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 Fall 2018: It Starts With YOU!


New Student Orientation Schedule at a Glance

Each student is provided with a personalized schedule with their specific day-time requirements for Monday-Wednesday of Orientation. Transfer and non-traditional students will attend a one-day program only. See the Transfer Orientation schedle here. Click on the dates below to see the entire schedule program for that day.

Sunday, August 19
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Check-In and Move-In for Residential Students
4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. University Welcome Ceremony
4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Family Welcome Picnic
5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. IMPACT Campus Worship Service
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. First-Year Student Mentor Group Meetings
  Parent and Family Orientation
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Family-friendly Improv Comedy by Mission IMPROVable!
8:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Family Farewell Ice Cream Social
9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Residence Hall Meetings for Residential Students
 
Monday, August 20
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Transfer Student Orientation Check-In
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. First-Year Student Campus Resource Sessions
  Transfer Student Campus Resource Sessions
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. First-Year Student Class, Resource Sessions, or Ropes Course
  Transfer Student Campus Resource Sessions
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Residence Hall Meetings for Residential Students
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Campus Ministry Ice Cream Social and Jam Session
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Block Party
8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Drive-in Style Outdoor Movie: Avengers: Infinity War
 
Tuesday, August 21
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Transfer Student Orientation Check-In
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. First-Year Student Campus Resource Sessions
  Transfer Student Campus Resource Sessions
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Academic Advising Sessions
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. First-Year Student Class, Resource Sessions, or Ropes Course
  Transfer Student Campus Resource Sessions
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Playfair: The Get-to-Know-Everyone Game!
8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Nerdology: Pop Culture and Trivia Gameshow
9:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Late Night Wal-Mart Runs
 
Wednesday, August 22
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Transfer Student Orientation Check-In
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. First-Year Student Campus Resource Sessions
  Transfer Student Campus Resource Sessions
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. First-Year Student Class, Resource Sessions, or Ropes Course
  Transfer Student Campus Resource Sessions
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The Jule City Tour with Student Government Association
  Photo Booth
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Find Your Classes Tours

New Student Orientation Program

Sunday, August 19

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.      Check-In and Move-In for Residential Students
                                         
Steffens Hall, Charles and Romona Myers Center

Check in at the Charles and Romona Myers 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
                                         Cyber 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 or Cyber Café for $7.00 per person.

4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.      University Welcome Ceremony
                                         
John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage 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
                                         
Charles and Romona Myers Center Lawn
                                         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, but don’t go too far, as more activities begin shortly!

5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.      IMPACT Worship Service, John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.      First-Year Student Mentor Group Meetings
                                         
Charles and Romona Myers Center Lawn
                                         Rain location: McCormick Gymnasium, Stoltz Sports Center

Meet your First-Year Experience 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.

                                          Parent and Family Orientation
                                          Babka Black Box Theater, Heritage 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 – 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. – 8:30 p.m.      Family-friendly Improv Comedy featuring Mission IMPROVable!
                                         
John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage 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.

8:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.      Family Farewell 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.

9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.    Residence Hall Meetings for Residential Students
                                         John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage 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! This is the first of two hall meetings to take place during Orientation. The second required meeting will take place on Tuesday evening.

 

Monday, August 20

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
                                          
Barbara and Jack Smeltzer Dining Hall, Peters Commons
                                          Cyber 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 or Cyber Café for $5.00 per person.

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.       Transfer Student Orientation Check-In
                                          
Steffens Hall, Charles and Romona Myers Center

Transfer and non-traditional students who have selected today as their Orientation day should check in this morning and receive their Orientation packet, schedule, and some great giveaways! A light breakfast buffet is available for attendees and their guests.

9:00 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
                                         Barbara and Jack Smeltzer Dining Hall, Peters Commons
                                         Cyber 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 or Cyber Café for $7.00 per person.

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.       First-Year Student Ropes Course Experience Departure
                                           
Patio, Heritage Center
                                          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. – 6:00 p.m.      Drop-In Technology Assistance and Online Orientation Completion
                                         
Room 106, Charles C. Myers Library

In your Orientation packet, you will find information on various campus technologies including campus email, network storage, MyUD, UDOnline, and tips for accessing UD’s WiFi network with various devices. If you need help with any of these technologies, or if you have not yet completed your Online Orientation, stop by this drop-in assistance session.

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.      Dinner
                                         Barbara and Jack Smeltzer Dining Hall, Peters Commons
                                         Cyber 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 $8.00 or Cyber Café for $7.00 per person.

                                           Fine and Performing Arts Open House
                                          
American Trust Lounge, Heritage Center

All students are welcome to an open house gathering to learn more about opportunities to participate in the fine and performing arts at UD! No experience required! Dinner is provided for all attendees!

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.      Residence Hall Meeting
                                         
John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center

This required meeting for all residential students will continue to 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! This is the final required Residence Hall Meeting of Orientation.

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.      Ice Cream Social and Jam Session, Sponsored by Campus Ministry
                                         
Patio, Heritage Center
                                         Rain Location: Cyber Cafe, 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. This event is sponsored by Campus Ministry and Christian Leadership Council.

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.      Block Party
                                         
Patio, Heritage Center

8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.    Outdoor Movie – The Avengers: Infinity Wars
                                         
Patio and Lawn, Heritage Center
                                         Rain location, McCormick Gymnasium, Stoltz Sports Center

Come check out the ultimate movie experience! Heritage Center lawn will be transformed into a drive-in style 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 campus. Popcorn and other refreshments will be provided.

 

Tuesday, August 21

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
                                          
Barbara and Jack Smeltzer Dining Hall, Peters Commons
                                          Cyber 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 or Cyber Café for $5.00 per person.

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.       Transfer Student Orientation Check-In
                                          
Steffens Hall, Charles and Romona Myers Center

Transfer and non-traditional students who have selected today as their Orientation day should check in this morning and receive their Orientation packet, schedule, and some great giveaways! A light breakfast buffet is available for attendees and their guests.

9:00 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 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.    Lunch
                                         
Barbara and Jack Smeltzer Dining Hall, Peters Commons
                                         Cyber 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 or Cyber Café for $7.00 per person.

                                         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.

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.      First-Year Student Ropes Course Experience Departure
                                         
Patio, Heritage Center
                                         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. – 6:00 p.m.      Drop-In Technology Assistance and Online Orientation Completion
                                         
Room 106, Charles C. Myers Library

In your Orientation packet, you will find information on various campus technologies including campus email, network storage, MyUD, UDOnline, and tips for accessing UD’s WiFi network with various devices. If you need help with any of these technologies, or if you have not yet completed your Online Orientation, stop by this drop-in assistance session.

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.      Dinner
                                         
Barbara and Jack Smeltzer Dining Hall, Peters Commons
                                         Cyber 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 $8.00 per person or Cyber Café for $7.00 per person.

                                          Trio Program Open House
                                         Room 208, Heritage Center

Interested in learning about an organization that helps you connect with other students on campus, provides one-on-one advising help, and even offers a chance to earn a scholarship every semester while you’re at UD? Then take some time to unwind and learn about the TRIO – Student Support Services program here at UD. Stop by American Trust Lounge to learn more and enter your name in our raffle!

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.      PlayFair! The Meet-Everyone-Game!
                                         
Babka Black Box Theater, Heritage Center

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 2022! This is really no other way to describe this event, so don’t miss out on this opportunity!

8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.      Nerdology: Pop Culture and Trivia Gameshow
                                         
Knapp Stage and CyberCafe, Heritage Center

9:30 pm. – 11:30 p.m.     Late Night Wal-Mart Runs
                                         Main Entrance, 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 Walmart. Why not?! Vans will be on a non-stop loop between Walmart and the Heritage Center until 11:30 p.m.

 

Wednesday, August 22

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
                                          
Barbara and Jack Smeltzer Dining Hall, Peters Commons
                                          Cyber 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 $5.00 per person.

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.       Transfer Student Orientation Check-In
                                          
Steffens Hall, Charles and Romona Myers Center

Transfer and non-traditional students who have selected today as their Orientation day should check in this morning and receive their Orientation packet, schedule, and some great giveaways! A light breakfast buffet is available for attendees and their guests.

9:00 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 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.    Lunch
                                         
Barbara and Jack Smeltzer Dining Hall, Peters Commons
                                         Cyber 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 or Cyber Café for $7.00 per person.

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.      First-Year Student Ropes Course Experience Departure
                                          Patio, Heritage Center
                                          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. – 6:00 p.m.      Drop-In Technology Assistance and Online Orientation Completion
                                         
Room 106, Charles C. Myers Library

In your Orientation packet, you will find information on various campus technologies including campus email, network storage, MyUD, UDOnline, and tips for accessing UD’s WiFi network with various devices. If you need help with any of these technologies, or if you have not yet completed your Online Orientation, stop by this drop-in assistance session.

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.      Dinner
                                         
Barbara and Jack Smeltzer Dining Hall, Peters Commons
                                         Cyber 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 $8.00 per person or Cyber Café for $7.00 per person.

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.      The Jule City Tour with Student Government Association
                                          
Departing from Mike and Betty’s Ice Cream Shoppe, Heritage Center

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.

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.      Find Your Classes Tours
                                         
Departing 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 First-Year Experience Mentors at Mike and Betty’s Ice Cream Shoppe in the Heritage Center for a personally guided tour of your classes.