Winthrop University: New Student Orientation - Orientation Homepage
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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 (NSFP)

Mission: The Office of New Student & Family Programs (NSFP) at Winthrop is committed to designing and implementing programs that aid new students in their transition to Winthrop, as well as providing support and programming for families of new and current Winthrop students. NSFP strives to create a welcoming and engaging experience through Orientations offered throughout the year, Welcome Week in August, and Family Day in October, as well as collaboration with campus partners year-round. NSFP is a component of the Department of Student Life. 

New Student Programs

Orientation is a program that is designed to assist new students and their families in adjusting to life as a student at Winthrop University. Throughout each academic year, NSFP introduces over 3,000 incoming freshmen, transfer, and post-traditional students and their families to campus. The program promotes discussion among new students, their families, continuing students, faculty, and staff on the expectations, involvement, and opportunities at Winthrop. We offer several types of Orientation programs to meet the needs of our students and families: Freshmen Orientation, Transfer Orientation, and Family Orientation. Information and schedules for each Orientation session will be available on our website and the Orientation app within the Winthrop University Guidebooks app as they become available.



Freshman Orientation

Freshman Orientation is a required two-day overnight program beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Day One and ending at approximately 5:00 p.m. on Day Two. During Orientation, students are assigned to an Orientation Leader (OL) to receive first-hand information and hear about the Winthrop Experience. Freshmen will meet fellow new students, stay overnight in a Residence Hall, meet with and plan their fall class schedule with an Academic Advisor, and register for classes. Please note that Day 2 of Freshman Orientation lasts until 5 p.m. You should make plans to stay until this time and register for a session that will allow you to stay for the entire program.

Please note that all students participating in Orientation are required to stay overnight in a Residence Hall on campus. The only Orientation session that does not require the overnight stay on campus is the Fall Freshman Orientation session (Session V) in August. During Session V, 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.


Transfer Orientation

Transfer Orientation is a one-day program beginning at approximately 7:30 a.m. and ending around 5:00 p.m. The session includes experiences designed to allow students to learn about what makes Winthrop different, meet with Academic Advisors, and register for classes. Students are assigned a Transfer Orientation Leader & Mentors (TOLM) to assist them with their transition to Winthrop University. Transfer Orientation is co-sponsored by the Office of Military, Adult, & Transfer Services (MATS).


Family Orientation

Family Orientation is held in conjunction with each Freshmen and Transfer Orientation for parents and family members of new students, respectively. Family members are encouraged to attend Family Orientation to learn more about Winthrop and ways they can help support their student as they transition into the Winthrop Community.

Family members attending Freshman or Transfer Orientation will need to make any overnight arrangements. Accommodations in Residence Halls are only for freshmen attending the two-day summer sessions. Parents and family members who are attending Family Orientation can view a list of hotels that give a Winthrop discount.


New International Students 

All international students are required to attend International Student Orientation through the International Center as well as Winthrop Orientation. If you are an international student, please contact the International Center for any questions concerning registering and attending Orientation.

Family Programs

At Winthrop, we understand that when a student goes to college, a family goes to college. We know that family members are an important part of the collegiate experience and hope that, through our programs and services, you will receive the knowledge and tools to help support your student during this exciting and challenging time. Family members are encouraged to participate in Family Orientation (more information listed above).

Winthrop's annual Family Day provides families the opportunity to visit with their student and take part in numerous activities and events planned for their enjoyment. Families of new and current Winthrop students are encouraged to attend in order to learn more about their student's experience, as well as Winthrop and the surrounding community. More information about Family Day 2017 is currently available on our Family Day webpage and the Winthrop NSFP app.

If you haven't already, we hope you will sign up to receive our monthly e-newsletter, the Eagle Family Connection, which includes articles from various campus offices in addition to other information aimed at helping you to support your student while at Winthrop.



Welcome Week

The events planned during WelcomeWeek are designed to be informative, engaging, and fun. Some sessions provide strategies and tips for academic adjustment, while others help you identify resources and opportunities for involvement on campus. Evening activities offer opportunities for entertainment and making new friends, as well as earning Cultural Events credit for students. All students are expected to attend the mandatory events listed on the schedule (as they apply). These events are designed to assist the student in making a successful transition to Winthrop University. The 2018 Welcome Week schedule will be available in early August on our Welcome Week webpage and on the Winthrop NSFP app.


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Winthrop University Guides App

The Winthrop University Guides app is available for both iPhones and Androids. Within the app, download the Orientation at Winthrop guide. This guide serves as a resource for all students and families attending Orientation, as well as those looking for more information about NSFP. The Orientation at Winthrop guide includes things like a campus map, Orientation parking information, schedules for each session events (as they become available), as well as information about Orientation Leaders (OLs), Transfer Orientation Leader & Mentors (TOLMs), Orientation Faculty Mentors (OFMs), and First Class instructors. Brief information about the five Academic Colleges is also available on the app, along with things to do in Rock Hill and the surrounding area, the New Student Checklist, tips for family members, and more!

Plus, download other guides within the Winthrop University Guides app to get involved and be successful!

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Orientation Partners

The Office of New Student and Family Programs would like to thank our Orientation Partners for their support. We welcome the opportunity to talk with other community business and organization representatives who would be interested in partnering with us in support of Winthrop's New Student & Family Programs. Please contact Lori Harris at or 803/323-2387 for more information. Here are our current Community Partners:

Founders Federal Credit Union

Walk2Campus      Moe's Southwest Grill

  Plato's Closet

Fairfield Inn & SuitesTownePlace Suites


Last Updated: 8/1/19