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New Student Orientation


What time does Orientation start?

Registration for Orientation starts at 10 a.m. However, you have the opportunity to come later if you get a Fast Pass (see next question).

How do I get a Fast Pass?

A Fast Pass is just what it sounds like - an opportunity to skip lines. If students complete all of their required transactions to be "Orientation ready" two weeks before Orientation, they'll receive a Fast Pass in the mail that allows them to sleep in and come to Orientation at noon. You can get a Fast Pass by completing this list.

Can anyone get a Fast Pass?

Of course! All you have to do is complete your Fast Pass checklist within two weeks before the Orientation you plan to attend. You can contact your admissions counselor to find out what you still need to do to complete this list.

Who is required to take the trigonometry placement test?

Students who are majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Integrated Mathematics Education, Life Science Education, Mathematics, Middle Childhood Education (with science teaching concentration, and Physical Science Education. Students minoring in Mathematics or Physical Science must also take this test. Passing the trigonometry proficiency exam does not grant college credit for this course. Rather, it waives the degree requirement here at MVNU only..

Can students who are required to take the trigonometry test check in at noon?

No. The trigonometry test happens in the morning so you'll still need to come at 10 a.m. However, you won't have to stand in the big lines or sit in unnecessary sessions if you get a Fast Pass.

So, if I get a Fast Pass and don't have to come till noon, am I missing out on something?

No! The 10 a.m. Orientation session is designed to get students "Orientation ready." You're already "Orientation ready" because you have completed this list.

What happens if I don't have a Fast Pass and decide to come at noon with the Fast Pass people?

You won't be "Orientation ready," which means you probably won't be able to attend the most popular student sessions during Orientation (like the ones where you meet your professors, students within your major, and dorm-mates). It's also likely that you won't have a room assignment or a completed class schedule.

Can I attend Orientation without registering beforehand?

No. All students and attendees must register for an Orientation session.

Will food be provided at Orientation?

If you get a Fast Pass, you won't need to worry about food during the event. Just make sure you've eaten before arriving! For those without a Fast Pass, the 586 Café will be open for business during Orientation. You are free to purchase food there or choose from the many delicious options in Mount Vernon between noon and 1 p.m..

Should I send in my tuition deposit before Orientation?

Absolutely! Without your tuition deposit, you won't be able to get a class schedule.

What if I want to change my major?

If you've decided to change your major before Orientation, call your admissions counselor for instructions. Most likely your major change will require you to come to the 10 a.m. registration to work out your new schedule, even if you've already earned your Fast Pass.

How much freedom will I have to change my class schedule?

The ideal freshman class schedule is fairly straightforward. Some majors have less flexibility than others. Be assured that your advisor is creating the most efficient schedule possible to ensure you graduate on time. Too much tinkering with the schedule could be detrimental.

Is it true that MVNU fingerprints all students?

No, but if you're an education major, we'll fingerprint you at Orientation. As part of the MVNU freshman year curriculum you'll be observing and assisting in a classroom with minors. Fingerprinting is part of the process of the background check required by law. If you are an education major please bring your driver's license and a check for $60 to pay for your fingerprinting.

Will I meet my roommate at Orientation?

Yes, as long as he/she chooses to attend the same Orientation as you do, you'll meet your roommate as well as many other people who will be living in the same residence area. If you and your roommate attend different Orientations, you'll leave the Orientation with contact information for your roommate and will need to connect on your own. Keep in mind that students who do not complete the checklist within two weeks prior to their Orientation might not have a roommate assignment in time for Orientation.

Are commuters required to attend Orientation?

Yes, all new students are required to attend Orientation.

Are College Credit Plus students required to attend Orientation?

Yes, all CCP students who will be going full-time (12 or more hours per semester) in one or more semesters during the upcoming school year must attend New Student Orientation.

Will I see my dorm room at Orientation?

Yes, students will meet with a Resident Director in their residence area (dorm or townhouse) as part of the schedule. Parents will then be given the opportunity to see the residence areas at the end of the day.

Will there be a session for commuters?

Yes, commuters will have their own session with the Director of Student Life in the commuter lounge on campus.

What if I have questions about financial aid?

Our suggestion would be that you call your financial aid advisor immediately. If you're uncertain who that is, call your admissions counselor for clarification.

Will I be done with everything after New Student Orientation?

Probably not, but you'll be close! Every student should have a good idea of what still needs to be finished when you leave Orientation. Most students will still need to make payment arrangements to MVNU before classes start in the fall. You'll also need to have your high school and college final transcripts sent to MVNU. And don't forget that every new student (including commuters and CCP) needs to participate in New Student Institute on September 2-4.

What time will Orientation be over?

The final session ends at 4:30 p.m. Students and parents will have access to the dorms and residence areas until 5:00 p.m. That may make for a long day if you don't have a Fast Pass. If you want one, click here.

What if I already have college credit?

We need that information before Orientation so that you don't end up being scheduled with classes you've already taken. Be sure you've filled out the Academic Advising Form at least two weeks before the Orientation you've chosen. Plus, filling out that form gets you one step closer to getting a Fast Pass!

What are ways parents can make the transition smoother?

Great question! We like to think of ourselves as partnering with parents in the process of this transition. Remember, your student is not only transitioning to college life, but to adulthood. He/she needs to establish (healthy) independence. However, your support and encouragement in that process is critical for your son or daughter's success. It is helpful to not schedule family events during the first three weeks of school and to encourage your son/daughter to stay on campus so that they can get involved in welcome activities even if he/she is home sick! Listen to them if they call and are homesick, but encourage them to get involved in activities or talk to their Resident Director, Resident Assistant, Student Mentor, or roommate. We have established a great network of support for your son or daughter on campus, but we cannot do this alone.