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 program, while transfer students may choose either a five-day or one-day experience.
When you arrive on campus, the Orientation Leaders (OLs) will greet you. Orientation Leaders are current students who volunteer their time to help new students adjust to the University. An Orientation Leader will guide you and your group throughout Fall Orientation.
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
New 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, when it is available, by Monday, August 13.
Wednesday, August 29: Classes Begin
Transfer students have two options (you must select one):
Participate in the traditional five-day Fall Orientation, August 24-28
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, when it becomes available, by August 13.
Parents, Families, and Friends
We encourage parents, family, and friends to attend the activities on the first day of Fall Orientation, Aug. 24. The 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.