New Student Fall Orientation

With input from current students, Arcadia University designs the five-day Fall Orientation program to help support your transition into the Arcadia family.

All new full-time, first-year students are expected to attend the entirety of the program, while transfer students may choose either the five-day or one-day experience.

When you arrive on campus, the Orientation Leaders (OLs) will greet and guide you and your group throughout Fall Orientation. Orientation Leaders are current students who volunteer their time to help new students adjust to the University.

2018 Schedule

Friday, August 24: Opening Day

  • 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: Resident student check-in in the Kuch Center, Gym
  • 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.: Commuter and Fall FYSAE student check-in in the Kuch Center, Gym
  • 11:30 a.m.: Official Welcome to Arcadia University in the Kuch Center, Gym
    • There are separate programs for families and friends and students during the day
  • 3:30 p.m.: Reception hosted by the Parent and Family Network, Haber Green
  • 4:30 p.m.: Families and friends depart following the Parent and Family Network Reception
  • Activities for new students continue throughout the evening

Saturday, August 25 -Tuesday, August 28

A variety of activities, workshops and group meetings will take place to answer your questions and give you the information you need to be successful at Arcadia University.

Monday, August 27: Day of Service

First-year students and transfer students participating in the 5-day Fall Orientation will take part in the 27th Annual Day of Service on Monday, August 27. Community service is an integral part of Arcadia’s mission and is an amazing opportunity for personal growth, something employers look for on resumes. In order for us to best place you on a site, please submit the Day of Service Survey by Monday, August 13.

Wednesday, August 29: Classes Begin

Transfer Students

Transfer students have two Fall Orientation options (you must select one):

  1. Participate in the traditional, five-day Fall Orientation, August 24-28
  2. Attend a condensed, one-day version of Fall Orientation on Tuesday, August 28

Tell us which option you’ve selected by submitting the Transfer Student Fall Orientation Selection form by Monday, August 13.

Parents, Families, and Friends

We encourage parents, family, and friends to attend the activities on the first day of Fall Orientation, Friday, August 24. Programs are designed with the specific needs and interests of parents, family, and friends. For general questions related to orientation and the transition of new students, families, friends, and guests, are encouraged to review our Frequently Asked Questions guide.