June Orientation

Webinar on First Year Student Academic Support Services & Resources (Including Disability Support Services)

On October 3, 2014, Fairfield University hosted our second online webinar for the families of the Class of 2018. Heather Petraglia, Director of the Office of Academic Support & Retention and Dr. Jennifer Claydon, Ph.D, Director of Disability Support Services discussed typical academic adjustment issues, the resources available to students, and concluded with a Q&A session. Click here to view the webinar.

Webinar on First Year Student Adjustment

On Septemeber 12, 2014, Fairfield University hosted an online webinar for the families of the Class of 2018. The focus was on First Year Student Adjustment. Staff members from the Office of the Dean of Students, Student Programs & Leadership Development, Residence Life, and Counseling & Psychological Services were available to discuss typical adjustment issues, the resources available to students, and  concluded with a Q&A session. Click here to view the webinar.


June 2014 Orientation

Orientation Dates | Registration | Accommodations | What to Bring | Schedules | Arrival/Departure | Contact Us

The Orientation program is a unique opportunity for first-year students to get acquainted with Fairfield University. First-year students attending 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 your First Year Experience program seminar group
  • Gain a head start on a successful, enjoyable college experience, and will make your transition in September much easier
  • Bond with your 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 prior to Orientation.

Printable (PDF) Version of the First Year Guide

The Class of 2018 Orientation Parent/Guardian Guide is now available!

Orientation 2014

Orientation Dates
Students may choose to attend one of two Orientation sessions. The first session will take place June 18-19, 2014 and the second session will take place June 23-24, 2014.

Students: Students can complete Student Registration via their online First-Year Checklist. An Orientation fee that appears on the fall semester tuition bill covers the student cost for Orientation in June and Fall Welcome in September.

Parents/Guardians: Parents/guardians can register via the online Parent/Guardian Registration found on the Parents/Guardians Checklist page or their student may register them via the Online First-Year Student Checklist. An Orientation fee of $85 per parent/guardian is charged at the time of registration.

All students, including commuter students, attending Orientation will stay overnight in the residence halls. Meals will be provided throughout the duration of 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. Casual comfortable clothes and shoes (very important - lots of walking)
  3. Rain jacket & umbrella (just in case)
  4. Toiletries including a towel
  5. Pillow, sheets & blanket, or sleeping bag
  6. Small fan (there is no AC in housing)
  7. First-Year Guidebook
  8. License, passport or other state issued photo-id for your Stag Card picture to be taken
  9. Know your NetID login information, including password (very important!)
  10. Ensure you have a green check mark next to your Academic Interest Questionnaire in your on-line checklist


Plan to arrive by 8 a.m. for check-in. We recommend that students arrive early. Anticipate 15-20 minutes for the check-in process. The program will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m.

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

Contact Us

For more information or assistance:

Student Programs & Leadership Development (203) 254-4053
Office of the Dean of Students (203) 254-4211