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.
Spring 2014 New Student Orientation
Thursday, January 23rd- Placement Testing & New Student Welcome Dinner
New resident students may check into their residence halls between 1 and 4 p.m.
We will be holding Writing and Math Placement Testing in the afternoon. Please check with your Academic Dean’s Office to determine if you are required to take Placement Tests. Check in for the Math Placement Test will be at 12:45 p.m.in the Bart Luedeke Center (BLC) Lobby. Check in for the Writing Placement Test will be at 1:45 p.m. in the BLC Lobby.
You and your family are welcome to join us that evening for a New Student Welcome Dinner in the Fireside Lounge (BLC 2nd floor) at 6 p.m. that evening.
Friday, January 24th- New Student Orientation
Check-in for Orientation begins at 8:30 a.m. on in the BLC Lobby. The day will be full of opportunities to learn about the services, activities and academic resources available to you here at Rider. You will also receive your photo ID. If you will be a Commuter or a resident student who will have a car on campus, please bring your license, registration and proof of insurance in order to register your car and obtain a parking permit.
If possible, you should contact your Academic Dean’s office before Orientation in order to complete your spring course schedule; your academic coordinator will also be able to tell you if you need any placement tests. If you are unable to do this, you will be able to select courses during Orientation. The phone numbers for Academic Deans’ offices are:
College of Business Administration 609-896-5152
School of Liberal Arts & Sciences 609-896-5156
School of Fine & Performing Arts 609-896-5168
School of Education 609-896-5048
Fall 2014 New Student Orientation
All First Year Students entering the university for the 2014 Fall Semester will be assigned a New Student Orientation Session based on their academic major.
Freshmen Summer Orientation Sessions
Wednesday, July 9 – Thursday, July 10, 2014
Sunday, July 13 – Monday, July 14, 2014
Wednesday, July 16 – Thursday, July 17, 2014
Sunday, July 20 – Monday, July 21, 2014
Wednesday, July 23 – Thursday, July 24, 2014
Transfer Student Orientation Sessions
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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 2 p.m. for students staying on campus overnight and 2:30 p.m. for students not staying on campus overnight. 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.
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.