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Orientation Step 1: First-Year Students

First-year students may choose any of the five Orientation Step 1 sessions. All sessions are identical. While we try to accommodate your first choice of sessions, there is limited amount of space available per session therefore, reservations for each of the sessions are taken in the order in which they are received. The decision of which session to choose should be based on family vacation and work schedules. Parents and family members are invited and encouraged to attend Step 1.

Session A: June 4- 5, 2018 Student Schedule DAY ONE DAY TWO Student Schedule
Session B: June 11-12, 2018 Student Schedule DAY ONE DAY TWO Student Schedule
Session C: June 18-19, 2018 Student Schedule DAY ONE DAY TWO Student Schedule
Session D: June 26-27, 2018 Student Schedule DAY ONE DAY TWO Student Schedule

Is it required to attend Advisement & Registration (A&R)?

Yes, these are mandatory sessions that each new student must attend to be able to register for his/her classes. During this required session you will meet with a faculty advisor, register for classes, receive your Rambler Card, meet upper class students, learn about programs and services offered by Shepherd, and acclimate yourself to the campus.

Overnight on-campus accommodations for all first-year students are available in our new residence hall, Potomac Place. You will need to pack sheets, pillows, blankets, washcloths, and towels. We believe that doing so enables you to better participate in all scheduled sessions and provides you with the opportunity to meet other students. Due to the number of participants, you will be housed in a double room with another new student of the same gender. For more information about Housing and Dining Services, visit their web site at

What to Bring

What’s Included for Students

Your network Username and Password Day One: Dinner
Photo ID (state ID, drivers license, or military ID) Day Two: Breakfast and Lunch
Sheets for a twin or sleeping bag, pillows,
blankets, towels, and other items, like
soap, hairdryer, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.
Overnight Accommodations
Cell phone, pencils/pens, and paper Sessions with Faculty Advisors
Casual clothes, jackets or sweaters
(meeting rooms may be cold!),
and comfortable walking shoes
All materials specific to each students
Health Forms (if needed/if completed) Class schedule for the Fall
Your questions! Take some time before you arrive
to list the things you really want to know about Shepherd!
Answers to your questions!