Freshman Orientation (June or July)

  • PROS onstage at orientation

Freshman Orientation (June or July)

Summer Orientation

Reserve Your Orientation Date

We are excited to have you join our University community. Orientation provides you with the information you need to make the most of your Rowan experience.


Here's what you will experience at orientation:

  • meeting with orientation leaders (PROS);
  • Academic Success workshop and a brief overview of General Education and other graduation requirements;
  • academic advising;
  • time to review and adjust your fall term class schedule;
  • opportunities to connect with other students;
  • an introduction to Rowan student services and involvement opportunities;
  • and a official induction into the University.

Orientation Reservations

Summer Orientation for freshmen beginning classes in the fall term will be held in late June and July. An optional Parent & Family Orientation program is held concurrently with Summer Orientation, but students and their parents & adult family members will follow separate orientation schedules.

Orientation is a great opportunity to learn more about your new University community. Campus offices and departments come together to welcome new students and their parents & adult family members to share information about student resources and campus policies & expectations at these few select times of the year. Don't miss this opportunity - it only happens once in your college career! Make the most of your orientation program: meet other new students, experience living & dining on campus, and have your questions answered.

Possible orientation dates include:

We realize that many students may still be completing high school during some of these dates, and it is common for students to attend orientation before graduating from high school. We are able to provide documentation of a college visit or other absence notification upon request.

If you are unable to attend one of the on-campus orientation sessions, please contact our office at 856-256-4041 to make arrangements for registration in August and our online orientation program. 

Reserve Your Orientation Date

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Attending Summer Orientation 2018

  • About Freshman Orientation
    Includes:
    • How to reserve your spot
    • Orientation requirement & fee information
    • Important next steps - your New Student Checklist

Students will check in to orientation beginning at 8 a.m. at Holly Pointe Commons (both students who will be spending the night on campus and commuting), and parents & family members will check in after 8 a.m. at the Eynon Ballroom (located inside the Chamberlain Student Center). Orientation programming will begin promptly at 9 a.m. Orientation ends on Day 2 after course registration. This time ranges from 1:15-4:30 p.m. depending on how long the process takes for your major/with your academic advisor. 

Accommodations:
Students will spend the night in Holly Pointe Commons. Please bring a pillow, bed linens, and a towel with you to orientation. You should also bring a blanket, walking shoes, athletic apparel, alarm clock, fan, umbrella, and a swim suit. Dress is casual.

We are unable to provide housing for parents and family members during the orientation program. If your guests need overnight accommodations, visit http://www.rowan.edu/glassboro/hotels for information about local hotels.

Students with special needs:
If you have a condition that might affect your participation in orientation, OSLP will coordinate any arrangements you may need while you are on campus. If you did not indicate any necessary accommodations when you registered for orientation, please contact our office immediately; some arrangements take at least two weeks to arrange. You may also want to contact the Academic Success Center to discuss your needs for the upcoming academic year (856-256-4259).

Basic Skills/Placement Test Requirements:
According to University policy, all incoming students are required to take Basic Skills Placement Tests unless they meet one of the exemptions that can be found on the Basic Skills Placement Testing page found here. Transfer students who have successfully transferred 30 or more credits are exempt from Basic Skills Placement Tests, but may be subject to the College-Level Mathematics Placement Test. Students will not be enrolled in fall term courses until the required testing is complete. 

Basic Skills Placement Tests including Reading Comprehension, Elementary Algebra, and College Level Math placement tests may be required based upon:

  • the number of credits you transfer
  • the specific courses you transfer
  • your declared major
  • your admissions test scores

For more information about Basic Skills Placement Testing click here.

Chemistry I placement testing is required based upon:

  • all students taking Chemistry I
  • all students majoring in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Physics, Biophysics, Engineering, Translational Biomedical Sciences, Bioinformatics, Nutrition, Geology, and the Pre-Med concentration, Science, or Health Science majors

For more information about Chemistry I Placement Testing click here.

These tests should be completed prior to attending orientation. You are unable to register for spring term courses until testing is complete. Testing must be completed by June 1, 2018.

When and where do I take the Basic Skills Placement Tests? 
Basic Skills Placement Tests can be completed at home or at the Testing Center, located in the same office suite as the Academic Success Center, on the 3rd floor of Savitz Hall. An appointment is required to test at the Testing Center; testing is not offered at the Testing Center on any day that the University is closed. For more information, please visit the Testing Services website: http://www.rowan.edu/home/advising/incoming-freshmen/basic-skills-placement-testing. Testing should be completed as soon as possible but must be completed on-campus or on-line by June 1, 2018. 

When and where do I take the Chemistry Placement Exam? 
The Chemistry Placement Exam can be taken online through Rowan University Blackboard or students may make an appointment to come to campus to take the Chemistry I Placement Exam in the Science Building by appointment.  For more information, please visit the Chemistry I Placement Test website:https://academics.rowan.edu/csm/departments/chembio/generalChem/page.html.  For instructions and to register for the Chemistry Placement Exam, send an email to genchem@rowan.edu.  Testing should be completed as soon as possible but must be completed by June 1, 2018. 

Who should I contact if I have questions about the placement tests? 
Please email the Testing Center at testingservices@rowan.edu for assistance with Basic Skills Placement Testing and email General Chemistry at genchem@rowan.edu for assistance with the General Chemistry evaluation exam.

Directions to Campus and Parking
Please see http://rowan.edu/maps for directions to campus. For students who wish to drive to orientation, parking will be available in Lot B.

Banner Tutorial:
Incoming students should view the Banner Registration Tutorial prior to orientation online. This tutorial will introduce you to the services available through Banner, including course registration. Your academic advisors will expect that you are comfortable using Banner to search for classes when you meet with them at orientation. Visit https://sites.rowan.edu/registrar/_docs/MainRegMasterHandout.pdf for more registration information.

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Parent & Family Orientation

For each orientation session we offer a concurrent Parent & Family Orientation program. Students and their parents & adult family members follow separate orientation schedules. 

Here's what you will experience at Parent & Family Orientation:

  • an overview of the University;
  • presentations about your student's adjustment to college life at Rowan;
  • meet your student's College Dean and other academic administrators;
  • a reception with other parents and University staff;
  • information about financing college, safety, and STEP UP to healthy choices;
  • meeting with current students & orientation leaders (PROS);
  • and information about commuting or living on campus.

The Rowan student must make Parent & Family Orientation rereservations as part of their orientation reservation process. Please discuss with your student whether or not you would like to attend Parent & Family Orientation. The Rowan student will be asked to enter the number of guests attending orientation in the online system as well as a contact phone number and e-mail address for any parents or adult family members participating. We do not recommend that young children attend the program, as no child-care services are available.

If you are unable to attend the same orientation session as your student, you are welcome to attend another date. Please contact our office at 856-256-4041 to make arrangements to attend orientation during a different session than your student.

Accommodations:
We are unable to provide housing for parents and family members during the orientation program. If you need overnight accommodations, visit http://www.rowan.edu/glassboro/hotels for information about local hotels.

Students will spend the night in Chestnut or Mimosa Hall. Students are asked to bring a pillow, bed linens, a towel, blanket, walking shoes, athletic apparel, alarm clock, fan, umbrella, and a swim suit with them to orientation.

Special needs:
If you or your student has a condition that might affect participation in orientation, OSLP will coordinate any arrangements needed during the programs. If no necessary accommodations were listed when your student made orientation reservations, please contact our office immediately; some arrangements take at least two weeks to arrange. You may also want to contact the Academic Success Center to discuss any needs for the upcoming academic year (856-256-4259).

Directions to Campus, Parking, and Orientation Program Check-In:
Please see http://rowan.edu/maps for directions to campus. Parking will be available in Lot B for all orientation participants.

Check-in will begin at 8 a.m. in the Chamberlain Student Center, Eynon Ballroom foyer, and orientation programming will begin promptly at 8:45 a.m.

Meals & fees:
The orientation fee covers the student orientation program and up to two parent & family members. Meals for additional family members can be added for $25 per person by calling our office at 856-256-4041 in advance. Students will receive two breakfasts, two lunches, and an afternoon snack and dinner on day 1. Parents will receive breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon reception on day 1 and lunch on day 2.

Program length:
Parent orientation begins at 8:45 a.m. on the first day and ends at 6:30 p.m. Parent orientation begins at 9 a.m. on the second day of orientation and ends by 3 p.m.

Student orientation begins at 8:45 a.m. on the first day and ends at 1 a.m. Student orientation begins at 7:30 a.m. on the second day of orientation and ends after class schedules are finalized, ranging from 1:15-4 p.m. depending on the student's major and advising availability. It is highly recommended that students spend the night on campus during their orientation program.

Ask Us
If you have additional questions about Parent & Family Orientation, please contact Parent & Family Connections at 856-256-4596 or the Office of Orientation and Student Leadership Programs at 856-256-4041.

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Ask Us

If you have additional questions about orientation, please contact the Office of Orientation and Student Leadership Programs at 856-256-4041, @RowanOSLP on Twitter, or the RowanOSLP facebook page.