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Congratulations on your enrollment! We are thrilled that you’ve joined the University community. Before we welcome you to campus and you begin your first semester, we want to make sure you have all the tools and information you need to be successful.

What is Orientation?

The online orientation program at the University of Rochester is designed to introduce both incoming students and their families to University academics and student life. Through online information sessions, webinars, and weekly communications, we work to ensure that your transition to the University is as smooth as possible. You are required to complete the online orientation program before you arrive on campus.

There are two main components to the orientation program, which we encourage you to review and explore as soon as you’ve enrolled at the University: 

Your Orientation Leader

A few months before you start your first semester, you will be matched with an orientation leader, who will contact you via email. Your orientation leader will help you transition to life at the University. Learn more about this year’s orientation leaders.

Your College Advisor

Your College advisor will guide you throughout your entire academic experience at the University of Rochester. You will first connect with your advisor as you choose your courses and transition into your first semester at the University. Following that, your advisor will partner with you as you make decisions about your program of study, choose courses and other academic opportunities, and get prepared for graduation.

If you are intending to major in the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, or enroll in a specialized academic program, you will have one or more additional advisors assigned to you in your first year at the University.

You can expect to receive an email from your College advisor a few months before you begin your first semester. That email will review the schedule for your upcoming advising meetings, which are designed to help you prepare to register for your courses. In preparation in meeting with your advisor, make sure to review the First-Year Guide.

Welcome Celebrations

You’re invited! Meet your future classmates and connect with current students, parents, and University alumni at these special virtual events for incoming students, presented by the Office of Alumni Relations and Constituent Engagement and the Parents Program. Families are welcome to listen in, too! Learn more and sign up for an upcoming get-together here.