Winthrop University: New Student Orientation - Transfer Orientation
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New Student and Family Programs
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Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
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New Student and Family Programs


Transfer Orientation

Register for Orientation


Transfer Orientation is required for all new transfer students at Winthrop University. Orientation is designed to allow students to learn about the ways that Winthrop differs from their previous institution(s) of higher education, along with learning about campus resources, interacting with fellow new Eagles and current Eagles, meeting with academic advisers, and registering for classes. Transfer Orientation Leader & Mentors (TOLMs) are paired with groups of students to assist them with their transition to Winthrop University.

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


Transfer Orientation 2020 Process and Dates

Winthrop has implemented measures to help lessen the spread of the COVID-19 virus. See the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information webpage for the most current official announcements from Winthrop University.

Given the current restrictions and concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic, Winthrop’s Transfer Orientation program will adapt. Orientation has been split into two parts: First Flight and Eagles Landing. 

New students, your first step has not changed: register for Orientation online. If you have been accepted to Winthrop but haven’t signed up for Orientation yet, do so now at Orientation Registration.

First Flight (Part 1)

Transfer students who have registered for Orientation prior to May 12, 2020 will complete First Flight in May. Transfer students who register for Orientation between May 12, 2020 and July 3, 2020 will complete First Flight in mid-July. Transfer students who register for Orientation after July 4, 2020 will complete First Flight in late July and August.

You will receive an email when it's time for you to start your First Flight. During First Flight, you will complete online modules focused on learning more about Winthrop, your academic program, college finances, and more. Once you've completed your work online, you will receive a confirmation email on the following Tuesday or Thursday (depending on when you finish), and you will receive an email from your academic advisor about choosing and registering for fall classes.

Eagles Landing (Part 2)

Transfer students who have completed First Flight will then receive an email about Eagles Landing dates (listed below). Eagles Landing is a 1-day virtual session in early August that will be in real time. This will be your opportunity to further engage with campus, make connections, and learn more about the opportunities offered to make your Winthrop experience the best it can be.

Please note that you should not travel to campus for your Eagles Landing session.

  • Monday, August 3, 2020
  • Wednesday, August 5, 2020
  • Friday, August 7, 2020
  • Monday, August 10, 2020
  • Wednesday, August 12, 2020
  • Thursday, August 13, 2020
  • Wednesday, August 19, 2020*

*August 19 is only for students who registered for Orientation as part of Session G or who cannot attend another session (by permission only).


Orientation Registration

Students register online through their Admissions Portal. After you have successfully registered online, you will receive an email confirmation. Then, you'll also receive an email about starting First Flight.

International Students

International students should 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 and 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 at 803/323-2387 or via email at

Last Updated: 12/9/20