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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 for the Fall 2020 semester begins with Check-in & Clearance on Friday, August 21st, and Saturday, August 22nd, 2020. Please see the link below to get your check-in date and time!

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. Pre-season athletes will complete Clearance when they arrive, but will still need to check in for Orientation on Friday, August 21, 2020 between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

For Check-in dates, click here!

*Times are separated by the first initial of your last name

For the Orientation Schedule, click here!

*Last updated on August 20th, 2020

(both are subject to change)


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 Tim Verhey, Dean of Students at or Jordan Mclelland, Director of Student Activities, 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