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New Student Orientation

Lafayette’s Orientation 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.

Phase 1: Pre-Orientation

Pre-Orientation offerings occur throughout the summer months and consists of working through required and optional steps on the First-Year Student Checklist, as well as a number optional, virtual opportunities to connect with faculty and campus resources. More details will be posted on this site in late spring and early summer. 

Phase 2: On-campus Orientation

Phase 2 of Orientation will begin on Friday, August 27th with move-in and welcome programming, and will conclude on Sunday, August 29th. Every new student will hear from their Orientation Leader in August about their specific Orientation schedule, which will consist of events including Convocation, an  Achieving Academic Success session with your PARDner (peer academic advisor), wellness programs, interactive games and activities, and other important sessions.

More details will be posted on this site in late spring and early summer.

Finally, the Office of Advising is currently working on first-year academic advisor assignments, and all first-year students will be notified about their academic advisor prior to August so those connections and conversations can begin.

More activities are also being planned that will help you get to know your peers and expectations for starting the school year. We look forward to welcoming you! If you have any questions feel free to reach out to Vanessa Pearson, pearsova@lafayette.edu.