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 students, so please make plans to attend!

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New Student Orientation 2019

Why do we do New Student Orientation?

New Student Orientation has a few key goals to help students and families ensure they've found the right fit and are ready for their college experience:

  1. Create a welcoming environment that builds a sense of community for new students
  2. Foster and develop valuable connections for new students on campus
  3. Provide opportunities for new students to become acquainted with campus resources
  4. Build confidence of families of incoming students through encouragement and support

How will we meet these goals together? We offer a robust and welcoming orientation program that will give new students a small group of fellow new students to build initial relationships with as well as ample opportunities to meet many other new students through social events. Each group is matched with an upper class peer mentor who will guide and advise new students, helping to acclimate them to new surroundings and connecting to resources and friends. New students who commit to participating in all of New Student Orientation are choosing success in their first days on campus and setting up great student success habits that will trickle into class attendance, involvement in leadership opportunities, and building relationships that last a lifetime.  

Online Orientation

First year students are required to complete a brief Online Orientation in addition to the face-to-face program. Click here or log into UDOnline and select Online Orientation 2019 under My Courses. Students should complete Online Orientation before arriving on campus in August.

New Student Orientation Schedule at a Glance
Sunday, August 18, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. New Student Orientation Check-In
  Residential Student Move-In
4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. University Welcome
4:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Family Welcome Picnic
6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Meet the Mentors
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Family Orientation
  Playfair: The Get-to-Know-Everyone Game!
8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Family Friendly Improv Comedy with Mission IMPROVable
   
Monday, August 19, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Resource Sessions
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch and Downtime
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Resource Sessions, Class, or Ropes Course
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  Dinner
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. The Jule City Tour with UD SGA
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Spirit Rally - Free UD gear giveaways!
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Campus Ministry Ice Cream Social and Yard Games
   
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
8:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Resource Sessions
11:00 p.m. - 12:00 p.m. Academic Advising Sessions
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Resource Sessions, Class, or Ropes Course
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Dinner and Downtime
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Bingo Night - Big Prizes!
8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.  Mentalist Chris Carter
9:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. Late Night Vans to Wal-Mart
   
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 
8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Resource Sessions
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Lunch and Downtime
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Resource Sessions, Class, or Ropes Course
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  Dinner and Downtime
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Inflatable Block Party
8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Find Your Classes Tours

 

Orientation activities are a part of the student's fall course credits. Please make plans to attend all events Sunday through Wednesday!

Each student's schedule has been custom built for a personalized experience, so your schedule might look different from others' on campus. You will receive a personalied schedule with you arrive on campus in August. 

 

New Student Orientation Program
Sunday, August 18, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Check-In and Move-In for Residential Students
 

A.Y. McDonald Lobby, Heritage Center

 

Check in at Heritage Center between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to get everything you need for New Student Orientation including the full orientation schedule as well as fun giveaways and other important information. After gathering your Orientation information, if you live on campus, you will proceed to your assigned residence hall to begin moving in. There will be lots of eager helpers waiting to assist you in the moving process at each residence hall. 

11:00a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch Available

  Barbara and Jack Smeltzer Dining Hall, Peters Commons
  CyberCafé, Heritage Center
 

Residential students can utilize their ID card to access their meal plan.  Meals for commuter students or transfer students without meal plans are complimentary.  Families and guests may dine in the Dining Hall or CyberCafé for $7.00 per person.

4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. 

University Welcome Ceremony

 

Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center

 

The President, administrators, faculty, staff, and the whole crew of First Year Experience Mentors wish to officially welcome students and families to the campus community.

4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Family Welcome Picnic
  Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center
 

Come celebrate the completion of move-in with a delicious and complementary meal for the whole family! You’ll get a chance to meet some faculty and staff, all of the mentors, as well as other families and students joining the community. There’s plenty of time to eat, so feel free to check out the bookstore, visit your room, or relax, but don’t go too far, as more activities begin shortly!

6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  Meet the Mentors
  Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center
 

Students and family members, meet your First Year Experience Mentor for the first time and receive brief but valuable information about New Student Orientation. You can find your group number printed on your nametag and folder.

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Parent and Family Orientation
  Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center
 

The University of Dubuque strives to provide an outstanding educational experience both inside and outside the classroom, and with your help your student will be successful here. At UD, we view the relationship we have with our students' parents and families as a partnership created to help students be successful. In this session we will address topics related to students’ personal safety, security, transition to college, and any questions you, as a parent, may have.

  PlayFair! The get-to-know-everyone game!
 

Frank Farber Tennis Courts

 

Rain location: McCormick Gymnasium

  Have you ever thought, “I wish there was a way to get to know everyone in my class all at once!”? Start your epic UD story by meeting the entire class of 2023! There is really no other way to describe this event, so don’t miss out on this opportunity!

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Family-friendly Improv Comedy featuring Mission IMPROVable!
  Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center
 

The agents of Mission IMPROVable Comedy Team are just a few audience suggestions away from creating a brand new and original production that’s all about whatever you tell them! Bring the whole family to enjoy this family-friendly improve show that is sure to leave you laughing the night away.  And while you enjoy the show, enjoy free ice cream from Mike and Betty’s Ice Cream Shoppe!

9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Residence Hall Meetings for Residential Students

 

Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center

 

This required meeting for all residential students will cover important residence hall policies as well as introduce you to your Resident Assistant and Hall Director. Please be on time to this mandatory and very important meeting!

   
Monday, August 19, 2019
7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.  Breakfast
  Barbara and Jack Smeltzer Dining Hall, Peters Commons
 

Residential students can utilize their ID card to access their meal plan.  Meals for commuter students or transfer students without meal plans are complimentary. Families and guests may dine in the Dining Hall for $5.00 per person.

8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Campus Resource Sessions
  Various Locations
 

Consult your individual schedule for meeting places and times for all sessions happening this morning. Your First Year Experience Mentor will be guiding you through a number of sessions. No matter where you’re headed, it’s sure to be a fun morning!

 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Lunch Break and Down Time
  Barbara and Jack Smeltzer Dining Hall, Peters Commons
  CyberCafé, Heritage Center
 

Residential students can utilize their ID card to access their meal plan.  Meals for commuter students or transfer students without meal plans are complimentary.  Families and guests may dine in the Dining Hall or CyberCafé for $7.00 per person. While on lunch break, enjoy your down time by calling home, organizing your room, or meeting new friends.

 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. First Year Student Ropes Course Experience Departure
  Cassat and Donnell Lawn
  Rain location: Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center
 

If your mentor group has been assigned to attend the ropes course experience today, your bus will depart for the trip promptly by 1:15 p.m. Please consult your individual schedule to know if your group will be attending the ropes course today or another day.

 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Campus Resource Sessions
  Various Locations
  Consult your individual schedule for meeting places and times for all sessions happening this afternoon. Your First Year Experience Mentor will be guiding you through a number of sessions or on your way to the ropes course. No matter where you’re headed, it’s sure to be a great afternoon!

 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Dinner Break and Down Time
  Barbara and Jack Smeltzer Dining Hall, Peters Commons
  CyberCafé, Heritage Center
  Residential students can utilize their ID card to access their meal plan.  Meals for commuter students or transfer students without meal plans are complimentary.  Families and guests may dine in the Dining Hall for $8.00 or CyberCafé for $7.00 per person. Enjoy your down time or check out the next event!

 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Jule City Tour with Student Government Association
  Departing from University Science Center Lobby
  Join your Student Government Association (SGA) representatives and hop on The Jule to sight-see some of the best businesses in Dubuque. The Jule is our local public bus system, and completely free to UD students with your student ID! Visit local shops and restaurants, and collect special coupons and offers for these stores just for you as we tour the city. Wear comfortable walking shoes.

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Spirit Rally!

  Cassat and Donnell Lawn
  Rain location: Knapp Stage, Heritage Center
 

School spirit starts here! Learn a few cheers and win some big prizes while doing it! First 100 students in attendance receive free rally towels! Plus, enter to win the Orientation mega-prize to be drawn at the conclusion of Orientation. Attend all of the events to maximize your chance to win!

7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Ice Cream Social and Yard Games, Sponsored by Campus Ministry
  Cassat and Donnell Lawn
  Rain location: Knapp Stage, Heritage Center
 

Enjoy an ice cream social and continue to make new friends! For any music lovers, you can be entertained by an informal jam session of musicians who will gather to play and sing. And if you like yard games, you’ll find bags, giant Jenga, and more! This event is sponsored by Campus Ministry and Christian Leadership Council.

   
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.  Breakfast
  Barbara and Jack Smeltzer Dining Hall, Peters Commons
 

Residential students can utilize their ID card to access their meal plan.  Meals for commuter students or transfer students without meal plans are complimentary.  Families and guests may dine in the Dining Hall for $5.00 per person.

8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Campus Resource Sessions
 

Various Locations

 

Consult your individual schedule for meeting places and times for all sessions happening this morning. Your First Year Experience Mentor will be guiding you through a number of sessions today. No matter where you’re headed, it’s sure to be a fun morning!

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Academic Advising Sessions
 

Various Locations

 

Be sure to consult your personalized schedule for your academic advising meeting. You can review the full list of advising sessions on page 4 of this program or in the Advising Sessions list on the Yapp mobile app.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch Break and Down Time
  Barbara and Jack Smeltzer Dining Hall, Peters Commons
  CyberCafé, Heritage Center
 

Residential students can utilize their ID card to access their meal plan.  Meals for commuter students or transfer students without meal plans are complimentary.  Families and guests may dine in the Dining Hall or CyberCafé for $7.00 per person. Enjoy your down time!

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. First Year Student Ropes Course Experience Departure
 

Cassat and Donnell Lawn

 

Rain location: Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center

 

If your mentor group has been assigned to attend the ropes course experience today, your bus will depart for the trip promptly by 1:15 p.m. Please consult your individual schedule to know if your group will be attending the ropes course today or another day.

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Campus Resource Sessions

 

Various Locations

 

Consult your individual schedule for meeting places and times for all sessions happening this afternoon. Your First Year Experience Mentor will be guiding you through a number of sessions or on your way to the ropes course. No matter where you’re headed, it’s sure to be a great afternoon!

 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Dinner Break and Down Time
  Barbara and Jack Smeltzer Dining Hall, Peters Commons
  CyberCafé, Heritage Center
 

Residential students can utilize their ID card to access their meal plan.  Meals for commuter students or transfer students without meal plans are complimentary.  Families and guests may dine in the Dining Hall for $8.00 per person or CyberCafé for $7.00 per person. Use your downtime to reconnect with friends you’ve met so far, or call home!

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

Bingo Night!

  Knapp Stage, Heritage Center
 

Bingo Nights mean big prizes at UD. Come get to know this UD tradition that will happen at least twice more this year! Prizes include area gift cards, UD apparel, and more – win it all and have fun with friends, too! And don’t forget to sign up for the Orientation mega-prize to be drawn at the conclusion of Orientation. Every event you attend is another chance to win!

8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Mentalist Christopher Carter

  Knapp Stage, Heritage Center
  Christopher Carter likes playing with people’s minds. Last year alone, Carter mystified students at over 200 colleges. He reads minds, makes detailed predictions that come true, and even makes borrowed light bulbs light up in audience members’ hands. Chris is notorious for reading and revealing thoughts of audience members – but don’t worry, he won’t reveal any embarrassing information…unless it’s funny. Stay to the end and get another chance to sign up for the Orientation mega-prize!

 9:30 pm. – 11:30 p.m. Late Night Wal-Mart Runs
  A.Y. McDonald Lobby, Heritage Center
  Not tired quite yet? Realize you forgot something essential at home? Just want one last crazy adventure for the night? Hop in the UD vans, and we’ll head to Wal-Mart. Why not?! Vans will be on a non-stop loop between Wal-Mart and the Heritage Center until 11:30 p.m.

   
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. 

Breakfast
 

Barbara and Jack Smeltzer Dining Hall, Peters Commons

 

Residential students can utilize their ID card to access their meal plan.  Meals for commuter students or transfer students without meal plans are complimentary.  Families and guests may dine in the Dining Hall for $5.00 per person.

8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 

Campus Resource Sessions
 

Various Locations

 

Consult your individual schedule for meeting places and times for all sessions happening this morning. Your First Year Experience Mentor will be guiding you through a number of sessions today. No matter where you’re headed, it’s sure to be a fun morning!

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch Break and Down Time
 

Barbara and Jack Smeltzer Dining Hall, Peters Commons

 

CyberCafé, Heritage Center

 

Residential students can utilize their ID card to access their meal plan.  Meals for commuter students or transfer students without meal plans are complimentary.  Families and guests may dine in the Dining Hall or CyberCafé for $7.00 per person. Enjoy your down time today with a quick nap, catch up on social media stories, or call home!

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

First Year Student Ropes Course Experience Departure

  Cassat and Donnell Lawn
   Rain location: Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center
  If your mentor group has been assigned to attend the ropes course experience today, your bus will depart for the trip promptly by 1:15 p.m. Please consult your individual schedule to know if your group will be attending the ropes course today or another day.

 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Campus Resource Sessions
 

Various Locations

  Consult your individual schedule for meeting places and times for all sessions happening this afternoon. Your First Year Experience Mentor will be guiding you through a number of sessions or on your way to the ropes course. No matter where you’re headed, it’s sure to be a great afternoon!

 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Dinner Break and Down Time
  Barbara and Jack Smeltzer Dining Hall, Peters Commons
  CyberCafé, Heritage Center
 

Residential students can utilize their ID card to access their meal plan.  Meals for commuter students or transfer students without meal plans are complimentary.  Families and guests may dine in the Dining Hall for $8.00 per person or CyberCafé for $7.00 per person. Enjoy your final down time break of Orientation by visiting your new friends’ rooms or chatting with your RA!

6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Inflatable Block Party

  Cassat and Donnell Lawn
 

Rain location: A.Y. McDonald Lobby, Heritage Center

 

Block parties are great, but block parties filled with inflatable obstacle courses and games are even better! Enjoy inflatable axe throwing, jousting, volleyball, and more! The first 200 people in attendance get free mini-donuts and a drink from Habits Mini Donuts. And you get one more chance to sign up for the Orientation mega-prize to be drawn at the conclusion of Orientation. This is the final social event of your orientation experience, so make it count!

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 

Find Your Classes Tours

  Departing from Cassat and Donnell Lawn
  Classes start tomorrow! Are you ready? If you’re still a little unsure about where your classes may be, join some of the First Year Experience Mentors for a personally guided tour of your class schedule. Then have a great first day of class tomorrow!