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Welcome To Orientation!


August 2018 Orientation

Welcome Class of 2022 and incoming Transfer students! Please note that the following move-in dates apply to both incoming first-year and transfer students.

International Student Arrival:

  • August 20, 2018
  • International Parent sessions will be held August 21, 2018

Domestic Student Arrival:

  • August 22, 2018

Parent Orientation:

  • August 22-23, 2018

*Classes Begin: August 29, 2018

Going away to college is a big transition but have no fear! We have an amazing Orientation program that will help make the college transition much easier and more enjoyable.

What is Orientation?

What a fantastic question! Encompassing a weeklong program organized by our incredible 2018 Orientation staff (stunning photo of the 2017 Orientation team below), incoming students will be introduced to each other, the campus, and the local community. Our Orientation staff and volunteers work hard to ensure you have a memorable week and a great introduction to life at the University of Rochester.


The programs and events on the first day of Orientation will be geared to all incoming new students. In mid to late June you will receive a mailing from Orientation regarding information on advising, foreign language placement, and your Academic Handbook. toward the end of June, all of the information is available online. International Students will be able to download all of the information online.

 Orientation Calendar

August 20, 2018

International Student Move-In Day
August 22, 2018First-Year & Transfer Move-In Day
August 22-28, 2018     New Student Orientation
August 22-23, 2018Parent & Family Orientation (Register Online beginning in mid-June!)

Settling In

The University will become a home away from home for students. Meal plans, housing, personal well-being, and decision making skills are all addressed by these organizations:

First Year Resources

Essential components of academic progress, personal and social well-being are addressed by these organizations:

Spring 2019 Orientation

January 13-15

New students enrolling in spring 2018 will begin their Orientation program on January 13, 2019 at 5 pm in Genesee Hall. The Orientation Office (In 311 Genesee Hall) will be open for questions and check-in on Sunday, January 13 from 12-5 PM. Mid-year Orientation is a highly personalized program that provides new students with opportunities to meet other new students, spend time with faculty and staff, and attend programs both on and off campus. You will also meet with current students who previously enrolled during a spring semester and are eager to share their experiences.

Information and registration materials will be sent in mid-December. Please check your University email. If you do not receive information regarding Orientation by December 30th, email We look forward to seeing you in the Spring and cannot wait to help you make the smooth transition into college life!

Mid Year Orientation Registration Form and your Academic Advising Form are available by following the links, or copying and pasting the information below.  Please fill out both forms by January 7th.



Please contact us if you have any questions about Orientation 2019. Follow us on TwitterFacebook, or Snapchat at U. Rochester Orientation!