Scranton Begins Orientation for Class of 2016


They’re here. Or, at least the first wave of the more than 980 students of the class of 2016 and their parents and guests have arrived on campus for two-day orientation sessions that run July 2-3, 5-6, 9-10 and 12-13.

Orientation is designed to introduce new students and their families to the University’s procedures, facilities and support services, and to provide them with the opportunity to meet with faculty, administrators, staff, as well as each other.

At the July orientation sessions, students complete chemistry, mathematics, foreign language and composition placement tests. They also meet academic advisors, attend presentations on support services and extracurricular activities, and participate in recreational and social activities.

Parents and guests learn about the new role they will now play as parents of a college student through a session called “Transitions” by Vincent Carilli, Ph.D., vice president for student affairs. They also meet with academic deans and administrators and learn about the resources and programs offered by University Ministries, Information Resources, Financial Aid, the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence and other departments at Scranton. Participants could even attend a session about the city called “Scranton 101.”

At orientation, students also get the first glimpse of the make-up of their class, which includes members from 20 states and hundreds of high schools.

The entire class of 2016 will assemble on campus for the first time at Fall Welcome on Aug. 25.

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