Winthrop University: New Student Orientation - Transfer 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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Phone: 803/323-2191
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Also, please see our FAQs for prospective students and families amid Covid-19.

New Student and Family Programs


Transfer Orientation

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Transfer Orientation is required for all new transfer students at Winthrop University. Orientation is designed to allow students to learn about the ways that Winthrop differs from their previous institution(s) of higher education, along with learning about campus resources, interacting with fellow new Eagles and current Eagles, meeting with academic advisers, and registering for classes. Transfer Orientation Leader & Mentors (TOLMs) are paired with groups of students to assist them with their transition to Winthrop University.

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


Transfer Orientation 2020 Process and Dates

Winthrop has implemented measures to help lessen the spread of the COVID-19 virus. See the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information webpage for the most current official announcements from Winthrop University.

Given the current restrictions and concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic, Winthrop’s Transfer Orientation program will adapt. Orientation has been split into two parts: First Flight and Eagles Landing. 

New students, your first step has not changed: register for Orientation online. If you have been accepted to Winthrop but haven’t signed up for Orientation yet, do so now at Orientation Registration.

First Flight (Part 1)

Transfer students who have registered for Orientation prior to May 12, 2020 will complete First Flight in May. Transfer students who register for Orientation between May 12, 2020 and July 3, 2020 will complete First Flight in mid-July. 

You will receive an email when it's time for you to start your First Flight. During First Flight, you will complete online modules focused on learning more about Winthrop, your academic program, college finances, and more. Once you've completed your work online, you will meet virtually with your academic advisor and register for fall classes during one of the time periods listed below.

  • May 20-29 for students registered for Orientation prior to May 12, 2020
  • July 13-17 for students registered for Orientation between May 12, 2020 and July 3, 2020

Eagles Landing (Part 2)

Transfer students who have completed First Flight will then receive an email with instructions for signing up for one of the six Eagles Landing dates (listed below). Eagles Landing is a 1-day on-campus session in early August. This will be your opportunity to further engage with campus, get your bearings, and learn more about the opportunities offered to make your Winthrop experience the best it can be.

Please note that there is no overnight component to Eagles Landing, nor are students able to stay overnight on campus. If you are in need of overnight accommodations, please see our list of hotels.

  • Monday, August 3, 2020
  • Wednesday, August 5, 2020
  • Friday, August 7, 2020
  • Monday, August 10, 2020
  • Wednesday, August 12, 2020
  • Thursday, August 13, 2020

Session G in Mid-August

Transfer students who register for Orientation after early July will be instead required to attend the in-person Orientation Session G tentatively scheduled on August 19, 2020.

International Students

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

Students and Guests with Disabilities

To request accessibility accommodations for Orientation, please complete this form, 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 at 803/323-2387 or via email at

Last Updated: 5/12/20