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Transfer OAR Frequently Asked Questions

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What will I do at Orientation?
During Orientation, you will:

  • plan your course schedule with the help of an advisor
  • discover a variety of student activities and services
  • meet representatives from financial aid, student life & housing
  • receive advisement testing results
  • tour the campus
  • have your student I.D. made
  • register for fall classes

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

When should I arrive?
Check-in begins at 12:30 p.m. at our Spartanburg campus and at our campus at the University Center Greenville. (Note: The July Orientation in Greenville will begin at 4 p.m.)

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

Will I need to pay my fees while on campus?
Fall bills will be posted on the Self Service Carolina (SSC) system at www.uscupstate.edu/nextsteps at the end of July. All fees must be paid in August to secure your class schedule, so those attending August Orientation will need to pay their fees at Orientation. 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; birth certificate. If you are a married female student, you must present both a marriage license and a birth certificate). For more information, visit the Citizenship Verification information page. All immunization forms should also be brought to campus if you have not mailed them to Health Services prior to Orientation. Also, bring 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 will mail information about advisement testing to transfer students prior to OAR.


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