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Fall Orientation FAQ

Q: I was just admitted to Ursuline. When will I learn more about Orientation & how to schedule classes?
After you submit your deposit, you will be contacted by our Ursuline Resources for Success in Academics (URSA) Office to register for an Academic Orientation over the summer. At your Academic Orientation you will register for classes, receive your student ID and sign up for Fall Orientation.

Q: What time does Fall Orientation start on Saturday, August 22 if I am not a resident?
A: Orientation will begin at 2:00 PM for all students.

Q: I'm living in the residence halls. What should I pack?
You will receive more information in the mail but Residence Life has these helpful pages: Packing Tips and Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Will I have time to set up my room and hang out with my family?
A: Yes, but there is a mandatory Residence Life session that begins at 1:00 PM which leads directly into the beginning of Orientation. We recommend setting up as much as possible on Saturday morning but you will have additional free time on Sunday morning too. You will also have the opportunity to see your family say goodbye at our Ice Cream Farewell on Saturday. 

Where can I go to pay my bill?
A: The Student Service Center or “One-Stop” is located in our Mullen Building in room 203. They will be open from 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM on Saturday, August 22.

Q: Where can I park?
A: Parking will be available in any of our parking lots. There is a parking lot located next to the Pilla Building and a larger lot, called North Lot, near Besse Library and Mullen.

Q: Will the Bookstore be open?
A: The Bookstore will be open from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM on Saturday, August 22. You can also order books online. Click here.

Q: How do I buy my books?
You can purchase your books before classes online or in person. The Bookstore will also be open on Saturday, but I’d recommend taking care of everything beforehand. You will use your class schedule to look up the books you will need through the bookstore (you received your class schedule at Academic Orientation). Once at the bookstore, you can view the textbooks by clicking on the "books" tab at the top. It will ask you to enter the course information. You can look up each class in this way and add items to your cart after you select the method/style you prefer (new, used, rental, etc.). You can either purchase them online or pick them up on campus. 

Q: What type of computer do I need?
A: You should get what meets your needs in terms of how you use it, where you use it. We do not have a standard computer or operating system that we recommend. It's completely up to you! Additionally, Ursuline has multiple computer labs, laptops, iPads and printers for our students to use throughout campus. Many students utilize Ursuline's resources while others find they prefer to work on their own device. 

Q: I’m a student athlete; will Fall Orientation interfere with practice?
A: The Orientation team has worked with the Coaches to set up times for practice that are part of the Fall Orientation schedule.

Q: Can I be in an orientation group with my friend or roommate?
A: We don’t take requests to be in specific orientation groups with other new student. After all, you already know your friend, and we want you to begin making more friends! However, you and your friend will have many opportunities to socialize and be together.

Q: Does Orientation cost anything?
A: Orientation does not cost anything for the students or parents and family members attending.

Q: I am a commuter student; do I have to attend Fall Orientation?
A: The Orientation program is for all traditional-age students, whether you will live on campus or commute. The programs can be even more important for commuters because not only do you receive valuable information about the College, but you will also have the opportunity to interact with and begin making friends with your classmates.

Q: What will my parents do while I am at Orientation?
A: Parents of Resident Students can help their new student move in from 9:00-11:00 AM on Saturday, August 22.
For all parents attending we have sessions throughout the day:
    2:00 - 2:30 PM     Parent Check-In
    2:00 - 2:30 PM     Resource Tables
    2:15 - 2:40 PM     Parents of Student-Athletes Session
    2:45 - 3:45 PM     New Student Convocation
    3:45 - 5:00 PM     Parent and Family Session
    5:00 - 5:30 PM     Ice Cream Social and Farewell
    5:30 PM              Parents and guests leave -- activities continue for students until 10:00 PM
You can also find out more information for parents, click here

Q: Will meals be provided?
For lunch on Saturday, August 22, Pilla Dining Hall will be open from 11:00-2:00 for students and parents to purchase food. All other meals during Fall Orientation will be provided for new students.

Q: Am I required to attend Welcome Week events?
While it isn’t required to attend events during Welcome Week, you certainly will want to! There are tons of social activities and FREE food and prizes! Welcome Week is open to all students, so it is a great chance for you to get to know upperclass Ursuline students. Click here for the full schedule!