Join Scheduled Virtual 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.

Note: Register now for Spring Orientation. Summer Orientation dates for Fall 2021 semester will open in February 2021.

Advisement Testing

To ensure you are placed into the appropriate courses, Upstate requires all new students to complete a set of online placement tests through the Blackboard account. All incoming students should take Math Placement Tests, unless otherwise notified. The Anatomy-Physiology Placement Test is only for students who will be taking a course in Anatomy & Physiology in the coming semester as part of their major requirements. These majors include nursing, exercise science, and pre-physical therapy. These tests will provide academic advisors the necessary information to place you in the course that is consistent with your ability.

Students can also be permitted, upon request, to take the World Language Placement Test to determine appropriate course levels in French, German, and Spanish. Native speakers, legacy speakers or students with advanced language skills in these languages, may place out of the introductory language requirement by completing the placement test. For more information on taking language placement tests please contact Languages, Literature, and Composition at evanswd3@uscupstate.edu or Eric Chapman at chapmae8@uscupstate.edu if you have any questions.

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.

Immunization Form 

Citizenship Verification Form 

Orientation Resources
Feel free to review these resources before and after orientation.

Financial Aid - First time in college (Freshman) PDF Document Download

Financial Aid - Transfer 

Housing and Residential Life PDF Document Download

Tuition and Fees 

Next Steps Guide 

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 password you will need to know your USC Upstate username and have set up your phone or email as a recovery option. Find more information about to reset your password.

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

  • First Time in College (age 20 or younger)
    All new freshman students are required to complete a virtual orientation and advisement session prior to registration.  Dates are offered according to your intended major. Check out the Freshman Orientation FAQ

    Register Now

  • Transfers and Non-Traditional Freshmen (age 21 and older)
    The transfer orientation, advisement, and registration virtual sessions are designed specifically for students transferring to USC Upstate from other institutions. You will learn about Upstate through our virtual orientation portal.  Students will be provided a link to the session after you register for orientation. We will host  live virtual welcome session on the day of register for orientation. We will schedule a virtual appointment to meet with an academic adviser who will help you choose the best courses for you to meet your educational goals.  We will have staff available to assist you with registration in SSC if needed.  Virtual 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.

    • 2020 dates TBD


We did not forget about you. We will provide information on our web and through email to help your son our daughter get off to a good start on our website. We plan to host some virtual sessions for you and we hope you will email us anytime you have questions or concerns.

Still have questions about Orientation? Please give us a call at 864-503-5246 or or email at admissions@uscupstate.edu.