receiving comprehensive academic advising;
  • Interacting with fellow new students, 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 2019 Dates 

Click below to see each session's schedule.

    Session I:     June 12-13 (pdf - 1.1 mb)

    Session II:    June 17-18 (pdf - 1.1 mb)

    Session III:   June 20-21 (pdf - 1.1 mb) 

    Session IV:   June 24-25 (pdf - 1.1 mb)

    Session V:    August 14-15*   

*Please note that the Fall Freshman Orientation session (Session V) is not an overnight session for commuter students. 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. 

Orientation Registration

Students can register online for the session of their choice through the Enrollment Checklist. 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 803/323-3290.

Questions or Concerns 

Contact the Office of New Student and Family Programs via e-mail at

Last Updated: 6/13/19