New Student Orientation

Welcome to the University of Dubuque! New Student Orientation is made up of a variety of fun and exciting components to help you successfully transition to University life. New Student Orientation is required for all incoming first-year students and highly encouraged for all transfer students, so please make plans to attend!

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Spring New Student Orientation 2018 – Proud to be a Spartan!

Welcome to the University of Dubuque!

On behalf of everyone here at UD, welcome to the UD family! This is an exciting time as you prepare for the beginning of your academic career at the University of Dubuque.

Spring classes begin on Monday, January 29, but please make plans to attend Spring Orientation on Friday, January 26.  Check-in for Orientation will take place in the Charles and Romona Myers Center lobby from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  Light breakfast refreshments will be provided. Orientation activities will last from 10:00 a.m. until approximately 3:30 p.m.  Lunch will be provided at no cost for new students and their guests.

Many sessions are planned with your specific needs in mind. You will have the opportunity to learn more about resources that will support you in your experience at the university.  There will be a technology orientation to acclimate you to campus technologies including your email account and network storage. You will also have the chance to meet with upper class student leaders in small groups to ask any questions you might have and hear from a number of campus partners and opportunities that you can become involved with as a student. You can learn more prior to your arrival by checking out our online new student resources here.

Students living on campus will receive their housing information from the Office of Residence Life. To make arrangements for move-in, or for any questions specific to Residence Life, please contact them by phone at 563-589-3163, or by email at

Parents, families, and guests, the entire community at the University of Dubuque looks forward to working with you to help your student succeed. Family members are often the first people students turn to when they have questions or concerns, so this Orientation program will help you learn more about the University and adjusting to your new life with a college student. You can find a wealth of information geared toward parents and family members here.


Spring New Student Orientation Schedule

Orientation Check-In, Charles and Romona Myers Center, Steffens Hall (lobby)
  Check in anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., and pick up your orientation packet which includes a schedule of orientation activities, a free gift, and more! Also enjoy a light breakfast buffet.
10:00 a.m. University Welcome, Charles and Romona Myers Center, Room 146
  Join us for the official welcome to UD by University administration, staff, and student leaders and mentors.
10:30 a.m. Campus Resource Fair, Charles and Romona Myers Center, Steffens Hall
  Meet with various campus resources like the Academic Success Center, Study Abroad, Student Activities, Campus Ministry, and more. This is your chance to ask any questions you may have and discover services and resources available to you as student.
11:30 a.m. Lunch, Peters Commons, Smeltzer Dining Hall
  Enjoy a complimentary lunch in our dining hall, then use this time to take care of any errands or details you’d like to accomplish before classes begin. Visit Security to register your vehicle or take your ID photo. Stop by Financial Planning to make sure your aid package is complete. Take a trip to the Bookstore to pick up textbooks or new UD apparel. Mentors will be available throughout the break to guide you around campus.
12:30 p.m. Informational Sessions, Charles and Romona Myers Center, Room 146
  Prior to departing for the first information session of the afternoon, please plan to meet back in the Charles and Romona Myers Center, room 146 to be broken into groups and taken to several different afternoon sessions. Students will rotate through a Myers Library tutorial, technology training, and an array of guest speakers. Mentors will guide student groups to their sessions.
3:00 p.m. Wrap up and Question and Answer, Charles and Romona Myers Center, Room 146
  You’ll meet a few more campus resources who have brief announcements for the group, then you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions you have of the student Mentors before you depart for the day.
3:15 p.m. Optional Campus Tours, Charles and Romona Myers Center, Admission Office
  If you haven’t had the opportunity to take a tour of campus, stop by the Admission Office and experience a tour with our Student Ambassadors who can show you around and answer any last questions about campus you may have. If you just want to see a building or two, our Mentors would be happy to guide you on an individual basis.