New Student Orientation - Fall

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

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will be updated in preparation for
new student orientation

Information you need to know before arriving to
Claflin University

PAYMENT DUE DATES: Payment for the fall semester is due on or before August 1, 2019 to ensure all financial requirements are addressed before the freshman arrival date of August 10, 2019.   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.

Upon completion of your financial clearance, you will participate in New Student Move-In Day on Saturday, August 10 from 8 am-2pm in the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Wellness Complex.



To ensure a smooth transition, please read the Welcome Panther booklet when it is emailed in mid July to students who have paid their initial fee of 120 dollars. It contains all of the important information in preparation for Move-In Day and beyond.

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 Saturday, August 10, 2019 and ends on Sunday, August 18, 2019.

  • 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 Fall 2019, students must be financially cleared by 08/01/2019. 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 Saturday, August 10, 2019. 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 8:00 a.m - 3:30 p.m.  Please do not plan to arrive prior to that time. Check in with Freshman College at Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Wellness Complex. 
    • 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 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. at the Ministers' Hall. Please enter through the main gate on Magnolia Street.
    For any additional questions, please contact the Freshman College at (803) 535-5282.
  • What is Common Reader?

     Claflin University Common Reader 2019

    Claflin University is committed to Exemplary Educational Programs.  We believe that as you begin your journey at Claflin, one of the best ways to understand your purpose as a student is to read a common book, discuss it during orientation and apply what you learn to your life at Claflin University and beyond.  

    This year we have selected The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas as our common reader text.  All new students who attend an Early Registration Day session will receive a complimentary copy.  All students are required to read the book before the Common Reader Discussion session that will be held during August New Student Orientation (week of August 10-August 16).   In addition to the common reader discussion you will continue to explore issues and themes across courses during First Year Experience programs.

    The hate you give     ❑ To create a more academic focus to New Student Orientation;
    ❑ To strengthen the academic community and create opportunities for intellectual engagement and depth in learning through carefully selected common readings that pose multiple or differing perspectives and questions, followed by theme-oriented academic and co-curricular activities throughout the year;
    ❑ To establish an intellectually stimulating environment that is both informal and structured, setting a tone for intellectual engagement among our new students; and
    ❑ To provide opportunities for an enhanced new student orientation that includes meaningful ways for the entire college community, including students, faculty, and staff, to participate in the program.




    • How do you think Starr would define family?  How do you define family?  What do you think it will be like to join the Claflin family?
    • Starr pledges to “Never Be Quiet”.  How can you use your voice to promote and advance social justice?
    • Reflect on how you and your community discuss and address inequality.  If it isn’t addressed/discussed, reflect upon why and what you could do to promote meaningful discussion(s) on such topics.
    • How realistic is the movie’s violence? What techniques do filmmakers use to create realistic violence as opposed to fantasy violence? Which has greater impact?
    • How do the characters display courage and compassion through their words and actions? How do they demonstrate communication? Why are these important character strengths?
    • Phones play a significant role in the story, both for communication and recording important events. How does Starr’s phone give her power in a situation where she otherwise wouldn’t have any? What do you think about how much time kids—and adults—are spending on devices?
    • A rose garden is a recurring symbol throughout the novel.  Discuss the symbolism of the rose garden and how it contributes to the theme of the book.
    • What was the most important part of the book for you?  Why?  Be prepared to provide details.

  • 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.

New Student Orientation begins with Move-In Day and includes such highlights as the Parting Ceremony, Confirmation Ceremony, Family Worship Services, community and team building activities and more! At the end of the week, you will feel like a Panther roaring to start the academic year off strong.

While students attend New Student Orientation, parents & family members can participate in the Family Program.

Parent Orientation

Stay and be engaged!
Parents and other family members are invited to participate in activities on Saturday and Sunday 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.

Highlights of Parent Orientation include:
~ President's Old Fashioned Cook Out - Saturday, August 10 at 5 p.m.
~ Family Worship Service - Sunday, August 11 at 9 and 10:30 a.m.
~ Parent Information Session - Sunday, August 11 at 1:00 p.m.
~ Parting Ceremony - Sunday, August 11 at 3:30 p.m.

Parting Ceremony

The traditional Parting Ceremony is an event in which parents leave their loved ones in the capable and caring hands of the Claflin family. At this ceremony, first-year students say goodbye to family and walk through the Arch of Confidence, cementing their commitment to college excellence. This year's Ceremony will be held Sunday, August 11 at 3:30 p.m. in the W.V. Middleton Fine Arts Center. 

Confirmation Ceremony

Held eight days following Move-In Day, dressed in special attire, students convene for their formal induction into The Freshman College. The Ceremony will be held on Sunday, August 18th at 4 p.m. in the W.V. Middleton Fine Arts Center. Note: This special ceremony is reserved for the Class of 2023. Priority seating is provided for students in the Class of 2023. Seating for guests may be limited. 

A Note About Confirmation Ceremony Dress Code

The attire should be equivalent to professional business attire. Young ladies are to wear a white dress with neutral or white hose, or white suit, shirt and white dress shoes. Sheer fabric, high slits, and/or spaghetti straps are not recommended. Young men are to wear navy, black or dark grey suits with a white shirt, coordinating tie, belt, and dress shoes.

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