First Year Orientation FAQs
IS ORIENTATION MANDATORY FOR NEW STUDENTS?
Yes, all first-year and transfer students are required to attend orientation programs to become acclimated to the University and to begin to make positive connections with University resources. At Edinboro, orientation involves a variety of programs and experiences. Among the programs are Registration Day, Fall Semester Orientation for New Students, and First-Year Experience programs that occur throughout fall semester.
WHAT HAPPENS AT REGISTRATION DAY?
Students entering in fall semester will participate in a summer Registration Day event and Orientation prior to the beginning of the fall semester. Days are assigned by the Admissions staff and generally occur in June. At Registration Day students participate in placement testing for math and English to ensure that they are registered for the appropriate courses. In addition, students meet with faculty and academic leaders who provide information about degree programs and expectations. Students meet the orientation staff and spend time learning about campus life and activities. Students get their ID card and first semester schedule. They also learn about campus resources and opportunities and visit the campus bookstore. An abbreviated Registration and Orientation program occurs for students beginning their studies in January.
Parents and family members who attend Registration Day spend part of their day with the student, when academic expectations are being addressed. Family sessions occur to introduce faculty and staff who interact with students outside of the classroom. Representatives from housing, university police, student health and financial aid are among the participants.
WHEN WILL I GET MY SCHEDULE?
First semester schedules are made for all incoming first-year students based on the preferred course sequencing for your major. For additional information click here .
WHY IS THERE A FEE FOR ORIENTATION?
The costs associated with the orientation program are not included in the student's tuition and other fees. Therefore, the University must charge a nominal fee to cover the operational expenses for the program. All print materials and publications, student program staff, meals and refreshments are included in the fee. For students, the fees associated with placement testing and the student ID card are also included. The student fee is a mandatory University fee, assessed of all students regardless of participation in any individual or set of orientation events. For family members, the fee covers some of the program cost and meals.
IS THERE A PARENTS' PROGRAM AT ORIENTATION?
Yes, students are encouraged to bring family members if possible. Family members who participate are better prepared to understand how to support their student's success and to access the resources on campus.