Winthrop University: New Student Orientation - Spring 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

Spring Orientation

Spring Orientation is required for all new students whose first semester at Winthrop will be in Spring 2020. The purpose of Spring Orientation is to provide new students, both freshmen and transfer students, with the information, support and resources necessary to begin their academic journey. There are two Spring Orientation sessions, a half-day session for Transfer students in November 2019 and a full day session for Freshmen and Transfer students in January 2020.

If you're in the area before or after your Orientation session, we encourage you to explore and get your bearings!

Spring Orientation 2020 Dates

Session N: Friday, November 15, 2019, 1 - 6 p.m. (Transfer Students Only)
Session A: Friday, January 10, 2020 (Freshmen and Transfer Students)

The November session is ONLY for new transfer students. (New Spring Freshmen must attend Session A in January.) The November session begins at 1:00 p.m. and ends around 6:00 p.m.

The January session for transfers and freshmen begins at approximately 7:45 a.m. and ends around 5:00 p.m.

All students are required to participate in all Orientation events on their Orientation day in order to register for classes.

Please note that both Spring Orientation sessions are not overnight sessions. Students living on campus in the spring will move into their assigned residence hall room in early January. Commuter students will return to their off-campus residences at the end of the Orientation day.

Spring Orientation Registration Information

All new students should register for Spring Orientation onlinePlease note that Spring Family Orientation is only offered at Session A in January.

Residential Student Information

If you attended Orientation in January (Session A) and you will be living on campus for the Spring 2020 semester, you should plan to move into your assigned residence hall room on Thursday, January 9 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Residence hall check-in will be unavailable before 4 p.m. so please plan accordingly. When you arrive to campus, you will go directly to the front desk of your assigned residence hall to receive your room key. Your Orientation events will begin the next morning. Make sure to arrive on time.
If you attended Orientation in November (Session N) and you will be living on campus for the Spring 2020 semester, you are able to move into your residence hall room between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. on Friday, January 10, Saturday, January 11, or Sunday, January 12. Residence hall check-in will be unavailable to you before Friday so please plan accordingly. When you arrive to campus, you will go directly to the front desk of your assigned residence hall to receive your room key. Room assignments will be provided to you by the Department of Residence Life. Please contact them directly at 803/323-2223 with questions about your room assignment.

Placement Test Information

The Mathematics Placement Exam will not be administered at either Spring Orientation, and students required to take the Mathematics Placement Exam (based on major) should contact the Department of Mathematics before Orientation in order to do so.

The Foreign Language Placement Test will only be administered during the January Spring Orientation. Students in majors that require a foreign language who wish to continue in their study of French, German, or Spanish should plan to take the test. You do NOT need to take the test if you plan on starting a new language or are in a major that does not require a foreign language. If you are registered for the November Spring Orientation, you will need to contact the Department of World Languages & Cultures directly.

Directions to Campus

If you are attending Session A, you will need to park in the Founders Lot or the Dalton Lot on Alumni Drive. Orientation will be primarily held in the DiGiorgio Campus Center.

If you are attending Session N, you will need to park in the Founders Lot or the Dalton Lot on Alumni Drive. Orientation will be primarily held in and around Carroll Hall. 

For further directions to campus, please visit the Admissions website.

Spring Family Orientation

Spring Family Orientation is offered concurrently with the January Spring Orientation for parents and family members of new students. There is a $10 registration fee for each parent and family member attending Spring Family Orientation.

Registration for Spring Family Orientation can be done online after the student has registered for Orientation.

Please note that there is no Family Orientation during Session N.

Welcome Weekend Activities

Join your Transfer Orientation Leader and Mentors (TOLMs) for a fun kick-off to your first weekend as a Winthrop student! Events begin the weekend before the first day of classes in January. 

Contact Military, Adult, and Transfer Services at 803/323-4784 or via email at with questions about Welcome Weekend events.

Overnight Accommodations

Students and family members who need to make overnight accommodations for Spring Orientation can view a list of hotels that give a Winthrop discount.

International Students

International students should contact the International Center at 803/323-2133 regarding Orientation requirements and accommodations.

Students with Disabilities

To request accessibility accommodations for Orientation, please email our office at, 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. 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 via email at

Last Updated: 3/25/20