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Fall Orientation


Orientation aims to help your transitions to college life. This is your chance to meet your new classmates and the student Orientation Leaders, learn about Lehigh’s academic and social expectations, and have fun! Below, you will find all of the information to make your Orientation experience and a successful one.

Orientation Check-In

Important Dates Fall 2016

Prelusion: August 22-24, 2016 

Check-in 8:00am-10:30am

Move-in: August 25, 2016

Check-in 8:30am - 12:00pm

Orientation: August 25 - 28, 2016

First Day of Class: August 29, 2016

Camp Hawk: September 23-25, 2016

Orientation Schedule*

A detailed hard copy of the schedule will be provided upon arrival. Once you receive your Orientation Group information, you will be able to find your customized Orientation Schedule using the smartphone app, Guidebook.

Thursday, August 25

8:30am-12:00pm              Orientation Check-In/Residence Hall Move-in

8:30am-1:30pm                Optional Programs, Information Sessions, and Lunch

1:45pm-2:30pm                Commuter Student Meeting

2:15pm-2:30pm                Residence Hall Meeting

2:45pm-3:30pm                Orientation Kick-off

3:45pm-4:45pm                Orientation Group Meeting

5:00pm-8:00pm                Dinner, Rights and Responsibilities, Campus Tour, and Residence Hall Meetings

8:30pm-11:00pm              Social Activities & Bus Trip to Bed Bath and Beyond

Friday, August 26

7:00am-7:45am                 Rise and Shine Exercise (optional)

7:00am-9:00am                 Breakfast

9:00am-9:45am                 Orientation Group Meeting

10:00am-11:00am            College Convocation

11:00am-3:00pm              Academic Advising

12:30pm-3:30pm              5x10 Campus Resource Tracks & Lunch

3:30pm-4:30pm                Lehigh 5x10 Symposiums

4:45pm-7:45pm                Lehigh ‘Faux’ Friday Dinner & Residence Hall Meetings

8:00pm-11:00pm              Social Activities & Lehigh Women’s Soccer Game

Saturday, August 27

7:00am-7:45am                 Rise and Shine Exercise (optional)

7:00am-9:00am                 Breakfast

9:00am-9:45am                 Orientation Group Meeting

10:00am-4:45pm              Resource Rotation & Lunch

5:15pm-7:15pm                Cultural Fest Dinner & Residence Hall Meetings

7:30pm-8:30pm                First-Year Student & Alumni Rally

8:30pm-12:00am              Lehigh After Dark Kick-Off at ArtQuest

Sunday, August 28

10:00am-10:30am            Orientation Group Meeting

10:45am-12:30pm            Rights and Responsibilities & Brunch

1:00pm-2:30pm                Work Study Job Fair

2:45pm-4:10pm                Summer Reading Discussion & Orientation Group Meeting

4:30pm-5:30pm                University Convocation (Business Attire Required)

5:30pm-8:00pm                Dinner

*This schedule is subject to change. An updated schedule will be provided at Orientation.

The Family Orientation Schedule can be found on the Family Information page.

Move-In Day & Check-In

All first-year students must check-in for Orientation at Iacocca Hall on the Mountaintop Campus. At Orientation check-in you will receive your Orientation schedule, first semester course schedule and directions to your residence hall. You will not be permitted to check into your residence hall until you have checked-in for Orientation.

Need directions of how to get to campus for check-In? Directions to Mountaintop Campus.

Packing List:

If you’re wondering what to bring with you as you arrive on campus. Here is a list of helpful items to consider and check out this list for environmental living tips from the Office of Sustainability. Remember, Residence Hall rooms are never as large as you imagine, do not over pack; you can always bring more things back with you next time you’re visiting home.