New Student Orientation

Engagement & New Student Programs, University Commons, 215-517-2481,

The Orientation Planning Executive Committee (OPEC), consisting of professional staff and four students, coordinates the planning and implementation of the orientation program for new students. Upperclass student Orientation Leaders (OLs) are selected and trained to mentor and guide new students. More information about the New Student Orientation program is available at

Arcadia’s orientation program is designed to support new student transition to college life. In particular, orientation involves:

  • Taking placement tests for certain subjects to determine the appropriate course level
  • Selecting classes
  • Getting to know your new classmates
  • Meeting members of the Arcadia staff who will advise and support you
  • Answering questions about everything from housing to studying abroad
  • Including your parents, family, and friends in the process of beginning your Arcadia journey

Summer and Spring Orientation are one-day events where new students take placement tests and select classes. Fall Orientation takes place the five days before fall classes begin. First-year students participate all five days, while transfer students can choose to attend either the five-day or a condensed one-day option.


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