June Orientation

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Welcome, Class Of 2023!

Congratulations on your acceptance and decision to attend Fairfield University! You will be receiving your First-Year Student Guide, which includes information about how to get acclimated to the Fairfield University community and college life, in the mail within a few weeks of confirming your attendance. Students and their families should review this guide thoroughly for information regarding next steps, action items, academic planning, campus offices, and helpful resources that address many common questions. In addition to reviewing the guide, below are a few next steps to help ensure a smooth transition to campus. Please note: it may take up to 48 hours after submitting your deposit for you to have access to your NetID and online checkist system.

  • Claim your NetID at fairfield.edu/netid. You will need to have your Fairfield ID number, which can be found on your letter of admission, when registering for the NetID. After claiming your NetID, you will be able to access your University Gmail account through my.Fairfield.edu. Be sure to check your Gmail account regularly for important University announcements. Please note: it may take up to 48 hours after submitting your deposit for you to have access to your NetID and online checkist system.
  • Complete the First-Year Student ChecklistThis required checklist was created to help new students keep track of all the tasks and tutorials they need to complete before the start of June Orientation and Fall Welcome. Some items and forms need to completed ASAP, so it is essential that students login early and often to review and complete each task by their deadline. Students will be granted access to the checklist system within 48 hours of claiming their NetID.

Questions? The Office of Student Engagement can be reached by email at orientation@fairfield.edu or by phone at (203) 254-4053. We look forward to welcoming you to the herd soon!

Did Not Attend June Orientation?

Step 1: Review the Orientation Recap webpage for highlights from the Class of 2023 June Orientation sessions, including presentation powerpoints and recordings.

Step 2: The Office of Academic Support and Retention will be contacting students via their Fairfield University student email account once their schedule has been created, no later than mid-August. Please ensure your Academic Interest Questionnaire and Language Placement Exam have been completed via the First-Year Student Checklist. If you earned any AP, IP, and/or college credits in high school, please make sure to submit all necessary documentation to the Office of Academic Support and Retention ASAP. For more information about the academic planning process, visit our FAQ page.

Step 3: Stay tuned for more information about Fall Welcome and Move-In on September 1, 2019.

If you have any questions regarding course scheduling, please feel free to contact the Office of Academic Support and Retention by email at asr@fairfield.edu or by phone at 203-254-4000 ext. 2222. The Office of Student Engagement can be reached by email at orientation@fairfield.edu or by phone at (203) 254-4053.

2019 Orientation (Class Of 2023)

June Orientation is a unique opportunity for first-year students to get acquainted with Fairfield University. First-year students attending June 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 their First Year Experience seminar group
  • Gain a head start on a successful, enjoyable college experience, making their transition in September much easier
  • Bond with their 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 before June Orientation.

Orientation Dates

Attending Orientation is essential for all new students. Domestic students may choose to attend one of two overnight June Orientation sessions. Session A will take place June 18-19, 2019 and Session B will take place June 24-25, 2019. Sessions A and B are identical, so students should register for the session that works best for their schedules. All international students must attend International or Global Student Orientation. During this time, students will review immigration benefits and responsibilities, meet their student ambassadors, and participate in sessions relating to adjustment and life at Fairfield. For more details about International Student Orientation, visit our International Admitted Student page


Students: Students should complete the Student Orientation Registration form via their online First-Year Student Checklist by May 27, 2019. Even if a student is unable to attend June Orientation, they must still complete the registration process, stating the reason for not attending. An orientation fee, that covers the student cost for June Orientation and Fall Welcome in September, will appear on the fall semester tuition bill.

Parents/Guardians: Attending June Orientation is optional but highly encouraged for Parents/Guardians of new students. The online registration system is closed at this time but parents/guardians are able to register on-site at the General Assistance table during check-in. An orientation fee of $100 per parent/guardian is charged at the time of registration. The fee covers meals, administrative costs, and materials.


All students, including commuter students, attending June Orientation will stay overnight in the residence halls. Meals will be provided throughout 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. Immunization Form
  2. Laptop or tablet and charger for course registration. This is very important to bring, as other devices will not work. If you are unable to do so, please email orientation@fairfield.edu by May 27.
  3. Casual comfortable clothes and shoes (you will be doing a lot of walking)
  4. Rain jacket & umbrella (just in case)
  5. Toiletries including a towel
  6. Pillow, sheets & blanket, or sleeping bag
  7. Small fan (there is no air conditioning in housing)
  8. First-Year Student Guidebook
  9. License, passport, or other state issued photo-id for your Stag Card picture to be taken
  10. Know your NetID login information, including password (very important!)


The Class of 2023 June Orientation schedules will be posted soon. Schedules are subject to change and students and parents/guardians will receive updated schedules when they check-in for their Orientation session.


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


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

Math Placement

In general, it is recommended that students enroll in the highest numbered mathematics course for which their high school preparation allows. As a requirement of the core curriculum every student must complete two semesters of mathematics and at least one semester must be a calculus course.

Language Placement

Browse a list of frequently asked questions regarding Fairfield's language placement and study policies.

Summer Send Offs

We are thrilled to have you as part of our Fairfield Family and can't wait to see you on campus this fall as a member of the Class of 2023! This summer, we invite you to join fellow members of your class and their families at one of our Summer Send-Offs. These special gatherings hosted by current Fairfield families and/or alumni are a great way for you to get to meet your future classmates and ask questions before your journey at Fairfield officially begins in the fall.

Register for a Send-Off of your choice by clicking the "Register Now" button below. For more information about Summer Send-Offs, please contact the Parent Engagement Office at parents@fairfield.edu. We can't wait to meet you!

Paramus, NJ
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
6:30 - 8 p.m.
Hosts: Elizabeth and George Cultraro P'20
Location: Arcola Club, Paramus Rd, Paramus, NJ

McLean, VA
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Hosts: Rosina and George Aguiar P'22
Location: 7107 Holyrood Dr, McLean, VA

West Islip, NY
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Hosts: Elizabeth and Michael Brown '03
Location: 42 Magoun Road, West Islip, NY

Manhasset, NY
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Hosts: Nancy and Kurt Holweger'82
Location: Strathmore Vanderbilt Club, 260 Country Club Rd, Manhasset, NY

Deal, NJ
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Hosts: Rosie and Bill Catalano P'21
Location: Deal Country Club, 1 Golf Lane, Deal, NJ

Newtown Square, PA
Thursday, August 15, 2019
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Hosts: Maria '85 and Fenton Fitzpatrick P'18
Location: 825 Hunt Rd, Newtown Square, PA

Fairfield, CT
Monday, August 19, 2019
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Hosts: Kristin and Rob McMahon '87, P'21
Location: 1813 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT

Greenwich, CT
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Hosts: Julie and Larry Kirshner P'22
Location: Tamarack Country Club, 55 Locust Rd, Greenwich, CT

Malta, NY
Monday, August 26, 2019
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Host: Rose and Mark Welcome '89 P'20
Location: Saratoga Lake Sailing Club, 163 Manning Road, Malta, NY

Cambridge, MA
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Hosts: Susan and Charles Longfield P'22
Location: 106 Coolidge Hill Cambridge MA

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Frequently Asked Questions

June Orientation Logistics and Academic Planning Questions

Contact Us

For more information or assistance:

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

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