USCB Family Programs

Dear Sand Shark Family Members,

Welcome to USCB! We are so glad that your students have chosen to attend USCB. We understand what a valuable role you play in your student’s academic journey. Our students do not attend USCB alone, they bring all of your support and guidance with them. We also know that the transition to college is just as difficult for our student’s families as it is for them.

We hope that USCB’s Family programs will support you in this big transition and assist you in supporting your student to thrive at USCB. On this page, you will find information about our Family Newsletter, upcoming family events, frequently ask questions, and resources to support you.

The Office of New Student and Transition Programs exists to answer your questions and be a resource. Please do not hesitate to reach out. You can reach us by emailing or by calling 843-208-8024. Please let us know if there is anything you need!

Fins Up!
Laura Bessent
Director of New Student and Transition Programs


USCB Family Events

USCB New Student Family Info Sessions

At USCB we understand how important families are in the lives of our students. We also know sending your student to college is as much a transition for you as it is for them. This is why offer Family Info Sessions for our students’ loved ones. Incoming students can sign their family members up for a Family Info Session when they register for Sand Shark Registration Day.

Spring 2022 New Student Family Info Session

  • Friday, January 7th, 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM in Campus Center 105

Fall 2022 New Student Info Sessions

In-Person Sessions (for family members to attend during their student's Sand Shark Registration Day Event):

  • Wednesday, June 22nd 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM in the Campus Rec Center, Bluffton Campus
  • Friday, June 24th 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM in the Center for the Arts Auditorium, Beaufort Campus
  • Friday, July 15th 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM in the Campus Rec Center, Bluffton Campus
  • Saturday, July 16th 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM in the Campus Rec Center, Bluffton Campus
  • Friday, July 22nd 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM in the Campus Rec Center, Bluffton Campus

Virtual Sessions (for family members whose students attend a virtual Registration Day or who are unable to attend with their student in-person):

  • Wednesday, July 20th 5:30-7:30 PM
  • Friday, August 12th 5:30-7:30 PM

Family Farewell and New Student Welcome

Sunday, August 14th 2022

Each year on the Sunday of New Student Move-in we invite our new students and their families to celebrate the new journey a head at our Family Farewell and New Student Welcome. Students will meet their Orientation Leaders and families will be treated to delicious bar-b-que curtesy of campus dining and a carnival curtesy of Housing and Student Conduct.

Family Day

Saturday, October 1st

Fall 2022 will be USCB’s first ever Family Day held for the entire University Community. A final schedule of activities and a registration link will be posted soon, but please mark your calendars!


The USCB Family Newsletter is a resource to keep family members up to date about what is going on around campus and provides families with tips for supporting their student. The newsletter goes out monthly during the fall and spring semesters and once over the summer. You can sign up to receive the newsletter using our USCB Family Listserv Registration Form.

USCB Family Newsletter Archive

Frequently asked questions coming soon! In the meantime, if you have questions, please email

  • Sand Shark Families 101- As you might anticipate your relationship with your student may change after they start college. Here are a few tips to make that transition easier for you!
    • Attend the Family Info Session either in-person or virtually before your students starts USCB and come to as many of our Family Events listed in our events section as you can. This will help you keep in touch with your student and their academic journey.
    • Sign up for a read our monthly Family Newsletter so you are up to date on what is going on on campus.
    • Don’t forget about FERPA! Many parents and family members want to find out their student's grades, ask about their student's performance, or check on their student's finances. Access to all of these is protected under the federal Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA), which places limits on the right to review educational records. Once students are enrolled, regardless of age, you will not have access to their educational information unless your student specifically grants it to you.
    • Talk with your student about money early and often. Help them setup a budget so they can practice good financial wellness. If your student is going to need a job they can start their search on our Career Services Webpage.
    • Treat your student as an adult. When they come to you with problems, help them problem solve a solution. Suggest they reach out to resources on campus that can help them.
    • Keep up with our Academic Calendar each semester so you can keep up with important dates.
    • Be aware that course load and rigor changes from high school to college, and even college to college. Courses may be more demanding at USCB and students' grades may vary from what they are used to. Remind your student of the great resources and services USCB has to offer.
  • Where to stay- Beaufort County is a wonderful place to visit. Here we have listed some of our favorite hotels that offer great rates to our USCB family. Info Coming Soon!
  • Glossary of terms- College is a new world with a lot of new lingo. Your student may come home on break and you may feel like they are speaking a new language. USCB has put together a guide of commonly used terms in college to help you speak their language.

    USCB Glossary of Terms

  • Session Recordings.

    Spring 2022 Registration Day Session Recording