New Student Orientation

Welcome to the University of Dubuque! New Student Orientation is made up of various fun and exciting components to help you transition to University life. Here you will find important information regarding New Student Orientation. Be sure to check back often for updates.

New Student Orientation Fall 2015
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Orientation Schedule At A Glance  |  Detailed Orientation Schedule  |  Transfer Orientation  |  Additional Information

Save the Date!

New Student Move-In Day: Sunday, August 23
New Student Orientation Days: Monday-Wednesday, August 24-26
First Day of Classes: Thursday, August 27

First-Year Students

All first-year students are required to attend New Student Orientation as a part of the World View Seminar I course. Please make plans to attend all events from Sunday, August 23 to Wednesday, August 26.

View the New Student Orientation Schedule At A Glance!
View the New Student Orientation Detailed Schedule!

Transfer Students

Transfer students that are not registered for World View Seminar I course may select a date to attend a one-day Transfer Orientation session. Transfer Orientation is offered Monday, August 24; Tuesday, August 25; OR Wednesday, August 26.

Register for your preferred date for Transfer Orientation here.
View the entire Transfer Orientation schedule!

 

New Student Orientation 2015 Schedule At A Glance

Sunday, August 23

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.        Check-In and Move-In for Residential Students
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.        Campus Welcome
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.        Family Welcome Picnic
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.        Student Mentor Groups and Residence Hall Meetings
                                          Family Orientation
8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.        Mission Improvable! -- Family Friendly Improv Comedy
9:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.       Late Night Ice Cream Social and Family Farewell

Monday, August 24

Morning                            Mines of Spain Service Experience, Class, or Campus Resource Sessions
Afternoon                         Class, Campus Resource Sessions, or Ropes Course Experience
Evening                            Game Night
                                         Playfair: How I Met My College Friends! The get-to-know-everyone game!
                                         Drive-in Movie on the Quad                                       

Tuesday, August 25

Morning                           Mines of Spain Service Experience, Class, or Campus Resource Sessions
Afternoon                        Class, Campus Resource Sessions, or Ropes Course Experience
Evening                           UD’s Amazing Race
                                        Spartan Spectacular: a full night of fun and games!
                                        Late Night Vans to Wal-Mart

Wednesday, August 26

Morning                          Mines of Spain Service Experience, Class, or Campus Resource Sessions
Afternoon                       Class, Campus Resource Sessions, or Ropes Course Experience
Evening                          Find Your Classes Tours
                                       Ice Cream Social & Jam

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New Student Orientation 2015 Detailed Schedule

Sunday, August 23, 2015

 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.            Check-In and Move-In for Residential Students

Residence Halls and University Quad

If you live on campus, you will check in at the residence hall you’ve been assigned to live in. There you will receive your New Student Orientation packet and program book as well as some fun giveaways! There will be helpful move-in crews waiting for you at your building to help you move, too.                                     

If you live off-campus, in a campus house, or in Park Village apartments, you may check in at the Information Booth located on the University Quad to receive your New Student Orientation information.

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.          Lunch Available

Dining Hall, Peters Commons or Café, Heritage Center

Residential students can utilize their ID card to access their meal plan.  Meals for commuter students without meal plans are complimentary.

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.           University Welcome

Butler Hall, Heritage Center

The president, administrators, faculty, staff, and the whole crew of First-Year Experience (FYE) Mentors wish to officially welcome students and families to the campus community.

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.           Family Welcome Picnic

University Quad [Rain location – McCormick Gymnasium, Stoltz Sports 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 on the Quad, but don’t go too far, as more activities begin shortly!

 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.           Mentor Group Meetings

University Quad [Rain site – McCormick Gymnasium, Stoltz Sports Center]

Meet your FYE Mentor for the first time and receive valuable information about New Student Orientation and UD as well as some fun giveaways. You can find your group number printed on the bottom of your nametag.

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.           Parents and Family Orientation Session

Dining Hall, Peters Commons

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 – a partnership created to help students be successful.

In this session we will address topics related to students’ personal safety, security, and transition to college.

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.           Residence Hall Meetings

Butler Hall, Heritage Center

These required meetings 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!

8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.           Mission Improvable!

Butler Hall, Heritage Center

This family friendly program is an adventure in improv comedy. Volunteer to be on stage or just sit back and enjoy. You’re sure to laugh on this mission…should you choose to accept it.
 

9:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.         Family Farewell and Ice Cream Social

Mike and Betty’s Ice Cream Shoppe, Heritage Center

Who doesn't love free ice cream? Grab the family after seeing Mission Improvable!, and head upstairs to Mike and Betty’s for a delicious treat to wrap up a great day. This is the last of the family orientation events, so be sure to give hugs and encouragement (especially to Mom or Dad!) as families depart.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Each student is provided with a personalized schedule with their specific day-time requirements for Monday-Wednesday of Orientation. Below are activities available to all students.

7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.            Breakfast

Dining Hall, Peters Commons or Café, 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. 

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.            Buses Load and Depart for Mines of Spain Service Trip

University Quad

If your mentor group has been assigned to attend the Mines of Spain service trip today, your bus will depart for the trip promptly at 8:30 a.m. Please consult your individual schedule to know if your group will be attending the Mines of Spain today or another day.

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.          Mines of Spain Service Trip, Class, or 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 or on your way to the Mines of Spain. No matter where you’re headed, it’s sure to be a fun morning!

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.         Academic Advising Sessions

The following academic advising sessions are happening during this time:

  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – Health, Wellness, and Sport Marketing and Management, Stoltz Sports Center, Knox Coit Human Performance Lab.
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – Undecided, Charles and Romona Myers Center, room 146.
  • 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Business/Accounting, Jackaline Baldwin Dunlap Technology Center, rooms 103 & 111 & Charles & Romona Myers Center, room 151. Mandatory testing to take place for all Business/Accounting majors.
  • 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Communication, Heritage Center, American Trust Lounge. Lunch is provided.
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Computer Graphics and Interactive Media, Jackaline Baldwin Dunlap Technology Center, room 205. [Lunch is provided with your meal plan.]

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.        Lunch

Dining Hall, Peters Commons or Café, 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. 

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.           Buses Load and Depart for the Ropes Course Experience

University Quad

If your mentor group has been assigned to attend the ropes course experience today, your bus will depart for the trip promptly at 1:30 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.           Class, Campus Resource Sessions, or Ropes Course Experience

Various Locations

Consult your individual schedule for meeting places and times for all sessions happening this afternoon. Your FYE 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

Dining Hall, Peters Commons or Café, 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.

 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.           Game Night

American Trust Lounge, Heritage Center

Looking for a little air conditioning and a break from the outdoor festivities? Check out the games in the American Trust Lounge in the Heritage Center. They're free and always available. Take a chance and meet someone new over a round of ConnectFour, Scrabble, or Uno!

 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.           PlayFair! How I Met My College Friends

McCormick Gymnasium, Stoltz Sports Center

Have you ever thought, “I wish there was a way to get to know everyone at this school all at once!”? Start your epic UD story by meeting the entire class of 2019! This is really no other way to describe this event, so don’t miss out on this opportunity!

9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.         Outdoor Movie:  Avengers: Age of Ultron

University Quad [Rain location, McCormick Gymnasium, Stoltz Sports Center]

Come check out the ultimate movie experience! The Quad will be transformed into a drive-in theater complete with a forty-foot screen! Bring a pillow, sleeping bag, blanket, or chair (no residence hall furniture, please!) to enjoy this drive-in-style movie right on the Quad. Popcorn and other refreshments will be served.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Each student is provided with a personalized schedule with their specific day-time requirements for Monday-Wednesday of Orientation. Below are activities available to all students.

7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.            Breakfast

Dining Hall, Peters Commons or Café, 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.

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.            Buses Load and Depart for Mines of Spain

University Quad

If your mentor group has been assigned to attend the Mines of Spain service trip today, your bus will depart for the trip promptly at 8:30 a.m. Please consult your individual schedule to know if your group will be attending the Mines of Spain today or another day.

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.          Mines of Spain Service Trip, Class, or Campus Resource Sessions

Various Locations

Consult your individual schedule for meeting places and times for all sessions happening this morning. Your FYE Mentor will be guiding you through a number of sessions or on your way to the Mines of Spain. No matter where you’re headed, it’s sure to be a fun morning!

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.         Academic Advising Sessions

The following academic advising sessions are happening during this time:

  • 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Education, Buses depart from the University Quad at 11:15 a.m.  [Lunch is provided with your meal plan.]

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.         Lunch

Dining Hall, Peters Commons or Café, 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. 

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.       Veteran’s Center Drop-In Session

Veteran’s Center, Blades Hall

Are you a veteran? Do you have questions about your benefits? Stop by the University of Dubuque Veteran’s Center during this drop-in session to get more information and to meet the staff of the Veteran’s Center.

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.           Buses Load and Depart for the Ropes Course Experience

University Quad

If your mentor group has been assigned to attend the ropes course experience today, your bus will depart for the trip promptly at 1:30 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.           Class, Campus Resource Sessions, or Ropes Course Experience

Various Locations

Consult your individual schedule for meeting places and times for all sessions happening this afternoon. Your FYE 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

Dining Hall, Peters Commons or Café, 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 $7.00 per person or Café for $6.00 per person.

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.          UD’s Amazing Race

University Quad

You and a partner have the opportunity to race around campus looking for clues, completing challenges, and winning prizes. Meet at the Information Booth on the Quad to get started.

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.         Spartan Spectacular

Knapp Stage, Café, Heritage Center

Join us in the Heritage Center for a night of fun! Games, prizes, a photo booth, and more! Win BIG in a round of Grocery Bingo!

10:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.       Late Night Wal-Mart Runs

Departing from Main Entrance of 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 van and we’ll head to Wal-Mart. Why not?

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Each student is provided with a personalized schedule with their specific day-time requirements for Monday-Wednesday of Orientation. Below are activities available to all students.

7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.            Breakfast

Dining Hall, Peters Commons or Café, 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.

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.            Buses Load and Depart for Mines of Spain 

University Quad

If your mentor group has been assigned to attend the Mines of Spain service trip today, your bus will depart for the trip promptly at 8:30 a.m. Please consult your individual schedule to know if your group will be attending the Mines of Spain today or another day.

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.          Mines of Spain Service Trip, Class, or 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 or on your way to the Mines of Spain. No matter where you’re headed, it’s sure to be a fun morning!

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.         Academic Advising Sessions

The following academic advising sessions are happening during this time:

  • 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m - Nursing, Goldthorp Hall, room 105. [Lunch is provided with your meal plan]
  • 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Aviation Management/ Flight Operations, UD Flight Center, Dubuque Regional Airport. [Lunch is provided with your meal plan]
  • 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Computer Information Systems/Mathematics, University Quad near Belltower (rain location: Jackaline Baldwin Dunlap Technology Center, room 201). [Lunch is provided.]
  • 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Fine and Performing Arts, Babka Black Box Theater. [Lunch is provided]
  • 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Christian Studies/Philosophy, Severance Hall, room 202. [Lunch is provided]
  • 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Criminal Justice/SociologyDining Hall Peters Commons

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.         Lunch

Dining Hall, Peters Commons or Café, 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.

 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.           Buses Load and Depart for the Ropes Course Experience

University Quad

If your mentor group has been assigned to attend the ropes course experience today, your bus will depart for the trip promptly at 1:30 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.           Class, Campus Resource Sessions, or Ropes Course Experience

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. – 6:00 p.m.           Academic Advising Sessions

The following academic advising sessions are happening during this time:

  • 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Flight Operations, Jackaline Baldwin Dunlap Technology Center, rooms 103 & 111.

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.           Block Party

University Quad

Grab a bite to eat with your new friends! Then head out to the Heritage Center lawn and mingle with student organizations and play some games! Residential students can utilize their ID cards to access their meal plan at the café or Peters Commons Dining Hall.  Meals for commuter students or transfer students without meal plans are complimentary.

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.           Technology Assistance Drop-In Session

Room 106, Charles C. Meyers Library

Did you have trouble with your network login? Would you like assistance getting your table, phone, or laptop connected to the UD network? This optional, drop-in session is for you! Stop by Library anytime to meet with HelpDesk experts who can help with your questions one-on-one.

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.           Find Your Classes Tours

Depart from Mike and Betty’s Ice Cream Shoppe, Heritage Center

Classes start tomorrow! Are you ready? If you’re still a little unsure about where your classes may be, join some of the FYE Mentors at Mike and Betty’s  in the Heritage Center for a personally guided tour of your classes.

 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.           Ice Cream Social & Jam

Café, Heritage Center

Enjoy an Ice Cream Social and continue to make new friends!  It’s the perfect way to end NSO and to mingle with returning UD students.  For any music lovers, you can be entertained by an informal “jam session” of musicians who will gather to play and sing. This event is sponsored by Campus Ministry and Christian Leadership Council.

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Transfer Orientation 2015 Schedule

August 24, 25, or 26

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.              Transfer and Non-Traditional Student Check-In
                                                       Charles and Romona Myers Center, Steffens Hall

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.            Transfer and Non-Traditional Student Welcome
                                                       Charles and Romona Myers Center, room 146

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.           Technology Training
                                                       Jackaline B. Dunlap Technology Center, room 103 and 111

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.              Lunch, Mentor Group Meetings, Academic Advising Sessions
                                                       Peters Commons, Dining Hall, and various locations

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.                Library Orientation
                                                       Charles C. Myers Library, room 381

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.                Campus Resource Sessions
                                                        Various Locations

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.                Optional Campus Tours
                                                        Charles and Romona Myers Center, Steffens Hall

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Additional Information

Academic Advising Sessions by Major

  • Aviation Management/Flight Operations – Wednesday, August 26, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., UD Flight Center, Dubuque Regional Airport. Buses depart from the University Quad at 11:15 a.m. Lunch is provided with your meal plan.
  • Business/Accounting – Monday, August 24, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Jackaline Baldwin Dunlap Technology Center, rooms 103 & 111 & Charles & Romona Myers Center, room 151. Mandatory testing to take place during this session for all Business/Accounting majors.
  • Christian Studies/Philosophy – Wednesday, August 26, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Severance Hall, room 202. Lunch is provided.
  • Computer Graphics and Interactive Media – Monday, August 24, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., Jackaline Baldwin Dunlap Technology Center, room 205. Lunch is provided with your meal plan.
  • Computer Information Systems /Mathematics – Wednesday, August 26, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., University Quad near Belltower (rain location: Jackaline Baldwin Dunlap Technology Center, room 201). Lunch is provided.
  • Communication – Monday, August 24, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Heritage Center, American Trust Lounge. Lunch is provided.
  • Criminal Justice/Sociology – Wednesday, August 26,  11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Dining Hall Peters Commons
  • Education –Tuesday, August 25, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Buses depart from University Quad at 11:15 a.m. Lunch is provided with your meal plan.
  • Fine and Performing Arts – Wednesday, August 26, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Babka Black Box Theater. Lunch is provided.
  • Flight Operations – Wednesday, August 26, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Jackaline Baldwin Dunlap Technology Center, rooms 103 & 111.
  • Health, Wellness, and Sport Marketing & Management –Monday, August 24, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Stoltz Sports Center, Knox Coit Human Performance Lab.
  • Nursing – Wednesday, August 26, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Goldthorp Hall, room 105. Lunch is provided with your meal plan.
  • Undecided – Monday, August 24, 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m., Charles and Romona Myers Center, room 146.

First-Year Experience Mentor Groups

When you arrive on campus for New Student Orientation, you'll get the opportunity to meet your First-Year Experience (FYE) Mentor and your mentor group members Sunday evening. FYE Mentors are volunteer upper-class student leaders that have a desire to make your experience as a student at UD the best it can be.

You can expect your FYE Mentor to…

  • answer any questions you may have about campus. If they don't know the answer, they'll help you find it.
  • help you to get to know your other group members and students that may have similar interests as you. If you want to join a club or organization, they can help you out. If you want to start something new on campus, they can help with that, too.
  • guide you from event to event throughout New Student Orientation. They want to make sure that you don't miss a thing!
  • contact you throughout the fall semester to hang out, go to events, help you get involved, and remind you of important dates like when to register for spring classes.
  • be a listening ear if you've got a problem or just need someone to talk to anytime.

 

Mines of Spain Service Learning Trip

As new students joining the UD family, you’ll have the opportunity to volunteer in your new community right away at the Mines of Spain, a beautiful park located along the Mississippi bluffs. All new students registered for World View Seminar I are required to attend the service opportunity scheduled in the morning on one of the three days of Orientation (consult your personalized schedule for which day).   

This project is the first meeting of your World View Seminar I class, so it is very important that you attend. You will be completing a class assignment based on the experience. You, along with your classmates, FYE Mentor and course instructor, will complete a service project that will help to enhance the Mines of Spain. 

Examples of the types of things you may be doing include (but are not limited to): collecting seeds, moving gravel or wood chips, painting picnic benches, putting in fence posts, or walking the trails to be sure they are clear of trash.  We know that you’ll enjoy this special learning experience and feel great about getting to serve in your community. 

 In order to help you prepare for this experience, consider bringing or wearing the following items:

  • Clothes that you do not mind getting dirty
  • Long pants - strongly suggested as you may be in some areas with heavy brush
  • Closed-toed shoes - i.e. sneakers or hiking boots - No flip-flops!
  • Backpack or bag to carry your items with you
  • Sunscreen - you will be outside for this experience
  • Light rain coat or windbreaker in case of light rain
  • Sunglasses and/or a hat to shield the sun
  • Additional water or sports drink if desired - You will be provided with two bottles of water
  • Any other personal items that you will need for this period of time (allergy medicine, etc.)

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