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New Student Orientation

All new-to-Fairfield students are expected to attend the virtual Spring New Student Orientation sessions being held on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. A detailed schedule and links to the sessions will be shared with incoming students and their families via email in January. Additionally, an in-person welcome-to-campus event will be held for new students once in-person classes commence. Please complete the Spring New Student Orientation Registration Form on the New Student Checklist so that we can gather information to help us prepare for your arrival.

Getting Started

New Student Checklist

To ensure your successful transition to Fairfield, the student checklist has been created to help you keep track of all the forms and assignments you will need to complete prior to the start of the semester.

Note: Only students who have confirmed their attendance by submitting their deposit to the Office of Admissions and claimed their NetID will be able to access the New Student Checklist.

New Student Guidebook

The guidebook is created to assist students during their first semesters at Fairfield. This book will serve as a 'go to' resource for everything Fairfield. It is packed with information regarding buildings on campus, academic planning, action items, office locations, and contact information.

Parent/Guardian 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. Please review the Parent/Guardian Checklist for more information.

Language Placement

All new students with academic or life experience in one of the following languages: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, must take the Language Placement Exam, found on the online New Student Checklist. Students planning to study a new language at Fairfield should still take the Language Placement Exam in the language that was studied in high school. This score must be on record if the student ultimately decides to stay with her/his previously-studied language.

Recorded June 2020 Virtual Orientation Sessions

Virtual Orientation Town Hall

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Virtual Orientation Town Hall

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Connecting Mind, Body, Spirit: Health & Wellness

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Connecting Mind, Body, Spirit: Health & Wellness

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Life Outside the Classroom: General Resources

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Life Outside the Classroom: General Resources

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The Heart of a Fairfield Education: Magis Core & Academic Support

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The Heart of a Fairfield Education: Magis Core & Academic Support

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Fairfield and Beyond

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Fairfield and Beyond

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College of Arts & Sciences

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College of Arts & Sciences

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Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing & Health Studies

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Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing & Health Studies

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Charles F. Dolan School of Business

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Charles F. Dolan School of Business

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School of Engineering

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School of Engineering

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If you have any questions you can email or call us at orientation@fairfield.edu Office of Student Engagement (203) 254-4053 and Office of the Dean of Students (203) 254-4211.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The orientation fee is charged to all new undergraduates students. The fee covers the costs for the new students' orientation and transitional experience. These experiences include Summer Orientation (Virtual/In-person), Fall Welcome (Move-In experience, activities throughout the initial week of the semester), New Student Guidebook and Checklist, First-Year Experience Seminar (Seminar within the first Fall Semester), and Parent/Guardian Webinar experiences. More specifically, the fee goes towards the overhead costs, including work orders, rental equipment, student leader stipends, catering, marketing materials, etc.

Our students utilize both Apple and PC based laptops for the majority of schools/majors. The exception is the School of Engineering, where we recommend our students use/purchase a PC based laptop. All students should download Microsoft Office 365, which is available at office365.fairfield.edu for no additional cost.

Students entering Fairfield University may be eligible to receive college credits for work previously completed in several ways: through Advanced Placement exams, through high-level international baccalaureate courses, or through college courses completed while in high school. More information about the awarding of credits can be found on the New Student Checklist and in the New Student Guide. New students should make sure that official results or transcripts are sent to the Office of Academic Support and Retention (asr@fairfield.edu) as soon as possible in order to have more options in course planning.

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