Academic Orientation

Academic Orientation


Click the dates below to register:

Friday, August 18, 2017

Ready for the Fall Semester? This is your introduction to academic life at SMC and one of the most important events in your life as a student.


  • Meet with your faculty adviser – your guide through all academic matters
  • Plan your course schedule
  • Register for classes for the fall semester
  • Take a placement test (if needed). This short test will help your adviser determine if extra courses are needed to enhance your academic skills.

Academic Orientation is a ALSO a terrific opportunity to interact with current students, staff and faculty members. You be able to:

  • ask questions
  • see campus facilities
  • get your student ID photo made
  • get EXCITED about the year to come!



8:30 am – Check In
9:00 am – Opening Session for Students and Families
10:00 am – Advisement and Testing for Students
10:15 am – Parent and Family Information Session
11:00 am – 1:30 pm – Lunch (provided to everyone at no charge)
1:15 pm – Advisement continues

Got Questions?

Check out the FAQ below! More questions? Contact Kim Caton at (864) 587-4006 or by email.

Our Orientation App – the Yapp App

Be in the know about all things Orientation! Download our Orientation App – the Yapp App. This free app is available from your iTunes or Google Play store. Your access code is SMC2017.

The app has important contact information, a schedule of offered classes, important resources for students and family members, as we as information on how to connect with your professors and advisor. The Pioneer Power Up schedule is also part of the app! Download it today!

Academic Orientation FAQ

All incoming Freshmen, both residential and commuter students.
You should receive a brochure concerning Academic Orientation registration after you have paid your deposit. Any students who pay their deposit after that mailing will receive the brochure a few days after your deposit is received.
As early as possible. There are registration deadlines outlined in the brochure. While registration is allowed after these deadlines, it cannot be guaranteed for a particular date. As soon as you know which session you would like to attend, send in your registration.
Yes! Dates and Registration are available on this page, and you’ll also be given the link for online registration in communications about the event.
For students who are unable to attend the summer Academic Orientation sessions, there is a make-up session once you arrive in the fall, during Pioneer PowerUp. Space in necessary classes will still be available at that time.
The Orientation Fee covers costs associated with both Academic and Basic Orientation. Some specific items that are paid for with this fee are student meals, a T-shirt, and printed materials. This fee of $25 is automatically charged to your student account.
During Academic Orientation, you will meet with your adviser and register for Fall classes. You also have the opportunity to have your picture taken for your student ID card, settle matters with the Financial Aid and Business Offices, and visit the campus bookstore.
Housing assignments are usually mailed out sometime during mid-June. If you have any questions regarding your housing assignment, contact the Residence Life Office at 864-587-4247. Housing staff will be available at Academic Orientation sessions to answer any questions you may have.
There will be sample rooms open in residence halls during Academic Orientation sessions, but individual rooms will not be available for you to see. We often have conferences and camps occupying our residence halls during the summer. Also, there may be construction going on in several residence halls that would prohibit students and their families from viewing their assigned room on those days.
No! You are not able to purchase textbooks until Validation Day in August. The Bookstore will be open during Academic Orientation for you to browse or purchase SMC clothing and/or memorabilia. They often have great sales on these days, so make sure you stop by!
Parents are welcome to stay through supper on move-in day. Supper is free for all new students and their families. After that, parents should leave in order to allow you to make a positive transition to life at SMC.