Freshman Orientation (2 Day Sessions)

Check-In Instructions 

Freshman Orientation check-in will be from 10-11 am on Day 1. During this time, students should check-in at the Charger Village Residence Hall (#24a on campus map) to receive their orientation housing assignment and drop off their belongings. Then, students and their parents/guests should check-in for Freshman Orientation in the Charger Union Lobby (#19 on campus map). The welcome session will begin promptly at 11 am.

Parking Information

Parking will be available in the Intermodal Parking Facility. Orientation parking is free and does not require a permit.

Orientation Programming

Students and their parents/guests will have the opportunity to take part in a two-day orientation session that is designed to help with the transition from high school to college and to ensure that students are prepared for the changes that are ahead.  

Day 1
  • Prior to Freshman Orientation check-in, students who have been admitted to the Honors College and their parents/guests will have the opportunity to attend a specific session about advising and the role of the Honors College. Additionally, students who are interested in professional health and law careers and their parents/guests will be able to attend a pre-professional advising session. 
  • Following check-in, students and their parents/guests will attend a welcome session, where they will meet our energetic Orientation Leader team, hear about their Freshman Orientation experience, and learn about living on campus, purchasing textbooks, and parking on campus.  
  • Next, students and their parents/guests will enjoy lunch in our newly renovated Charger Café. At the conclusion of lunch, students and their parents/guests will be split into groups based on their major and attend a session about their academic college.  
  • Upon completion of these academic sessions, students and parents/guests will attend separate programming. Students will be divided into their Charger Chat groups, where they will get the chance to get to know their Orientation Leaders, meet their future classmates, and hear from the Office of Student Life. Parents/guests will have the opportunity to attend a variety of break out sessions with topics including campus safety, balancing student involvement, paying for college, and parent-to-parent conversations.  
  • Students and parents/guests will reconnect to attend a financial aid session and to hear various topics from other campus departments.

  • Day 1 will conclude for parents/guests with a dinner with faculty. Students will be expected to stay on campus until approximately 7:30 pm to participate in dinner and Charger Chats group meetings. From 7:30 - 10 pm, students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of late night activities, where they will be able to get to know their future classmates. 

Day 2
  • Students will begin Day 2 bright and early at 8:15 am by enjoying a group breakfast with their Orientation Leader in the Charger Cafe. The Cafe will be open to parents/guests beginning at 8:30 am.  
  • Next, students and their parents/guests will attend presentations about Career Services and will learn about next steps that should be completed after Freshman Orientation. 
  • Following these sessions, students will attend academic advising in the academic college of their major. At this time, parents/guests will attend a parent panel session and a parent social.   
  • Students and their parents/guests will reconnect at a check-out resource fair, where they will have the opportunity to speak with campus departments including Health Services, Office of Financial Aid, Bursar's Office, Housing, the University Bookstore, and more. 
  • Day 2 will conclud with lunch in the Charger Cafe. Students will need to check out of their residence hall room and Freshman Orientation no later than to 12:30 pm.