UArts students pose in front of mural art on campus

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 spring 2023 New Student Orientation.

  • Support System Orientation: Jan. 14, 11 a.m. 

  • Virtual Orientation: Jan. 17–18

  • Residential New Student Move-In: Jan. 20, 9:30-11 a.m.

  • In-Person Orientation: Jan. 20-22

  • Classes Begin: Jan. 23

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

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: Jan. 17-18

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 email in advance of Virtual Orientation.

Saturday, Jan. 14
11 a.m.–12 p.m. EST: Supporting Your UArtist: Support System Orientation 

Tuesday, Jan. 17
 1:00 p.m. EST: Welcome and Overview of New Student Orientation + FYG Group Meeting
2:00 p.m. Life as a UArtist UArts 101 & Canvas Basics
Canvas Classroom Opens!

Wednesday, Jan. 18
1:00 p.m. EDT: UArts 101 & Canvas Basics
2:30 p.m. EDT: Know the Code 

In-Person Orientation: Jan. 20-22

In-Person Orientation will consist of a campus tour, a chance to meet your faculty and program directors and some fun activities to help you get to know other new students. This orientation will be designed for all incoming students for spring 2023.

Friday, January 20

9:30 a.m - 11:00 a.m.: Check-in/Move for Residential Students, Hamilton Hall Lobby
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Commuter Check in  - Hamilton Hall Lobby
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.: Unicorn Social, Levitt Auditorium, Gershman Hall
1:00-2:00 p.m.: Lunch, Levitt Foyer, Gershman Hall
2:00-3:15pm: Campus Tour with your FYG, Leaving from lunch
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.: School Meetings:

  • School of Art, Hamilton Hall 316
  • School of Dance, Terra Hall 202
  • School of Design, Terra Hall 1351
  • School of Film, Connelly Auditorium (Terra Hall 8th Floor)
  • School of Music, Terra Hall 1126
  • School of Theater, Terra Hall 907

4:30-5:30 p.m.: Residential Student Presentation, Connelly Auditorium (Terra Hall 8th Floor)
4:30-5:30 p.m.: Commuter Student Presentation, Terra Hall 831
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.: Dinner with your FYG - CBS Auditorium, Hamilton Hall 
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.: Bingo & Hot Cocoa! - CBS Auditorium, Hamilton Hall 

Saturday, January 21 
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Brunch with Your FYG - CBS Auditorium, Hamilton Hall 
12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Ice Skating at Dilworth Park- Leave from Terra Market
5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: Dinner and a Movie with your FYG - CBS Auditorium, Hamilton Hall 

Sunday, January 22 (In-Person)
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Brunch with Your FYG - CBS Auditorium, Hamilton Hall
5:00 p.m. - Terra Market opens for dining (meal plan begins)


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 Jan. 9. 

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

  • Review and pay your spring 2023 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 Jan 17. 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

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, two current student First-Year Guides will lead you through your experience!

Kristen Burkett

Senior Director for Student Engagement

Meet Kristen

Hannah Bush

New Student Programming Coordinator

Meet Hannah

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 will help to introduce you to UArts and help you navigate your first days on campus!

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

Hailey Jackson

Photography, Class of 2023

Meet Haily

Katie Szykman

Dance, Class of 2023

Meet Katie

Ronnie Lee

Musical Theater, Class of 2023

Meet Ronnie


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, Jan. 14, at 11 a.m. EST. Links will be provided via email. 

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?
While UArts doesn't offer any on campus parking, there are many places around the city that offer parking. 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 December. 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: Jan. 14, 11 a.m. EST 

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 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 Campus Life staff.

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.