Congratulations on your commitment to Shepherd University and signing up for Orientation Step 1: Advisement & Registration. Now that you’ve signed up, I bet you’re wondering what these two days will cover.
All new undergraduate students, including transfer students and international students, are required to attend an Orientation session. We have 5 sessions throughout the month of June, as well as two Transfer Orientations, which specifically target transfer student needs and questions. Orientation serves as a transitional point from when you were admitted to beginning your career at Shepherd. During this time, it allows you to meet with your Academic Advisor, choose and register for classes, explore what Shepherd has to offer and get ready for your new home away from home.
We’ve outlined some experience first-year student will have during this program:
#1 – Stay In a Residence Hall
One outcome of Orientation is to fully prepare you for life on Shepherd’s campus. Your A-teamer will guide you through a campus tour, you’ll get to know your peers, you’ll talk with staff members, student workers, and faculty, and if you’re an incoming freshmen, you’ll stay overnight in one of our residence halls.
Staying on campus will benefit you in several ways. This will be the first opportunity to spend the night on campus as an OFFICIAL Shepherd student! This will also give you the opportunity to understand what daily life will be like living on campus, give you a closer look at your future living space, and to accordingly to design your room the way you want it to look. Additionally, learning takes place both inside and outside of the classroom and the philosophy of Shepherd is that students engage in campus life through programs held in the residence halls and beyond.
TIP: During your stay, create a list of ‘must-have’ items you’ll need to help you live and sleep most comfortably.
#2 – Register for Classes With an Advisor
One of the most important things you’ll do at Orientation will be to register for your first semester classes. You’ll have the opportunity to talk with an academic advisor, ask them questions about your chosen major, and if you’re still undecided, discuss which major is best for you!
TIP: Make sure your transcripts, AP scores, and placements test are done, a week before Orientation to guarantee that your advisor will have the most up to date results on hand during your registration session.
#3 – Get Your Student ID Card (RAMBLER CARD)
During Orientation, your A-Teamer will bring you to the Rambler Card Office! During this time, be prepared to have your photo taken, and receive your Rambler on the second day of Orientation.
Your Rambler is one of the most important things you will have as a current student. You should treat your Rambler Card as you would your debit card or cash. It will hold your meal plan, allow you to access your entry into your residence hall, allow you to go to the Wellness Center, etc.
TIP: Get a Shepherd lanyard or phone case pocket to keep it secure and on you at all times.
#4 – Attend the Information Fair
During check-in, several offices and departments will be featured during our interactive Information Fair, providing information for student services and involvement opportunities. Individual student organizations are not present in this fair, but during the first week of classes Program Board, will host our annual Student Club and Organization Fair – look out for more information!
TIP: If needed, this is the time to drop off any required health forms and to bring questions that you have for different offices.
#5 – Go to the Wellness Center
If you’ve toured the campus at any point, you have definitely walked into our state of the art Wellness Center. Orientation will give you an opportunity to experience it for yourself! Use your name tag to access the Wellness Center during your session. Go for a swim, take a run on the track, use our most up to date equipment, play racquetball or basketball,
TIP: Even if you don’t think you’ll have time, pack your swimsuit and gym clothes just in case!