Orientation Logistics FAQ

Q. When is New Student Orientation?

A. Session A - June 25-26 (Monday/Tuesday)
Session B - June 28-29 (Thursday/Friday)

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 $100 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 approximately $300, 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. What is the parent/guardian Orientation fee?

A. The parent/guardian Orientation fee is $100, which covers meals, administrative costs, and materials.The fee is paid via the parent/guardian registration at orientation (available May 2018)

Q. I'm a parent, I can only attend for Day 1, can I pay a reduced fee?

A. There are no pro-rated prices for the Parent/Guardian Orientation session due to the nature of the experience. A significant portion of the cost of orientation is on Day 1.

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 for Student Orientation is done via First Year Student Checklist, and registration for the Parent/Guardian Orientation is done here. These are two separate registration forms.

Q. When should I arrive?

A. Check-In will begin at 7:30 a.m. and ends by 9 a.m.. You will receive a precise check-in time based on the letter of your last name in June. We recommend that students arrive early. Anticipate 15-20 minutes for the check-in process. The program will begin promptly at 9:15 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. Approval is based on extenuating circumstances as well as a case by case basis.

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. However, if a sibling under 10 years of age attends, there is no cost. 

Academic Planning FAQ

Q: How do I request a change of major or school prior to Orientation?

A: Students requesting to formally change their major and/or school prior to June Orientation should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for additional information. Students may indicate their academic interests without formally changing their program of study on the Academic Interest Questionnaire.   

Q. Who should take placement tests? What kind of placement tests are available?

A. All new students, both incoming first-year and transfer, with academic or life experience in one of the following languages: Chinese, French, German, and Italian, Russian, Spanish, should take the online WebCAPE Placement Exam prior to beginning classes at Fairfield University via the First Year Student Checklist.

Since there is no Placement Exam in Arabic, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese, Latin or Classical Greek, all new students, both incoming first-year and transfer, with academic or life experience in these languages, should follow the Orientation advice given by the representative faculty from the Department in Modern Languages and Literatures or Classical Studies.

Q. Can I start a new language? What are my options?

A. You are free to start a new language offered at Fairfield University: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Classical Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish, whether or not you have already studied one or more of these modern or classical languages. If you are starting a new language at Fairfield University, you do not and should not take the placement test in this new language. Instead, please register for the elementary level (e.g., CI 110, LA 111) of that language.

Q: How will my math placement be determined?

A: Students are placed in the appropriate level of mathematics based on courses taken and grades received during high school and according to the requirements of their declared program of study. Faculty advisors will be available to discuss math placement and answer questions at Orientation. For additional information, please visit fairfield.edu/mathplacement

Q: How will I be registered for my Cornerstone Course?

A: Students will be pre-registered for a Cornerstone course that satisfies a major or Core requirement. Academic interests and related academic information entered on the Academic Interest Questionnaire will be considered. 

Q: How will I register for Fall 2018 Courses?

A: Students will meet with an academic advisor on the first day of Orientation to review their plan of study, curricular requirements, and academic interests.  Students will register for their first semester of courses on the second day of Orientation. Academic advisors will be available to assist students each step of the way. Students should prepare by reviewing the Academic Planning section of the First-Year Guide and by completing the Academic Interest Questionnaire in its entirety.

Q: Does Fairfield University award credit for AP Courses, IB Courses, and College Courses completed while in high school?

Please refer to Fairfield University’s academic policies noted below:

Advanced Placement:
Fairfield University will award 3 or 4 credit hours for each AP course taken by a student, provided that the student has taken the Advanced Placement Test prepared by the CEEB program and obtained a test score of 4 or 5. A maximum of 15 AP credits will be awarded. Official score reports should be sent to the Academic and Career Development Center.

Higher Level International Baccalaureate Courses:
Fairfield University recognizes the advanced nature of Higher Level International Baccalaureate courses and will award 3 or 4 credit hours provided a grade of 6 or 7 is achieved. A maximum of 15 IB credits will be awarded. Official score reports should be sent to the Academic and Career Development Center.

Courses Taken for College Credit while in High School
For students who pursue college courses while in high school, upon receipt of an official college transcript, the course work will be evaluated by the appropriate academic administrator in consultation with the respective curriculum area, provided the following criteria are met:

  • The course(s) must have been completed in a college environment and must have been taught by a college professor
  • The course(s)/credits were not used to satisfy high school graduation requirements
  • A final grade of “C” or better was earned

College/school officials will determine the appropriateness of the transfer credit for the student’s program and decide whether it has met Fairfield’s curriculum standards. A maximum of 15 credits of approved coursework will be awarded transfer credit. The grades will not be transferred.

College level courses will be evaluated upon receipt of the following documentation:

  • An official letter from the high school principal or school counselor stating that the course was taught on the college/university campus, by a member of the college/university faculty, and with regularly matriculated undergraduates at that college/university
  • An official transcript from the college/university
  • A course description and/or course syllabus
  • High school profile outlining all high school graduation requirements

It is the discretion of college/school officials to determine if AP, IB, or transfer credit may be used to exempt students from specific University courses or requirements. Official score reports, transcripts, and related documentation should be sent to the Academic and Career Development Center. Any necessary changes to the fall 2018 course schedule will be processed over the summer months and prior to the start of the semester.

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