Student Activities & Organizations

New Student Orientation

  • The dates for 2016 New Student Orientation are Thursday, August 18th to Monday, August 22nd
  • It is required that all students (commuters and residents) be present for all five of these important days, so please be sure to arrange your work schedules, vacations, family gatherings and other commitments accordingly.
  • This is only an overview; you will receive more information regarding Orientation in a July mailing. Additionally, a more detailed schedule will be provided at New Student Orientation check-in.
  • Don't forget to like the Official Class of 2020 facebook page at

Schedule at a Glance

Thursday, August 18th

8:00am-12:30pm  Resident Student Check-in           
11:00am-12:30pm  Commuter Student Check –in       
8:00am-4:30pm Student Services Available: Student Financial Planning, Public Safety, Student Billing Office, Registrar’s Office, Bookstore, Residence Life, Health & Wellness, Santander Student Banking
11:00am-1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Students meet for Class of 2020 picture
            Family & Friends are seated for Opening Convocation
1:30pm Opening Convocation
2:30pm Family Farewell **This is the time of day when families will depart campus**
3:15pm Meet Your Major
4:00pm Meet your Orientation Weekend Leaders (OWLs)
4:45pm Introduction to First-Year Seminar
5:15pm Dinner with First Year Seminar (FYS) Class
6:30pm Commuter Student Meeting
            Resident Student Meeting
7:30pm Building Our Community: It Starts with You
8:30pm Class of 2020 Kick-Off

Friday, August 19th

Your attendance is required from 8:00 am until 7:30 pm with optional fun events, to follow from 7:30 pm until midnight.

Saturday, August 20th

At 10am, Students in majors requiring a Biology placement test (Athletic Training, Occupational Therapy, Pre-Nursing, & Nursing) will take this test . All students are required to be present for the activities starting at 11am and continuing until 4pm. There will also be more, fun optional events after 4pm.

Sunday, August 21st

Upper-class resident students move in.
There will be more, fun optional activities around campus!

Monday, August 22nd

The normal class schedule is adjusted in order for all students to attend the Mass of the Holy Spirit.
This Mass traditionally opens the school year, and will be a teaching Mass for all members of the Alvernia community.

Other Important Information:

  • New students will participate in a Day of Service during the second day or Orientation. Students are advised to wear long pants, and closed-toed shoes.
  • When arriving on campus during move-in please make sure your bright colored sheet (that you will receive in the mail) is on your dashboard so that we can direct you to the appropriate parking place.
  • Residential students should use the labels provided in the mailing to label all of their belongings.

Questions relating to New Student Orientation can be directed to the Office of Student Activities:

Telephone: 610-796-8408



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