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Your transition to the University of the Arts will be one of the most exciting and thought-provoking times in your life. We have created orientation for new students around one simple idea: to help you transition to UArts so that you can be a successful student-artist. 

We look forward to having you as a part of the UArts community!

New Undergraduate Student Orientation for Fall 2019 will take place August 21 - August 25, 2019.

Below is a highlight of the Orientation activities for each day. New students will recieve a detailed and personalized schedule when they arrive at check in on August 21st. Students can also see a more detailed schedule by checking the UArts App' s Orientiaton tile. 

Wednesday, August 21st 
8:00 am-2:30 pm     Residential Student Check-In at Hamilton Hall

  • Last Names A-G 8:00am-10:00am
  • Last Names H-M 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Last Names N-Z 12:00pm-2:30pm

2:30-3:30 pm        Commuter Student Check-In at Hamilton Hall
3:45-4:45 pm        Commuter Session & Orientation 101: Learn about commuter resources & meet other commuters!            
4:00-4:45 pm        Mandatory Residence Hall Meetings for Residential Students & Orientation 101: Learn about living on campus & meet your hall!
5:00-6:30 pm        Opening Act: Kick-off your journey at UArts by enjoying these student performances and connecting with your First Year Guide.
6:30-8:00 pm        Student Mixer/Dinner: Connect with your Orientation Group over dinner!
8:00-9:30 pm        Meet Your Neighbor: Get to know the folks living on your hall!
8:00-9:30 pm        Commuter Social: Get to know other commuter students!

Thursday, August 22nd - For Families 

9:30 am-10:30 am     Optional Family Information Fair
10:30 am-11:30 am   Optional Campus Tours with Admissions  

Thursday, August 22nd - For Students

10:00-11:30 am        UArts 101: Academics, Critical Studies, & Digication: Learn about the advising process, class requirements & Digication.
11:30 am-12:30 pm  Lunch 
12:30-1:30 pm          Campus Tours            
1:45 pm                    School Welcome Meetings: Get to know all about your program and meet others in your major.
5:00-7:00 pm            Dinner
7:00-10:00 pm          Glow Dance Party/Paint Night: Dance the night away in a space where everything glows!            

Friday, August 23rd

10:00-11:30 am        Keeping it Real: Discuss social justice and diversity on UArts' campus with speaker, Eva Vega.
11:30-1:45 pm          Lunch, Student Activities Fair, and Library Open House: Meet UArts' student clubs and orgs and learn about getting involved!
2:00-4:45 pm            Know the Code & Life at UArts: Learn campus policies and get to know the resources that are here to support you.   
5:15-6:00 pm            Campus Employment Information Session (Optional): Get information about employment opportunities on campus.
5:00-7:00 pm            Dinner
7:00 pm                    UArts Boardwalk: Join us for fun on inflatable obstacle courses, henna, button making, and more!

Saturday, August 24th

10:00-12:00 pm        Sex on a Saturday: Join speaker, Elaine Pasqua, to discuss sex, consent, and safety.
12:00-1:30 pm          Lunch BBQ
1:30-3:30 pm            Discover UArts: Get a behind the scenes look at some incredible spaces on campus and experience some ways to get involved!
5:00-6:30 pm            Dinner
7:00-9:00 pm            Open Mic: Sign up to perform at UArts Boardwalk. 

Sunday, August 25th

10:30 am        Brunch with Your FYG
12:00 pm        Dive into Philly: Sign up to explore an incredible area of Philadelphia! Take a look at the options below:

  • Cheesesteak/Italian Market Tour
  • Magic Gardens
  • Museum of the American Revolution
  • Franklin Institute 
  • African American Museum and Reading Terminal Market
  • Philadelphia Art Museum
  • Philadelphia Mural Arts Tour
  • Trolley Tours    
  • Philadelphia Zoo
  • Roller Skating at Penn’s Landing

If you have any questions about the New Student Orientation schedule, please contact the office of Campus Life at 215.717.6144 or via email at campuslife@uarts.edu.