Orientation FAQ

Who can attend?

You, the student, should plan to be here. Orientation attendance is strongly encouraged as there will be a number of presentations made by campus personnel to help you gain an edge in being successful in the classroom and on campus.

Your parents and other family members may also attend. This is a family community and we want the family to be a part of this experience with you. There will come a time that we will ask for parents and other guests to depart, so that you may begin the transition to college life. However, up to that point, all are welcome.

Who do I contact with questions on my housing assignment?

Housing assignments are made through our Conference Services office. If you have any questions, or you would like to sign up for housing, you can contact them at 864-644-5191.

Who do I contact with financial aid questions?

Our financial aid staff is working hard to assist as many students as possible with their financial needs. If you have concerns or additional questions, you can contact them at 877-644-5556, or at .

Who do I contact if I or a family member has special needs?

You can contact the Office of Student Life if you have concerns at 864-644-5140. Please note any special accommodations or dietary needs during the online registration process. If you need to seek accommodations for a disability, you can contact Martha Mishoe, Coordinator of Student Learning Services at .

Where can visitors stay? Where are hotels located?

There is limited space on campus for visitors. Conference Services will be happy to work with your family to determine the best “fit” for a room in a local facility, make the reservations for you, and help you get directions. You can contact them at 864-644-5191.

How much are meals at orientation?

Our Dining Commons will be open for lunch during the orientation weekend. Feel free to dine your student. We know that time is a premium and you shouldn't have to go find lunch when you have so many things going on that day.

Our Dining Commons offers a wide variety of food options suitable for any palate or dietary need. From traditional Americana available on the grill, to specialty dinner nights such as Southern Favorites Wednesday, or Fiesta Fridays, you will be able to find what you are looking for and more.

Eating with us is extremely economical, too. For our students, during orientation weekend, you will not have to pay any additional money for your meals. Simply show your student ID at the door and you will be able to dine with us. For our guests, enjoy our all you can eat buffet for about the same price as a local value meal. Lunch on Saturday, August 15 will cost only $6.00 per guest.

For more information about campus dining, visit our Campus Dining page where you will find information about Pioneer College Caters, Dining Commons' hours, and guest prices.