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August New Student Orientation

Starting with check-in day, we welcome new students to campus as they begin their Blue Jay journey. Many Etown traditions are a part of New Student Orientation. Peer Mentors guide students through this information-filled and fun weekend as we strive to create a home away from home where every student belongs and thrives. You'll meet your peers, learn more about our resources and policies, and familiarize yourself with campus so you're ready to start classes. All new students, including new transfer students, are encouraged to participate in orientation (some sessions are mandatory).

Check-in/Move-in Day: August 23, 2024

New students will check-in on August 23, 2024, between 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. (all new first-years and new transfer students, both residential and commuting students).

Early Arrivals

  • New fall athletes (cross country, field hockey, women's volleyball, women's soccer, men's soccer): August 16
  • New international students: August 20 | New international student orientation: August 21-22
  • New students in the Momentum or Bonner programs: August 21 | Program orientation: August 21-23
  • New students in the Honors program: August 22 | Program orientation: August 22-23

Check-in Procedures

Check-In Day Campus Map & Driving Directions

  • Students will check-in at Leffler Chapel at our drive-through check-in tent to get their ID card, room key, and welcome packet. Parking decals will be in student mailboxes.
  • All students must do a preliminary check-in via Jayweb beginning August 1.
    • If students have any outstanding items, there will be a hold on your account which you will see during the preliminary check-in.
    • You will also confirm your emergency contact information at this time.
  • Students will be directed to their residence hall to unload their vehicle, move their vehicle, and then unpack and set up their room.
  • All students and families are invited to enjoy lunch with us.

Convocation Ceremony: August 23, 3-4 p.m.

August Orientation begins with our Convocation ceremony which opens our academic year. This ceremony is a beloved tradition at Etown, and families of our new students are invited to attend. Convocation is also live streamed for families to watch. Families will depart campus after Convocation and new students will begin New Student Orientation with dinner on August 23.

New Student Orientation: August 23-25

Students begin making their Etown memories during this weekend, and we can't wait to have you on campus! You can find the schedule below.

August 23
8 a.m.-1 p.m. Residential students, check-in and move into your room | Commuter students, check-in and explore campus
9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Visit campus offices: Business Office, Financial Aid, Academic Advising (fall schedule questions)


Need a quiet space to relax? Stop by the High Library.

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Lunch available for new students and families
3 p.m. Convocation Ceremony (families are invited to attend)
4:15 pm Family good-byes
5 p.m. Dinner with your FYS group & peer mentor
Evening Social event
August 24
10 a.m.-Noon FYS meeting* & Your First-Year Experience*
1:30-4 p.m. Blue Jay Walk & Class Aerial Picture
4-7 p.m. ITS Help Desk open for wifi help
6:30-9:30 p.m. Student Life sessions*
August 25
1 p.m. Blue Jay Challenge
2-4 p.m. Student Life sessions*
4 p.m. First Day Prep (find your clasrooms)
7 p.m. Blue Jay Toast & First Year Mixer
8-9:30 p.m. Residence Hall floor meetings**

*event is mandatory for all new students

**event is mandatory for all new residential students

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