Undergraduate Students

New Undergraduate Student Orientation
We've designed New Student Orientation (NSO) to help you make a smooth transition into college life and to the University of the Arts in particular. NSO will be a fun-filled and enlightening time for you and your fellow incoming students. At NSO, you'll learn practical skills for being a successful college student-artist, experience first hand Philadelphia sights and sounds, and get to know your new classmates and faculty.

New Student Orientation will begin with your arrival on campus on Wednesday, August 26, 2015, at Hamilton Hall (320 South Broad Street, at the corner of South Broad and Pine Streets) and conclude on Sunday, August 30, 2015; classes begin on Monday, August 31, 2015.

The UArts NSO experience is particularly smooth for students thanks to the wisdom and enthusiasm of our student staff. The Orientation Leaders (OLs) are a group of our best and brightest upperclassmen who work around the clock to make the NSO experience stress-free, fun and full of useful insider information from the point-of-view of UArts students.

Click the image above to view the NSO brochure or  download it as a PDF.

If you have questions regarding New Student Orientation, please call the Office of Student Life at 215-717-6970. We look forward to your arrival in August!

International Student Orientation will begin on Monday, August 24, 2015. For more information, please view the International Student Orientation Schedule

Dates to Remember
Wednesday, August 26

  • Check-in and Move-in
  • Opening Act (Students and Parents invited)
  • Student Family Mixer

 Thursday, August 27

  • Family Orientation (Parents and Families)
  • Meet your Orientation Leader (OL)
  • Academic Workshops
  • Academic Advising (First Year and Transfer)
  • Campus Tours
  • Glow Party

Friday, August 28

  • Business of My Art
  • Student Activities Fair
  • Community Standards
  • Carnival Hodge Podge Night

Saturday, August 29

  • Health and Wellness Scavenger Hunt
  • Tour of the City/Trolley Tour
  • Urban Survival Skills
  • Open Mic Night

 Sunday, August 30

  • Sex on a Sunday Morning
  • Laptop self service

Monday, August 31

Classes begin


  • Part-Time Job Fair