Virtual Days: January 12th at 10am OR January 14th at 4pm
Class Tours (In-person): January 14th from 6:30pm-8pm
Orientation is required for all students new to Arcadia. Prior to arriving on campus, you will be connect with your Academic Advisor and an Orientation Leader. Here are other things you can expect:
- Meet your Orientation Leaders and fellow classmates.
- Hear from multiple campus partners like Student Success, Financial Aid, and Campus Life/Housing.
- Gain knowledge on Arcadia and what it’s like to be a Knight.
- Explore technology used at Arcadia.
- Hear about academics and your majors.
- Learn about how you can get involved on campus.
Steps for New Students in Spring ’24 – Checklist
- Activate your Arcadia email address and access PortalGuard – Due Date: January 12th
- PortalGuard access is required for many onboarding activities!
- Submit your Housing Application – Due Date: January 3rd
- You must activate PortalGuard to submit a housing application.
- Complete your Math, Writing and Modern Language placement tests. – Due Date: January 1st
- Transferring from a 2- or 4-year institution? You will be contacted if placement tests are needed.
- Upload your health information and immunization documentation in your Patient Portal found on your PortalGuard – Due Date: January 5th
- This includes your COVID vaccination and booster information.
- For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Submit your photo to the GET app for your KnightCard – Due Date: January 12th
- Upload your proof of insurance via your PortalGuard – Due Date: January 5th
- Contact email@example.com for information.
- Submit your final college or high school transcript – Due Date: January 5th
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org for help.
Meet the Orientation Leaders
Orientation Leaders are here to help you transition easier. They are current students who have a lot of knowledge and experience about Arcadia University.
Julianna Chambers (She/Her)
Biology – Forensic Science Major, Class of 2024
Miracle Ruiz (She/Her)
Psychology Major with a double minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor, Class of 2024
Mattea Taylor (She/Her)
Biology-Pre Physical Therapy Major with a minor in Spanish, Class of 2025
Isaiah Heard (He/Him)
Computer Technology Major, Class of 2025
Noel Gonzalez Jr. (He/Him)
History Major with a Secondary Education Minor, Class of 2025
Zyah Fall (She/Her)
Sociology Major with a Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor, Class of 2026
Benjamin Lashbrook (He/They)
History Major, Class of 2026
Mirance Razzi (She/Her)
International Business with a Minor: Law & Public Policy, Class of 2026
Spring Orientation FAQs
What is virtual orientation?
Virtual Orientation is a chance for you to get better aquainted with the University. Topics include: Arcadia technology, financial aid, and academic succss
What is the time of virtual orientation?
Virtual Orietnation will last about an hour. You can attend on Jan,12th at 10am OR Jan 14th at 4pm.
Should my parents/support team attend the virtual orientation with me?
If you would like to have your parents sit in on orientation that is fine. It is geared towards answering all of your questions however.
What should I do if I can’t attend either virtual orientation day?
Connect with Darien Ryan at email@example.com.
Will I receive my spring class schedule at virtual orientation?
You will recieve it when you connect with your academic advisor.
When do I receive my KnightCard?
You will receive your KnightCard the day you arrive on campus. Students can submit your photo ahead of time in the GET app.
What is an Orientation Leader?
Orientation Leaders or OLs are current students who want to help ease your transition to Arcadia University. They will be a great resource for you since they have been in your shoes not too long ago. OLs will serve as your connection to the University.
When is the first day of class?
Tuesday, Jan. 16th
When do I find out who my academic advisor is?
You will receive an email with who your academic advisor is.
How will my previous college credits transfer?
Previous university credits will be reviewed by the Registrar’s office in conjunction with relevant departments/programs upon receipt of official transcripts for final equivalency. These credits will be available for review in your academic plan on self-service. Transfers will also receive a finalized credit sheet prior to meeting with a faculty advisor to inform their scheduling choices.