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Spring Orientation Information

Behind every life-changing experience, there's a first step. You've chosen the University of South Carolina Upstate as the place to continue or begin your collegiate career. It's the best first step you can take toward your education. The next step is for you to attend Orientation, advisement and registration. OAR is more than just a get-acquainted session. It’s your chance to get academic information and learn about University resources and services before beginning spring classes on January 9.

During OAR, your advisor will help you determine the best courses for you to take in the spring and Student Orientation Leaders will help you register for classes. If you're a transfer student, your transcript evaluation will be discussed with you by a faculty advisor overseeing your declared major or a faculty member overseeing undeclared transfer students.

Following registration, you can buy your books at the USC Upstate Bookstore (for dates at the Spartanburg campus) and have your student I.D. card made (your I.D. is used for admission to campus events, as your library card and as your official campus identification).

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Spring 2017 OAR Dates
Monday, December 12, 2016, 10 a.m., Spartanburg campus
Thursday, January 5, 2017,  10 a.m., Spartanburg campus
Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 10 a.m., Greenville campus

*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.

Note: It is mandatory for students to take Advisement Testing before attending Orientation.

Still have questions about Orientation? Please see the FAQ's below or give us a call at (864) 503-5246 or 1-800-277-8727.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I reserve my spot at Orientation?
Click here to register online now!

Is there a cost for OAR?
There is no additional fee to attend Orientation.

When should I arrive?
Check-in begins at 10 a.m. on both the Spartanburg and Greenville campuses.

Should another family member attend OAR with me? 
Although there is no structured program offered for parents or other family members, you are welcome to bring two guests. The primary focus of OAR is advisement and registration for spring classes.

Will I need to pay my fees while on campus?
Spring bills will be posted to Self Service Carolina after registering for Spring classes. All fees must be paid by January 3, 2017, to secure your class schedule. Those who have not paid prior to Orientation in January will need to do so at that time. The fee payment process will be explained thoroughly during Orientation.

What do I need to bring?
You must bring proper identification in order to verify your  citizenship status (acceptable documents include: SC Driver’s license if you began driving after Jan. 1, 2002; valid passport or birth certificate. If you are a married female student, you must present both a marriage license and a birth certificate).

All  immunization forms should also be brought to campus if you have not mailed them to  Health Services prior to Orientation. Students should also bring a voided check to set up direct deposit payment and any information or forms previously requested by the admissions, financial aid or housing offices.

Are any tests required prior to Orientation?
All advisement testing should be taken prior to OAR. The admissions office has mailed information about advisement testing to transfer students.

Can I get my I.D. card while I’m on campus?
Student I.D. cards will be made during Orientation. Students attending OAR at our Greenville campus will have their I.D. cards mailed to them. Your I.D. is used for admission to campus events, as your library card and as your official campus identification.


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USC Upstate Admissions
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Tel: 864-503-5246
Toll-free: 800-277-8727

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