Orientation, advisement, and registration

Join us for Orientation! 

Orientation, Advisement and Registration is more than just a get-acquainted session. It’s your chance to get academic information and learn about USC Upstate resources and services before beginning classes.

During OAR, an advisor will help you determine the best courses for you to take, and Student Orientation Leaders will help you register for classes. If you're a transfer student, your transcript evaluation will be discussed with you by a faculty advisor overseeing your declared major or a faculty member overseeing undeclared transfer students.

Student Orientation Guidebook 2022 PDF icon


Parent Orientation Guidebook 2022 PDF icon


Placement Testing

To ensure you are placed into the appropriate courses, Upstate requires new students in certain majors to complete a set of online placement tests through the Blackboard account. 

Math Placement Testing:
If you are majoring in one of the majors below and you have not sucessfully completed a college level Algebra or Calculus course with a C or better or scored 3 or higher on a Calculus AP course, you must take the math placement test before attending orientation.

Accounting, Advanced Manufacturing Management, Biology, Chemistry, Child Developent & Family Studies, Community Health, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Early Childhood Education, Economics/Finance, Elementary Education, Engineering Technology, Management, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Exercise Science, Health Informatics, Health Information Management, Information Management & Systems, Learning Disablities, Logistics & Supply Chain Management, Management, Marketing, Math, Psychology, Secondary Ed -Biology, -Chemistry, and -Math

Anatomoy-Physiology Placement Test
If you are majoring in Exercise Science, Nursing, or Pre-Physical Therapy and you have not successfully completed a college level anatomy-physiology course, you must complete the anatomy-physiology placement test before you attend orientation.

World Language Placement Test
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.


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.

The resources below are in PDF forrmat

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)

Financial Aid - Transfer 

Housing and Residential Life

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 uner the age of 20 are required to attend one of our orientation, advisement and registration programs. 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)
    Transfer orientation, advisement, and registration is designed specifically for students transferring to USC Upstate from other institutions. OAR is 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 virtual beginning at 3 p.m. After completing the application process, please select the date below to register.

    Thursday, August 12, 2021


We did not forget about you. We will provide information on our website and through email to help your son our daughter get off to a good start on our website. We plan to host in-person and online 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.