New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is an exciting, informative program for all new students and their family members.

Students, you will have the opportunity to meet and get to know your classmates, learn about the campus and available resources, meet with faculty and administrators and receive your course schedules. Family members, we also have an orientation designed specifically for you with information on how you can support your student along with some of the "nuts and bolts" that you're interested to know.

January Orientation

January Orientation is an opportunity for new students and their family members to connect with faculty and administrators, learn about campus resources, and meet other new students. During Orientation students will also have the opportunity to take placement exams and will receive their course schedules.

Each incoming student will be mailed a letter containing orientation and placement testing information in December. The placement tests will be given on Thursday, January 22. The math placement test will be at 1 p.m. and the Writing placement test at 2:30 p.m. Registration for Orientation and all placement tests will take place in the lobby of the Bart Luedeke Center.

If you are required to take a placement test, you will be contacted by your department. First semester freshmen are required to take placement tests based on either SAT or ACT scores. Please click the “Course Placement” link for detailed information.

Students who do not need to take placement tests should check in either Thursday, January 22 between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. (Resident Students) or Friday, January 23 at 8:30 a.m. (Commuter Students/All new students).  A continental breakfast will be provided at 8:30 a.m. on Friday morning, and the Orientation program officially begins at 9:00 a.m.

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January Orientation
January Orientation Dinner

Summer 2015 Orientation Dates

Transfer Student Orientation Dates
June 30, 2015
August 25, 2015

Freshmen Orientation Dates
July 8-9, 2015
July 12-13, 2015
July 15-16, 2015
July 19-20, 2015
July 22-23, 2015

Frequently Asked Questions

When and how long are orientation sessions?
All freshmen will attend a two-day program during the summer. Check in on the first day begins at 1:30 p.m. and the program begins promptly at 2:30 p.m. Parents and family members check in at the same time as their students. Day 1 programming for parents and family members ends with a reception at Dean Campbell's house, which starts at 8:15 p.m. Day 2 of orientation begins at 8 a.m. and ends by 1:30 p.m.

Transfer students will be assigned to a one-day orientation program on either Thursday, June 27 or Tuesday, August 27. Check in begins at 8:30 a.m. and programming ends by 1:30 p.m.

What if I need to change my orientation session date?
You are strongly encouraged to attend the session to which you are assigned - this will allow you to complete your course selection with an advisor from your department. If it is necessary for you to change your date, please call the Orientation Office at 609-896-5373.

Staying Overnight
Incoming freshmen are invited to stay overnight in the residence halls during Orientation. We have made special accommodations with local hotels for family members who are attending orientation to stay overnight at a discounted rate.

Are you a Westminster Choir College Student?
Visit the Princeton campus Orientation information section that is specific to Princeton campus students.