A group of students sit around in a circle on the lawn of the Mount Carmel Campus quad during orientation

New Student Orientation

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What is New Student Orientation?

The orientation program is designed to help your student make a successful transition to Quinnipiac and college life. It is an overnight experience where incoming first-year students spend one night in our on-campus residence halls. We also hold day sessions specifically for transfer students. During orientation, students have the opportunity to:

  • Live in the residence halls
  • Meet orientation leaders and network
  • Get to know faculty and staff
  • Explore the campus
  • Meet the Class of 2024
  • Attend social events
  • Understand the academic requirements of QU

It is important to note that once registered, students are expected to participate in the entire experience and to remain on campus at all times.

Family Orientation

Family Orientation

As a parent or family member, you are an important part of our Quinnipiac community. While our students gain independence, we know that they will continue to turn to you for support, encouragement, advice and counsel. We offer an orientation session for parents and family members on the first day of each session. You'll learn about the university's services and resources and have an opportunity to ask upperclassmen students your questions. The schedule includes a welcome from university administrators; breakout sessions on residential and campus life, campus and cyber safety, registrar, bursar, counseling and health services; campus tours; and a barbecue for lunch.


Orientation leaders and new students play games on Quinnipiac’s Mount Carmel Campus at Orientation

Breaking the ice

Orientation leaders and new students play games on Quinnipiac’s Mount Carmel Campus at Orientation.


When is Orientation 2020?

Orientation 2020 sessions will take place through June and August on the following dates:

  • June 4-5 (First-Year Session I)
  • June 8-9 (First-Year Session II)
  • June 11-12 (First-Year Session III)
  • June 15-16 (First-Year Session IV)
  • June 17 (Transfer Welcome I)
  • June 18-19 (First-Year Session V)
  • August 19-20 (First-Year Session VI)
  • August 21 (Transfer Welcome II)

Students only need to attend one session; however, students must be present and participate in all activities. Late arrivals and early dismissals are not allowed due to the group experience.

When should we plan to arrive on campus?

You should plan to arrive on campus between 8-10 a.m. the day of your session. If you are traveling from a distance of more than 3 hours away, you may call the Office of Campus Life at 203-582-8673 to request an arrival date the evening prior to your orientation session. Unfortunately, we can only offer overnight accommodations to students and will not be able to accommodate family members.

Students may drive themselves to orientation. It is important to note that Orientation is a mandatory university program and, once students are checked in, we are unable to release them without prior approval for safety reasons until the end of the second day (June 5, 9, 12, 16, 19) at 3 p.m.

When will we be notified and how do we register for orientation?

In late April/early May, all students who have paid deposits will be sent, via the email address they gave the admissions office, an invitation to register for orientation. This is an online process only; therefore, phone registrations cannot be accepted. Students are not only registering for an orientation session, they also are creating their Quinnipiac accounts and will need to take placement tests online.

What should students bring to campus?

First-year students attending an overnight session should bring the following:

  • A laptop computer or tablet with wireless Internet capabilities
  • Linens (sheets and/or sleeping bag, blankets, pillows)
  • Towels and washcloth
  • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Casual dress (comfortable shoes, sneakers)
  • Spending money (meals are included but snacks are on a cash basis)

Transfer students attending a day session should bring the following:

  • A laptop computer or tablet with wireless Internet capabilities
  • Spending money (meals are included but snacks are on a cash basis)

Will there be placement exams during orientation?

No. Placement tests are all done online via QStart. Students should complete the tests a minimum of five days prior to their scheduled orientation session.

Will registration for Fall classes take place at orientation?

Students who choose to participate in a June session will register for their fall courses at orientation. Students who choose to participate in an August session will register for courses the last week of June. A percentage of seats are opened for each orientation, and capacities are maintained and monitored for each registration window. Following the six registration windows, students will continue to have registration access from July 5-September 1 and may make changes to their schedule throughout the summer.

Contact Us

Where can I get more information?

The Office of Campus Life