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Orientation FAQs

What type of student am I?

Participation in Orientation Step 1: Advisement & Registration allows you to:

Why am I required to stay overnight during Orientation Step 1: A&R?

This will be your first opportunity to spend the night on campus as an official Shepherd student! The Orientation Step 1 program runs late into the evening of day one and begins early on day two. Through this program, each student will experience a sample of the college experience.

Additionally, learning takes place both inside and outside of the classroom and Shepherd University is a residential campus. The philosophy of the institution is that students engaged in campus life through programs and activities, and those who reside in residence halls find it easier to be successful than those who simply come to campus to attend class. Orientation Step 1 may be the only time that a commuting student will be given the opportunity to stay overnight in a residence hall. Requests to be exempt from this requirement are rarely granted except in extreme cases. Written requests must be made prior to your scheduled session.

Who will I meet during Orientation Step 1: Advisement & Registration program?

Should I bring my parent or family member to Orientation Step 1?

What do I need to take care of during Orientation?

How much will it cost to attend Orientation?

Do I need additional money while at Orientation?

You may opt to buy lunch on day one and lunch on day two. However, for students, dinner on Day One, breakfast on Day Two, and lunch on Day Two are all provided by Shepherd.

What does the $160 Student Services Fee cover?

Reminder: Have you paid your enrollment deposit?

Please note that the enrollment deposit is separate from the Student Services Fee.

After I have registered for Orientation, what’s next?

Step 1: Mail in any final transcripts for ALL previously attended institutions
Step 2: Determine if you need to take Math Placement Test or Foreign Language Placement Test
Step 3: Fill out the Immunization Form, if necessary. For more information, follow this website

Will there be classes available when I attend Orientation?

There will be a wide variety of classes available when you attend your Orientation session, even if you attend the last session. Every student who attends an Orientation session will leave with a full schedule of at least 12 credits. However, it is important to note, you will have a wider selection of courses to choose from in the beginning of June than those who attend later in the month. Orientation dates are assigned on a first come, first serve basis, so register for a session as soon as possible!

What’s the best way to get around campus?

The EPTA system is free for all students. EPTA has convenient schedules, several stops on campus, and reaches many of our nearby counties. For schedules and more information feel free to visit this links

Vehicles on Campus:
Although a car is not needed to get around campus, students may park on campus. Parking permits are required in all campus parking lots and can be purchased at the Shepherd University Police Department in Moler Hall on West Campus. Valid license plates and registrations are required for all vehicles parked on campus. For more information please visit,

Bicycle Application:
The Shepherd University Police Department strongly recommends that you register your bicycle if you wish to bring one on campus.  In order to do so, you will need to fill out an application and turn it into the police department to receive a free decal. Click HERE to fill out the bicycle registration form!

Because I will attend Orientation Step 1: A&R, do I also have to attend Orientation Step 2: New Student Welcome in August?