New Student and Family Programs

Freshman Orientation 

Register for Orientation

New Eagle Resources

Freshman Orientation Schedule


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 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:

  • Being registered for your fall semester class schedule;

  • Meeting and engaging with faculty and staff;

  • Interacting with fellow new students, upperclassmen, and student leaders;

  • 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 2024 Dates

Freshman Orientation is a required two-day, overnight, optional residential experience at Winthrop. When you register, you'll select which session you plan to attend. Freshman Orientation will start on day one around 7:30 a.m. and end approximately 2 p.m. on day two. Students choosing to stay overnight on campus during orientation will need to view the What to Bring page for their orientation session. 

Session 1: Tuesday and Wednesday, June 11-12

Session 2: Monday and Tuesday, June 17-18

Session 3: Thursday and Friday, June 20-21

Session 4: Wednesday and Thursday, August 14-15


Orientation Registration

Students register online through their Admissions Portal for Orientation. When you register for orientation, this is when you will need to register up to two family members who would like to attend Family Orientation.  Family Orientation is held on day one of the student orientation schedule.  It is a separate orientation and family members will not be with their students.  The Family Orientation fee is $25 per family member and the charges will be billed to the students account after they have attended their orientation. If our office is not contacted 10 days before your orientation session, the $25 per family member fee will still be charged to the students account. After you have successfully registered, you will receive an e-mail confirmation.


Orientation Leaders (OLs)

OLs are upperclassmen students at Winthrop who work with new freshmen students and their families at Orientation. These students work hard throughout the spring semester and summer to train and prepare for helping new students in their transition. At Orientation, new students are assigned to an OL who will serve as their Winthrop point person and lead sessions to give students exclusive knowledge on what it means to be a Winthrop Eagle. Get to know this group of student leaders!


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. 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