Who must attend orientation?
All new first-time, full-time freshmen, transfer, and international students are required to attend New Student Orientation
coordinated by the Office of New Student Transition Programs to register for their first semester of coursework. Distance
students are excused from this policy and are defined as students in an all-distance program (taking only on-line classes).
Distance-only options are not available for freshmen.
Because of the nature of our comprehensive programs for freshman, orientation is not provided for freshmen students starting
in a summer term. Freshmen who are enrolling for the first semester during a summer term will be able to work directly with
University College to schedule summer courses, but will be required to attend the two-day comprehensive orientation program
to schedule fall courses. Transfer students will be eligible to attend orientation programs throughout the spring to schedule
classes for both summer and fall.
When registering for orientation, it is vital you are able to attend the entire program. Students who do not complete the
orientation program will not keep their academic schedule, nor receive their Sycamore ID.
Appeals may be made by calling the Office of Admissions or New Student Transition Programs and must be approved by the director.
What if I skip orientation?
Students meet one-on-one with an Academic Advisor during New Student Orientation to discuss their coursework for the first
semester of enrollment. Students need a PIN to register for classes. This PIN is used in the presence of an academic advisor and
is not given out to students until the second meeting with their academic advisor in scheduling for the second term coursework.
If a student schedules classes during orientation, but leaves the program without completing it, the academic schedule will be
Students take their picture for their Sycamore ID during New Student Orientation. Students, who attend orientation but skip sessions,
will not be granted their Sycamore ID until a make-up session is attended. Students completing orientation will receive both their
academic schedule for the upcoming semester, as well as their Sycamore ID.
Student Conduct at New Student Orientation
Students are required to abide by all policies listed in the Code of Student Conduct. Any violation of these policies during
New Student Orientation will result in a meeting between the student, Office of New Student Transition Programs, and Office of
Student Conduct and Integrity. Students in violation may be excused from the program and asked to reschedule their orientation
date. Consequences and ramifications of policy violations are dependent on the situation and may vary.
Who is charged a fee for New Student Orientation?
All students who are required to attend orientation (mentioned above), and/or students who register for coursework will be charged for
New Student Orientation. Students who attend orientation, but do not enroll in classes, will still be charged this programmatic fee. If
students attend orientation and decide not to enroll at the University, the student must contact the Office of Registration and Records
to ensure all classes are withdrawn and the bill updated. This fee will appear on the first electronic billing statement from the
Students are charged as follows:
New Student Orientation Fee
Orientation for Fall Semester
Orientation for Spring Semester
The New Student Orientation Fee covers the cost for, but not limited to; publications, refreshments, meals, parking, an overnight-stay for
students, and Academic Advising.
Late Arrivals Must Reschedule
Students who arrive after check-in and miss any session will not complete orientation or be given their Student ID.
Students who arrive after 11:00am during Freshmen two-day programs will be asked to reschedule their orientation date.