What is Orientation?
The orientation program is designed to help your son or daughter make a successful transition to Quinnipiac and college life.
During Orientation, students have the opportunity to meet with academic deans who will explain Quinnipiac's academic requirements. In addition, students meet with faculty advisers to discuss possible courses for the first semester and learn about the variety of campus resources through staff and upper-class students, known as orientation leaders. We have social activities to help students start the process of making new friends with their classmates, the Class of 2017. It is important to note that once registered, students are expected to participate in the entire experience and to remain on campus at all times. The Orientation program is an overnight experience where incoming students spend one night in our on-campus residence halls.
Students have the opportunity to:
- Live in the residence halls
- Meet Orientation leaders and network
- Get to know faculty and staff
- Explore the campus
- Meet the Class of 2017
- Attend social events
- Understand the academic requirements of QU
As a parent or family member, you are important to our Quinnipiac community. While our students gain independence, we know that they will continue to turn to you for support, encouragement, advice and counsel. We offer an Orientation session for parents and family members on the first day of each session (June 10, June 13, June 17 and June 20) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You'll learn about the University's services, resources and opportunities for students and have a chance to ask questions. The schedule includes a welcome from University administrators; breakout sessions on residential and campus life, campus and cyber safety, registrar, bursar, and counseling and health services; campus tours; and a barbecue for parents.
When is Orientation 2013?
- June 10-11
- June 13-14
- June 17-18
- June 20-21
- Aug. 21-22
Students only need to attend one session; however, students must be present and participate in all activities. Late arrivals and early dismissals are not allowed due to the group experience.
When should we plan to arrive on campus for a session?
If you are traveling from a distance of more than 3.5 hours away, you may call the Student Center and Campus Life at 203-582-8673 to request an arrival date the evening prior to your orientation session. Unfortunately, we can only offer overnight accommodations to students and will not be able to accommodate parents.
Students may drive themselves to Orientation. Please note that cars will be parked in a lot, and that lot will be locked for the duration of the program. Once students are on campus, they are not allowed to leave until the end of the Orientation session on their second day (June 11, 14, 18 or 21) at 5 p.m.
When will we be notified about Orientation and how do we register?
In late April/early May, all students who have paid deposits will be sent, via the e-mail address they gave the admissions office, an invitation to register for Orientation. This is an online process only; therefore, phone registrations cannot be accepted. Students are not only registering for an Orientation session, they are also creating their Quinnipiac accounts and will need to take the math placement test online.
Will there be placement exams during Orientation?
No. Placement tests are all done online via QStart. Students should complete them a minimum of five days prior to their scheduled Orientation session.
Will registration for Fall classes take place at Orientation?
Students who choose to participate in a June session will register for their fall courses at orientation. Students who choose to participate in the August session will register for courses the last week of June. The Registrar's Office controls the number of seats open for each section so those who attend a later June or August session are not at any disadvantage for course registration. In order to have a successful course registration experience students will need to complete their placement tests five days prior to attending their registered orientation session.
What should students bring to campus?
- A personal device with wireless internet capabilities. A personal device can be either a laptop computer or tablet. Not a smart phone!
- Printed copy of your placement score results (see step #6 on QStart)
- Printed copy of your academic evaluation report (see step #6 on QStart)
- Printed copy of your course selection sheet (see step #6 on QStart)
- Linens (sheets and/or sleeping bag, blankets, pillows)
- Towels and washcloth
- Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothpaste etc.)
- Casual dress (comfortable shoes, sneakers)
- Spending money (meals are included but snacks are on a cash basis)
Where can I get more information?
The Department of the Student Center and Campus Life