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Rochester Ready | Preparing to arrive on campus (January 19, 2021)

Preparing for Your Arrival on Campus

group of suitcasesWe want to make sure you have the most up-to-date information regarding your arrival. The Arrival Information section of the Orientation website features details on how to prepare to travel to campus, including information on quarantine and COVID-19 testing requirements. As a reminder, for the latest updates on how the University of Rochester is responding to the coronavirus, visit the University’s COVID-19 Resource Center. Review these pages to make sure you are truly ready to arrive at Rochester.

Get Ready for Welcome Weekend

The Welcome Weekend app will be live soon! Whether you are joining us on campus or from home, the Welcome Weekend app is your go-to resource for the schedule of events, as well as campus and virtual resources, local recommendations from your Orientation Leaders, and much more.

Many Welcome Weekend events require registration, so be sure to look out for an announcement in Blackboard and an email from your orientation leader with directions on how to download the app to sign up for both in-person and virtual programs and activities.

Coming Soon: MANDATORY COVID-19 Safety Training Module

The University has an online COVID-19 Safety Training Module that all students, faculty, and staff need to complete in preparation for safely returning/arriving to campus. It is designed to ensure that everyone clearly understands the operational and procedural changes the University has made in response to COVID-19. It also explains the personal precautions that University community members are expected to take in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including adhering to face covering and social distancing guidelines.
All incoming students are REQUIRED to access and complete the training as soon as it becomes available later this month. You will be able to access the training module, listed as Return to Campus COVID-19 Safety Training, through Blackboard.

It should take no more than 15 minutes to complete and can be completed on a computer, phone, or tablet. Once you have reviewed all of the information, check the Completed box at the end to verify your participation. Questions? Please contact Environmental Health & Safety at questions@safety.rochester.edu.

Rochester Resources: Health and Wellness

the word mindfulness written on a piece of paperFrom medical care to counseling to mindfulness programs, the University of Rochester has a variety of resources and services to help you be your healthiest and happiest self. The University Health Service (UHS) is comprised of three different areas that provide you with holistic care: Primary Care Services, offering confidential healthcare services 24/7 throughout the calendar year; the University Counseling Center (UCC), whose therapists offer comprehensive assessment and treatment plans to all full-time students; and the Health Promotion Office, dedicated to helping you live, grow, and thrive on campus with a variety of health education and wellness programs.

The CARE Network is also a great resource for maintaining health and well-being. This referral system enables any student or faculty or staff member to express their concern about a person, incident, or issue by submitting a report online. Whether you are seeking support for a friend or yourself, referrals submitted through the CARE Network are a great way to connect you with the campus support and resources you need.


In preparation for your first semester, there are a number of items you need to complete. Here is a look at some upcoming deadlines:

As soon as you finalize your travel plans

REQUIRED: Complete the Spring Orientation Registration Form in MyROC

January 19

REQUIRED: Upload your campus ID photo to Blackboard

January 21

Set up your AlertUR preferences

Complete your Handshake profile and career cluster

January 22

REQUIRED: Complete your writing self-placement survey in Blackboard

January 31

REQUIRED: Complete all required modules through Blackboard

REQUIRED: Complete the Health Insurance Enrollment/Waiver

Complete the Contact Information Form for Separated/Divorced Parents (if applicable)

February 15

Submit your Final Official Transcript (if applicable; transfer students only)


View the complete Incoming Student Checklist on the Orientation website.

Quick Reminders

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Stay Connected: Follow UR Orientation on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, and be sure to join the UR Class of 2024, UR Transfer Students, and Parents of the Class of 2024 Facebook groups.

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