Transfer Student 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. 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.

Transfer OAR - Spartanburg campus

If you see your major in the list below, select the date you would like to attend orientation to reserve your spot. All programs begin at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, June 12
Wednesday, July 17
Wednesday, August 14

**Remember, Spartanburg dates are for students taking the majority of their courses in Spartanburg. Greenville dates are for students taking the majority of their courses at the Greenville campus. 


Majors list

Advanced Manufacturing Management
Art Education
Art Studio - Graphic Design
Biology
Biology – Pre Dental
Biology – Pre Med
Biology – Pre- Optometry
Biology – Pre- Pharmacy
Biology – Pre- Physician Assistant
Biology – Pre- Veterinarian
Business - Accounting
Business - Economics/Finance
Business - General Business
Business - Logistics & Supply Chain Management
Business - Management
Business - Marketing
Chemistry
Child Development & Family Studies
CIS Networking and Information Security
Commercial Music
Communication - Communication Studies
Communication - Mass Media
Communication - Public Relations
Computer Information Systems
Computer Science
Criminal Justice
Early Childhood Education
Elementary Education
Engineering Technology Management
English
Exercise & Sport Science
Health Informatics
History
Information Management & Systems
Interdisciplinary Studies BA
Interdisciplinary Studies BS
Mathematics
Middle Level Education
Nursing
Nursing (RN to BSN)
Physical Ed - Teacher Education
Political Science
Pre-Chiropractic
Pre-Engineering
Pre-Law
Pre-Occupational Therapy
Pre-Physical Therapy
Psychology
Secondary Ed - Biology
Secondary Ed - Chemistry
Secondary Ed - English
Secondary Ed - Mathematics
Secondary Ed - Social Studies/History
Secondary Education - Spanish
Sociology
Spanish
Special Ed - Learning Disabilities
Theatre
Undeclared Major

Transfer OAR - Greenville campus

If you see your major in the list below, select the date you would like to attend orientation to reserve your spot. All programs begin at 10 a.m.

Tuesday, July 16
Tuesday, August 13

**Remember, Spartanburg dates are for students taking the majority of their courses in Spartanburg. Greenville dates are for students taking the majority of their courses at the Greenville campus.   


Majors list

Advanced Manufacturing Management
Business - General Business
Early Childhood Education
Elementary Education
Engineering Technology Management
Health Informatics
Information Management & Systems
Interdisciplinary Studies BA
Interdisciplinary Studies BS
Nursing
Nursing (RN to BSN)

Direct Connect OAR

USC Upstate and its partnering two-year colleges want Direct Connect students to have a clear, smooth, worry-free transition to USC Upstate when they're ready to earn a bachelor’s degree. If you're a participant in this program, we look forward to seeing you at Orientation on Tuesday, May 28. The program will begin at 10 a.m. on the Spartanburg campus.

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Transfer OAR FAQ

Transfer OAR Frequently Asked Questions 

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

  • Plan your academic program with the help of an advisor
  • Register for classes
  • Discover a wide variety of student activities and services
  • Tour the campus
  • Receive training needed to register for classes online
  • Meet with representatives from financial aid
  • Receive advisement testing results
  • Meet other incoming students and continuing students

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

When should I arrive?
Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the event start time on the day you're scheduled to attend.

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?
Bills will be posted in the Self Service Carolina (SSC) system at least thirty days prior to classes starting. All tuition charges must be paid by the deadline each semester. Additional information is available online on our tuition and fees page.

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, 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.

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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