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
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.
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