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.

Got Questions?

Check out the FAQ below! More questions? Contact Courtney Shelton at 864-278-6281 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 a.m. on Orientation day. You have all morning to complete the move in process. Your Student Portal checklist must indicate you are “Clear to begin class” before you are able 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.

What about the checklist on my student portal?
There are several steps you must take before you are clear to begin class. Those steps are outlined on the checklist on your student portal. They include completing the Financial Aid process, paying your bill or setting up a payment plan to cover the balance on your account, and completing other key information we need from you each semester. When your checklist has a green check and says you are “Clear to begin class,” you have completed the necessary steps to start the semester.

When do I plan my class schedule?
As soon as you pay your deposit with the Admissions Office, you will be contacted by a member of the Pioneer Advising Center to set up an appointment for advisement and schedule planning. Most likely, you will have completed this step BEFORE you attend Orientation. If not, that’s not a problem! Our academic advisers will be on campus to assist you before classes begin!