New Student Orientation

Arcadia encourages active student engagement, personal responsibility, and respect for all individuals. We hope you will become involved in our wide variety of academic programs and expansive co-curricular activities. We are confident that you will benefit from and contribute to our vibrant campus life. Orientation will help you get started.

What Is Orientation?

Arcadia’s orientation program for full-time students is an opportunity to set you on the best path for your transition to college life. In particular, orientation involves:

  • Taking placement tests (also called inventories) for certain subjects so you take courses that are right for you
  • Selecting your fall classes
  • Getting to know your new classmates
  • Meeting members of the Arcadia staff who will advise and support you
  • Answering your questions about everything from housing to studying abroad
  • Including your parents, family, and friends in the process of beginning your college career

Orientation Videos

Bruce Keller, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, explains the purpose of orientation and describes the day's activities.

First-Year Students

Jaime Miller, Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies, explains the purpose of orientation for transfer students and describes the day's activities.

Transfer Students

When Is Orientation?

Summer orientation is a one-day event where you’ll take placement tests and select your classes. There are seven dates offered for first-year students and three dates offered to transfers. You must select one.

Fall orientation takes place the five days before classes begin. First-year students participate all five days, while transfers can choose to attend either the five-day session or a condensed one-day option.

Starting in January? Learn about spring orientation.

New part-time student? Contact the Undergraduate Studies Office at 215-572-4045 for more information.

Forms and Information for New Students

Information and forms for new students can be found on the Next Steps for New Students page.

Resources for New Students

You'll learn about these campus resources at orientation:

Explore the AU Leadership Exploration and Development (AU LEAD) program open to all students that provides you with opportunity to grow into a strong, well-prepared leader ready to make change.

Learn about the Office of Career Education (OCE) and additional resources and events throughout the year that will give you the extra edge as you prepare for your career.

Find out more about the Community and Civic Engagement Center

The Office of Financial Aid and the One Stop Shop provide details on how to pay for your education, including information on different types of loans.

Learning Resource Network and Disability Support Service help enhance your academic experience and provide many services. such as tutoring.

Learn about Arcadia’s minor in music and see what type of music ensembles are available through the program. 

Get linens for your room through the Residence Hall Linens program.

Your first academic experience at Arcadia will center around the Summer Reading Book. Learn about this year's selection.

The Office of Undergraduate Studies provides academic resources, including advising and important contact information.

See how you can take advantage of Zipcar wheels on campus.