Welcome home! We are excited that you are a part of the Lafayette Leopard family.

Lafayette’s New Student Orientation is designed for all new-to-Lafayette students, including transfer and international students, and provides new students with the opportunity to meet faculty, staff, current student leaders, and other new students at the College. Orientation familiarizes new students with our shared community and academic values and expectations, encourages an understanding of the importance of operating in Lafayette’s pluralistic and inclusive community, introduces resources that can assist in making a successful transition to college life, and aims to instill an appreciation for the value of an academically rigorous and diverse community.

Fall orientation schedule at a glance

Friday, August 26th
8am-2pm Class of 2026 Arrival and Move In
9am-2pm Parent and Family Hospitality Den Open

Open Office Hours, Various Optional Activities, Games, & More

11am-1pm Family Picnic & Resource Fair
1:15pm Jummah Prayers (sponsored by Muslim Student Association)
3pm-4pm Parent’s Reception at the President’s House
4pm Student Meeting with Leos (Orientation Leaders)
4pm Family and Friends Depart
4:30pm Hillel Shabbat (sponsored by Hillel Society)
5pm-7pm Dinner with Leos
7pm Playing Safely: A Conversation About Alcohol Use
8:30pm Speak About It: A Performance-Based Presentation About Healthy Relationships
 9:30pm Residence Hall Meetings with Resident Advisors
10:30pm First Fest, Sponsored by L.A.F.
Saturday, August 27th
8am-9:15am Breakfast
9:30am-11am Academics 101
11:15am Lunch with Leos
12:15pm-4:45pm Marquis’ Mission, Pard Paths, & Life at Lafayette
5pm Dinner with Resident Advisors
7pm-9pm Our Lafayette Community
9:30pm Hypnotist: Chris Jones
Sunday, August 28th
7:45am Catholic Mass (sponsored by Newman Association) &  Protestant Worship (sponsored by the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life)
8am-9am Breakfast
9am Advising 101
10am Class Photo
11am Convocation
12:30pm Lunch with Leos
2pm Leo Group Meeting (Find your classes, Q&A, etc.)
5pm Dinner with Leos

Questions?

Contact the Office of Student Involvement:

Vanessa Pearson, Director
pearsova@lafayette.edu, 610-330-5031

Melissa Dalrymple, Associate Director
dalrympm@lafayette.edu, 610-330-5556