Winthrop University: New Student Orientation - Spring Orientation
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New Student and Family Programs
248 DiGiorgio Campus Center
Winthrop University
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
803/323-2387
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New Student and Family Programs
 

Spring Orientation

Spring Orientation is required for all new students whose first semester at Winthrop will be in Spring 2021. The purpose of Spring Orientation is to provide new students, both freshmen and transfer students, with the information, support and resources necessary to begin their academic journey. There are three Spring Orientation sessions, a Transfer-only session in November 2020 and two sessions for Freshmen and Transfer students in January 2021.

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

Spring Orientation 2021 Dates

Session N: Friday, November 13, 2020 (Transfer Students Only)
Session A: Wednesday, January 6, 2021 (Freshmen and Transfer Students)
Session H: Thursday, January 7, 2021 (Freshmen and Transfer Students)

 All students are required to participate in all Orientation events on their Orientation day in order to register for classes. All three Spring Orientation sessions will be held virtually. Registered students will receive an email a couple days prior to their session with a link to join.

Spring Orientation Registration Information & Academic Advising

All new students should register for Spring Orientation through their Admissions Portal. Once you register for Spring Orientation, you will receive a confirmation email.

A few days prior to your Orientation session date, you will receive an email from your Academic Advisor about setting up a virtual advising appointment along the following timeline:

  • If you register for and attend Session N, your advising appointment will be in the week of November 16-20.
  • If you register for and attend Session A, your advising appointment will be on the afternoon of January 6, the afternoon of January 7, or during business hours on January 8.
  • If you register for and attend Session H, your advising appointment will be on the afternoon of January 7 or during business hours on January 8.

 

Residential Student Information for Spring 2020 (not updated for 2021 yet)

If you attended Orientation in January (Session A) and you will be living on campus for the Spring 2020 semester, you should plan to move into your assigned residence hall room on Thursday, January 9 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Residence hall check-in will be unavailable before 4 p.m. so please plan accordingly. When you arrive to campus, you will go directly to the front desk of your assigned residence hall to receive your room key. Your Orientation events will begin the next morning. Make sure to arrive on time.
If you attended Orientation in November (Session N) and you will be living on campus for the Spring 2020 semester, you are able to move into your residence hall room between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. on Friday, January 10, Saturday, January 11, or Sunday, January 12. Residence hall check-in will be unavailable to you before Friday so please plan accordingly. When you arrive to campus, you will go directly to the front desk of your assigned residence hall to receive your room key. Room assignments will be provided to you by the Department of Residence Life. Please contact them directly at 803/323-2223 with questions about your room assignment.

Placement Test Information for Spring 2021

The Mathematics Placement Exam will not be administered at Spring Orientation, and students required to take the Mathematics Placement Exam (based on major) should follow these instructions in order to do so before Orientation.

The Language Placement Test will not be administered at Spring Orientation. Students in majors that require a foreign language who wish to continue in their study of French, German, or Spanish should plan to take the test. You do NOT need to take the test if you plan on starting a new language or are in a major that does not require a foreign language. To take the exam, you will need to contact the Department of World Languages & Cultures directly.

Spring Family Orientation

At Winthrop, we understand that when a student goes to college, a family goes to college. We hope to provide tools and resources to the families of our new students that will provide more about Winthrop and help you in supporting your student here. Spring Family Orientation will be offered virtually this year for parents and family members of new students. In early January, registered family members will receive an email with Family Orientation information to view at their leisure.

Students should register their families when they register for Orientation through the Admissions Portal. 

Welcome Weekend Activities

Join your Transfer Orientation Leader and Mentors (TOLMs) for a fun kick-off to your first weekend as a Winthrop student! Contact University College Academic Advising at 803/323-4784 or via email at UCAdvising@winthrop.edu with questions about Welcome Weekend events.

International Students

New undergraduate international students are required to attend New Student Orientation for spring on Thursday, January 7, 2021, as well as International Orientation on Wednesday, January 6. Please contact the International Center at 803/323-2133 regarding Orientation requirements and accommodations. 
 

Students 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 on 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 email at Orientation@winthrop.edu.

Last Updated: 10/27/20