June Orientation

Class of 2019 Orientation

June 16-17 First-Year Students Orientation - Class of 2019
June 22-23 First-Year Students Orientation - Class of 2019

Additional information about Orientation will be posted to this page, so check back often after the new year. We look forward to welcoming our new students and families to Fairfield!

June 2015 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.

Orientation 2015

Orientation Dates
Students may choose to attend one of two Orientation sessions. The first session will take place June 16-17, 2015 and the second session will take place June 22-23, 2015.

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 are to register here. You will receive an email order confirmation upon completion.

An Orientation fee of $100 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. Reminder:  Be sure to send in your Student Medical Report/Immunization Report as directed (due June 2nd).  If you have not sent in this documentation, please bring it to Orientation and give it directly to the Student Health Center staff.

  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


Student Orientation Schedule

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Orientation Schedule

Plan to arrive by 7:30 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

Class of 2018 Parent/Guardian Webinars

Webinar on Residential Life/Housing Options for Sophomore Year

On November 21, 2014, Fairfield University hosted our third online webinar for the families of the Class of 2018. Ophelia Rowe Allen, Director; Charlie Sousa, Associate Director; and Jodie Fitzpatrick, Assistant Director, discussed the Sophomore Residential College experience, general housing selection and conclude with a Q&A session. Click here to view the webinar.

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.