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Summer Orientation 2020

In order to help you get ready for college life, The University of Scranton will hold two-day Summer Orientation sessions for first-year students and their parents/guardians. Families can choose to attend one of four sessions that are filled on a first-come, first-served basis with an effort to ensure equal representation of students from each of our academic colleges. Later in the summer, we will send you information about our Fall Welcome program. It is imperative that new students attend these programs to ensure a successful transition of college life at The University of Scranton.

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Summer 2020 Orientation Dates

Session 1: June 22-23, 2020

Session 2: June 25-26, 2020

Session 3: June 29-30, 2020

Session 4: July 1-2, 2020






Registration instructions will be sent out in the Forms, Forms, Forms letter, which all first-year students receive in May. The letter will provide directions to log into, our University portal, to complete your forms. 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 completing your form once you have signed in to

Summer Orientation To Do

Prior to your arrival on campus for New Student Orientation, please make sure you complete the following tasks:

  1. Download the Guidebook* app. (App will be available mid June 2020)
  2. Change your my.scranton password if you have not done so already.
  3. Read the Written Placement Essay Article and Frequently Asked Questions. The information for Orientation 2020 will be available in early June.

Schedule Information

Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. The program on the first day begins at 9:30 a.m. with breaks for meals at lunch and again at dinner. A variety of informative and interactive sessions as well as evening entertainment will continue until 11:00 p.m. for students and 9:00 p.m. for parents and guests. The second day of the program begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends after course registration and advising have been completed, usually early afternoon. So that we may score placement tests adequately and provide individual academic advising, new first-year students must stay for the full program. There will be separate program tracks for students and parents/guests.

Session schedules will be available in early June 2020. Please note, the Orientation schedule information is subject to change.



During our Summer Orientation sessions, all new students will stay on campus in University Housing. Even if you are a student intending to commute in the fall, it is still recommended that you stay in University Housing for the Summer Orientation program.  This will allow you to take advantage of all that is tightly scheduled over the two-day period. Students will be housed in traditional first-year residence halls and should pack the following items below.  Parents and guests will need to make their own separate arrangements with local hotels for the night.  Parents and guests may also want to bring a light jacket or sweater to Orientation as the air conditioning in some of our indoor locations can make rooms a bit chilly.

List of items to bring:

  • Pillow
  • Linen/Sheets (beds are 76" or 80" - bring the long sheets if you have them!)
  • Towels
  • Blankets
  • Toiletries
  • Alarm Clock
  • Fan
  • Casual clothes
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Umbrella
  • Shower shoes/flip flops



The University is unable to provide on-campus accommodations for parents/guardians/guests. Any of our parents/guardians/guests may access local hotel information from the following link: [Area Hotel Info].


  • New first-year/transfer students: covered by the Orientation fee assessed to all first year and transfer students.  Please click here for a list of all general fees. 
  • Parents/Guardians/Guests: $70.00 fee per individual (covers meals and necessary materials)
  • Please note that all charges are directly applied to the student's student bill for the Fall Semester.  Bursar will send out billing in late July.

Information Technology

The IT orientation webpage has been designed to help all incoming students and their parents to navigate through our various campus technology resources. Learn more about our Student Laptop Program, wireless campus networks, telephone and cable services, and our Technology Support Center. This information will be reviewed during the Summer Orientation sessions in June.

Visit the IT Orientation page.


If you have any questions about Orientation at The University of Scranton, feel free to call the Center for Student Engagement at 570-941-6233 or e-mail us at

Still have questions regarding Summer Orientation? Access our FAQs, click here.