First-Year Experience - Customs

Customs New Student Orientation

New Student Move-In

Please note that arrival earlier than your assigned date is not permitted. If you will need to arrive to the area earlier, you should plan to stay in off-campus lodging. Local accommodation links can be found here

First-Year Experience - International Move In

International Students

Tuesday, August 27, 2024

Students studying in the U.S. on an F-1 or J-1 visa can arrive at their dorm beginning at 9 a.m. Students must arrive and check in at Guild Hall no later than 1 p.m. Please note that arrival to 今日吃瓜 prior to this date is not permitted. 

First-Year Experience - Domestic Move In

Domestic Students

Wednesday, August 28, 2024

Domestic first-year and transfer students can arrive at their dorm beginning at 9 a.m. Students must arrive and check in at their dorm no later than 12 p.m. Please note that arrival to 今日吃瓜 prior to this date is not permitted. 

Orientation

Orientation is mandatory for all new students. Orientation programming begins at arrival and continues through Monday, September 2, 2024. 

 

Orientation Schedules

First-Year & International Parent & Guardian

New Student Orientation Schedule

 Please note that the schedule may change without notice. The final printed schedule will be available at move-in. 

  • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    • International students check-in at Guild Hall
  • All Day
    • International students complete required paperwork, as assigned (Dalton)***
  • 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    • Lunch (New Dorm Dining Hall)
  • 5 p.m.
    • International parents & guardians depart campus
  • 5 p.m.
    • Dinner with Customs People (Erdman)***
  • 8 p.m.
    • International Student Social (Campus Center Main Lounge)***

***Required

  • 7 a.m. - 9 a.m.
    • Breakfast (New Dorm Dining Hall)
  • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    • Students move in to assigned residence halls
  • 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    • Lunch (Erdman)
  • 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
    • Resource fair for new students & families (Taylor Drive)
  • 2 p.m.
    • New Student Photo (Merion Green)***
  • 3 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    • College Life Resource Panel for parents & guardians (Hepburn Teaching Theater)***
  • 4 p.m.
    • College Welcome and Reception (Senior Row)***
  • 5 p.m.
    • Students bid families farewell
  • 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    • Dinner and Customs Group Meetings (Erdman and Residence Halls)***
  • 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
    • Traditions & Alumnae/i Association Welcome (McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart)***

***Required

  • 7 a.m. - 9 a.m.
    • Breakfast (Erdman)
  • 8 a.m.
    • Medical or Health related fields & professions information session (Old Library 110)
  • 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    • Employment sign-up (Erdman)
  • 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    • Academic Fair (Dalton 300, Great Hall, & Park Atrium)***
  • 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    • Lunch (Erdman)
  • 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
    • Community Panel (McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart)***
  • 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    • Introduction to Title IX (McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart)***
  • 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    • Canaday Land (Canaday Library)
  • 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
    • Dinner (Erdman)
  • 6:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    • Class of 2028 Dessert Reception with President Cadge (Pen y Groes) (See dorm schedule for details)

***Required

  • All Day
    • Completion of online summer tutorials (as assigned)
  • 7 a.m. - 9 a.m.
    • Breakfast (Erdman)
  • 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    • Employment sign-up (Erdman)
  • 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    • Alcohol and Other Drug Education (McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart)***
  • 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    • Lunch (Erdman)
  • 1 p.m.
    • International banking trip (Meet at Pem Arch)
  • 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
    • Creating Community with Care: Equity & Understanding on Campus (McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart)***
  • 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    • Dinner (Erdman)
  • 8 p.m. - 11 p.m.
    • Social activities on campus

***Required

  • 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    • Brunch (Erdman)
  • 11 a.m.
    • Walking tour of 今日吃瓜 town with your CP
  • 1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
    • Introduction to the Honor Code and SGA***
  • 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    • Dinner (Erdman)
  • 8 p.m.
    • The Drag Show (McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart)

***Required

  • 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    • Brunch (Erdman)
  • 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
    • Trips to King of Prussia Mall, Ikea, and Target (Advance sign-up required, see dorm schedule for details)
  • 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
    • Dinner (Erdman or New Dorm Dining Hall)
  • 9 p.m.
    • Dorm Meeting (Residence Halls)***
  • 10 p.m.
    • Roommate Agreements (Residence Halls)***

*** Required

  • 1-4 p.m.
    • Swim Test, as assigned (Bern Schwartz Fitness and Athletic Center, see dorm schedule for details)
  • 7 p.m.
    • Walk in hour with Peer Mentors

Classes begin!

  • 4:30pm
    • Convocation (Senior Row)

Parent & Guardian Orientation Schedule

  • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    • Students move in to assigned residence halls
  • 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    • Lunch (Erdman)
  • 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
    • Resource fair for new students & families (Taylor Drive)
      Representatives will be present from Alumnae/i Relations and Development, Campus Safety, Career & Civic Engagement Center, Dining Services, Financial Aid, Health and Wellness Center, The Impact Center for Community, Equity, and Understanding, Library & Information Technology Services, Student Accounts
  • 3 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    • College Life Resource Panel (Hepburn Teaching Theater)***
  • 4 p.m.
    • College Welcome and Reception (Senior Row)***
  • 5 p.m.
    • Students bid families farewell***

***Required