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.

If you're in the area before or after your Orientation session, we encourage you to explore and get your bearings!

Freshman Orientation 2020 Dates

  • Session 1: Wednesday and Thursday, June 10-11, 2020

  • Session 2: Monday and Tuesday, June 15-16, 2020

  • Session 3: Thursday and Friday, June 18-19, 2020

  • Session 4: Monday and Tuesday, June 22-23, 2020

  • Session 5: Wednesday and Thursday, August 19-20, 2020*

*Session 5 is for students who are unable to attend a session in June.

Orientation Registration

Students can register online for the session of their choice. 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: 12/4/19