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New Student Orientation

Your transition to UArts will be one of the most exciting and thought-provoking times of your life. We have created Orientation for new students around one simple idea—to help you transition so you will be more likely to succeed as a student-artist.

NSO will be a fun-filled and informative time for you and your fellow incoming students. At NSO, you'll learn about the university resources available that'll help you be a successful student-artist, learn strategies for navigating virtual learning and get to know your new classmates and faculty.

The UArts NSO experience is particularly exciting for students thanks to the wisdom and enthusiasm of our student staff. The First Year Guides (FYGs) 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.

Be sure to save the following dates for fall 2022 New Student Orientation.

  • Virtual Orientation: Aug. 16–18

  • Residential New Student Move-In: Aug. 23

  • In-Person Orientation: Aug. 24–25

  • Classes Begin: Aug. 26

  • Welcome Weekend: Aug. 27

Be sure to check your UArts email for the most up-to-date information about New Student Orientation. 

If you have any questions about the New Student Orientation schedule, contact the Office of Campus Life at 215-717-6144 or campuslife@uarts.edu.

All newly enrolled graduate students will attend the New Graduate Student Orientation. Learn more about New Graduate Student Orientation.

New Student Orientation Fall 2020

 

Orientation Schedule

Virtual Orientation: Aug. 1618

Virtual Orientation will consist of materials we will ask you to read and review in your online Orientation classroom, some live Zoom presentations, small group meetings with your Orientation group and opportunities to get to know other new students. If you cannot attend one of the live Zoom sessions, you can view it in your Orientation classroom at your convenience. Virtual Orientation materials must be completed before the first day of classes. Links will be shared to your @uarts.edu email in advance of Virtual Orientation.

Saturday, Aug. 13
11 a.m.–12 p.m.: Support System Meeting

Tuesday, Aug. 16
 1:00 p.m. EDT: Welcome and Overview of New Student Orientation + FYG Group Meeting
3:00 p.m EDT: UArts 101 & Canvas Basics
7:00 p.m. EDT: Optional Virtual Game Night that FYGs run
Canvas Classroom Opens!

Wednesday, Aug. 17
1:00 p.m. EDT: Life as a UArtist 
2:30 p.m. EDT: Know the Code 

Thursday, Aug. 18
3:00 p.m. EDT: Work Study Info Session 
 

In-Person Orientation: Aug 2325

In-Person Orientation will consist of a campus tour, a neighborhood tour and some fun activities to help you get to know other new students. This orientation will be designed for all incoming students for fall 2022.

Tuesday, Aug. 23: New Student Residential Move-In

  • 9:30–11 a.m.: Move-In: last names A–E

  • 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: Move-In: last names F–K

  • 12:30–2 p.m.: Move-In: last names L–Q

  • 2–3:30 p.m.: Move-In: last names R–Z

Wednesday, Aug. 24 - Thursday, Aug. 25: In-Person Orientation
More details will follow in July.

Tuesday, Aug. 23 - Residential Students Move In

  • 9:30 a.m - 11:00 a.m.: Move-in - Last Names A - E - Solmssen Court, Hamilton Hall
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Move-in: Last Names F-K - Solmssen Court, Hamilton Hall
  • 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Move-in: Last Names L - Q - Solmssen Court, Hamilton Hall
  • 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Move-in: Last Names R-Z - Solmssen Court, Hamilton Hall
  • 5:00-6:30 p.m: Dinner - Solmssen Court, Hamilton Hall
  • 7-8 p.m. Get to know your neighbor activity - on your residence hall floor 
  • 8-9pm: Building Social - Residence Hall Lounges 

Wednesday, Aug. 24

  • 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.: Breakfast for Residential Students - Terra Market
  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Commuter check-in - Solmssen Court, Hamilton Hall
  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Commuter Lounge - Admissions Welcome Center, Hamilton Hall
  • 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.: 
    • Juniper and Spruce Residents - A Resident’s Guide to Living on Campus - Caplan Recital Hall, Terra Hall 17th Floor
    • Furness and Pine Residents - Roommate Agreements - Meet with your RA in Terra Hall 
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.:
    • Furness and Pine Residents - A Resident’s Guide to Living on Campus - Caplan Recital Hall, Terra Hall 17th Floor
    • Juniper and Spruce Residents - Roommate Agreements - Meet with your RA in Terra Hall
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Lunch with Your Orientation Group 
    • Residential Students Pick up lunch on 17th floor of Terra and meet FYG in your assigned classroom
    • Commuters pick up lunch in Solmssen Court
  • 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.: Campus Tour - leaving from lunch location
  • 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.: School Welcome Meetings 
    • School of Film - Connelly Auditorium, Terra Hall 9th Floor
    • School of Dance - Terra Hall, Room 205
    • School of Theater - Arts Bank Main Stage
    • School of Music - Caplan Recital Hall, Terra Hall 17th Floor
    • School of Art - Hamilton Hall, Room 316
    • School of Design - CBS Auditorium, Hamilton Hall
  • 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.: Placement Exams 
    • Brind School of Theater - Terra Hall Rooms 606
    • School of Music - Caplan Recital Hall, Terra Hall 17th Floor
    • COMP Placement Exams (for students who have not completed it yet): Terra Hall, Room 1013
  • 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.: Dinner - Solmssen Court, Hamilton Hall
  • 7:30-9:00 p.m.: Opening Act - Levitt Auditorium, Gershman Hall 3rd Floor

Thursday, Aug. 25

  • 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Breakfast - Solmssen, Hamilton Hall
  • 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. - Mindful Morning Movement and Relaxation - Terra Hall, Room 203
  • 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    • Groups A-F & S-Z: Neighborhood Tour - Meet in Solmssen Court, Hamilton Hall
    • Group M-R: Unicorn Social - Levitt Auditorium, Gershman Hall
    • Group G-L: Explore our Centers - 
    • Groups G-I Meet in Furness Courtyard, Hamilton Hall 
    • Groups J-L meet in Juniper Lobby 
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Groups G-L & M-R: Neighborhood Tour - Leave from your current location
    • Group A-F: Unicorn Social - Levitt Auditorium, Gershman Hall
    • Group S-Z: Explore our Centers -
    • Groups S-V Meet in Furness Courtyard, Hamilton Hall 
    • Groups W-Z meet in Juniper Lobby 
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    • Groups A-L: Lunch - Solmssen Court, Hamilton Hall
    • Group S-Z: Unicorn Social - Levitt Auditorium, Gershman Hall
    • Group M-R: Explore our Centers - 
    • Groups M-O Meet in Furness Courtyard, Hamilton Hall 
    • Groups P-R meet in Juniper Lobby 
  • 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    • Groups M-Z: Lunch - Solmssen Court, Hamilton Hall
    • Group G-L: Unicorn Social - Levitt Auditorium, Gershman Hall
    • Group M-R: Explore our Centers - 
    • Groups M-O Meet in Furness Courtyard, Hamilton Hall 
    • Groups P-R meet in Juniper Lobby 
  • 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. - My Playlist, Caplan Recital Hall, 17th Floor Terra Hall
  • 4:00-5:00 p.m. - Relaxation Space + Sensory Exploration, Solmssen Court, Hamilton Hall 
  • 4:00-5:00pm Relaxation Space + Sensory Exploration, Solmssen Court, Hamilton Hall 
  • 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Social Activities
    • Commuter Student Resources + Dinner, Levitt Auditorium, Gershman Hall
    • Transfer Student Social + Dinner, CBS Auditorium + Admissions Welcome Center
  • 5:00-7:00 p.m. Residential Students Dinner, Terra Market (meal plan begins)
  • 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. Open Mic, Levitt Auditorium, 3rd Floor Gershman Hall

Checklist

Get ready to begin your time at UArts by completing these items before Orientation.

  • Set up your UArts email account, and check it frequently for Orientation updates.

  • Upload a current photo for your student ID by Aug. 1. 

  • Complete and return your medical history, immunization and health waiver forms by Aug. 1.

  • Review and pay your fall 2022 tuition bill.

  • Register for classes: Look for an email to your UArts account from the Registrar’s Office for instructions on registration.

  • Create your UArts CONNECT profile, so you can start to network with and get to know the rest of the UArts community.

  • Participate in Virtual Orientation starting Aug 16. Check your UArts email for details.

  • Download the UArts app to your phone.

  • Review your program's webpage to learn about your major and its academic requirements, so you can be prepared for your academic advising meeting at Orientation.

  • Review the Jump Start resource guide to learn about resources at UArts!

  • Get excited to be a part of UArts!

Have questions about any of these items? Contact campuslife@uarts.edu.

Orientation Team

Get to know the people who are organizing Orientation. If you have questions about Orientation, resources or getting involved on campus, reach out to this team and they will help! In addition to these staff members, three current student First-Year Guides will lead you through your experience!

Kristen Burkett

Senior Director for Student Engagement

Meet Kristen

Ryan Hopely

Campus & Commuter Life Coordinator

Meet Ryan

Amber Bowden

New Student Programming Coordinator

Meet Amber

Meet the FYGs

Making the transition from high school to college can be an intimidating experience. Luckily, UArts’ First Year Guides (FYGs) make that transition a lot easier. FYGs welcome new students to the UArts community at New Student Orientation, where they are assigned a group of incoming students. The FYGs reach out to their assigned group throughout the semester and participate in First-Year Student programming, which helps freshmen with the transition from high school to college.

Here are some members of our amazing team for you to meet!

Gi DiMatteo

Game Art, Class of 2023

Meet Gi

Katie Szykman

Dance with a Musical Theater minor, Class of 2023

Meet Katie

Hailey Jackson

Photography, Class of 2023

Meet Haily

Interested in meeting the rest of our amazing team? Click below to meet all of the amazing staff and students that you will meet at Orientation!

Meet the Orientation Team

FAQ

Do I have to complete Orientation?
Yes! Virtual and In Person Orientation are mandatory. Students are required to review all Virtual Orientation materials and attend all In-Person Orientation sessions. If you cannot attend one of the live Zoom sessions, you can view it in your Orientation Canvas classroom at your convenience. We ask that all Virtual Orientation materials be completed before the first day of classes.
 
Is there an Orientation for parents, families and support systems? 
Yes, we are hosting a Virtual Orientation for parents, families and support systems. This virtual Zoom session is designed for parents, families and student support systems to learn about campus resources that are available to students. We’ll discuss the best ways they can support their students in their transition to UArts. This event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 13, at 11 a.m. EDT. Links will be provided via email. 

What COVID-19 precautions are you taking at check-in/move-in? 
As we welcome new students and their families to UArts, we do so with safety as our top priority. In an effort to de-densify our campus and provide safe social distancing, we ask that you only bring two people to assist you with your move-in or check-in. We will also be requiring all people (including students and our move-in staff) to wear masks at check-in and move-in while in any public spaces, including check-in, hallways, elevators, etc. 

My loved ones will be traveling with me for check-in. Is there a list of hotels in the area?
Yes! You can access a list of local hotels that offer discounts to UArts community members.

Is there anywhere to park on campus?
We don’t have any campus parking, but here’s some information about parking near campus.  

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 students’ individual programs and their enrollment status. Though some new students may not register until Orientation, all new students can expect to receive information about registering for classes from the Office of the Registrar by the end of July. The Office of the Registrar sends all registration information only to UArts email accounts. Be sure to check your university email account regularly.

How do I get involved with the UArts community?
Learn more about how to get involved with the UArts community by visiting the Student Activities and Organizations page.

Student Support Systems

We believe that student support systems are our vital partners in helping our students navigate their college experience, and we are excited to welcome you to our UArts community. Here is  information about our Virtual Orientation session designed for student support systems that will help you learn how to stay connected to everything that’s happening at UArts.

New students check in with a First Year Guide at Orientation.

Supporting Your UArtist: Aug. 13, 11 a.m. EDT 

This virtual Zoom session is designed for parents, families and student support systems learn about university resources that are available to your students. We’ll discuss the best ways you can support your student in their transition to UArts.

Your student will receive a link for the Zoom session via email, so ask them to share it with you if you’d like to attend. If you miss it, email campuslife@uarts.edu to get a copy of a recording of the presentation.

Check-In Instructions

When you bring your student to UArts to help them get settled, you’ll go to check-in at Hamilton Hall at 320 S. Broad Street first. There, your student will pick up their student ID and room keys (if they are living on campus). At that time, students will also ensure that their bill is paid and that we have all their required health forms on file. This process should go quickly, as long as they’ve previously submitted their ID photo, paid their bill and submitted their health forms. From there, if they are living on campus, students can go to their residence hall and unload their belongings with the assistance of our move-in helpers.

COVID-19 Move-In Guidelines

As we welcome new students and their families to UArts, we do so with safety as our top priority. In an effort to de-densify our campus and provide safe social distancing, we ask that students only bring two people to assist them with move-in or check-in. We will also be requiring all people (including students and our move-in staff) to wear masks at check-in and move-in while in any public spaces, including check-in, hallways, elevators, etc. 

Stay Connected
Sign up to receive updates from UArts through our email newsletter for student support systems, Generations. We’ll share important dates, university news, campus resource information, and advice and insight from other UArts parents and families. 

Get to Know University Resources
Get to know the university resources available to your student by reviewing the JumpStart resource guide. In addition to listing the various offices and resources that are available to your student, there is also a helpful parent and family section with FAQs and information on supporting your student.

Get involved
Consider becoming a member of the Parent and Family Council, a group of current and past UArts parents dedicated to advancing the university’s educational mission through fundraising and fostering awareness among all parents of the needs and programs of the school. The council is also dedicated to expanding the career network available to UArts students and alumni.