New Student Orientation FAQs

Where do parents stay during Orientation?

There are a number of local hotels from which to choose.  We have included a list of hotels for your convenience. Back to the top.

How long will each Orientation Session last?

The Orientation session will begin at 8:00 a.m. on the first day and continue through about 1:30 p.m. the second day. Back to the top.

Can I see my parents / guardians / students during the session?

Students and parents/guests each have a different schedule to follow that is packed for both days. Although most of the programs and activities are separate, there will be a few times where they overlap and you can see your parents/student for a short amount of time. Just don't plan on spending the whole day with them. Back to the top.

How do I sign up for Orientation sessions?

New first-year student will recieve a mailing in May with instructions on how to log in to the University portal. You will be able to make your choice online. Sessions are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited in capacity for each academic college. Call us if you have trouble logging in once you have received your instructions. Back to the top.

How much does Orientation cost?

The cost for family members to attend is $70 per person and the cost for students is included in fees for Orientation and First-Year Activities. Back to the top.

What if I cannot attend an Orientation session or need to change sessions?

If something should come up where it is impossible for you to attend the session you are scheduled for and you need to switch sessions, please contact the Center for Student Engagement immediately. If for any reason you absolutely cannot make any of the Summer Orientation sessions, you must contact the Orientation Office immediately to make other arrangements. Back to the top.

Should I bring sheets and a pillow to stay over?

Yes. The University does not provide sheets and a pillow so bring whatever you feel you would need to sleep over for one night. Keep in mind, it is only one night, so you won't need to bring a lot. Your schedule will be full. We included a list of items to bring under the accommodations section. Back to the top.

If I'm a commuter, should I stay overnight?

YES! The two-day Orientation session is filled with essential information including Academic Advising, various placement testing and important information about services and resources you will need to make a successful transition to the University. Since the schedule is so full and there is opportunity to interact with fellow students, Orientation Assistants, staff and faculty it is highly encouraged that you stay overnight as not to miss out on any of the important sessions or activities. Back to the top.

Do parents have to attend Orientation?

There is a separate schedule for parents/guardians throughout Orientation where they will receive information about their student's transition into college life. They will also get a chance to meet and speak with faculty and staff and ask any questions they might have regarding the University. It is highly encouraged that parents/guardians attend the Orientation Program. Back to the top.

If I have a need for testing and/or physical accommodations, whom should I contact?

Students and/or parents who may need special accommodations for the Summer Orientation program should call the Orientation Office at (570) 941-6233. Students with testing needs must call the Orientation Office for assistance no later than June 17, 2016. Back to the top.

How do I know I've been registered for an Orientation session?

When you register online, after hitting the submit button, a receipt will pop up on the screen.  This is your confirmation.  We recommend that you print this receipt and keep it for your records. No additional information will be mailed to you regarding Orientation.  There is information on the receipt regarding where to check in once you arrive at the University. Back to the top.

Do I need to take any placement exams during Orientation?

All students have to take both Math and Composition placement exams during Orientation.  Certain students may have to take a Chemistry or a Language Placement exam.  If you have questions regarding whether or not you will need to take an exam, please contact your Advising Center.  Should you need testing accommodations during Orientation, please contact the Center for Student Engagement at 570-941-6233. Back to the top.

The phone numbers of each Advising Center are listed below.

  • College of Arts and Sciences (570) 941-6323

  • Kania School of Management (570) 941-6100

  • Panuska College of Professional Studies (570) 941-6390