Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to attend orientation?

It is strongly advised that you make every attempt to attend one of the May orientation days – it allows for you to facilitate a number of processes that will get you on your way to the start of your first year here at Ursinus. Meeting with your advisor, hearing about the residence experience, making friends with other members of the Class of 2018 are just a few of the things that occur during May Orientation.


What if I live far away from Ursinus?

If you live a good distance from Ursinus and the cost of travel and timing may present a difficult situation for you and your family, there is a way to let us know that you have a travel concern. Please fill free to call the Leadership Development & Student Activities Office at 610-409-3608 and speak with one of our office assistants or administrators about your travel issue. We leave the determination about how far is too far to travel for the day up to you and your family.


What do I need to bring to the overnight program? When and where does it start?

For the overnight program, you will need to bring the following: sleeping bag or blanket, toiletries, comfortable clothing and shoes, umbrella (in case of rain), notebook, pen or pencil, an appetite for pizza and ice cream, a lot of energy as you make with your fellow classmate and the UC Ambassadors. The overnight program begins at 7:30 pm with registration on the Olin Plaza.


What time does the orientation program begin if I just come for the day and not the overnight?

If you are just coming of the day, the program begins at 8:00 am with registration on Olin Plaza. The meetings begin at 9:00 am after registration has concluded.


Will I get a schedule of the day’s events in advance of my attending the orientation program?

For parents there will be a schedule of events posted on the webpage and they will receive a paper copy once they arrive on campus. Student’s schedules are specific to the individual student and will be prepared the day before your arrival on campus for the orientation program. You will also receive a paper copy once you arrive on campus.


Will my parents be able to attend my scheduled appointments with me during the orientation day?

No, your parents will have a separate schedule prepared just for them. They will have the opportunity to hear from President Fong, Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students Deborah O. Nolan, and many other administrators, faculty, staff, parents, and current students. 


What time does the day end?

Most students are finished by 3:00 pm. Some athletic teams hold team meetings at 3:30 pm and students are notified individually by the coach.


What if I am unable to attend the May orientations days?

You will still need to fill out the form for registration - just make certain that you check off the “Unable to Attend” box. Once the orientation dates are concluded we will contact all of the students who were unable to attend with instructions on how to register for classes, contact your advisor, housing selection, health/medical forms, etc.


If I have questions about orientation, placement tests, etc. Who do I contact?

For general orientation questions – Leadership Development & Student Activities at 610-409-3608 or

For Placement Testing Questions (Center for Academic Support & First Year Programs at 610-409-3400 or

For Medical Forms/Insurance-Mrs. Denise Walsh 610-409-3100 or

For Academic Advising- Center for Academic Support & First Year Programs at 610-409-3400 or

For Residence Life 610-409-3590 or

For Dietary Needs: Sodexo- Jarrod Myers at 610-409-3234 or

For Athletics-610-409-3252

ADA issues- Yuriko Beaman at 610-409-3400 or