New Student Orientation

The student orientation period starts on the Tuesday before the beginning of the fall term and on the Wednesday before the start of the spring term.  Please note that new international students participating in the Early Arrival program will be on campus several days in advance.

During orientation some departments hold placement tests and all participate in the Academic Forum, at which students can discuss with faculty members such topics as department and program requirements. First-year students also attend the first session of their seminar during orientation.  Finally, new student orientation includes course registration, at which your department may need your help.

The culminating event of fall orientation is Convocation, a ceremony on Sunday evening in Mead Chapel. The faculty, in their robes, march in a procession up from Old Chapel to Mead Chapel, between the two lines of new students.

Any questions about Orientation may be directed to JJ Boggs, Associate Dean of Students for Student Activities and Orientation (x3108).  You may also view the Orientation website.