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On behalf of the entire Orientation team, welcome to the St. Andrews community!

Participation in Orientation helps new students prepare for their time at St. Andrews by laying a strong foundation for their university experience. All new students (first year and transfer) are required to attend. Orientation dates for Fall 2021 will be released soon!

Students who are required to be on campus prior to that date for pre-season athletics will be notified of their expected arrival date by coaches, supervisors, and/or Admissions staff members.

More information to come on Fall 2021 Check-In!

During Orientation, you will begin your journey of discovery and success by:

  • Learning how to navigate the academic and social transitions of university life
  • Meeting new people and getting involved on campus
  • Finding campus resources and support services.

Before you arrive on campus for Orientation, it is important that you have completed what we call the “Clearance” process. You will receive information regarding clearance via mail, email, phone, and social media. To avoid lines on Check-in Day, please complete as much of this process as possible prior to your arrival.

The following offices require clearance:

Admissions 910-277-5555
Business Office 910-277-5225
Financial Aid 910-277-5778
Health & Wellness 910-277-5040
Housing and Residence Life 910-277-5409

Required Housing, Health & Wellness, Insurance, etc. forms can be found here.

The Orientation Leaders (OLs),  academic advisors, faculty and staff members, Residence Life and Student Affairs staff, as well as many others, will be here to assist you throughout your transition.

If you have any questions regarding Orientation, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Hernandez, Dean of Students at

Information for Parents/Family Members

We understand that getting away from work and family responsibilities to bring students to Orientation during the week can be difficult. While all students are required to attend Orientation, parent/family member programs are recommended but not mandatory. A Parent Guidebook has been created for those unable to attend the scheduled parent/family Orientation programs. A link to the Parent Guidebook will be available on this page prior to Orientation.

Resources for Students and Parents/Families