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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 spring semester is due on or before December 18, 2019 to ensure all financial requirements are addressed before the freshman arrival date of January 7, 2020.   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 Tuesday, January 7, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Ministers' Hall.
    The Official program begins at 12:45 p.m.
  3. To ensure a smooth transition, please read the Welcome Panther Spring 2020 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 2023.

  • When is New Student Orientation?
    New Student Orientation begins on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 and ends on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.

  • What is Financial Clearance?

    Financial Clearance is obtained once you have finalized your schedule, received your housing assignment, finalized all financial aid requirements and received your award letter, paid your remaining balance in full, or setup a recurring payment plan for the balance due on your account. If you have a credit balance or zero balance or have setup your recurring payment plan, you are considered to be financially clear. For Spring 2020, Student Accounts request clearance by December 18, 2019. For questions or concerns regarding the status of your student account balance, please contact the cashier’s office at (803) 535-5131.

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  • When is Move-in Day?

    All new students are asked to move in on Tuesday, January 7, 2020. Move in day is an exciting time. Our staff members and student leaders are very excited to welcome you and we ask that all of our incoming students and families bring their patience and excitement as we guide you through the move-in process.

    • Move-in for residential students (those living on campus) begins at 9:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m.  Please do not plan to arrive prior to that time. Check in with Freshman College at Ministers' Hall on the main campus. Please enter the main gate on Highway 601/Magnolia Street.
    • Students who have questions about their account are asked to confirm their financial clearance status by contacting Student Accounts at (803) 535-5131.  
    • Commuter students (those not living on campus) will check-in between 11:00 - 12:30 p.m. at the Ministers' Hall. Please enter through the main gate on Magnolia Street.
    • Opening Information Sessions for parents and students will begin at 12:45 p.m.
    • Please note the University will be closed for the holiday break beginning Wednesday, December 18, and will reopen on January 6, 2020.
    For any additional questions, please contact the Freshman College at (803) 535-5282.
  • What is "Welcome Panther?"
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    To ensure a smooth transition, all incoming students who have paid their initial fee of 120 dollars will receive their electronic version of the Welcome Panther. Please click on the Welcome Panther booklet to read online.  It contains all of the important information in preparation for Move-In Day and beyond. 

  • Where do I stay?

    Please make arrangements to arrive at Claflin campus by move in day. 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.
  • 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 Parent Orientation Sessions. This session will prepare parents for the adjustments to college life and the transtition your student will experience at Claflin University. 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.

    Move in weekend is also an excellent opportunity for parents to be introduced to and register for the Panther Parent Association, an organization designed 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.

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.

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