Orientation

Orientation, advisement, and registration help you learn everything you need to know before beginning your first semester at USC Upstate. Meet your classmates, get acquainted with the campus, and register for classes.

You will meet with an academic adviser who will help you choose the best courses for you. Student orientation leaders will help you through the registration process.

Advisement Testing
It is mandatory for students to take advisement testing before attending Orientation. 

South Carolina Residency
If you believe you are a South Carolina resident, you must complete the SC Residency Certification Form in Self Service Carolina in order to qualify for in-state tuition and fees. For more information visit the Next Steps page. 

Important Orientation Forms
Please print, complete and bring these forms with you to Orientation.

How to register for orientation:

  1. Make sure you have: (If you need help with any of the below please go to “Getting Started” with Upstate Technology.)
  2. Click on the applicable student tab below.  Select Register Now, choose your major, select the date you would like to attend and complete the form..

If you need to reset your USC Upstate username and password you will need to know your VIP ID (this is an 8 digit number sent to you in your welcome packet. Look for it on your student data sheet) and USC Upstate username.  

 To register, select the student type tab below that applies to you.

  • First Time in College (age 20 or younger)
    All new freshman students under the age of 20 are required to attend one of the two-day orientation, advisement, and registration programs. Dates are offered according to your intended major. Day one of the two-day program includes a full day of information sessions for students and parents, lunch, advisement and activities. Day two includes breakfast, sessions for students, and registration. All freshmen age 20 and under are required to stay overnight during Orientation. For more information, check out the Freshman Orientation FAQ

    Register Now

  • Transfers and Non-Traditional Freshmen (age 21 and older)
    The transfer orientation, advisement, and registration sessions are designed specifically for students transferring to USC Upstate from other institutions and for non-traditional freshmen. You will meet with an academic adviser who will help you choose the best courses for you to meet your educational goals. You will also register for your first semester at USC Upstate. OAR is also an opportunity to learn everything you will need to prepare yourself for your first semester at USC Upstate, including information about campus services and organizations, financial aid, and fee payment. For more information, check out the  Transfer Orientation FAQ

    Register Now

  • As an international student at USC Upstate, you are also required to attend orientation. If you are a freshman student, you will register for and attend freshman orientation. Otherwise, you will register for and attend transfer orientation. Within these orientation programs, a special session is held for international students to help you get better situated at USC Upstate.

  • Orientation for high school dual enrollment students will be held at our Spartanburg campus beginning at 1 p.m. Please register for one of dates below after completing the application process.

    • 2019 dates TBD

Parents
Parents, we did not forget about you. The best way to discover where and how your son or daughter will spend the next few years of his or her life is to attend USC Upstate’s Parent Orientation, a program designed to help parents learn what to expect from the freshman year of college. For more information, check out the Orientation FAQ for Parents. If you have any additional questions, you can e-mail us at orientation@uscupstate.edu. We’ll be glad to help you.

Still have questions about Orientation? Please give us a call at 864-503-5246or 800-277-8727.