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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.



    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.

  • Spring 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 12:00 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 12:00 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 Spring Orientation and are not commuting, be sure that you (and/or other family members) have booked a hotel room for Saturday night.

    Summer Orientation

    Two days, overnight stay (on- or off-campus) required

    Students are required to stay overnight on campus.

    Parents have the option, but are not required, to stay overnight on campus; they may elect to commute, use a local hotel, or reside on campus.

    Late Orientation

    Students living on campus will move in on August 23 between 1:00–3:00 p.m. This orientation is for incoming students only.  We will not have a parent and family orientation.

    Summer Transfer Orientation

    One weekday on campus; overnight off-campus stay optional

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

    Late Transfer Orientation

    Transfer students living on campus will move in on August 24 between 7:00–9:00 p.m. This orientation will be for incoming transfer students only.  We will not have a parent and family orientation.

    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.  

  • 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.