Fairfield University hosted two Orientation sessions in June with over 900 families in attendance! We were so happy to meet the families and students of the Class of 2017 and are so excited about welcoming you to the Fairfield family this fall!
Following is a recap of important information that was presented during Orientation in case you were not able to attend every session.
"The Fairfield Experience" - The Integration of Living and Learning
Listen to our panel of experts as they discuss the Core Curriculum, our institutional commitment to educating the whole person, and the difference a Jesuit education can make.
Financial Planning Session
From tuition payments, meal plans, purchasing books, to financial aid, this session informed families about how to finance and plan for their student's four years at Fairfield.
Download the presentation (PDF)
Student Life Forum
How can families best prepare to send their student off to Fairfield in September? Dr. Thomas Pellegrino, Vice President for Student Affairs, joined various Student Affairs administrators to answer families' questions in this interactive session.
Download the presentation (Parent/Guardian Forum) (PDF)
Parent/Guardian Small Group Chat Time
Families had the opportunity to meet with a Fairfield University professional staff member in small groups. This was an opportunity to ask any follow-up questions about the day or the college experience in general. Facilitators also reviewed some key information from the Parent/Guardian Guide.
What is life really like at Fairfield outside the classroom? What are students involved in, and what is the culture like? Dr. Thomas Pellegrino, Vice President for Student Affairs, and Karen Donoghue, Dean of Students, gave families a glimpse of what to expect once their student(s) arrives in September.
Fairfield Vision & Orientation Troupe Performance
The New Student Leaders and representatives from various offices and departments on campus discuss and perform (via skits and songs) the intersections between living and learning, diversity, and engagement as a Fairfield student.
Parenting Beyond the Cap and Gown
Even though our high school graduates may seem mature and responsible as they head off to college, brain research tells us that they are still 3-5 years away from true adult brain functioning. The important work of parenting doesn't end after "Pomp and Circumstance", but changes significantly in the ways that parents must stay engaged and influential in the lives of their college-age children.
In this presentation, Michael Nerney offered parents the latest information on brain development in young adults, discussed current trends in substance abuse and other high-risk behavior in college-age individuals, and provided guidance on how to "hold on loosely" to our almost-adult children.
I couldn't make it to Orientation. How do I get my courses set for the fall?
We're eager to help you with advising and registration for your fall 2013 classes. Beginning the weeks of July 8 one of our academic advisors will contact you by phone or e-mail to discuss your academic plans and assist you in selecting courses. Please make sure that you have completed the language placement exam and submitted your Academic Interests Questionnaire, if you have not done so already.
What happens if I want to change my class schedule for the fall?
During the summer, the University may need to change your schedule as scores from Advanced Placement exams are submitted, as grades come in from college courses you have taken elsewhere, or as course sections are moved. In all such cases, you will be notified via your University e-mail or phone. Please be sure that you have official AP score reports and official college transcripts sent to Fairfield's Office of Exploratory Academic Advising as soon as possible.
For any other changes you may wish to make, students may add and drop classes during the first few days of the semester.
Please contact the Department of Student Programs and Leadership Development if you have any questions relating to Orientation via e-mail or at (203) 254-4053