Orientation, Advisement & Registration
Orientation, advisement and registration is the time to learn everything you need to know before beginning your first semester at USC Upstate. Meet your classmates, get acquainted with the campus and register for classes! You’ll meet with an academic advisor who will help you choose the best courses for you. Student orientation leaders will help you through the registration process. USC Upstate offers orientation sessions for freshman and transfer students as well as parents.
Freshmen (age 20 or younger)
All new freshman students under the age of 20 are required to attend one of the two-day programs. Dates are offered according to your intended major. Day one of the two-day program includes a full day of information sessions for students and parents, lunch, advisement and activities. Day two includes breakfast, sessions for students and registration. All freshmen age 20 and under are required to stay overnight during OAR. For more information, check out the Freshman Orientation FAQ.
Transfers and Non-Traditional Freshmen (age 21 and older)
The transfer orientation, advisement and registration is designed specifically for students transferring to USC Upstate from other institutions and for non-traditional freshmen. You’ll meet with an academic advisor who will help you choose the best courses for you and your educational goals. You will also register for your first semester at USC Upstate. OAR is also an opportunity to learn everything you’ll need to prepare yourself for your first semester at USC Upstate, including information about campus services and organizations, financial aid and fee payment. For more information, check out the Transfer Orientation FAQ.
Parents2014 Freshman OAR Dates
Parents, we didn't forget about you! The best way to discover where and how your son or daughter will spend the next few years of his or her life is to attend USC Upstate’s Parent Orientation, a program designed to help parents learn what to expect from the freshman year of college. For more information, check out the Orientation FAQ for Parents. If you have any additional questions, you can e-mail us at email@example.com. We’ll be glad to help you.
|College of Arts & Sciences / Undeclared majors:|
|June 12-13 (Thursday-Friday)|
|July 10-11 (Thursday-Friday)|
|Business, Education, Nursing and Science majors:|
|June 9-10 (Monday-Tuesday) |
|July 7-8 (Monday-Tuesday)|
|Any and all majors:|
|July 21-22 (Monday-Tuesday)|
|August 18-19 (Monday-Tuesday)* |
*Priority for this date is given to out-of-state students and late applicants. 2014 Transfer Orientation Dates**
|Wednesday, May 14 (Spartanburg) (for Direct Connect students only)|
|Wednesday, June 4 (Spartanburg)|
|Wednesday, July 23 (Spartanburg)|
|Thursday, July 24 (Greenville)|
|Wednesday, August 13 (Spartanburg)|
|Thursday, August 14 (Greenville)|
**Remember, Spartanburg dates are for students taking the majority of their courses in Spartanburg. Greenville dates are for students taking the majority of their courses at the Greenville campus.
It is mandatory for students to take advisement testing before attending Orientation.
South Carolina Residency
If you believe you are a South Carolina resident, you must complete the SC Residency Certification Form in Self Service Carolina in order to qualify for in-state tuition and fees. For more information visit the Next Steps page.
Important Orientation Forms
Please print, complete and bring these forms with you to orientation (if you have not already submitted them to the Admissions Office).
Still have questions about Orientation? Please give us a call at (864) 503-5246 or 1-800-277-8727.