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New Student Programs

Open House

Attending an Open House is optional.

Open Houses offer the opportunity for prospective students and families to learn about Shepherd University by touring the campus, meeting with faculty to talk about major fields, and by meeting with current students.

Parents and families are encouraged to attend with their student. Parents and families who attend will have an opportunity to learn about financial aid programs.

Reservations are necessary and should be made at least one week in advance of the open house date.


Orientation Step I: Advisement & Registration

To begin your transition to Shepherd University, students must complete Orientation Step I: Advisement & Registration (A&R).

During this required session you will meet with a faculty advisor, register for classes, receive your Rambler Card, meet upperclass students, learn about programs and services offered by Shepherd, and acclimate yourself to the campus.

Parents and families are invited and encouraged to attend with their student.

Reservations are required due to multiple sessions offered.


Orientation Step II:
New Student Welcome

You are on your way to becoming a Shepherd RAM! Orientation Step II: New Student Welcome, you will kick-off your college career at Shepherd University.

During this required program, you will hear inspirational keynote speakers. You will participate in a breakout session of your choice, academic departmental meetings, New Student Convocation, and meet other students sharing the same experience.

This session is for students ONLY.

Reservations are not required as this is the only session offered and attendance is mandatory for all incoming students.