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 2021

If you are living on campus for the Spring semester, you will need to adhere to all Residence Life guidelines for move-in, including COVID-19 procedures. Information about this process can be found on Residence Life’s website, and you will receive email communication with details as well that will be sent to your Winthrop email account, including how to sign up for a move-in appointment. Get in the habit of checking your Winthrop email regularly. 

Please note that there is a required COVID-19 test and screening as part of our return to campus for Spring 2021. All students must get a COVID test 72 hours before their scheduled move-in date, and submit their COVID test results to the Patient Portal before their move-in date and before their move-in screening in order to meet this requirement. Make sure you’re following the guidelines and procedures, including following the timeline and what to do about a postive or delayed test result. Continue to monitor your Winthrop email for updates and instructions.

 

Commuter Student Information for Spring 2021

Though you are not living on campus, please note that there is a required COVID-19 test as part of our return to campus for Spring 2021. All students must get a COVID test 72 hours before their first in-person class, and submit their COVID test results to the Patient Portal in order to meet this requirement. Make sure you’re following the guidelines and procedures, including following the timeline and what to do about a postive or delayed test result. Continue to monitor your Winthrop email for updates and instructions.

Placement Test Information for Spring 2021

Math Placement Exam:

Students required to take the Mathematics Placement Exam (based on major) should follow these instructions in order to do so before Orientation.

Language Placement Exam:

Students in majors that require a foreign language and who wish to continue in their study of French, German, or Spanish should plan to take the Language Placement Test before registering for classes. By putting off continuation of their language studies until a later semester, students often lose the level of proficiency they have acquired, performing at a lower level, and have difficulty fitting language courses (which often meet four days a week) into their schedule before graduation. Students with majors that don’t require a foreign language do not need to take the test - although they are encouraged to do so if they have any background and/or interest in language studies, which are increasingly useful in the pursuit of most careers.

To take the exam, which generally takes 10-20 minutes, follow the instructions listed below. Once you have finished, email Dr. Shinabargar, the Chair of World Languages and Cultures, with a screen shot of your score, and he will advise you regarding the most appropriate class.

  1. Go to the Language Placement Exam online.
  2. Enter your information to register and create an account (using your Winthrop email).
  3. Click "Create Account."
  4. Click "Sign In."
  5. Sign in using your Winthrop email address and password you just used to create your account. (You can sign in again anytime using your account information at the log in page.)
  6. From the Dashboard, select the language(s) you would like to take by clicking on "Take Test," and proceed through the exam.
  7. Once you have finished, take a screen shot of your score and include the screenshot (along with your name and WUID) in an email to Dr. Shinabargar, the Chair of World Languages and Cultures, and he will advise you regarding the most appropriate class to take and give any necessary overrides.

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. 
 

Transfer Credit Evaluator

We encourage all of our transfer students to use the self-service Transfer Credit Evaluator, a tool that will help you explore Winthrop majors and determine how your credits will transfer. 

 

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: 4/30/21