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January 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.

Check-in/Move-in Day: January 13, 2024

New students will check-in on January 13, 2024, between 12 - 2 p.m.  (all new first-years and new transfer students, both residential and commuting students).

Check-in Procedures

Check-In Day Campus Map & Driving Directions

  • Students will check-in at Campus Safety  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 January 2.
    • 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 dinner with us.
  • New commuting students check-in options:
    • January 13, 12-2 pm - then join the optional tour, dinner, and Induction Ceremony
    • January 14 - before or after the mandatory orientation sessions

Spring Orientation


Sample Spring Orientation Schedule

Day One
Noon-2 p.m. Check in at Campus Safety (605 S. Mt. Joy Street, Elizabethtown PA) & move into residence hall (residential students)
3:30 p.m. Optional campus tour for new students & families, meet at Campus Safety
4:30 p.m. Dinner for new students & families, Leffler Chapel, M&M Mars Room
6 p.m. Induction Ceremony, Leffler Chapel (Families Depart After Ceremony)
7:30 p.m. Etown Tips &am; Tricks and Social Event
Day Two
10 a.m. Optional breakfast at local restaurant & explore downtown Elizabethtown
1 p.m. Campus tour to find classrooms, led by peer mentors
2-5 p.m. Blue Jay Community (orientation sessions, including diversity, equity &am; belonging, student expectations, campus electronic tools)*
5:30 p.m. Dinner
7-9 p.m. IT Help Desk Open
7:30 p.m. Social Event

*event is mandatory for all new students. If you are commuting to Etown and can only join the mandatory orientation sessions, then please know that you can check in at Campus Safety on Sunday afternoon before those sessions.

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