Behind every life-changing experience, there’s a first step. You’ve chosen the University of South Carolina Upstate as the place to continue or begin your collegiate career. It’s the best first step you can take toward your education. The next step is for you to attend orientation, advisement, and registration (OAR). OAR is more than just a get-acquainted session. It’s your chance to get academic information and learn about University resources and services before beginning classes.
Meet your classmates, get acquainted with the campus and register for classes. You will meet with an academic advisor who will help you choose the best courses for you. If you’re a transfer student, your transcript evaluation will be discussed with you by a faculty adviser overseeing your declared major or a faculty member overseeing undeclared transfer students. Student orientation leaders will help you through the registration process.
USC Upstate offers orientation sessions for freshman and transfer students as well as for parents.
Following registration, you can buy your books at the USC Upstate Bookstore and have your student ID card made (your ID is used for admission to campus events, as your library card and as your official campus identification).
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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. USC Upstate offers orientation sessions for freshman and transfer students as well as for parents.
The transfer orientation, advisement and registration is 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, see the Transfer Orientation FAQ below.
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
There is no additional fee to attend OAR.
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.)
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.
Fall bills will be posted on the Self Service Carolina (SSC) system 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.
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, see the Citizenship Verification information on the Transfer admissions 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.
All advisement testing should be taken prior to OAR. The Admissions Office will mail information about advisement testing to transfer students prior to OAR.