Orientation FAQ

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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.

What if I can't check in during the allotted time?

Please contact Campus Life via campuslife@uarts.edu to reschedule your check-in time.

What happens at orientation check-in? 

The check-in process at New Student Orientation is a little like going shopping and visiting each store. You will be given a check in bag with UArts swag and other helpful University information, Orientation schedule, 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. Residential students will get their keys at check-in.

Do I have to move in on August 12 or 13?

Yes! You will be assigned a move in date and time in late July. If you absolutely cannot move in on this day, please contact the Office of Campus Life at campuslife@uarts.edu.

Is there parking available for move-in day?

Temporary 20-minute unloading zone parking will be available at each of our residence halls from 8:00am-5pm on August 12 and 13. At check-in, families will be provided with a map of parking garages in the area. Public Safety Officers will be present on the street to answer questions and there will be student leaders and volunteers to help students and their families get moved in. 

When will I get my orientation schedule?

A schedule overview will be available on the orientation webpage and UArts App in late July. 

Can my parents attend orientation with me?

Parents can attend check-in, but then students are encouraged to use orientation as a time to meet other new students and become adjusted to life in Philadelphia. 

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 the program of student and enrollment status. Although some new students may not register until Orientation, all new students can expect to receive information from the Office of the Registrar by late July to early August. The Office of the Registrar sends all registration information to UArts email accounts only; be sure to check your University email account regularly.

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 Campus Life at campuslife@uarts.edu or by calling the Office of Campus Life at 215-717-6144.