Winthrop University: New Student Orientation - Welcome Week
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New Student and Family Programs
248 DiGiorgio Campus Center
Winthrop University
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
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Welcome Week 2020

August 21-30

Time left until Welcome Week 2020


Welcome Week Collage


Welcome Week Schedule

Signature Welcome Week Events

We are excited you are part of our community! Welcome Week at Winthrop is one of our biggest and best traditions. It's the official kick-off to the academic year. Upperclassmen and new students are encouraged to take advantage of all that Welcome Week has to offer - meet friends, get engaged, and find something new to try! 

The events and activities planned during Welcome Week are designed to be informative, engaging, and fun. Some sessions provide strategies and tips for academic success, while others help you identify resources and opportunities for involvement on campus. Still other activities offer opportunities for entertainment and making new friends, as well as earning Cultural Events credit.  DSU sponsors many of the Welcome Week activities.

All students are expected to attend the mandatory events listed on the schedule (as they apply). These events are designed to help you be successful at Winthrop. 

Mandatory Events for Freshmen

Mandatory Events for New Transfer & Adult Students

Mandatory Events for Residential Students (new and returning)

We invite you to take part in all that Welcome Week has to offer and are so glad to have you here as a contributing member of the Winthrop Community! 


Questions about Welcome Week?

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact the Office of New Student and Family Programs by email at We look forward to seeing you at Welcome Week events, and welcome to Winthrop!


Go Eagles!



Big Stuff Tips for a Successful Start

Big Stuff#1 - Have each other's backs! Look out for each other, take care of each other, and be an active bystander. If you see a potential problem, step up and do something about it.


#2 - Remember to check your Winthrop email daily! You are responsible for all information sent to your Winthrop account.


#3 - Read through all of your syllabi and put important deadlines in your calendar to keep yourself on track!


#4 - Check out all the opportunities to get involved at Winthrop! There's something for everyone! Campus involvement helps you make friends, gain leadership skills, and prepare for your chosen career.


#5 - Visit Career & Civic Engagement and start your career plan! It's never too early to plan for your future.


#6 - Sign up for WU Alerts and practice personal safety.


#7 - Tips for Roommates:

For students living on campus or those living off campus with a roommate - here are some ways to ensure a healthy start to your roommate relationship:

  • Get to know your roommate before move-in. We suggest you start with an email and then exchange phone numbers to continue your conversation.
  • Go to Welcome Week events together, and continue to make time for each other as you move further into the semester. The key to a good roommate relationship is communication which starts with relationship building. You don't have to be best friends, but it's important that you get along.
  • If you live on campus, you are recommended to complete a Community Agreement. This document is created with specific questions for you to answer and decide on as roommates. It's your chance to set ground rules for your room.
  • If you live off campus with a roommate, having a conversation about expectations similar to the Community Agreement will be important. Be sure to discuss your preferences and establish expectations early on. This way, when an issue arises, you have something to fall back on and guide your conversation.
  • Be willing to compromise.
  • Communicate with your roommates and be honest when something bothers you - in a constructive way.
  • Be wary about involving non-roommates/friends in roommate issues. This can often backfire and cause even more conflict between roommates.

Lastly, reach out if you find yourself getting to a point where you don't know where to go next. For on campus students, your Resident Assistant is a great resource to help mediate roommate issues. For off campus students, reach out to your Peer Mentor or Orientation Leader for guidance. Happy Rooming!  

Last Updated: 2/11/20