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About Orientation

Summer Orientation for freshmen beginning classes in the fall term will be held in late June. An optional Parent & Family Orientation program is held concurrently with Summer Orientation, but students and their parents & adult family members will follow separate orientation schedules.

We offer four, two-day orientation sessions:
Session I: Monday, June 18 & Tuesday, June 19
Session II: Wednesday, June 20 & Thursday, June 21
Session III: Sunday, June 24 & Monday, June 25
Session IV: Tuesday, June 26 & Wednesday, June 27

All new students are required to attend orientation. If you are unable to attend one of the four on-campus orientation sessions, please contact our office at 856-256-4041 to make arrangements for registration in July or August.

Attending Summer Orientation 2012

Students who have confirmed their admission to Rowan University for the fall term 2012 will receive an invitation to attend Summer Orientation in early May. Students are asked to check with their parents & family members to see if they would like to attend Parent & Family Orientation, and then reserve a spot at orientation online beginning May 2.

Basic Skills/Placement Test Requirements:
The following Basic Skills Tests/Placement Exams are required of all freshmen:

Reading Comprehension: exempt if SAT critical reading score is 550 or above

Elementary Algebra: exempt if SAT math score is 550 or above

College-Level Mathematics: required for Biological Science, Business, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Physical Science majors

Performance and score on the SAT Reasoning Essay (writing portion) will be evaluated for placement. Students will be placed in the appropriate writing courses to address their needs.

These tests should be completed prior to attending orientation. Questions about basic skills testing should be directed to the Academic Success Center at 856-256-4259. You are unable to register for fall term courses until testing is complete.

Students will spend the night in Chestnut, Magnolia, Mimosa, or Willow Hall. Please bring bed linens and a towel with you to orientation. You should also bring a blanket, walking shoes, athletic apparel, alarm clock, fan, umbrella, and a swim suit. Dress is casual.

We are unable to provide housing for parents and family members during the orientation program. If your guests need overnight accommodations, see information about local hotels.

Students with special needs:
If you have a condition that might affect your participation in orientation, OSLP will coordinate any arrangements you may need while you are on campus. If you did not indicate any necessary accommodations when you registered for orientation, please contact our office immediately; some arrangements take at least two weeks to arrange. You may also want to contact the Academic Success Center to discuss your needs for the upcoming academic year (856-256-4259).

Banner Tutorial:
Incoming students should view the Banner Registration Tutorial prior to orientation online. This tutorial will introduce you to the services available through Banner, including course registration. Your academic advisors will expect that you are comfortable using Banner to search for classes when you meet with them at orientation. See more registration information.

Directions to Campus, Parking, and Orientation Program Check-In:
See directions to campus. For students who wish to drive to orientation, parking will be available in Lot B.

Check-in will begin at 8 a.m. outside of Mimosa Hall and orientation programming will begin promptly at 8:45 a.m.

Ask Us
If you have additional questions about Summer Orientation, please contact the Office of Orientation and Student Leadership Programs at 856-256-4041.

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Orientation Expectations

We expect students to make their own reservations for orientation (and to make the parent & family reservations as well). Students are responsible for creating their Rowan University computing account and keeping this information safe and secure. Students should not share this information with anyone in order to protect the confidentiality of student records. See the complete Acceptable Use Policy for more information.

We expect students to attend all orientation activities. All sessions during orientation are required and programming is specifically designed to assist students with their academic and social transition to the University.

It is our goal for students to build a relationship with their advisors as well as learn the necessary skills to register on their own in future terms. Therefore, we expect students to register for classes with the assistance of the professional academic advisors only, and not their parents or family members.

We expect students to follow all University policies, as well as all applicable laws and ordinances, including rules prohibiting alcohol and drug use. Failure to comply with these rules can result in dismissal from orientation without being permitted to register for classes, termination of fall residence hall contract, further disciplinary action by the University, and/or legal consequences such as arrests, tickets and fines, and future appearances in local courts.

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Orientation Reservations

Please discuss with your parents and adult family members* whether or not they would like to attend Parent & Family Orientation. You will be asked to enter the number of guests attending orientation with you in the online system as well as a contact phone number and e-mail address for any parents or adult family members participating. *We do not recommend that young children attend the program, no child-care services are available.

You are eligible for academic advising during orientation for the major listed in your invitation e-mail only. If you would like to change your major, please contact Admissions (877-RU-ROWAN, 856-256-4200, or prior to completing your orientation reservations.

Please reserve your spot at your desired orientation session by Monday, May 28.

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