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In our efforts to provide support for the transition of incoming students and their families, clear and comprehensive communication is essential. While we believe students are primarily responsible for their educational experience, we also acknowledge the integral role you play in the success of your students. Check this page for ongoing updates emailed out to families on our email list.

Summer 2024 Communication

May 8: Welcome Information from First-Year Experience

Welcome to the Lehigh Family!

Our mission in the Office of First-Year Experience (OFYE) is to provide support and resources for the academic and social transition of new students and their families. We believe students are primarily responsible for their educational experience. We also acknowledge the integral role you, as parents and families, play in the success of your students. For more about our philosophy on parents and families as partners, please visit our family website.

We want to share some initial resources and information with you to help you as you go on this journey with your student.

Welcome Kit

The Welcome Kit is a helpful publication we ask students to carefully review. It has an abundance of information students need to know over the summer to be prepared for August. These were shipped to your student last week!

Lehigh Student Portal

The Lehigh Student Portal (go.lehigh.edu/lehighportal) is a one-stop-shop for important information. On Tuesday, May 14, students will be given access to new information on the portal. This page is just for first-year students and has been created to help them keep everything organized using the Summer Checklist. The Summer Checklist includes links to forms they must complete, important information to review, etc. and will ensure they don't miss any important deadlines over the summer. This is not something you will have access to, but we want you to know that it exists to help your student stay organized. (It is important for students to learn these responsibilities early on, which is why they are the only ones who should be accessing their portal.) Please note that there is no set time the portal will go live - it is a process and we will send an email to the students when the content should have switched over.

Email Reminder

Your student’s Lehigh email address will be ready for use Tuesday, May 14. Beginning May 15, ALL official university communications will be sent to their Lehigh email. We tell them to check their Lehigh email account often. If your student shares they are not receiving information, please encourage them to check their Lehigh email account.

Housing Information

The Housing Contract is available for students on their Summer Checklist starting May 17. In this contract they will submit housing preferences (such as their roommate preferences, themed community, and gender preferences) and choose a meal plan. The deadline to complete this is June 7.

PreLUsion Registration

If your student is interested in registering for one of our preLUsion programs, please note the link will go live at 3:00 PM EDT both on the summer checklist in the portal and on our preLUsion webpage. This is an attempt to accommodate a multitude of time zones. PreLUsion scholarships applications are also available NOW!

Family Resources

We encourage you to check out the wealth of resources on our website – from the FAQ’s to the transition resources – we hope they will be helpful. The Lehigh Parents & Families webpage is also an incredible resource you should bookmark for the future. We will be in touch next week with more information about an exciting online summer webinar series to introduce you to university staff, campus resources, and helpful information as you work with your student to prepare for August. 

Save the Date!

The Summer Webinar Series will kick off next week! Please save the date for the Kick-Off to the Summer Webinar Series with the OFYE which will be held on zoom on Tuesday, May 14 at 7:00 PM EDT. If you are interested in learning more about the Housing Contract process, the Housing Services will host a webinar on Wednesday, May 15 at 7:00 PM EDT. Both sessions will be recorded and available afterwards.

We will continue to communicate with your student via email and will reach out to you every couple of weeks throughout the summer with updates.

You can contact us at the OFYE if you have questions at fye@lehigh.edu or (610) 758-1300.

May 13: Announcing the Summer Webinar Series

As a family member of a newly admitted Lehigh student, you have undoubtedly been instrumental in their educational pursuits. Our Summer Webinar Series will introduce you to a variety of campus resources, provide support on discussions that may be helpful before their arrival, and introduce you to campus partners and administrators who will be instrumental in your student’s transition and success. We hope you will join us! Sessions will be recorded as appropriate and posted on our summer webinar webpage one week after each session.

Summer Schedule

REGISTER HERE for any or all of the webinars this summer!

Office of the First-Year Experience Welcome & Summer Webinar Kick-Off, Tuesday, May 14 at 7:00 P.M. EDT

Completing your Housing Contract, Wednesday, May 15 at 7:00 P.M. EDT

Accommodations 101: Successfully Navigating the Transition for Students with DisabilitiesMonday, June 3 at 11:00 A.M. EDT

It’s Roommate Selection TimeWednesday, June 5 at 7:00 P.M. EDT

Academic Advising & Support for Students, Thursday, June 13  at 7:00 P.M. EDT

Talking with your Student About Alcohol, Tuesday, June 18 at 7:00 PM EDT

Tech Talk for First-Year Students and Families, Wednesday, June 26 at 7:00 P.M. EDT

Understanding your HousingWednesday, July 3 at 7:00 P.M. EDT

Lehigh University Campus Safety Information and Resources, Tuesday, July 9 at 6:00 P.M. EDT

Fraternity & Sorority 101Wednesday, July 17 at 6:00 P.M. EDT

Are you Move-In Ready?, Monday, July 22 at 7:00 P.M. EDT

Bursting the Lehigh Bubble: Getting to Know South Bethlehem, Your New Home, Tuesday, July 30 at 6:30 P.M. EDT

Student Reminder Highlights

Your students’ portal goes live tomorrow with the summer checklist! Please encourage your student to visit the portal and check their Lehigh email often this summer for important information. 

  • preLUsion Registration is live as of 3:00 P.M. EDT tomorrow!

  • The housing contract goes live at the end of the week and the deadline is June 7! 

  • Health forms were mailed last week, but the forms and more information can be found on the Health & Wellness Center webpage. They are due July 15, but do often require a trip to the physician's office.

We look forward to engaging with you this summer and as we prepare for the start of the academic year! 

June 6: An In Depth Look at Housing, Dining & More

It’s June, the school year is coming to an end, and there are exciting things on the checklist for your student to complete to continue preparing for their arrival.

Housing Information

The housing contract went live on their housing self-service portal and will be open until June 7. If a student has filled it out and wants to change their preferences, they can simply fill it out again.

If you or your student missed the Housing Contract webinar, you can watch the recording here or visit the Housing Services website for step by step information on what to do. Please allow your student to fill out these contracts, surveys and forms throughout the summer. It is important for them to take responsibility and to create their own experience based on their needs and preferences. 

Roommate matching will open on June 11 and close on June 22. There will be an additional webinar to walk students through this process this week on June 5 at 7:00 PM EDT. They can sign up on the Summer Webinar webpage. The recording will be posted by the end of the week.

For students with medical conditions that impact their ability to dine well on campus, we strongly encourage a conversation with our Registered  Dietitian, Executive Chef, and/or General Manager.  In many instances, our dining team can easily assist with special needs. We may require additional medical documentation to enable us to develop a more specific meal plan accommodation. In this situation, please visit the Office of Disability Services for details and instructions on how to submit a meal plan accommodation request.

Upcoming June Webinars

We have helpful webinars coming up in the month of June. Please register on our Summer Webinar Series webpage, or you can check out the recording a few days later if you are unable to attend. Recordings of past webinars are already posted!

  • It’s Roommate Selection Time - RESCHEDULED to Sunday, June 9 at 7:00 PM EDT

  • Academic Advising  & Support for Students - Thursday, June 13, 2024 at 7:00 PM EDT

  • Talking with your Student about Alcohol - Tuesday, June 18, 2024 at 7:00 PM EDT

  • Tech Talk for First-Year Students & Families - Wednesday, June 26 at 7:00 PM EDT

Upcoming Important Dates & Deadlines for Students

Students should continue to return to their Summer Checklist for important links and reminders for each month. Below are a few highlights that may be helpful to you to discuss with your student:

  • Orientation Registration Due June 30 - Orientation is mandatory for all students but this form helps us gather some additional information including any accommodations you may need if you are visiting with them, their restaurant choice for Faux Friday, etc.

  • Student Health Forms Due July 15 -  forms must be signed by their doctors; vaccinations must be entered on their patient portal also

June 11: An In-Depth Look at Course Registration Preparation

Course registration for students is in about one month. This can be both exciting and overwhelming for students to decide their college courses for the first time. While they may not be here in Bethlehem, there are so many resources and people here to help! We shared these resources with students, and we are sharing them with you as well. We ask that you remember that it is important for students to navigate this process. We know you want to help and support your students, but we promise you that having them complete this process is an important step. That being said, if you find them getting overwhelmed or frustrated we hope these resources will help you understand how you might support them while they transition to campus life.

Advising

A Lehigh staff member in their advising unit will reach out to them via their Lehigh email address. They will remind them of resources available and offer to assist as they explore which courses to take and how to lay out their schedule. There will be virtual advising sessions and webinars available during June, organized specifically by their college or program.

Student Preparation for Registration

Registration will start between July 15-17 and will close on July 26. Students will receive an email from the Office of the Registrar in early July with their exact day and time. They have so many resources for them to explore and prepare! Here are a few tips from us of how your student can get started:

What Students Should Do When... 

Deciding which courses to take in fall? Review their course packet, check the portal and their email for additional information, see the first-year enrollment website for sample schedules, and contact their academic unit.

Have questions about utilizing the registration system? Review the First-Year Enrollment website for videos on how to utilize the registration system and contact the Office of the Registrar.
Having trouble during the registration period? Use the Live Chat on the Registrar’s webpage to talk with someone in the moment.

Schedule Changes

Students will have the opportunity to meet with a college representative on Friday, August 23 during Orientation. Students can also continue making schedule changes through the first week of the semester, so there’s plenty of time to ensure that they have an appropriate course schedule.

Disability Support Services Documentation

Students with disabilities who would like to apply for reasonable accommodations and services should begin the interactive process today to ensure that all reasonable accommodations are in place by the start of the fall semester. Students who wait to apply for accommodations until just prior to the start of the fall semester may experience delays, so it is recommended that students begin the process and submit documentation as soon as possible. 

To get started, students should register with Disability Support Services by completing the Disability Support Services Registration form. This form allows students to upload documentation with initial registration if they would like, but documentation can also be submitted afterwards. Next, students should submit a copy of their current disability documentation from their physician, clinician, or diagnostician. More information about documentation guidelines can be found on the Disability Support Services website. DSS engages in an interactive process and reviews requests for reasonable accommodations on a case-by-case and class-by-class basis, so after the initial documentation evaluation is complete, DSS will reach out during the summer to schedule an appointment to discuss next steps. 

If you have questions about how Disability Support Services assists students or about the interactive process, please call them at 610-758-4152 for more information.