New Student Orientation - Spring

We can't wait to CU @ NSO! Welcome to New Student Orientation at Claflin University!

Information you need to know before arriving to Claflin University

  1. PAYMENT DUE DATES: Payment for the fall semester is due on or before January 5, 2018 to ensure all financial requirements are addressed before the freshman arrival date of January 8, 2018.   If you have any questions about your financial aid status, please contact Financial Aid at (803) 535-5334.  Please contact (803) 535-5131, if you have questions about your account balance or need to speak with someone in Student Accounts.
  2. Upon completion of your financial clearance, you will participate in New Student Move-In Day on Monday January 8, from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in Ministers' Hall. Check in between 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The Official program begins at 1 p.m.
  3. Welcome Panther Cover_2018To ensure a smooth transition, please read the Welcome Panther booklet.  It contains all of the important information in preparation for Move-In Day and beyond. A copy has been emailed to all new students, however, you can click the picture to view.  

Again, we encourage you to address your financial clearance requirements and we look forward to welcoming you into the Class of 2021.

  • When is New Student Orientation?
    New Student Orientation begins on Monday, January 8, 2018 and ends on Wednesday, Janurary 10, 2018 

  • What is Financial Clearance?

    Student accounts must be in financial clearance status by January 5, 2018. For questions or concerns regarding the status of your student account balance, please contact the cashier’s office at (803) 535-5432.

  • When is Move-in Day?

    All new students are asked to move in on Monday, January 8, 2018. 

    • Move-in for residential students (those living on campus) begins at 9:30 a.m.  Please do not plan to arrive prior to that time.
    • Students who have questions about their account are asked to confirm their financial clearance status by contacting Student Accounts at (803) 535-5432. Once you are financially cleared, you will check in at Ministers' Hall beginning at 9:30 a.m.
    • Commuter students (those not living on campus) will check-in between 12:15-1:00 p.m. at Ministers' Hall. Please enter through the main gate on Magnolia Street.
    For any additional questions, please contact (803) 535-5282.
  • What is Common Reader?

    The RainsThis year, as a community we are reading The Rains.

    The Rains: Voices for American Liberty is a fact-based novel inspired by real people and actual events. The story is set in antebellum Philadelphia when the city was a hotbed for the abolitionist movement and a major crossroads for the Underground Railroad. However, it offers far more than a localized history. It is an uplifting tale of the battle for the soul of a nation and a remembrance of an unrelenting quest for a greater America.
    Students will be provided with a complimentary copy upon arrival and are asked to read the book prior to January 18th.

  • What is "Welcome Panther?"

    Welcome Panther coverTo ensure a smooth transition, please read the Welcome Panther booklet.  It contains all of the important information in preparation for Move-In Day and beyond. A copy has been emailed to all new students, however, you can click the picture to view.  

  • Where do I stay?

    Please make arrangements to arrive at Claflin campus on January 8, 2018. If you arrive earlier than this date, here’s a list of recommended hotels:

    Hampton Inn & Suites
    749 Citadel Road
    Orangeburg, South Carolina, 29118
    (803) 937-5800

    Best Western Inn & Suites of Orangeburg
    746 Citadel Road
    Orangeburg, South Carolina, 29118
    (803) 515-9700

    Country Inn & Suites
    731 Citadel Road
    Orangeburg, SC 29117
    (803) 928-5300

    Fairfield Inn by Marriott
    663 Citadel Road
    Orangeburg, SC 29118
    (803) 533-0014

    Holiday Inn Express and Suites
    118 Sleep Inn Road, Exit
    Orangeburg, SC 29118
    (803) 539-2900

    Sleep Inn
    3689 Saint Matthews Rd
    Orangeburg, SC 29118
    (803) 531-7200

    South Atlantic Seventh-day Adventist Worship and Convention Center
    514 Neeses Highway
    Orangeburg, SC
    (404) 792-0535, Ext. 111 (Marlene Edwards)

  • How do I get to Claflin University?


    • South on I - 95 into South Carolina
    • Exit 97 onto US- 301 [Five Chop Road]
    • Continue on US- 301 for 21.4 miles
    • Bear slightly left onto John C. Calhoun Dr.
    • Keep STRAIGHT Calhoun for 1.2 miles
    • Turn right onto Magnolia Street
    • Campus is on the right


    • North on I–95 into South Carolina
    • Exit 86B for I-26 W toward Columbia
    • Merge onto Interstate 26 West
    • Continue on I-26 for 65.5 miles
    • Take exit 154A and merge onto US-301 [Five Chop Rd]
    • Continue on US-301 for 6.9 miles
    • Bear slightly left onto John C. Calhoun Dr.
    • Keep STRAIGHT Calhoun for 1.2 miles
    • Turn right onto Magnolia Street
    • Campus is on the right


    • Take I-26 East towards Charleston
    • Continue for 31.9 miles
    • Take Exit 145A and merge onto US 601 S/St. Matthews Rd toward Orangeburg
    • Continue on US-601 [becomes Magnolia] for 4.5 miles
    • Keep STRAIGHT on Magnolia St.
    • Campus is on the left


    • Go East on U.S. 601 (Old Edisto Drive/ US 301/SC-4) toward Cannon Bridge Road
    • Turn Right onto Magnolia St. (US-21).
    • Campus is on the left.
  • Where do I park?

    Parking for New Student Orientation is permitted in the lots listed below:

    SRC South and Asbury Hall unloading zones

    Students assigned to SRC South will enter the campus from the Goff Ave entrance by driving from the gym through Millwood Ave and turning right onto Goff Ave. The student will then turn left and enter the rear gates of the campus. There will be an officer to direct the student to the unloading areas for their belongings on the side walk in front of SRC South and behind Asbury Hall. Make sure someone stays with your belongings when you move your vehicle.


    Kleist Hall

    The students of Kleist Hall should enter the campus through the front Magnolia Street entrance. The students of Kleist Hall will then make the first right turn, circle the median and then be allowed to unload their belongings in Kleist Circle on the sidewalk and then have their vehicle moved to lot #1. These parking lots have posted signs indicating the lot number. Please have someone to stay with your belongings while your vehicle is being moved.

    Corson Hall and Dunton Hall

    The student should enter the campus through the front Magnolia Street entrance and may park in front of Corson Hall to unload their belongings. Their vehicle should then be moved to the lots where posted signs are indicating the lot number. Please have someone to stay with your belongings while your vehicle is being moved.


    High-rise Residence Hall

    Students may park behind High-rise Residence Hall to unload their belongings. Once their belongings are unloaded they may enter the building through the bottom level and top entrances. Please do not park along the yellow curb on Goff Ave.


    Note: Towing is strictly enforced in unauthorized areas.

  • Who may I bring to Orientation?

    At Claflin University, we realize that families are in transition when students leave home for college. Orientation to campus life is important to help parents, guardians, or other guests understand and support their student.

    We invite parents and family members to attend the opening information sessions beginning at 1:15 p.m. This event can include parents, aunts, uncles, godparents, guardians, siblings, or grandparents. Your support of the student’s education is critical to their success!

    The orientation information sessions allow parents, guardians, and other adults to learn about how your student will spend the next four years. You will get a glimpse of campus life, how to support your student while they are pursuing their degree, and how you can stay involved. You will also have an opportunity to meet other parents, learn the basics of living on campus, and the many valuable resources available to support student success.

    This is also an excellent opportunity for parents to be introduced and register for the Panther Parent Association, which is an organization to support and promote the interests of parents of students currently enrolled at Claflin University. There is no cost for membership! Each member will receive quarterly newsletters and have the chance to work firsthand with other members and university staff to organize Parents Weekend as well as other activities.

President’s Message 

Hi Jess

Welcome to Claflin University!

We are excited that you have chosen Claflin University to help build your future and reach your full potential as a visionary leader for the 21st Century. During the 2018-2019 academic year, you will be among students, faculty, staff and alumni celebrating the University’s historic achievement of 150 years of academic excellence, cutting edge research and invaluable public service.

Throughout its history, Claflin’s hallmark has been the richness of its environment for living and learning. While at Claflin, we want you to have an experiential experience that will enable you to develop a special inner confidence and to discover the visionary leadership within you. It is expected that you will be proactive and take full advantage of all that the University has to offer in and out of the classroom, including study abroad opportunities and internships.

Claflin is committed to excellence in all that it does. When viewed from the prism of reputable and renowned organizations, the University is unmistakably an invaluable leader in higher education. In terms of academic quality, Claflin has been consistently recognized as one of America’s best colleges The University’s national reputation extends to the prestigious President’s Honor Roll for Service and Service Learning, a distinction that has been bestowed to the University for ten consecutive years. Recently, Claflin was named HBCU of the Year by HBCU Digest. 

I challenge you to remain steadfast in your commitment to personal and professional growth. With the expectation that you will be encouraged by the intellectual influence and expertise of our world class faculty and nurturing staff, I am confident your enrollment at Claflin University will be richly fulfilling and rewarding.

First Lady Alice Carson Tisdale and I, along with faculty, staff, students and alumni, are excited to have you become a part of the Claflin University Family because “The World Needs Visionaries.” 

Henry N. Tisdale

purpose of new student orientation

New Student Orientation is offered at the start of both the Fall and Spring semesters. All incoming first-time freshmen are expected to attend. 

New Student Orientation at Claflin University is an 4-day transition experience designed to provide you with an introduction to the academic and social expectations at the University as well as the resources available to you during your educational experience.At the end of the week, you will feel like a Panther roaring to start the academic year off strong.

Parent Orientation

Stay and be engaged!
Parents and other family members are invited to attend Information sessions designed to provide information, materials and contacts to ease your transition and that of our new students. You will have an opportunity to get a feel for the Claflin experience as you dine in the Claflin University Dining Center, help your student move into a residence hall, visit our bookstore, tour the campus or the City of Orangeburg.

Confirmation Ceremony

Students will convene for their formal induction into The Freshman College on Wednesday, Jaunary 10, at 11 a.m. in the GTK Auditorium. Following the ceremony, students will walk through the Arch of Confidence, cementing their commitment to college excellence. Note: This special ceremony is reserved for the Class of 2021. Priority seating is provided for students in the Class of 2021. Seating for guests may be limited. 

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