Winthrop University: New Student Orientation - Transfer Orientation
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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


Transfer Orientation

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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 2021 Process and Dates

Orientation has been split into two parts: First Flight (required) and Eagles Landing (optional). If you have not signed up for First Flight or Eagles Landing yet, please do so now through your Admissions Portal.


First Flight (required)

First FlightVia Zoom

Part 1 of Orientation, First Flight, is required for all new transfer students. First Flight is fully virtual in real time (7:45 a.m. - 3:00 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, campus resources, and your New Student Checklist.

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

First Flight Dates:

Advising and Registration

Once you attend First Flight, your advisor will reach out to you via email to set up a virtual advising appointment for the week after your First Flight session. In this appointment, you and your advisor will talk through your incoming credit and how it applies to your degree progress. You will register for fall classes during or after your appointment.


Eagles Landing (optional)

Eagles Landing

Transfer students are invited to join us at Eagles Landing (listed below). Eagles Landing is a 1/2 day, in-person* experience. 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.

*While these sessions are being planned as in-person, a decision could be made as we get closer to postpone or cancel the sessions, based solely on the COVID-19 pandemic.
**Please note that this session will open later than the rest. If you are able to attend Session P or Q, please do so.

If you are interested in joining us for Eagles Landing, please register now through your Admissions Portal.


Orientation Registration

Students should register online through their Admissions Portal. After you have successfully registered online, you will receive an email confirmation. If you register for Eagles Landing, you will receive a second confirmation email.

Transfer Orientation Leader & Mentors (TOLMs)

TOLMs are upperclassmen students at Winthrop who work with new transfer, military, and adult students and their families at Orientation and throughout their first semester. These students work hard to train and prepare for helping new students in their transition. At Orientation, new transfer students are assigned to a TOLM 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!

Transfer Fridays: 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. 

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: 8/17/21