June Orientation

About Orientation 2016

Orientation Dates | Registration | Accommodations | What to Bring | Schedules | Arrival/Departure | Contact Us

The Orientation program is a unique opportunity for first-year students to get acquainted with Fairfield University. First-year students attending Orientation will:

  • Register for courses
  • Create an academic plan for their first year
  • Develop a community with the other first-year students who will be in your First Year Experience program seminar group
  • Gain a head start on a successful, enjoyable college experience, and will make your transition in September much easier
  • Bond with your New Student Leader - who serves the role of mentor, advisor, acquaintance, facilitator, and resource for incoming students
  • Meet faculty and staff members and learn more about the expectations of the faculty-student relationship
  • Stay overnight in the residence halls
  • Have fun!

First-year students should carefully review the First-Year Student Guide‌ (available May 2016) prior to Orientation.

Orientation Dates
Students may choose to attend one of two Orientation sessions. The first session will take place June 21-22, 2016 and the second session will take place June 27-28, 2016.

Registration (Available May 2016)
Students: Students can complete Student Registration via their online First-Year Checklist (available May 2016). An Orientation fee that appears on the fall semester tuition bill covers the student cost for Orientation in June and Fall Welcome in September.

Parents/Guardians: Parents/guardians are to register here (available May 2016). You will receive an email order confirmation upon completion.

An Orientation fee of $100 per parent/guardian is charged at the time of registration.

All students, including commuter students, attending Orientation will stay overnight in the residence halls. Meals will be provided throughout the duration of the program.

Parents/Guardians have the option of commuting from home for the two-day session or making reservations to stay at a local hotel. The University has arranged with these hotels to hold a block of rooms at a discounted rate.

What to Bring

  1. Reminder:  Be sure to send in your Student Medical Report/Immunization Report as directed (due June 1st).  If you have not sent in this documentation, please bring it to Orientation and give it directly to the Student Health Center staff.

  2. Casual comfortable clothes and shoes (very important - lots of walking)
  3. Rain jacket & umbrella (just in case)
  4. Toiletries including a towel
  5. Pillow, sheets & blanket, or sleeping bag
  6. Small fan (there is no AC in housing)
  7. First-Year Guidebook
  8. License, passport or other state issued photo-id for your Stag Card picture to be taken
  9. Know your NetID login information, including password (very important!)
  10. Ensure you have a green check mark next to your Academic Interest Questionnaire in your on-line checklist


Student Orientation Schedule (Last year's schedule)

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Orientation Schedule (Last year's schedule)

Plan to arrive by 7:30 a.m. for check-in. We recommend that students arrive early. Anticipate 15-20 minutes for the check-in process. The program will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m.

The student program concludes around 3 p.m. on the second day of Orientation. Students should not plan to leave earlier unless arrangements have been made with the Orientation office.

Contact Us

For more information or assistance:

Office of Student Engagement (203) 254-4053
Office of the Dean of Students (203) 254-4211


Class of 2019 Orientation

We were pleased to welcome the Class of 2019 and their families to campus for Orientation in two sessions this June.

View some of the presentations on our Post-Orientation page.

Post Orientation

The Office of the Dean of Students hosts webinars throughout the year for first-year parents and guardians. 
Please see the list of dates and topics.