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Undergraduate New Student Orientation 2014

Event Details

Start Date:  August 21, 2014
End Date: August 24, 2014
Start Time: Check-in lasts from 9:00 am until 3:30 pm
Email: orientation@francis.edu
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All roads lead to Loretto! Welcome to the Class of 2018!

New Student Orientation is a whirlwind of activity. We are expecting 450+ students with their parents (including siblings, grandparents, etc.) to come through the doors of Stokes. The purpose for New Student Orientation at Saint Francis University is to acclimate you to all the new people, new surroundings, and new experiences that is Saint Francis University. We offer an intensively active four-day program to help you prepare for success at SFU.

New Student Orientation provides useful information regarding academic advising and success, provides you with a chance to meet with key administrators and academic faculty, and provides you with many opportunities to begin your character formation and leadership development as a member of our SFU community.  Additionally, during New Student Orientation, you will learn about our Catholic, Franciscan traditions and values, which you will use throughout your four years at Saint Francis University and throughout life as an engaged and ethical citizen.

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Get Started


As a new student, you are expected to attend the New Student Orientation program scheduled for Thursday, August 21 through Sunday, August 24. Your first stop will be the Maurice Stokes Athletics Center where Check-In is from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please be aware that there is no option for "early-bird" check-in. It is important that ALL new students arrive on campus to officially check-in NO EARLIER than Thursday, August 21nd at 9:00 AM.

New Student Forms

It's important to get all of your new student paperwork in as soon as possible. Completing the following forms before you arrive on campus will speed up your check-in process!

All full-time undergraduate (12+ credits) students must have Health Insurance coverage.

  • Student Health Form - Must be completed and returned to the University no later than 2 weeks prior to arrival on campus.

If the following Financial Aid criteria apply to you, be sure to complete these necessary steps.

Contact Us

Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email us at orientation@francis.edu. We'll be happy to answer your questions and help to prepare you for your new life and your new family at SFU! Welcome to Saint Francis University!

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Mission/Learning Objectives


The mission/purpose of the Saint Francis University New Student Orientation program is described by the following:

Saint Francis University believes in a holistic approach to the education and development of its students. As a Catholic, Franciscan institution we believe that the foundation for any program or service of quality is built upon the living Gospel message of our Lord, Jesus Christ as exemplified through our patron, St. Francis of Assisi and therefore incorporates the Franciscan Goals of Higher Education. As new students enter our university-community through the New Student Orientation program, our goal is to provide effective programming and rich experiences to assist them in their successful transition into the SFU learning community and to expose them to the many educational opportunities available through the curriculum and co-curriculum of Saint Francis University.

Learning Objectives

The learning objectives of the Saint Francis University New Student Orientation are qualified by the following:

Upon completion of the Saint Francis University New Student Orientation program, new students will have gained a deeper understanding of the University's goals and expectations as well as have gained a sense of belonging within the SFU learning community through the following measures:

  • standards and expectations for academic success
  • standards and expectations for personal/social success
  • programs and services to support academic scholarship
  • programs and services to support personal/social development

What exactly is New Student Orientation?

The program is designed to provide the tools necessary to make a successful transition to Saint Francis University. You will be able to settle into your room, meet your roommate, meet the new members of your class, and learn to navigate the campus before the rest of the student body arrives. There will be opportunities to meet your academic advisor and your professors, learn how to get involved in clubs and organizations, learn what activities are offered on campus, pick up your laptop computers, learn where to do laundry, find on campus jobs and much more. New students can expect four great days filled with interactive educational and social programming. These programs will help you succeed both in and out of the classroom. All New students all expected to attend the New Student Orientation programs including commuters, transfer students entering as first year students, and varsity athletes.

So, where do I begin?

Your first stop when you come to campus will be the Stokes Athletic Center where Check-In takes place from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (2 PM to 3:30 PM for Commuters). A full schedule of the New Student Orientation programs and seminars will be distributed to all new students. Once you have checked in, you and your parents can get you moved into your residence hall.

What should I do to prepare if I am living on campus?

We've compiled a handy list for new students of items you may want to bring with you to campus.  View What to Bring (pdf)

Am I required to attend New Student Orientation?

Yes! All new students are required to participate in New Student Orientation. The program is designed to teach you about the University so that you feel comfortable and confident as you start your classes and your new life as a Saint Francis University community member.

Will I get my ID card at Orientation?

If you attended a SOAR session this summer then you should have already received your ID Card (SFU Flash Card). If you were unable to attend SOAR and therefore did not get your ID, or if you have lost it since SOAR, University Police will have a table at Check-In to take and print your ID right there on the spot!

Will I get my laptop at Orientation?

Laptop distribution will take place on Sunday afternoon.evening for new students and that schedule will be posted on campus.

Do I need to register my vehicle?

You should have received an e-mail to register your vehicle. If you deleted it, or did not receive it, you may go to my.francis.edu to register online.

What assistance can I seek if I require medical services?

The total educational growth and physical well being of each individual is of utmost importance to the University and all officials thereof. If you should require special medication or treatment, please advise the Office of Student Development and the Student Health Center as to your condition. The University maintains a Student Health Center staff with a Medical Director (Physician), Clinical Coordinator (Physician Assistant), and registered nurse. Services are available to students during regular business hours and some designated evenings.

NOTE: All undergraduate, full time students will receive a subscription to the Cresson Area Ambulance Service for the academic year. The policy will cover students in need of emergency transport from University property, and/or commuter students residing within the Cresson Ambulance Service area, defined by County 911.

Where can I find local banking?

Many of our students find it convenient to maintain a checking account at First National Bank in nearby Ebensburg and Cresson or the S&T Bank in Loretto. Deposits can be made in person or via the mail. An Automatic Teller Machine with First National Bank is located on campus in the lower level of the JFK Student Center. The Business Office, on campus, will cash checks for students up to the amount of one hundred dollars.

How can I ship personal items?

Heavy baggage and trunks should be shipped a few weeks ahead. Please be certain that the label is addressed to YOU in care of Saint Francis University, 117 Evergreen Drive, Loretto, Pennsylvania, 15940-0600 and that the baggage is prepaid. Shipped items can be picked up at the Campus Post Office in the JFK Student Center.

Should I attend orientation if I'm a transfer student?

Transfer students may think that attending an Orientation program is not necessary because they already know what campus life is about; but each campus has different policies and procedures that they may not be aware of. With this in mind, we strongly recommend transfers plan on attending the Orientation Program. Should they choose not to participate in the program you are asked to arrive on Sunday, August 25th as the first day of classes is Monday, August 26th. Transfer students should arrange to have photo ID pictures, vehicle registration, and scheduling and business needs addressed during the first week of classes at the individual departments if they do not attend the Orientation program.

When do commuter students check-in?

Commuter students are asked to check in between 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Stokes Athletic Center along with all other new students. A full schedule of the New Student Orientation programs and seminars will be distributed. The first session commuter students should plan on attending is the Commuter Meeting to be scheduled during the first afternoon/evening during Orientation. If possible, please arrange your work schedules so you are free to attend the Orientation sessions for all four days. As a commuter your college experience is different from that of a resident student. Many of you continue to work part time jobs and have other family obligations at home. This does not mean that you are excluded from the experiences other college students participate in and enjoy. The Orientation program is a your opportunity to meet your classmates and join the Saint Francis University community. Visit the SFU website (beginning July 1st) to see the complete Orientation schedule of events. Feel free to contact us at 814.472.3005 with any questions you may have about the Orientation program.

When should returning students arrive?

You are expected to arrive at your residence hall on Sunday, August 25. The first day of classes is Monday, August 26. Returning students should arrange to have photo ID pictures, vehicle registration, and scheduling and business needs addressed during the first week of classes at the individual departments.

What if I have a question that is not listed?

Please contact the Center for Student Engagement at 814.472.3005 or send an e-mail to orientation@francis.edu

Saint Francis University aims to be as accessible as possible. Please contact our Accessibility Services Coordinator, April Fry, with specific inquiries at 814-472-3176 or complete our online request form at http://francis.edu/accessibility-accommodation-request/.