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Base Camp Frequently Asked Questions

We highly recommend that you try and attend the session that corresponds with your college/major. If the date is full, please email This format is designed to give you the best, most robust Base Camp experience possible. On the recommended dates for your college, you will meet with the Dean and additional faculty to ask questions and review your schedule as well as hear a presentation that details more of your major. This is also designed so you can make meaningful connections with other students in your major.

Base Camp dates fill up quickly. If the date you would like to attend is full or has a waitlist, sign up for the waitlist. Reach out to the Student Involvement team at if you have any scheduling conflicts or concerns.

If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled Base Camp sessions, please email the Student Involvement team at

Due to limited space at each session, we cannot allow more than two guests per student.

We recommend bringing the following: 

  • A light sweater or jacket — most sessions are held in the air conditioning! 
  • Your Health Forms — if you have not already turned them in, bring them with you! (See FAQ)
  • Comfortable shoes– you’ll be doing some walking around campus!

Base Camp Orientation is casual. We encourage you to be casual and comfortable as you prepare for your day ahead. Both students and guests will be on the move for a big portion of the day. 

Helpful tip: you will also be taking your student ID picture the morning of Base Camp.

Please send an email to with the following information and we’ll be happy to update your registration:

  1. Student name
  2. Guest name
  3. Guest email address


Anderson University partners with iParq to provide you with an online portal to purchase your parking permit and pay any parking violations you may receive. Steps to purchase your new parking permit are provided below:

  1. The iParq link can be accessed through the Campus Safety website.
  2. Visit the AU Apps tab, and select Parking Permit Request
  3. Select “Click Here” under the Buy Permits box, and enter your student ID number, including the leading zeros (Example: 000123456). The permit you are pre-approved for will be displayed.
  4. Add the item to your shopping cart, and select “Continue.”
  5. To complete the check-out process, you will need to create a new account, and input your vehicle information.
  6. Once completed, you will be required to pay a $5.95 processing fee with a credit or debit card. The permit will be mailed directly to the address you provided.

If for any reason your ID is not working or you cannot log in, please contact Campus Safety at 864-231-2060 or

Please Note: If you will have a car parked on campus property, you must purchase a parking permit. Permits are valid from August 1 of each year to August 1 of the following year. If you have additional questions regarding your parking pass, please contact Anderson Central or Campus Safety. We also recommend that students become familiar with “Parking Zones” which indicate where you are able to park on campus.

Yes! The Office of Financial Aid will be available to answer questions during their program at Base Camp.

All new AU students will have a schedule assigned to them by their academic school or college. During Base Camp, you will have the opportunity to view your schedule, speak with your college Dean, and ask any questions you may have about classes.

Yes, lunch is provided. Students will be eating Chick-fil-A with their orientation groups (except on June 21, June 24, and July 19, students will eat in our Culinary Center!) Guests will be provided lunch featuring a menu provided by our on-campus dining partner, AVI. If you have any food accommodations or concerns, email the Student Involvement team at

For students and guests attending Base Camp Orientation, on campus accommodations will not be provided. If you are traveling and need accommodations, click here for a list of local hotels.

To register for Base Camp, you will log-in to your Admission Portal. Your username is the email address that you entered when first applying to AU. If you’re unsure of your username, contact your Admission Counselor and they’ll be happy to help.

Your password will be the same as when you first applied to AU. If you forgot your password, no worries! Please click the “Reset Password” button on the log-in page.


According to University policy, a completed Health & Immunization Form is required for all incoming students. This completed form should be emailed, mailed, or faxed to Thrive Wellness. If you are unable to email, mail, or fax your health forms to Thrive Wellness before your Base Camp session, you may turn these in at Base Camp Orientation during check-in.

Yes, but you will have to audition for the ensemble and take the class for credit. Plays and Musicals are competitive, but auditions are frequently open to the general student body. Contact the South Carolina School of the Arts Office (864-231-2125) for details.

Students with documented disabilities who wish to register for accommodations may submit their documentation to Ms. Genia Berndt, Director for Disability Services. Guidelines for documentation and other information may be found on the Student Success web page. You may contact Ms. Berndt by e-mail or by phone: 864-231-5516 to set up an appointment.If students require accessibility services during Base Camp, please contact Student Involvement at

FYE stands for the First Year Experience at AU. The mission of the First Year Experience is to help first year students thrive during their transition to Anderson University by providing support and guidance through meaningful relationships, relevant resources, and intentional programming. Upon arrival at Anderson, first year students are placed into an Alpha Group where they will find an upperclassmen peer mentor and new friendships as they begin their journey! As part of the First Year Experience, all first time students will also be enrolled in a class alongside their Alpha Group called AU 101. This course is designed to provide an engaging and supportive environment that strengthens academic skills and develops a clear purpose for the collegiate journey. Transfer students who were degree seeking at another college and transferred in more than 13 credit hours will be placed in a specific Transfer Alpha Group (TAG.) This Transfer Alpha Group will not be required to attend a weekly class, but will be led by an Alpha Leader and have multiple opportunities for support and community-building throughout the first semester!