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Welcome New Students

Fairfield University's Office of Student Engagement introduces both first-year and transfer undergraduate students to the developmental resources, unique opportunities, and engaging experiences afforded them while attending Fairfield University. Through a comprehensive and collaborative effort, we welcome you to a community of active and service-oriented learners who are eager to assist you in the understanding and appreciation of the unique experience Fairfield University offers as a Catholic university in the Jesuit tradition.

We coordinate New Student Orientation for students and their families in June, an abbreviated Orientation program known as Fall Welcome in August/September, and the First-Year Experience (FYE) program.



Fairfield University is a Jesuit institution filled with many traditions including New Student Orientation in June and Fall Welcome in September. The Orientation program is a unique opportunity for first-year students to get acquainted with Fairfield University.

Students will have the opportunity to meet fellow classmates, sophomore, junior, and senior student leaders, and members of the faculty and staff. First-year students will stay overnight in the residence halls, and learn some of what to expect from Fairfield as a member of our community.

Attending Orientation will give first-year students a head start on a successful, enjoyable college experience, and will make your transition in September much easier. Students are expected to attend Orientation in order to participate in academic planning, register for courses, and learn important information about the Fairfield Experience.


First-Year Experience (FYE)

Additionally, all full-time undergraduate first-year students participate in the First-Year Experience (FYE) program, which is focused on teaching Fairfield's core Jesuit values, cultivating student self-discovery, and exploring the importance of community. FYE includes a seminar in the fall semester, designated campus events for students to attend, and a mentoring program.

Contact Us

Student Engagement at (203) 254-4053 or e-mail.

Frequently Asked Questions

Orientation Logistics Questions and Academic Planning Questions

First-Year Experience

The FYE program provides a foundational understanding of the Fairfield experience and will empower students to take advantage of all Fairfield has to offer. The program consists of a non-credited weekly seminar, mentorship, and attendance at signature campus and FYE events throughout the academic year. FYE explores academic planning, time-management, roommate conflict, homesickness, financial literacy, and more.

June Orientation

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

Local Hotels

Local Hotels Offer Special Rates for Orientation


Highlights of Fall Welcome include interacting with Resident Assistants, New Student Leaders, and Community Associates and attending a variety of sessions and events.

Parents/Guardians Checklist

Parents/Guardians, your student has several action items to accomplish within their own online checklist system. However, there are specific action items that they may need your help with and/or for you to complete on your own.

Transfer Students

Welcome to your new home! When you move into your new home in September, your journey at Fairfield begins. Please check in at the Office of Residence Life, located in the Barone Campus Center Lower Level, room 96.

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