What you need to know today
The time is here for the start of your University of Rochester journey! As our orientation theme reminds you, CaptURe these moments! Our international students are arriving today, but the rest of you are coming Wednesday. We are excited to welcome you to campus and wanted to give you some last-minute information about the exciting week ahead.
Orientation Leaders Tiffany, Tayfun, Liz, and Adrian
Move-In Day Reminders
Domestic Move-in Day is August 23. While you already received the following as a part of your first-year move-in information, please review this when packing for move-in day.
- Clearly mark all your boxes and other belongings with your name, building, and room number.
- Before you leave home, be sure to have your preprinted residential life and orientation move-in card (enclosed in your move-in mailing) with you.
- Place the hang tag (indicating your living area) from your rear view mirror with the area name facing outward.
- Enter campus via Kendrick Road. GPS coordinates: 43.1177, -77.6325. Specific travel directions are enclosed in the mailing.
- As you move through the queue, you will receive your room keys, room condition forms and other important check-in and orientation information.
- Once you have completed the process in Park Lot, you will be sent to your residence hall area in controlled numbers. There will be plenty of student staff to assist with unloading and carrying your belongings to your room. The driver must remain with the car at all times.
Get Your ID, Mailbox Key, Campus Office Info at Expo
All students are expected to stop by the Campus Expo (open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) on Wednesday, August 23, in Lam Square of Rush Rhees Library. Even if you have already moved on campus, please stop by. This is where you will receive your ID card and campus mailbox key and representatives from many offices on campus will be there to answer your questions. There will also be cell phone vendors and banks at the expo in case you want to set up or change accounts. Enter through the front doors of Rush Rhees Library, from Eastman Quad. If an accessible entrance is needed, enter through the back of the library near the bus stop. Look for volunteers in yellow shirts.
Convocation Ceremony Welcomes New Students
In starting your academic career at the University, Convocation is a wonderful ceremony to formally welcome new students. All incoming students and family members are invited to join President and CEO Joel Seligman, Vice President Paul Burgett, Dean of the College Jeffrey Runner, Dean of Students Matthew Burns, faculty, and staff. The event will be held on Wednesday, August 23, at 5 p.m. Look for the big tent on Eastman Quad and Meliora Plaza. Convocation will be immediately followed by a celebration dinner for all parents and families.
Résumé Review Offered at Job Fair
At the Job Fair on Friday, August 25, the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center will have peer career advisors and staff doing résumé review. Drop off a copy of your résumé (or submit it electronically at any point that day or over the weekend) and advisors will offer feedback within a week or so to assist with your on-campus job search.
Orientation Leaders Recommend ...
Don’t miss these events:
- Wednesday, August 23: Ice Cream Social, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Rush Rhees Library
- Thursday, August 24: Party on the Quad, 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., Wilson Quadrangle
- Friday, August 25: Jazz Fest, 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Feldman Ballroom in Douglass Commons
This is just a sampling of the many events happening at the University. Check out the orientation schedules here and get involved with the many opportunities campus has to offer!
Wilson Day of Service Introduces You to Rochester Community
One of your first forays into getting to know the larger Rochester community is Wilson Day, an annual day of community service for new and incoming students. On Monday, August 28, you will be transported in large groups to dozens of sites throughout the city completing meaningful projects at educational and nonprofit organizations. Don’t miss the community service fair at the end of the day while enjoying ice cream treats provided by the librarians of Rush Rhees Library. Wilson Day has been helping to make the University “ever better” for more than 25 years.
Don't Miss a Beat: Watch Social Media for Updates
Add UR Orientation on Facebook and check out our orientation page to follow us and see important events.
Also see Twitter @UROrientation or our Instagram page for these Orientation updates!
And if you haven’t already, join the Class of 2021 page on Facebook.
This year, in order to make our University and your experience ever better, we are evaluating five individual sessions from your overall orientation and transition experience. Stay tuned for emails at the end of orientation for more information. Floors that have over 85 percent participation will be entered for a chance to win prizes.