New Student Orientation FAQs

Below are some common questions we receive from students and their guests prior to Orientation, as well as the answers to these questions.
  • Where do parents stay during Orientation?plus or minus

    There are a number of local hotels from which to choose.  We have included a list of hotels for your convenience.
  • How long will each Orientation session last?plus or minus

    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.
  • Can I see my parents / guardians / students during the session?plus or minus

    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. Please don't plan on spending the whole day with them.
  • How do I sign up for Orientation sessions?plus or minus

    New first-year student will receive 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.
  • How much does Orientation cost?plus or minus

    The cost for family members and/or guests to attend is $70 per person and the cost for students is included in fees for Orientation and First-Year Activities.
  • What if I cannot attend an Orientation session or need to change sessions?plus or minus

    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 Center for Student Engagement immediately to make other arrangements.
  • Should I bring sheets and a pillow to stay over?plus or minus

    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.
  • If I'm a commuter, should I stay overnight?plus or minus

    YES! The two-day Orientation session is filled with essential information including Academic Advising, various placement tests, and important information about services and resources you will need to make a successful transition to the University. Since the schedule is full and there are opportunities to interact with fellow students, Orientation Assistants, staff, and faculty, we encourage you to stay overnight so as not to miss out on any of the important sessions or activities.
  • Do parents have to attend Orientation?plus or minus

    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.
  • How do I know I've been registered for an Orientation session?plus or minus

    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.  Additionally, students receive an Orientation confirmation email to their University of Scranton email address.
  • If I have a need for testing and/or physical accommodations, whom should I contact?plus or minus

    Students and/or parents who may need accommodations for the Summer Orientation program should call the Center for Student Engagement at (570) 941-6233 for assistance as soon as possible.
  • Do I need to take any placement exams during Orientation?plus or minus

    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.

    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