A group of students sit around in a circle on the lawn of the Mount Carmel Campus quad during orientation

New Student Orientation

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Family Orientation

Family Orientation

Parents and family members are important members of the Quinnipiac community — and we've designed family orientation just for them. We offer an orientation session for parents and family members of first-year students on the first day of each session. We'll explain the university's services and resources, and provide an opportunity to ask upper-level students your questions.

The schedule includes:

  • a welcome from university administrators
  • residential and campus life session
  • campus and cyber safety session
  • course requirements and registration (Office of the Registrar) session
  • billing (Office of the Bursar) session
  • counseling and health services session
  • campus tours
  • a barbecue lunch

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Orientation leaders and new students play games on Quinnipiac’s Mount Carmel Campus at Orientation

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Orientation leaders and new students play games on Quinnipiac’s Mount Carmel Campus at Orientation.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is Orientation 2020?

Orientation 2020 sessions will take place through June and August on the following dates:

First-year students


  • June 4-5, Session I
  • June 8-9, Session II
  • June 11-12, Session III
  • June 15-16, Session IV
  • June 18-19, Session V
  • August 19-20, Session VI

Transfer students


  • June 17, Transfer Welcome I
  • August 21, Transfer Welcome II

You only need to attend one session; however, you must be present and participate in all activities. Late arrivals and early dismissals are not allowed due to the group experience.

It is important to note that once registered, you are expected to participate in the entire experience and to remain on campus at all times.

When should I plan to arrive on campus?

You should plan to arrive on campus between 8 and 10 a.m. the day of your session. If you are traveling from a distance of more than 3 hours away, you may call the Office of Campus Life at 203-582-8673 to request an arrival date the evening prior to your orientation session. Unfortunately, we can only offer overnight accommodations to students and will not be able to accommodate family members.

Students may drive themselves to orientation. It is important to note that orientation is a mandatory university program and, once students are checked in, we are unable to release them without prior approval for safety reasons until the end of the second day (June 5, 9, 12, 16, 19) at 3 p.m.

What should I bring?

First-year students attending an overnight session should bring the following:

  • A laptop computer or tablet with wireless Internet capabilities
  • Linens (sheets and/or sleeping bag, blankets, pillows)
  • Towels and washcloth
  • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Casual dress (comfortable shoes, sneakers)
  • Spending money (meals are included but snacks are on a cash basis)

Transfer students attending a day session should bring the following:

  • A laptop computer or tablet with wireless Internet capabilities
  • Spending money (meals are included but snacks are on a cash basis)

When will I be notified and how do I register for orientation?

In late April/early May, once you have paid your deposit, you will be emailed an invitation to register for orientation. Please check the email address that you gave the admissions office.

This is an online process only. This process includes creating your Quinnipiac account and taking placement exams online. Phone registrations cannot be accepted, but if you have questions, please contact us.

Will there be placement exams during orientation?

No. Placement tests are all done online via QStart. Students should complete the tests a minimum of five days prior to their scheduled orientation session.

Will registration for fall classes take place at orientation?

If you participate in a June session, you will register for your fall courses at orientation. If you participate in an August session, you will register for courses the last week of June. A percentage of seats are opened for each orientation, and capacities are maintained and monitored for each registration window. Following the six registration windows, all students will continue to have registration access from July 5-September 1, and you may make changes to your schedule throughout the summer.

Contact Us

How can I find more information?

Please contact us!

The Office of Campus Life
203-582-8673
orientation@qu.edu