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1. Why should I come to Base Camp?

Base Camp will prepare you to begin your journey at Anderson University. Our time together will be filled with a mix of information and fun. You will have the chance to meet other new students, get familiar with the campus, and find out everything you need to know before you start classes in the fall.

2. Where will I stay during Base Camp?

Students will stay with other new students in one of the residence halls on campus. Parents and siblings will need to find their own accommodations. Click here for a list of local hotels.

3. Do I have to stay on campus?

Yes. All students are required to stay on campus in order to experience fully all aspects of our program. If you have any question about this requirement, please call our office at (864) 231-2107.

4. What if I can't attend any of the summer sessions?

If you are unable to attend any of the Base Camp sessions, please give us a call or send us an e-mail as soon as possible [Phone: (864) 231-2107 E-mail:]. We will work with you to make sure you don't miss any valuable information.

5. What is the cost of Base Camp?
All new students (including transfer students) are required to pay a $100 orientation fee. This fee covers the cost of both the Base Camp summer program and the Welcome Week fall program. The fee will be applied to your student account.
6. What do I need to bring?

Please bring everything you need to stay overnight including: linens for a single bed (Twin Extra Long) or a sleeping bag, a pillow, towel, blanket, toiletries (soap, toothpaste, etc.), personal items, and an alarm clock. Check out our Pinterest board for a full list.

7. What kind of clothes should I wear?

Base Camp is a casual event. Please feel free to wear casual and comfortable clothing and shoes. The air conditioning system on our campus works really well so you may also want to bring a long sleeve shirt or sweater to put on during sessions.

8. What meals are provided?

Dinner on day 1 and breakfast on day 2 will be provided for students during the Base Camp experience. Dinner on day 1 will also be provided for 2 guests as part of the Orientation Fee. You may purchase additional meals for family members or friends when you arrive. Please be sure to include all your guests when you register for Base Camp- this helps us be sure we have enough food!

9. Will I be able to register for classes?

All new first-year students will have a schedule assigned to them by their academic school or college. During Base Camp you will have the opportunity to view and print your schedule. You will also be able to speak with an instructor from your particular major if you have any questions regarding your schedule.

10. Can I audition for a music ensemble?

Students interested in participating in the South Carolina School of the Arts music ensembles are encouraged to enroll in ensembles of your choice during your summer orientation visit. We have a variety of ensembles including the Anderson University Choir, Gospel Choir, Wind Symphony (band), String Ensemble, Instrumental Chamber Ensembles, Jazz Ensemble, and West African Ensemble (drumming and dance). You will be invited to sign up for an ensemble and will be enrolled by the South Carolina School of the Arts Office during your orientation. During the week prior to the fall semester when you are on campus, you will audition for the music director of your ensemble(s) for formal admission into the ensemble. Audition requirements for choral ensembles include vocal warm-ups and sight-singing, and requirements for instrumental ensembles include performing a short prepared piece and sight-reading. For more information about enrolling and auditioning in ensembles, contact Meghan Cole, School of the Arts Admissions Advisor, at

11. Will I be able to purchase my parking decal?

Yes, you will be able to register your vehicle and purchase a parking decal in the Campus Safety Office. You may go to this link and register for your parking pass to expedite the process at Base Camp.

12. Do I need to take the foreign language placement test?

You have an option to take placement tests for placement in Spanish or French classes. This test is offered during Welcome Week only.

1) Only those with two years (credits) or more of one language are eligible to take the placement test. 2) The test is ONLY necessary for students who wish to place higher than the default foreign language placement (131 for most students). 3) The placement test does not "get you out of" foreign language, it just lets you begin with a higher level class.

13. Who do I speak to regarding disabilities services?

Students with documented disabilities who wish to register for accommodations may submit their documentation to Dr. Dianne King, director of the Center for Student Success, during orientation. Guidelines for documentation and other information may be found on the Student Success web page. You may contact Dr. King by e-mail: or by phone: (864) 231-2026.

14. Will I be able to meet with Financial Aid?
Yes! Financial Aid will be available to answer general questions and their office will be open during Base Camp for you to stop by for any remaining issues. Be sure to plan ahead for your Financial Aid requirements. This check list is a great tool for making sure you don't miss anything!

15. How do I Register for Base Camp?

Click on the "Register" link in the menu on the upper left corner of the Base Camp home page. This page will provide more information include step by step instructions for registration.

If you have further questions that were not answered on this page, please contact us by phone: (864) 231-2107 or by e-mail:

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