The time between UofSC students moving in to residence halls and beginning classes will be shorter this year. Residence halls will open to residents Sunday, Aug. 14 and Monday, Aug. 15 — two days later than last year’s move-in — and fall classes will begin Thursday, Aug. 18.
The shift was approved by university leadership based on a recommendation from the First-Year Study Group. The committee, chaired by Dan Friedman, director of University 101 Programs, explored improvements to the first-year student experience that would yield increased student retention and improved academic progress during the first year at Carolina.
According to Friedman, reducing the amount of time students spend on campus prior to the first day of class has multiple benefits.
“The committee agreed that the most compelling reason for shortening the time between move-in and the beginning of classes is that it would reduce the amount of students’ unstructured free time,” Friedman says. “That decreases the chance they will experience boredom or homesickness or engage in risky behaviors.”
The move also provides the university more time after the conclusion of summer terms to prepare for fall and better positions Welcome Week to offer high quality experiences with a renewed emphasis on the weekend after classes begin.
Fall 2016 Opening Schedule
- Wednesday, Aug. 10 – Early arrival housing opens for students participating in sorority recruitment, members of the Carolina Band and other select populations.
- Sunday, Aug. 14 – All residence halls open at 8 a.m. for move-in.
- Sunday, Aug. 14-Sunday, Aug. 21 – Welcome Week‘s signature events include First Night Carolina, which will be held at 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15 at Colonial Life Arena.
- Monday, Aug. 15 – All residence halls open at 8 a.m. for move-in.
- Wednesday, Aug. 17 – Convocation for first-year students will be at 10 a.m. at Colonial Life Arena.
- Thursday, Aug. 18 – First day of classes.
The First-Year Reading Experience event typically held the Monday before classes has been redesigned as a week-long series of programs to be held in September. Details on those programs, including an appearance by author Marian Wright Edelman, will be announced soon.