New Student Orientation Process

First Year Student Orientation Process

For all students attending college for the first time or a transfer student who has completed less than 30 credits.

Online Orientation Module Step 1. Sand Shark 100. Required for all incoming students

Step 1 - Module

The Sand Shark 100 Module will be available for completion for incoming Fall 2024 students on Wednesday, May 1st after 5:00pm.

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If you have any issues navigating Sand Shark 100 this video should help you troubleshoot any issues. Please note that the module works best on a laptop/desktop computer, using Google Chrome as your browser. If you are having issues with the module functioning properly, please clear your cookies and cache in Chrome. You may also need to reboot your computer. If issues persist, please contact Blackboard Support at 803-777-1800.

If you still have questions, email newstudents@uscb.edu.

After completing this module and your Next Steps Checklist the Office of Advising and Academic Support will create your course schedule starting May 15. Please allow 5 business days after completing the module to get your course schedule. Once your schedule is created, you will have the opportunity to meet with an advisor either in-person or virtually to make any necessary changes. 

Students will only receive a schedule after completing the module if they do not have holds preventing registration. Common holds incoming students have are due to missing:

  • immunization documentation
  • citizenship verification
  • high school and college transcripts

Check your Fins Up Portal Checklist to verify that none of these items are missing!

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Summer Orientation Step 2. Sand Shark Boot Camp. Optional for incoming students.Step 2 - Boot Camp

Have additional questions after completing Sand Shark 100? Join us either in-person or virtually for a series of workshops that take a deeper dive into the information students and families need to start their Sand Shark experience with confidence. Our Optional Summer Orientation Program, Sand Shark Bootcamp will expand on what was learned during Sand Shark 100 and allow students and families to work with USCB staff members to get their questions answered.

In-Person Sand Shark Boot Camp

These in-person events will be completely customizable for both students and their families. There will be multiple session options during each time block. Students and family members are encouraged to split up and attend different sessions so they can compare notes at the end of the day. Each incoming student can bring up to 4 family members or guests. Incoming students attend these events for FREE. There is a $10 fee for each family member or guest in attendance.

Virtual Sand Shark Book Camp Sessions

These sessions will take place throughout the summer for students and family members. After completing Sand Shark 100 incoming students and their families can choose sessions that support them in an area where they might still have questions. Topics covered will include Financial Aid and Billing, Advising and Degree Planning, University Technology and more. This is a great option for students and families who live far away from campus or who have work schedules that make visiting difficult over the summer.

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Fall Orientation Shark School. Learn How to Sand Shark. August 17th-19th. Required for all first-year students.Step 3 - Shark School First Year

Shark School is required for all new first-year students taking in-person classes at USCB. USCB defines a First-year student as anyone who is attending college as a full-time student for the first time or a transfer student who has completed less than 30 credits. This immersive 3-day experience will give students the tools they need to successfully transition into college life and face the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Shark School Schedule

2024 Bluffton Campus Shark School Schedule  *denotes a required event  Saturday, August 17th  8:00 AM-2:00 PM New Student Move-in- Campus Housing  4:00-6:00 PM Family Farewell Picnic- Campus Center  6:30-7:30 PM Family Farewell and New Student Welcome- Rec Center  8:00-9:00 PM Residence Hall Meeting- Campus Classrooms*  Commuter Student Meet & Greet  9:00-10:30 PM Welcome Activities  · Kickball- Intramural Field  · Game Night- Library 237  · Paint by Numbers- Campus Center 106  · Oculus Game Night- Library 243  Sunday, August 18th  7:30-9:00 AM Breakfast- Dining Hall  8:00-9:00 AM Commuter Student Check-in- Rec Center  9:00-10:00 AM Shark School Kick-off- Rec Center*  10:00-11:45 AM Shark School Small Group Session 1-Campus Classrooms*  11:45 AM-1:15 PM Lunch- Sand Bar Dining Hall  1:15-2:30 PM Shark School Small Group Session 2- Campus Classrooms*  2:30-3:30 PM Classroom Expectations- Rec Center*  3:30-6:00 PM Campus Offices Open:  · Advising & Academic Success- Library 202  · Bursar- Hargray 136  · Campus Store- Broad River Ground Floor  · Financial Aid-Hargray 124  5:00-7:00 PM Success Coach Dinner- Sand Bar Dining Hall*  8:00-10:00 PM Neon Night- Rec Center  Monday, August 19th  7:30-9:30 AM Breakfast- Dining Hall  9:30-10:30 AM Small Group Session 3- Campus Classrooms*  10:40 AM-11:30 PM First Class- Campus Classrooms*  11:30-1:00 PM Lunch with Your Major- Sand Bar Dining Hall*  1:00-2:00 PM Bystander Intervention Session- Rec Center*  2:00-3:00 PM Optional Activities- Various Locations  · Part-time Job Fair  · Drunk Driving obstacle course  · Special Interest Meetups  3:30-4:30 PM Convocation- Rec Center*  4:30-6:30 PM Community Low-Country Boil- Campus Center  7:00-8:00 PM- Hypnotist- Rec CenterClick for PDF of Shark School Bluffton Schedule

 

2024 Beaufort Shark School Schedule  *denotes a required event  Saturday, August 17th  8:00 AM-12:00 PM New Student Move-in- Campus Housing  4:00-6:30 PM Family Farewell and New Student Welcome- 1100 Boundary Gym  8:00-9:00 PM Residence Hall Meetings- Campus Classrooms*  9:00-10:30 PM Trivia- 1100 Boundary Gym  Sunday, August 18th  7:30-9:00 AM Breakfast- Newcastle Dining Hall  9:00-10:00 AM Shark School Kick-off- CFA Auditorium*  10:00-11:45 AM Shark School Small Group Session 1- Campus Classrooms*  11:45 AM-1:15 PM Lunch with your Cohort- Newcastle Dining Hall*  1:15-2:30 PM Shark School Small Group Session 2- Campus Classrooms*  2:30-3:30 PM Classroom Expectations- CFA Auditorium*  3:30-6:00 PM Cohort Activities- Various Locations*  6:00-8:00 PM Dinner- Newcastle Dining Hall  7:15-8:00 PM- Shuttle to Beaufort for Neon Night- Front of Newcastle  8:00-10:00 PM Neon Night  Monday, August 19th  7:30-10:00 AM Breakfast- Newcastle Dining Hall  10:00-11:00 AM Small Group Session 3- Campus Classrooms*  11:00-12:15PM Lunch- Newcastle Dining Hall  12:15-1:00 PM Shuttle to Bluffton- Front of Newcastle  1:00-2:00 PM Bystander Intervention Session- Bluffton Rec Center*  2:00-3:00 PM Optional Activities- Various Locations  · Part-time Job Fair  · Drunk Driving obstacle course  · Special Interest Meetups  3:30-4:30 PM Convocation- Bluffton Rec Center*  4:30-6:30 PM Community Low-Country Boil- Bluffton Campus Center  6:30-7:00 PM Shuttle to Beaufort- Rec CenterClick for PDF of Shark School Beaufort Schedule

 

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Questions about the New Student Orientation Process? Email newstudents@uscb.edu for support.

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