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First-Year Experience


You have made it to one of the most exhilarating experiences of your life…college! College is a time of growth and change for students and their families. During your first year at Lehigh, The Office of the First-Year Experience (OFYE) is here to provide you with resources and support to make your transition a successful one.

The OFYE also plans events throughout the academic year to support your living and learning experiences. We want you to be successful at Lehigh, and we will do everything we can to help keep you on the right track. We are excited you will be joining the Lehigh community and we want to help you make the most out of your experience!

Your first-year experience at Lehigh is named evoLUtion for its definition of a gradual process in which something changes into a different, more complex or better form.

In order to assist in your transition, we have broken down your evoLUtion into three phases:

  1. Pre-arrival activities and Orientation
  2. evoLUtion seminar
  3. Program and Events

Orientation 2014

This experience aims to help your transition to college life here at Lehigh. 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! We encourage you to arrive early on move-in day so you have plenty of time to get settled before your evoLUtion begins at 4:00 pm. The Class of 2018 will arrive for Orientation on Thursday, August 21, 2014.

Summer Reading Program

Sign up to be a Discussion Leader! Visit the Summer Reading page on our website to learn more.

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.

Not sure what to bring with you to campus? Check out our packing list .

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


Class of 2018 First-Year Welcome Kit