Spring Semester Orientation

Spring Semester Orientation


We look forward to welcoming you to campus as a new student in January!

Orientation is designed to offer you an introduction to life on campus and to provide important information about academic life.

Our Spring Orientation program is:

  • A half-day program with academic course registration taking place the next day.
  • You will have the opportunity to interact with faculty, staff, administrators and current students.
  • During academic registration, you’ll meet with your adviser and plan your class schedule.

Got Questions?

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


Orientation & Move-In for Residential Students: Monday, January 13
First Day of Classes – Wednesday, January 15


If I am living on campus, when do I move into my residence hall room?
Resident students should check in at the Residence Life Office on the 2nd floor of the Student Center beginning at 9 am on Orientation day. You have all morning to complete the move in process. We invite you and your family to lunch in the cafeteria before Orientation begins that afternoon. You must have your clearance card from the Business Office to pick up your room key.

What will we do at Orientation?

During the Orientation sessions you will hear from several key administrators about academic and social life at SMC. You will also have an opportunity to interact with current student leaders and meet other students who are participating in Orientation activities along with you. You will learn about important policies, expectations and guidelines all SMC students must follow.

When will I get my student ID?
You will have your student ID picture taken and your ID printed on Orientation Day. You must have your SMC ID card to access your residence hall, use the meal plan in the cafeteria, record your attendance at campus events, and access several student spaces on campus. It is vital that you have your ID with you at all times on campus.

Should my parents or other family members attend Orientation with me?
While parents and family members are not required to attend with you, we certainly encourage them to join you. We have a special session just for family members. We also cover important information in general sessions that will help your family support you better as a student.

How do I get my clearance card?
You will receive a clearance card from the Business Office when your bill has been paid or you have set up a payment plan for monthly payments. You must have your clearance card to check into your residence hall AND when you create your class schedule with your adviser.

Why do I have to wait so long to plan my class schedule?
Our advisers are all full-time faculty members. These individuals work extremely hard to make your academic experience at SMC a positive one that is full of opportunity and therefore spend much time prior to each semester planning and preparing. Our advisement time is set aside in an effort to provide you and your adviser ample time to get to know one another, review your academic history, and plan a schedule that meets your academic requirements and works with your schedule.