Winthrop University: New Student Orientation - Freshman Orientation
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Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
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Freshman Orientation

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Freshman Orientation is required of all new freshmen at Winthrop University to ensure that they 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, and staff;

  • 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, higher 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 Process and Dates

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 Freshman Orientation program will adapt. Orientation has been split into two parts: First Flight and Eagles Landing. 

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.

First Flight (Part 1)

Freshmen who have register for Orientation prior to June 8, 2020 will complete First Flight in June. Students will start First Flight gradually, based on the Orientation session they registered for.

Freshmen who register for Orientation between June 8, 2020 and July 3, 2020 will complete First Flight in mid-July. Freshmen who register for Orientation starting on July 15, 2020 will complete First Flight in late July and August.

You will receive an email when it's time for you to start your First Flight. During First Flight, you will complete online modules focused on learning more about Winthrop, your academic program, college finances, and more. Once you've completed your work online, you will receive a confirmation email on the following Tuesday or Thursday (depending when you finish), and you will receive an email from your academic advisor about choosing and registering for fall classes.

Eagles Landing (Part 2)

Freshmen who have completed First Flight will then receive an email about Eagles Landing dates (listed below). Eagles Landing is a 1-day virtual session in early August that will be in real time. This will be your opportunity to further engage with campus, make connections, and learn more about the opportunities offered to make your Winthrop experience the best it can be.

Please note that you should not travel to campus for your Eagles Landing session.

  • Monday, August 3, 2020
  • Wednesday, August 5, 2020
  • Friday, August 7, 2020
  • Monday, August 10, 2020
  • Wednesday, August 12, 2020
  • Thursday, August 13, 2020
  • Wednesday, August 19, 2020*

*August 19 is only for students who registered for Orientation as part of Session 5 or who cannot attend another session (by permission only).


Orientation Registration

Students register online through their Admissions Portal. After you have successfully registered online, you will receive an email confirmation. Then, you'll also receive an email about starting First Flight.

International Students

International students should contact the International Center at 803/323-2133 regarding Orientation requirements and accommodations. 

Students or Guests with Disabilities

To request accessibility accommodations for Orientation, please 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.

Questions or Concerns 

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

Last Updated: 10/8/20