Orientation & Student Leadership Programs
We are excited to have you join our University community. Orientation provides you with the information you need to make the most of your Rowan experience.
Here's what you will experience at orientation:
- meeting with orientation leaders (PROS)
- Academic Success workshop and a brief overview of General Education and other graduation requirements;
- academic advising;
- time to review and adjust your fall term class schedule;
- opportunities to connect with other students;
- an introduction to Rowan student services and involvement opportunities;
- and a official induction into the University.
We will begin accepting reservations for summer orientation on Monday, March 28, 2016.
Summer Orientation for freshmen beginning classes in the fall term will be held in late June and July. 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.
Orientation is a great opportunity to learn more about your new University community. Campus offices and departments come together to welcome new students and their parents & adult family members to share information about student resources and campus policies & expectations at these few select times of the year. Don't miss this opportunity - it only happens once in your college career! Make the most of your orientation program: meet other new students, experience living & dining on campus, and have your questions answered.
All new students are required to attend orientation. Students must reserve a spot to attend orientation in advance. We utilize an online reservation system that displays specific dates available according to major. Not every date may be offered for all majors, and sessions will close when maximum capacities are reached. Please use the orientation reservation system to view dates currently available for your major(s). Possible orientation dates include:
- Session I: Thursday, June 23 & Friday, June 24
- Session II: Monday, June 27 & Tuesday, June 28 - Honors and PCI students only
- Session III: Thursday, June 30 & Friday, July 1
- Session IV: Wednesday, July 6 - Friday, July 8 - Rowan Select students only
- Session V: Monday, July 11 & Tuesday, July 12
- Session VI: Thursday, July 14 & Friday, July 15
- Session VII: Monday, July 18 & Tuesday, July 19 - Rowan Choice students only
- Session VIII: Thursday, July 21 & Friday, July 22
- Session IX: Monday, July 25 & Tuesday, July 26
We realize that many students may still be completing high school during some of these dates, and it is common for students to attend orientation before graduating from high school. We are able to provide documentation of a college visit or other absence notification upon request.
If you are unable to attend one of the on-campus orientation sessions, please contact our office at 856-256-4041 to make arrangements for registration in August and our online orientation program.
Students will check in to orientation beginning at 8 a.m. at Mimosa residence hall (both students who will be spending the night on campus and commuting), and parents & family members will check in after 8 a.m. at the Eynon Ballroom (located inside the Chamberlain Student Center). Orientation programming will begin promptly at 9 a.m. Orientation ends on Day 2 after course registration. This time ranges from 1:15-4:30 p.m. depending on how long the process takes for your major/with your academic advisor.
Students will spend the night in Chestnut or Mimosa Hall. Please bring a pillow, 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, visit http://www.rowan.edu/glassboro/hotels for 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).
Basic Skills/Placement Test Requirements:
According to University policy, all incoming students are required to take Basic Skills Placement Tests. No student will be considered officially registered until the required testing is complete.
The scores of the Rowan University Basic Skills Placement Tests identify skill deficiencies in Reading and Mathematics. If students' scores on the Basic Skills Placement Tests indicate that they need to strengthen skills in certain areas, they will be advised to enroll in the appropriate Basic Skills courses. Students are required to register for these courses the first semester at Rowan University.
What Basic Skills tests do I need to take?
- Reading Comprehension - Freshmen are exempt if SAT Critical Reading score is 550 or above or if ACT Reading score is 24 or above.
- Elementary Algebra - Freshmen are exempt if SAT Math score is 550 or above or if ACT Math score is 24 or above.
- The College-Level Mathematics Placement Test is required:
- For all students in the following majors: Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Bioinformatics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Math/Science, Mathematics, Physical Science, Physics, and all Rohrer College of Business majors.
- For all other students desiring to take a Calculus-level course.
- Exemptions for the College-Level Mathematics Placement Test: Freshman are exempt if SAT Math score is 600 or above or if ACT Math scores is 27 or above. All students who have been accepted to the College of Engineering are exempt.
When and where do I take the tests?
Tests can be completed at home or at the Testing Center, located in the same office suite as the Academic Success Center, on the 3rd floor of Savitz Hall. An appointment is required. For more information, please visit the Testing Services website: http://www.rowan.edu/studentaffairs/asc/testing. Testing must be completed on-campus by April 30 or on-line by May 15. Click here to schedule an appointment at the Testing Center.
Directions to Campus and Parking
Please see http://www.rowan.edu/orientation/directions for directions to campus. For students who wish to drive to orientation, parking will be available in Lot B.
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. Visit http://www.rowan.edu/provost/registrar/newfreshman.html for more registration information.
For each orientation session we offer a concurrent Parent & Family Orientation program. Students and their parents & adult family members follow separate orientation schedules.
Here's what you will experience at Parent & Family Orientation:
- an overview of the University;
- presentations about your student's adjustment to college life at Rowan;
- meet your student's College Dean and other academic administrators;
- a reception with other parents and University staff;
- information about financing college, safety, and STEP UP to healthy choices;
- meeting with current students & orientation leaders (PROS);
- and information about commuting or living on campus.
The Rowan student must make Parent & Family Orietnation reservations as part of their orientation reservation process. Please discuss with your student whether or not you would like to attend Parent & Family Orientation. The Rowan student will be asked to enter the number of guests attending orientation 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, as no child-care services are available.
If you are unable to attend the same orientation session as your student, you are welcome to attend another date. Please contact our office at 856-256-4041 to make arrangements to attend orientation during a different session than your student.
We are unable to provide housing for parents and family members during the orientation program. If you need overnight accommodations, visit http://www.rowan.edu/glassboro/hotels for information about local hotels.
Students will spend the night in Chestnut or Mimosa Hall. Students are asked to bring a pillow, bed linens, a towel, blanket, walking shoes, athletic apparel, alarm clock, fan, umbrella, and a swim suit with them to orientation.
If you or your student has a condition that might affect participation in orientation, OSLP will coordinate any arrangements needed during the programs. If no necessary accommodations were listed when your student made orientation reservations, 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 any needs for the upcoming academic year (856-256-4259).
Directions to Campus, Parking, and Orientation Program Check-In:
Please see http://www.rowan.edu/orientation/directions for directions to campus. Parking will be available in Lot B for all orientation participants.
Check-in will begin at 8 a.m. in the Chamberlain Student Cetner, Eynon Ballroom foyer, and orientation programming will begin promptly at 8:45 a.m.
Meals & fees:
The $215 orientation fee covers the student orientation program and up to two parent & family members. Meals for additional family members can be added for $25 per person by calling our office at 856-256-4041 in advance. Students will receive two breakfasts, two lunches, and an afternoon snack and dinner on day 1. Parents will receive breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon reception on day 1 and lunch on day 2.
Parent orientation begins at 8:45 a.m. on the first day and ends at 6:30 p.m. Parent orientation begins at 9 a.m. on the second day of orientation and ends by 3 p.m.
Student orientation begins at 8:45 a.m. on the first day and ends at 1 a.m. Student orientation begins at 7:30 a.m. on the second day of orientation and ends after class schedules are finalized, ranging from 1:15-4 p.m. depending on the student's major and advising availability. It is highly recommended that students spend the night on campus during their orientation program.
If you have additional questions about Parent & Family Orientation, please contact Parent & Family Connections at 856-256-4596 or the Office of Orientation and Student Leadership Programs at 856-256-4041.
If you have additional questions about orientation, please contact the Office of Orientation and Student Leadership Programs at 856-256-4041, @RowanOSLP, or
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