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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.



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.

Transfer Students

Welcome to your new home! When you move into your new home in September, your journey at Fairfield begins.

First-Year Experience

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.

Move-in Day

Fall Welcome allows first-year students to reconnect with friends they made during Fairfield in Focus and June Orientation while continuing to expand relationships within the Fairfield community before classes begin.

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.

Local Hotels

Reserve a room at one of many local hotel options.

Contact Us

Office of Student Engagement
Barone Campus Center Lower Level
(203) 254-4000, ext. 4053

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