Do I have to go to Orientation? 

Yes! Orientation is mandatory. Students are required to attend all orientation sessions in order to help them prepare for their specific major and lives as student artists at UArts.

What if I can't check in during the allotted time?

These times are highly encouraged. However, we do understand if travel arrangements cause you to arrive earlier or later. Check-in will close at 4pm! Be sure to plan your arrival before 4pm.

What happens at orientation check-in? 

The check-in process at New Student Orientation is a little like going shopping and visiting each store. You will be given a check in bag, Orientation schedule, and your student ID. You will check-in with Health Services, Student Billing (if necessary), and have the opportunity to pick up information from local businesses. Residential students will get their keys at check-in.

Do I have to move in on August 23rd?

Yes! Move-in for new students is from 7am to 4pm on August 23. If you absolutely cannot move in on this day, please contact the Office of Student Life at studentlife@uarts.edu.

Is there parking available for move-in day?

Temporary 20-minute unloading zone parking will be available at each of our residence halls from 7am-5pm on August 23. At check-in, families will be provided with a map of parking garages in the area. Public Safety Officers will be present on the street to answer questions and there will be student leaders and volunteers to help students and their families get everything unloaded. 

When will I get my orientation schedule?

A generic schedule will be available on the orientation web page in early August. You will get a personalized orientation schedule when you check in on August 23rd.

Can my parents attend orientation with me?

Parents can attend the check-in and the optional Family Orientation Fair on Thursday, August 24 from 9-11am. Students are encouraged to use orientation as a time to meet other new students and become adjusted to life in Philadelphia. 

Is there a dress code for orientation?

No. Dress comfortably as you may be walking around a lot.

Do I need to sign up for orientation or pay a fee?

No. As orientation is mandatory for everyone, you are already "signed-up." There is no additional fee for orientation.

When will I receive my class schedule?

New students register for classes at different times depending on program of student and enrollment status. Although some new students may not register until advising day, all new students can expect to receive information from the Office of the Registrar by late July to early August. The Office of the Registrar sends all registration information to UArts email accounts only; be sure to check your University email account regularly.

What should I bring to orientation?

Photo ID (state issued or previous school ID). You'll be required to show proof of identification to pick up your school ID.

If you have additional questions, please contact New Student Programming Coordinator, Erik Cederholm, at ecederholm@uarts.edu or by calling the Office of Student Life at 215-717-6970.