Orientation is an exciting time for college students and families. Your student's orientation is mandatory and will have three parts. We have programming that you can participate in as well:

  • an online orientation that you will be able to complete at your own pace. Once your student registers you for Orientation, you will receive access to your online orientation in mid-May; and
  • an In-Person, on campus program in Springfield. Students can bring up to two guests to our in-person sessions that will include information about financial assistance, student billing, academic expectations, and more.
  • our Fall First-Year Welcome Days (August 16, 17, and 18).  

Orientation Schedule

How Much Does Orientation Cost

There is a mandatory Orientation Fee that is assessed to each student and covers some expenses for the student for Orientation (both online and in-person). The University covers most of the costs related to your student's orientation to keep the costs affordable. The Orientation Fee is mandatory and non-refundable.

Preview Day for students and family

Additional Guest Fee

There will be an additional guest fee of $25/person to cover the cost of the publications, mailings, staffing, and lunch at Orientation. The guest fee is non-refundable. You can pay the Guest Fees online with the student orientation fee. We cannot accept payment onsite.

Orientation Handouts

What faculty members want parents to know (PDF)

Adjusting to College Month by Month (PDF)