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 freshmen and transfer students as well as for parents.
*When registering for orientation, please enter your full USC Upstate email address (email@example.com) and password.
How to register for orientation:
- Make sure you have: (If you need help with any of the below please go to “Getting Started” with Upstate Technology.)
- Click on the "Register Now" button above. Enter your USC Upstate username and password** and then fill out the online reservation form.
**Your USC Upstate Username was sent to you in your welcome packet (look for it on your student data sheet). Your USC Upstate username is the first part of your e-mail address (ie: If your email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, your USC Upstate username is smithjd4).
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.
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.
Freshmen (age 20 or younger)
All new freshman students under the age of 20 are required to attend one of the two-day 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 OAR. For more information, check out the Freshman Orientation FAQ.
Transfers and Non-Traditional Freshmen (age 21 and older)
The transfer orientation, advisement, and registration 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.
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 email@example.com. We’ll be glad to help you.
2018-19 New Student Spring OAR Dates (all programs begin at 10 a.m.)
|December 4, 2018 (Tuesday)
|January 8, 2019 (Tuesday)|
|January 10, 2019 (Thursday)
**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.
High School Dual Enrollment Orientation
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
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 (if you have not already submitted them to the Admissions Office).
Still have questions about Orientation? Please give us a call at 864-503-5246or 800-277-8727.
Freshman 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 a $25 fee for OAR that will be collected at sign-in. Please pay with check, money order, or cash (exact $25 fee only; change will not be available).
When should I arrive?
Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. on day one in the URC (University Readiness Center). Students must stay the entire time and all freshmen (under the age of 20) are required to stay overnight. Day two usually ends around 1 p.m.
Do my parents need to attend Orientation?
Parents are always welcome at OAR. Day one will include information sessions for parents and students, lunch, advisement and activities. A list of local area accommodations can be found on the Parents FAQ page.
Will I need to pay my fees while on campus?
Fall bills will be posted 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.
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, visit the Citizenship Verification information page. All immunization forms should also be brought to campus if you have not mailed them to Health Services prior to Orientation. Also make sure to refer to the overnight checklist for everything you'll need to stay overnight.
Are any tests required prior to Orientation?
All entering freshmen who have not completed a college-level math course or scored at least a 3 on a math Advanced Placement test must take advisement tests online prior to attending OAR. Results of the tests are used during academic advisement, which is an important part of the OAR program. Foreign language tests will be given during Orientation if you wish to place in a course beyond the 101 entry level.
Orientation FAQ for Parents
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.
During orientation you will:
discover the variety of student services that will help your student be successful in college
meet faculty, staff and administrators
tour the campus and various support facilities
discuss the developmental transitions that occur during the freshman year
Schedule of events
Orientation begins for parents and students with check-in starting at 8:30 a.m. in the University Readiness Center. Parents and students will split up around 10:30 a.m. Parents will then meet with academic deans and hear presentations on financial aid/fee payment, housing, health services, student development, academic support, and career services. Lunch will be served for students and parents together.
After lunch, parents and students are invited to attend the University Fair from 3 to 5 p.m., and proceed to check-in at the Palmetto House and Magnolia House (all freshman are required to stay on campus overnight). A list of local accommodations is provided below for parents planning to travel to USC Upstate for Orientation.
Although there is no program scheduled for parents on day two of Orientation, students are required to attend. Day two includes registration for fall classes and will wrap up around 1 p.m.
Note: Students are required to take Math advisement testing before attending orientation.
Hey, parents! Do you have plans?
Looking for something to do in the Upstate while the soon-to-be freshmen are getting acquainted with USC Upstate? With all the great things to do in and around Spartanburg, it might be hard to know where to start. Here’s just a sampling:
I-385 at Haywood Rd., Greenville, SC
Prime Factory Outlet, 1-888-545-7194
I-85, Exit 90, Gaffney, SC
U.S. 29 @ I-26, Spartanburg
Morgan Square, Downtown Spartanburg
Various boutiques and shops
Carolina Panthers Training Camp
Cowpens National Battlefield, (864) 461-2828
and Cowpens Depot, Museum & Civic Center
Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve
(864) 574-7724 or www.hatchergarden.org
Chapman Cultural Center
(864) 542-2787 or www.chapmanculturalcenter.org
Beacon Drive-In, 255 Reidville Road, (864) 585-9387
Fatz Cafe, 1925 Boiling Springs Road, (864) 599-7909
Olive Garden, 1498 W.O. Ezell Blvd, (864) 595-4885
110 Mobile Drive, (864) 585-2400 21
121 Traveller Drive, (864) 577-9080
Spartanburg Marriott at Renaissance Park
299 North Church Street, (864) 596-1211
Holiday Inn Express & Suites at WestGate Mall
895 Spartan Blvd, (864) 699-7777
Orientation Overnight Checklist
Freshmen under the age of 20 are required to stay overnight during OAR. Make sure you remember to bring these things for your stay at the Palmetto or Magnolia House.
- Twin sheets or sleeping bag and blanket
- Towels for shower
- Toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothbrush/paste, etc.)
- Bathing suit and towel (in case you feel like taking a dip in the indoor swimming pool)
- Tennis shoes, shorts, T-shirt, etc. (if you plan on participating in the outdoor activities or want to try out the Wellness Center)
- Change of clothes for Day Two of OAR
- Extra cash in case you want to purchase snacks, T-shirts, or other Upstate stuff!
Meet our Orientation Leaders
Travelers Rest, SC
|Drake Delos Santos
Early Childhood Education
Mid Level Education
Early Childhood Education
|Maria Robayo Vargas
IMS Health Care