Information for New Students and Families Attending Fall Orientation 2014
The Office of New Student and Family Programs is excited to welcome you to Fall Orientation! Fall Orientation is comprised of three distinct Orientation programs: Fall Freshman, Fall Transfer, and Fall Family Orientations. We understand that you may have questions about the Orientation programs and what to expect. Students registered for a Fall Orientation session will receive an email from our office that contains important information about Fall Orientation and will answer many questions you may have. You can also find the content of this email in the PDF below.
Fall Transfer Orientation Information
Please note that Fall Freshman Orientation is a two-day session. However, this is not an overnight session. Residential students will move into their assigned residence hall room on the morning of Wednesday, August 20. Commuter students will return to their off-campus residence at the end of the Day 1 on Wednesday, August 20 and return in the morning for the Thursday, August 21 events and to register for fall classes.
The Fall Freshman, Transfer, and Family Orientation Schedules are available below as PDFs for your convenience.
Fall Freshman Orientation Schedule
Fall Transfer Orientation Schedule
Fall Family Orientation Schedule
We look forward to welcoming you to campus!
If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our office via e-mail or by phone (803/323-2387). You can also check out our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter.
For a better idea of what to expect at Freshman Orientation, check out this video!
Office of New Student and Family Programs
Every year, Winthrop University’s Office of New Student and Family Programs introduces over 2,000 incoming freshmen, transfer, and post-traditional students and their families to the campus. Orientation is a program that is designed to assist new students and their families in adjusting to life as a student at Winthrop University. The program promotes discussion among new students, their families, continuing students, faculty, and staff on the expectations and perceptions of the campus community. We offer several types of Orientation programs to meet the needs of our students and their families:
Freshman Orientation is a required two-day overnight program beginning at 8 a.m. on day one and ending at approximately 5 p.m. on day two. During Orientation, students are paired with an Orientation Leader to receive first-hand information and experiences. Freshmen will meet other freshmen, stay overnight in a Residence Hall, meet with and plan their fall schedule with an academic advisor and register for classes.
Please note that the Fall Freshman Orientation session (Session V) is not an overnight session. Residential students will move directly into their assigned residence hall room on the morning of Day 1. Commuter students will return to their off-campus residence at the end of the program on Day 1 and return in the morning for the Day 2 events and to register for fall classes.
Winthrop offers two types of Transfer Orientation sessions to meet the unique needs of our transfer and post-traditional students:
Transfer Orientation Full Day Session is a one-day program beginning at 8 a.m. and ending around 4 p.m. The session includes experiences designed to allow students to learn about resources, complete course evaluations, meet with academic advisors and register for classes. Transfer Orientation Leaders and Adult Student Mentors are paired with groups of students to assist them with their transition to Winthrop University.
Advising/Registration Only is an opportunity for transfer and post-traditional students already familiar with Winthrop University to come to campus to be advised and register for classes for the fall semester. Students will also have the opportunity to complete various tasks that will help make their transition into the University community a smooth one.
Family Orientation is held in conjunction with each Freshman and Transfer Full Day Orientation session for parents and family members of new students. Family members are encouraged to attend Family Orientation to learn more about Winthrop and ways they can help support their student as they transition into the Winthrop Community.