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Incoming Students

Spring Orientation

Spring orientation is designed to help you start the year off with the information you need to be successful on our campus.

This 2021 spring orientation will run from January 10 to January 12, with events for students, from Sunday to Tuesday. Parents and families can participate programs Sunday evening and Monday into early afternoon. A sample program can be found below. 

Sample Student Spring Orientation Program

Before arrival on campus

  • See the to-do items under the dates and deadlines section below

Sunday before classes

  • Student check-in
    • Receive/take id photo
    • Receive room key/move in (If moving onto campus)
  • Welcome celebration

Monday before classes

  • Breakfast
  • Information about academics at Rochester
  • Group/individual advisor meetings
  • Getting involved/getting to know about ODOS
  • Registration/ errands time(if already registered)
  • Evening social gathering

Tuesday before classes

  • One Community (an introduction to how everyone contributes to create our University of Rochester community)
  • How to get started with research at Rochester
  • Financial aid/working on campus
  • Title IX information on how to keep our community safe
  • International orientation (required for all international students)


  • First day of classes

Later that week

  • Additional programs with University departments
  • Spring Activities Fair

Sample Spring Parent Orientation Program


  • Student check-in
  • Welcome reception


  • Programming from offices/personnel such as:
    • Dean of the first-year students
    • Parent and Family Relations
    • Wilson Commons Student Activities
    • The campus CARE team
    • University Health Services
    • Residential Life
    • Dining
    • Bursar's Office
    • Financial Aid
  • Welcome to Campus Tour including:
    • Goergen Athletic Center
    • Rush Rhees Library
    • Greene Center for Career Education and Connections
    • Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning



For any questions about the above information or in general about orientation, please contact us.


Important Dates and Deadlines

Below is a list of initial deadlines as you join the University of Rochester.

Please make a copy of each completed form or online transaction for your files. If you require additional time, please contact the appropriate office.

To-Do List: Forms and Online Transactions
RequirementDeadlineContact/Form Page
Residential Life/Dining Services Contract

December 15

Office of Residential Life
Sign your Payment AgreementJanuary 1Office of the Bursar
Complete the Spring Orientation Registration and Advising Planning formJanuary 6Orientation Office
Activate your NetIDJanuary 1University IT
Access your University email accountJanuary 1University IT
Access BlackboardJanuary 1University IT
Complete all pre-orientation modules in BlackboardJanuary 8Orientation Office
Health History Form*December 31University Health Service
New Student Matriculation Form (Online only)January 1Parents Program
Contact Information for Separated/Divorced ParentsJanuary 31Registrar’s Office
Religious/Spiritual Preference FormJanuary 1Interfaith Chapel
Purchase a computerJanuary 1University IT
Transfer Student Pre-Orientation Advising Appointment (to schedule)December 21College Center for Advising Services
Register with Disability Resources and Submit DocumentationOffice of Disability Resources
Online Insurance ProcessJanuary 31University Health Service
Register for Spring Semester CoursesAfter planning form completionRegistrar’s Office
Submit a Final Official Transcript (if applicable)February 1College Center for Advising Services

*Item has been included in your enrolling student packet.

If you will receive need-based financial aid, monitor your FAOnline account. Any required forms to complete will be listed under the “Your Documents” tab.

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