Virtual New Student Orientation FAQs

Below are some commonly asked questions regarding virtual New Student Orientation. We will continue to update this list of questions as further details become available.

Will Orientation still take place in late June/early July?

Yes, Orientation sessions will take place in late June / early July in an entirely virtual format. Students will be able to sign up for a two-day Orientation session through their application status page.

What information will be covered at Orientation?

During the virtual Orientation sessions, we will be hosting a variety of live events over Zoom to allow our newest Royals to prepare for the transition to campus in the fall. This experience will provide an opportunity for you to connect with peers, meet your Orientation Assistants, and begin to explore how to prepare for life both inside and outside of the classroom. Please bring any questions you have about academics, life at Scranton, or the University in general and we will be ready to answer them in our live sessions!

In addition to the virtual Orientation sessions, students will also be able to complete self-paced modules to cover essential information related to life at Scranton. We will also have additional information available for parents and guests to review to help their student prepare for transition to life at the University. Additional updates regarding these post virtual Orientation opportunities will be communicated in early July.

How do I sign up for virtual Orientation sessions?

Students will complete the registration process for themselves and their guests through their application status page.

How do I actually attend my virtual Orientation session?

The virtual Orientation sessions will include variety of live events over Zoom to allow our newest Royals to prepare for the transition to campus in the fall. We will have two parallel schedule tracks, one for new students and one for parents/guests. Students (and parents/guests) who register for an Orientation session will receive an email from the Center for Student Engagement shortly before your scheduled session with information regarding attending the session virtually.

What is the schedule for my virtual Orientation session?

Each student (along with registered parents/guests) will attend a virtual Orientation sessions in late June / early July. Students will learn about acclimating to campus life and a variety of campus resources that can assist them with the transition to college. There will be live content for both students as well as parents/guests. Please see the sample schedules below for additional information:

*Please note, these schedules are subject to change.

Is Orientation required for all incoming students?

Yes, all incoming first year students are required to attend a virtual Orientation session. Participating in Orientation is a critical step in fostering a smooth transition to the University. During Orientation, you will meet other incoming students, learn about resources, and discover ways to be successful at The University of Scranton.

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

If something should come up that makes 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 at (570) 941-6233 or If for any reason you absolutely cannot participate in any of the Orientation sessions, please contact the Center for Student Engagement immediately to make other arrangements.

I plan on attending virtual Orientation session in late June/early July. What can I do between the end of Orientation and Fall Welcome Weekend in August?

We will be hosting virtual informational and social events for students to attend at regular intervals over the summer. Students are encouraged to participate in these optional opportunities as they are designed to help them in connecting with their peers and getting any questions answered. We are excited to help you prepare for your transition to college! More information about these opportunities will be shared in early July.

How much does Orientation cost?

Due to the change in program format and in light of the pressures facing Scranton families, the University has decided to waive the fees associated with this year's New Student Orientation program.

Will Fall Welcome Weekend still take place?

Given the University’s decision to begin the semester on August 17, the date for move-in and Fall Welcome will be adjusted. Additional information regarding the dates, schedule, and format of the Fall Welcome will be available in mid-July.

When will students move into the residence halls?

Given the University’s decision to begin the semester on August 17, the date for move-in and Fall Welcome will be adjusted. More detailed information will be shared later in the summer. For information about move-in, please contact the Residence Life office at 570-941-6226 or visit their website.

When will I know information about my fall course schedule?

All new students will have the opportunity to meet individually with an academic advisor virtually over the summer. In these sessions, students will be able to ask questions relative to course schedules, etc. All incoming students will receive an email from their academic advising center inviting them to schedule an appointment to review their fall schedule, go over your academic goals, and answer any questions you have about academics at the University.

I have a medical, mental health, or disability-related need. Who should I contact?

The Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (which processes accommodation requests), the Counseling Center, and Student Health Services are open now and throughout the summer. We encourage you to reach out in early summer to ensure that any accommodations can be in place before the semester starts.

Contact Information:

Is Scranton gear available for purchase from the Bookstore?

Yes, you can stock up on Scranton gear via our online bookstore.
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