Winthrop University: New Student Orientation - Freshman Orientation
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248 DiGiorgio Campus Center
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Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
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New Student and Family Programs

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:

  • 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 2021 Process and Dates

Orientation is in two required parts: First Flight and Eagles Landing. If you have not signed up for First Flight or Eagles Landing yet, please do so now through your Admissions Portal.

It Takes Two


First Flight (Part 1) - required

First FlightVia Zoom

Part 1 of Orientation, First Flight, is required for all freshmen. First Flight is fully virtual in real time and the Schedule of Events begins at 8:00 a.m. and runs through 3:15 p.m. ET. You will receive a couple emails in the days leading up to your First Flight session that will include the link to join virtually along with other details.

During First Flight, you'll learn more about your major and academic program, college finances, and how to start completing your New Student Checklist.

All students must adhere to webcam and mic requirements (as listed on the schedule), as well as our Virtual Event Attendance Guide.

First Flight Dates:

Pre-Advising Survey

You must complete the Pre-Advising Survey PRIOR to your First Flight session. If you do not complete in advance of your First Flight session, you may be rescheduled to a different First Flight session.

Once you've completed the Pre-Advising Survey, faculty and staff in your Academic College will begin building your Fall class schedule, which will be revealed to you at First Flight. You will be able to make advisor-approved changes to your schedule according to the following Open Registration timeline based on which Eagles Landing session you attend:

Eagles Landing Session Open Registration
Session I: Monday, July 26 August 2
Session J: Wednesday, July 28 August 2
Session K: Friday, July 30 August 2
Session M: Monday, August 2 August 3
Session O: Wednesday, August 4 August 5
Session V: Friday, August 6 August 9


Questions about Making Changes to Your Fall Schedule

If you have questions about changes you want to make to your schedule, please see below:

  • College of Arts & Sciences students should email with questions and concerns.
  • College of Business Administration students should email with questions and concerns.
  • College of Education students should sign up for a virtual appointment to talk through questions and concerns.
  • College of Visual & Performing Arts students should email with questions and concerns.
  • Undeclared students should drop in during the following times via Zoom to talk through questions and concerns:
    • Thursday, July 29 at 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday, August 3 at 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    •  Monday, August 9 at 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Student Athletes, regardless of major, should email with questions and concerns.

Eagles Landing (Part 2) - required

Eagles Landing

Part 2 of Orientation, Eagles Landing, is required for all freshmen. Eagles Landing is a 1-day session that will be either in-person or virtual, depending on the session you register for. Eagles Landing runs from 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. ET (virtual or in-person). If you have not registered for your Eagles Landing session, please log back into your Admissions Portal to do so as soon as possible.

Eagles Landing is your chance to further get your bearings on campus, make connections, and learn more about campus involvement, academic and success support services, and opportunities to make your Winthrop experience the best it can be.

Eagles Landing Dates and Modality: (Select date to see schedule)

*While these sessions are being planned as in-person, a decision could be made as we get closer to move the session virtually, based solely on the COVID-19 pandemic. For in-person sessions, students will need to travel to campus in order to be on time and present for the full day. Please plan accordingly. Campus housing will not offered, but there are many local hotels that offer a Winthrop discounted rate. 
**Please note that you should not travel to campus for your Eagles Landing session as it will be virtual. All students must adhere to webcam and mic requirements (as listed on the schedule - TBA), as well as our Virtual Event Attendance Guide.

Orientation Registration

Students register online through their Admissions Portal for both First Flight and Eagles Landing. Make sure you are registered for both parts. After you have successfully registered for each, you will receive an email 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!

Mondays with the OLs: Virtual Events

We hope you join us for these live events (via Zoom)! If you're not able to though, we'll post the recordings here too.

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: 8/17/21