Frequently Asked Questions
Q. When is New Student Orientation?
A. Session A - June 18-19 (Tuesday/Wednesday)
Session B - June 24-25 (Monday/Tuesday)
Q. Is Session A better than Session B?
A. No. Both sessions are identical. The same opportunities are available at each session so students will get equal opportunities to register for courses, meet their classmates, interact with faculty, etc.
Q. What if I cannot make it to Orientation due to other previous engagements?
A. It is expected that you attend. Don't pass up the opportunity to meet your classmates, faculty, and New Student Leaders! However, if you cannot make it to either session due to extenuating circumstances, please inform us on the Orientation registration form via the First Year Student Checklist.
Q: What happens if I absolutely cannot attend June Orientation?
A: You will receive all of the necessary forms and information in the First Year Guide, which will be mailed to you. Please inform us on the Orientation registration form via the First Year Student Checklist. We will be in touch later in the summer to discuss your course registration. Additionally, you will participate in Orientation-related activities during Fall Welcome in September, which begins on first year move-in day. You will have a chance to meet your classmates and hear from faculty and student leaders during that time so you can feel more comfortable before classes begin.
Q. Can parents/guardians attend?
A. Absolutely! We have designed a separate Parent/Guardian Orientation program with family members in mind. The cost of this program is $80 per parent/guardian, which cover meals, administrative costs, and materials.
Q. Must parents/guardians attend?
A. It is optional. If they choose to attend, they will gather information about their student's first year by attending sessions featuring academic deans, faculty, student leaders, and administrators.
Q. What is the student Orientation fee?
A. The student Orientation fee is $230, which covers meals, housing, administrative costs, and materials for both the June and August sessions. The fees are part of every student's tuition and fees that they pay to attend Fairfield.
Q. Do I stay on campus for Orientation?
A. If you are a student, you will stay overnight in one of our first year residence halls. If you are a parent/guardian, you can either commute from home or stay in a local hotel that has a special Orientation rate.
Q. When can I register for Orientation?
A. Registration is for Student Orientation and Parent/Guardian Orientation is done via the web at www.fairfield.edu/orientation beginning May 1. These are two separate registration forms.
Q. When should I arrive?
A. On the first day of Orientation, registration will be from 8-9:15 a.m. The program begins promptly at 9:30 a.m.
Q. When will the Orientation program finish?
A. The program is scheduled to conclude by 3 p.m. on the second day.
Q: As a parent/guardian, if I am not Catholic, do I have to go to Mass?
A: Not at all. Mass is for all faiths. During this time we also have a Reflection Walk experience so families are welcome to use this time to enjoy campus.
Q: Are there shuttles provided to Fairfield from hotels, the Bridgeport ferry, airports, etc.?
A: The University does not provide these services. However, if a student is coming from far away and they are alone, we can consider it on a case-by-case basis.
Q: What if I am arriving early?
A: Please notify us as soon as possible about your travel plans so that we may approve your request and notify Residence Life that you are moving into the halls.
Q: Must students bring bedding?
A: Yes. Students should bring a pillow, sheets/sleeping bag, blanket, a small fan, and First Year Guide.
Q: Will parents/guardians and students interact during the two days?
A: The parent/guardians and student programs run separately, but there are times that you will be able to meet prior to departure.
Q: Can siblings attend?
A: Unfortunately, there is no scheduled program for siblings; sessions are geared toward a parent/guardian audience and meals are calculated based on the number of parents/guardians attending. If siblings are attending, they are to stay overnight with their parents/guardians and must remain with their parents/guardians at all times.
Q: If parents/guardians can only attend one day of Orientation, must they pay the full $80?
A: If the parent/guardians can only come for one day, they should contact the Department of Student Programs & Leadership Development ($50 will be charged to cover the meals and materials they will receive).