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Move-In

What are the dates/times for Move-In Day?
  • First year arrival is Thursday, August 18, from 8:30AM-11:30AM at Iacocca Hall.
  • First year students participating in a Prelusion program arrival is Monday, August 15, 8:30AM-10:30AM at Iacocca Hall. 
  • First year student athletes should refer to this calendar.
  • First year students participating in any other programs should also refer to the calendar for move-in information.
What should I bring with me?

Packing can be made a lot easier when you know what to bring and what to leave at home. Use this packing list to help you make some of those decisions and check out the housing website if you need specifics on your residence hall room.

Please make sure all boxes, suitcases, bags, and other items are clearly labeled with your name, building, and room number.

Where should I go to check-in?

Please follow these directions when you arrive to assist us with traffic flow. You’ll check-in at Iacocca Hall on the Mountaintop campus between 8:00am and 11:30am to receive your parking pass and Orientation materials. Follow the color-coded directional signage down the mountain to your residence hall to pick up your keys and unload your belongings.

Will parking be available?

Yes. Your parking pass must remain on your dashboard during the move-in process. Someone must stay with your car when you arrive at your residence hall. Staff, faculty and student volunteers will assist you in unloading your car. Once your car is unloaded, you will move it to your designated campus parking garage to allow others to unload (follow the directional signage to the closest parking location).

When can I finalize my dates to move home for the semester?

The final exam period is from December 6 to December 14, 2022. Students should not make travel plans before December 14 until they have confirmed their final exam dates and times. Faculty are not expected to provide alternate exam dates for students who have made plans to leave campus before their scheduled final exams.

The schedule of final exams is posted not later than the end of the first week of October. The university creates the exam schedule after the drop/add period each semester, because the exam schedule is created to minimize student exam conflicts.

Residents are expected to depart from their residence hall within 24 hours after their last final exam.  All residence halls close on Thursday, December 15, at 9:00am.  Students with extenuating travel circumstances can petition Housing Services for a later departure time.

 

Orientation

Is Orientation Mandatory for First-Year Students?

YES! During Orientation you will be divided up into small groups. All group meetings are required. This is our chance to show students the ropes to college life and provide them with multitudes of resources to help them succeed at Lehigh, both in and out of the classroom. Students will meet faculty, upper-class student leaders, an academic advisor and learn about resources available while making new friends!

Do transfer students need to attend Orientation?

Yes! This is where you will get helpful information and meet other transfer students. You will not be able to register for future semesters if you don’t attend!

 

When will students say goodbye to their families?

On Thursday, August 18, students should say goodbye to their families before 2:00pm when Orientation begins with the kick-off on the University Front Lawn. Students will look for their Orientation leader and group to sit with them on the front lawn. Instructions and group numbers will be available on move-in day. Families will be able to watch the Orientation kick-off before participating in Family Orientation but will not be with their student as they will be with their Orientation group.

On Monday, August 15, preLUsion programs start at 12:00pm. Unless otherwise indicated by your program coordinator, you should anticipate saying goodbye before 12:00pm. There will be a Welcome Lunch for parents during Family Orientation from 11:30am - 1:00pm. Family Orientation ends at 4:30pm.

When does Orientation begin for students?

Orientation begins at 2:00pm on Thursday August 18, 2022. Please see the tentative schedule. Students should expect to be busy with Orientation programming through the early afternoon on Sunday. Students will receive a detailed schedule with their Orientation group information in August and can utilize the guidebook app to customize their schedule.

Who are Orientation Leaders?

Orientation Leaders (OLs) are returning upper-class students who have been trained to help new students make a smooth transition into the Lehigh community.  There are 90 OLs who will each be assigned to a small group of students and will be able to help answer questions and guide you through Orientation. You can meet our staff on our contact page.

Academics

What is the Course Registration Process?

You will register for courses in July. Throughout the month of June important updates and information regarding the registration process will be posted on your student portal and will also be sent to your Lehigh University email address. It is very important that you monitor your email regularly, as we continuously send additional information to prepare you for registration. Keep an eye out for emails about when and how to register, videos reviewing how to utilize the registration system, and advice from your college advisors.

Will there be any classes left when I request courses?

Your first year at Lehigh you will be required to take some introductory level courses that most upper-class students have already taken, so you are not competing with them during your course request process. Courses that you are required to take during your first year (e.g. Engineering 1) will be scheduled so that all students needing those courses will get into a section.

When do classes start and end?

Classes will begin Monday, August 22, 2022.  Check out the academic calendar.

When and how do I purchase my textbooks?

Every textbook for every course can be found at your campus bookstore, a branch of Barnes & Noble. They have the largest selection of used textbooks on campus, and convenient shelf tags throughout the store tell you exactly which textbooks are required for each course and list additional textbooks recommended by the course instructor. And their generous return policy offers cash back on unwanted textbooks year-round—no matter where you bought them. They accept all major credit cards, as well as personal checks, college or government financial aid program vouchers, school debit cards, and Barnes & Noble gift cards. If you prefer to reserve your textbooks online, visit lehigh.bncollege.com.

 

Can students alter their current fall course schedule in August, before the start of classes?

Incoming first-year Students registered for classes from July 18 through July 29th. Registration will open again for adjustments once students are given their alternate PIN after they have an opportunity to meet with their advisor during orientation.

When do students have breaks during the semester?

Here is the academic calendar. During the fall term, students have no classes on these days:

  • Pacing Break – Monday, October 10th
  • Civic Engagement Day – Tuesday, November 8th
  • Thanksgiving Break – Wednesday, November 23 through Friday, November 25th. 

All residential facilities and dining remain open during Pacing break and Civic engagement Day. On campus dining options are not available during the Thanksgiving break only.

Technology

Are the Lehigh network and software compatible with PCs or Macs?

The network and software are generally compatible with both PCs and Macs.  However, there are a few instances where Engineering students will need a PC or to use public sites in order to use the necessary software.

If I am buying a new computer, what kind should I purchase?

If you are in the market for a new computer check out this website with purchase information.

Pre-Orientation Programs

What is preLUsion and why would I want to attend?

Lehigh offers pre-orientation programs, known as preLUsion, which start a few days prior to Orientation. These programs are designed to be fun and to help your transition to Lehigh by introducing you to staff and fellow new students. PreLUsion is a great way to meet other new students with similar interests that want to make the most out of their college experience!

If my student is participating in a preLUsion program, do I have to come back for Thursday's Move-In Day?

No, you don't. Students participating in a PreLUsion program will move in to their residence hall on Monday, August 15, 2022. We will have a Family Orientation Program on Monday so you don't have to make the trip back to Lehigh on Thursday

Family Information

What events are planned for families during Orientation?

Parents and families will have a chance to learn about a variety of services, offices, and resources to help your student's transition to Lehigh and meet university staff. More information will be available this summer on our Family Information page and Family Frequently Asked Questions page.

Housing

How are first-year student room assignments processed?

Lehigh assigns rooms based on desired housing and programmatic preferences. A random process will be utilized for all deposited students to determine your housing assignment along with others who have made similar selections. To accommodate all students, halls are pre-designated by gender based on enrollment. Once your residence hall is assigned, you are matched with a roommate using the information you provide through My College Roommate. If you request a student and they request you, you will automatically be placed together.

 

How are first-year student roommates matched?

You are matched with a roommate using the information you provide through My College Roommate. If you request a student and they request you, you will automatically be placed together.

When do I find out where I’m living?

Room assignments and arrival information will be emailed through your Lehigh email in mid-July.

What should I do if I already submitted my residence application and wish to add a specific roommate choice or change the information I originally indicated?

You can re-enter the housing contract and update your housing information. You can continue to search and add or change roommates through My College Roommate until the deadline. Assignments are processed in June; therefore, the application must be complete by the deadline in order for it to be considered.

For more Housing FAQ's visit Housing Services website.

Can students stay on campus over the semester break?

All residents are expected to vacate their residence facility during the semester break except for international students, in-season NCAA athletes and students with extreme personal circumstances. All residential facilities close on Thursday, December 15, at 9:00am.

Miscellaneous

When do I get my ID card?

You will submit your ID card photo on the campus portal in the summer. You will get your ID card when you check-in on Move-In Day. If you did not complete the application in advance you will need to go to the ID card office on 42 University Drive when you arrive.

What's around town & where can visitors stay while they’re here?

Visit southsideartsdistrict.com and discoverlehighvalley.com for events and things to do in walking distance from campus and in the greater Lehigh Valley. Find Hotels near Lehigh University.

What banking options are available?

Lehigh University students have several banking options located in Bethlehem.

Lehigh Students have access to Wells Fargo conveniently located downtown in the shopping area below campus at 301 Broadway, Bethlehem, PA 18015. Wells Fargo offers an ATM at 1 Farrington Square on Campus as well.  To connect with the local Wells Fargo Branch, you can call 610-861-1741 Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday, 9 am to 12 pm.

The Pennsylvania States Employee Credit Union (PSECU) operates a Financial Education Center at the Mountaintop Campus, Building C, 2nd Floor, and they have an ATM located in Farrington Square between Johnny's Bagels & Deli, and the current location of the Mail Center. (The Mail Center will be moving above the bookstore during summer 2022)

Bank of America and TD Bank also have locations is South Bethlehem.

Who do I contact with other questions?

For additional questions not addressed here, please contact the Office of the First-Year Experience:
Phone: 610-758-1300
E-mail: fye@lehigh.edu