What type of student am I?
- First-Year Student: an individual who has not completed any coursework at an institution of higher education, or individuals who earned college credits before graduating from high school, or less than 24 college-level credits earned.
- Transfer: a student who has completed coursework and received credit from an institution of higher education other than Shepherd University
- Readmit: a student who has completed coursework and received credit from Shepherd University and now wishes to re-enroll at Shepherd.
- Transfer/Readmit: a student who has completed coursework and received credit at Shepherd, attended another college/university after Shepherd and is now returning to Shepherd.
Participation in Orientation Step 1: Advisement & Registration allows you to:
- Become familiar with campus
- Learn more about your academic major and minor
- Meet your academic advisor, faculty, and administration
- Create your class schedule and register for classes
- Meet new and current students and learn from others’ experiences
- Student Login Instructions
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?
- Faculty, students, administrators, staff, Residence Life, Academic Support Services, Academic Advising, TRiO, Financial Aid, IT Services, Student Center, Dining Services, Counseling Services, Health Center, Disability Support Services, Multicultural Student Affairs, Student Employment, Student Activities, Community Services, Service Learning, Shepherd University Bookstore, Shepherd University Police Department, Athletics, and more.
Should I bring my parent or family member to Orientation Step 1?
- Yes, parents and/or family members are invited and encouraged to attend Step 1 with their student.
- You are able to register your parent/family member online. There will be a section on your registration form where you can fill who will be joining you. In order to process parent/family reservations, your student reservation must accompany your parent/family reservation, or your student must already be registered for A&R.
- A $25 charge for each family member who attends A&R with their student can be paid at OS1: A&R check-in with check or cash.
What do I need to take care of during Orientation?
- Get your Rambler Card! (Student ID)
- Turn in any applicable health immunization forms
- Visit the S.U.B (Shepherd University Bookstore
- Meet with your Academic Advisor and register for Fall classes
- Meet other new students!
How much will it cost to attend Orientation?
- All first-year, transfer, and readmitted students will be billed a Student Services Fee of $160 to cover the expenses of Orientation Step I: A&R and Orientation Step II: New Student Welcome. This charge will be placed on the student’s billing statement.
- There will be a $25 charge for each family member who attends, payable by cash or check. This fee includes all Family Orientation materials, sessions, etc. and may be paid during check-in at Orientation Step I: A&R and can be paid during check-in.
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?
- All first-year, transfer, and readmitted students will receive materials, meet with an academic advisor, register for classes, and participate in information sessions to assist you in a smooth transition to Shepherd University. Specific information for each student will be prepared prior to your arrival and students will leave campus with helpful materials, a class schedule, and new connections. This fee also covers Step 2.
Reminder: Have you paid your enrollment deposit?
- All students are required to submit a $100 enrollment deposit to the Office of Admissions. Please be aware that you will not be permitted to register for classes unless the enrollment deposit is paid.
- If you have not already paid the enrollment deposit please do so immediately.
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 http://www.shepherd.edu/healthcenter/immunization-information
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 http://www.shepherd.edu/epta.
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, http://www.shepherd.edu/police/parking-on-campus.
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?
- Yes. Step 1 and Step 2 are two separate programs. Each provides different information and services to our students. All students new to Shepherd are required to attend both programs.