Coming to Orientation

  • Group of students on move-in dayEverything you need to know about planning your trip to campus, and what you’ll do when you arrive.

     

    Confirmation

    About a week before your selected date, you’ll receive a packet including the specific times of the program, information about the check-in site, a campus map, and a parking permit.

    Your letter of confirmation will indicate if any additional tests are required.

    (Note that confirmations for last-minute date changes and/or last-minute enrollments may be via e-mail or by phone.)

  • Housing/Overnight Accommodations

    Depending on the program you register for, you may need overnight accommodations on campus, or at an area hotel or motel. Expand the section for your program, below, to learn more.

    Check the Indiana Area Lodging Information page if you need to find a local hotel, motel, or B&B.

  • January Orientation

    Students living on campus will move in on January 16.  This orientation is for incoming students only. We will not have a parent and family orientation.

    April Freshman Orientation

    Two days, overnight off-campus stay required

    Offered in April, this program is nonresidential, which requires all participants (parents and students) to make their own housing accommodations, if not commuting. The spring program for students runs from approximately 12:30 p.m. through 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, and from 7:30 a.m. through 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. The parent program begins at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday and finishes around 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner in the dining hall. It begins the next morning at 7:30 a.m. and ends at approximately 1:00 p.m.

    If you are attending the April Orientation and are not commuting, be sure that you (and/or other family members) have booked a hotel room for Saturday night.

    June/July Freshman Orientation

    Two days, overnight stay (on campus) required.

    Offered in June, this program is residential and requires all (non-commuting) students to stay on campus in the residence hall. If parents are attending the parent and family orientation, they can choose to stay in a residence hall or make their own plans for accommodations.

    Student residence hall check-in at Wallwork Hall will be from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Day 1. The program begins promptly at 12:30 p.m. in the Eberly College of Business on Day 1 and will end at approximately 1 p.m. on Day 2.

    January Transfer Orientation

    Transfer students living on campus will move in on January 17. This orientation will be for incoming transfer students only. We will not have a parent and family orientation.

    Summer Transfer Orientation

    One weekday on campus.

    Program begins at 7:45 a.m. If you drive a distance, you may consider arriving in town the night before. 

    Northpointe Orientation

    One weekday on the Northpointe campus

    This one-day program at our Northpointe campus begins at 9:00 a.m. and concludes at approximately 3:00 p.m. No on-campus overnight lodging is available for this program.  

    Punxsutawney Orientation

    For students starting classes in January, the orientation will take place at the Indiana campus beginning at 12:30 on January 17, 2019. Please report to the Humanities and Social Science Building.

    One weekday on the Punxsutawney campus

    For students starting classes in January at Punxsutawney, the orientation will be at the Indiana campus beginning at 12:30 in the Humanities and Social Science Building on January 17, 2019.

    This one-day program at our Punxsutawney campus begins at 9:00 a.m. and concludes at approximately 3:00 p.m. No on-campus overnight lodging is available for this program.  

  • What to Pack

    If you are coming to campus for an overnight program, there are a few items that you are required to bring with you for your overnight stay in the residence hall.

    Even if you’re not spending the night, we recommend bringing along a few items to make your visit a little easier. Check out the complete What to Pack lists.

    How to Get Here

    Students and families living within driving distance and choosing to commute can get driving directions and view our map. Those that have to travel a little farther should review the various transportation options (such as bus, air, and train) that have service to or near Indiana, Pa. 

    Once You’re Here

    Your first order of business will probably be finding a parking spot. Then, you’ll have a busy day (or two) so check out the schedule for your program so you know where you are headed first. You’ll receive more detailed itineraries, but these will help you get an idea of your day.