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Two new students play a game on the quad during Orientation


Student Orientation

Whether you are a first-year or transfer student, the New Student Orientation program is designed to help you transition into college life at Quinnipiac. Upon arrival, you will be placed in a small group with your classmates so that you can begin forming new friendships. You will meet with a variety of administrators throughout the session who will introduce you to a wide array of services and resources. You also will connect with faculty from your school or college who will assist you in registering for your first-semester courses. And finally, your Orientation team leader will teach you about our Bobcat traditions.

Register for Student Orientation on Q-Start

Download the Orientation schedule app

2023 Orientation Dates

New students may choose one of the sessions listed below.

Register for Student Orientation on Q-Start

Download the Orientation schedule app

First-Year Students
  • Session 1: Thursday-Friday, June 15-16
  • Session 2: Monday-Tuesday, June 19-20
  • Session 3: Thursday-Friday, June 22-23
  • Session 4: Monday-Tuesday, June 26-27
  • Session 5: Wednesday-Thursday, June 28-29
  • Session 6: Wednesday-Thursday, August 23-24
Transfer Students
  • Wednesday, June 21
  • Thursday, August 24
International Students

The International Student Orientation hosted by the Department of Cultural and Global Education (required for F-1 and J-1 international students) will take place at the end of August.

  • Monday, August 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Move-in for residential international students

  • Tuesday, August 22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Orientation for international students

In addition, international students will also participate in Orientation with domestic students:

  • August 23-24: Undergraduate Orientation (for new first-year students)

  • August 24: Transfer Orientation (for new transfer students)

Review additional information for international students on MyQ

Overview of Orientation

When you arrive, you'll receive a full, detailed schedule.

You can also download the Orientation schedule app

Below is a general overview of what to expect:


First-Year Student Orientation

Day 1

  • 8:30-10 a.m.: Check-in and resource fair, student and family welcome

  • Morning: Orientation group meeting to meet new people and make some friends

  • Lunch provided by Quinnipiac

  • Afternoon: Educational sessions for successfully navigating QU

  • Dinner provided by Quinnipiac

  • Evening: Wrap up and evening entertainment at our Carl Hansen Student Center

  • Stay overnight in a residence hall room

Day 2

  • Move out of the residence hall room

  • Breakfast provided by Quinnipiac

  • Morning: Academic support, understanding your coursework, class registration

  • Lunch provided by Quinnipiac

  • Afternoon: Final session and closing ceremony

  • 3:00 p.m.: Luggage pick-up and departure

Transfer Student Orientation

  • 8-9 a.m.: Check in and resource fair

  • Morning: Orientation group meeting, educational sessions, academics support

  • Lunch provided by Quinnipiac

  • Afternoon: Course registration and educational sessions to help navigate Quinnipiac

  • 5-5:30 p.m.: Closing ceremony


New students may register for Orientation and find a complete list of everything they need to do to get started at Quinnipiac using the Q-Start portal.

All incoming students are sent a welcome email with instructions on how to establish their Quinnipiac email account and access Q-Start, the onboarding platform for new, incoming students. The portal contains all the information new students need to get started at Quinnipiac, including: registering for an orientation session; reviewing the housing contract; completing placement assessments; and planning for course registration.

We will send additional communications throughout the summer to students' Quinnipiac email address, so we encourage students to check often.

Register for Student Orientation on Q-Start

What to bring

Required items to bring
  • Photo identification, such as driver’s license, state ID or passport (it must have a photo)

  • Casual dress (comfortable shoes, sneakers)

  • Spending money (meals are included, but snacks, Quinnipiac gear, etc. are not)

Additional items for first-year students to bring

All first-year students, including commuters, will be spending the evening in one of our residence halls. We recommend casual dress, since you will be moving about campus quite a bit.

We recommend the following for an overnight stay:

  • Clothing for a second day

  • Pajamas

  • Warmer clothing for nighttime

  • Linens (sheets and/or sleeping bag, blanket, pillow)

  • Towel and washcloth

  • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, medications, etc.)

  • Shower sandals

  • Chargers (laptop and phone)

Additional Resources

Have questions? We’d love to hear from you.