New Student Orientation : FAQs

  1. 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.
  2. 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 3pm! Be sure to plan your arrival before 3pm.
  3. What happens at orientation check-in?
    The check-in process at New Student Orientation is a little like going shopping and stopping at every store. You will be given a packet of orientation information 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.
  4. Do I have to move in on January 15?
    Yes! Move-in for new students is from 10am to 3pm on January 15. If you absolutely cannot move in on this day, please contact the Office of Student Life at studentlife@uarts.edu.
  5. 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 January, all new students can expect to receive information from the Office of the Registrar by late December to early January. The Office of the Registrar sends all registration information to UArts email accounts only; be sure to check your University email account regularly.
  6. When will I get my orientation schedule?
    A generic schedule will be available on the orientation web page in early January. You will get a personalized orientation schedule when you check in on Januray 15.
  7. Can my parents attend orientation with me?
    Parents can attend the check-in portion of orientation. Students are encouraged to use orientation as a time to meet other new students and become adjusted to life in Philadelphia.
  8. Is there a dress code for orientation?
    No. Dress comfortably and warm as you may be walking around a lot.
  9. 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.
  10. 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 the Office of Student Life at 215-717-6970 or studentlife@uarts.edu