1. Do I have to go to Orientation?
Orientation is mandatory. Students are required to attend all orientation sessions in order to help them prepare for their specific major and lives as artists at the University of the Arts.
2. What Happens at Orientation Check-In?
Check-in at New Student Orientation is a little like going strolling through a mall with stops at every store. First, you will stop by the Orientation Leader booth and receive a packet of information. Then you'll make stops all around Solmssen Court in Hamilton Hall, checking in with Health Services (where you'll need to be prepared to turn in your health forms if you have not already sent them to the UArts' Health Services Office), Student Billing (if necessary), Public Safety (Student IDs) and gather information about local offerings including gym membership and cable television. Residential students will also receive their room keys and other information pertaining to residential living.
3. Is Orientation just for freshmen?
All new undergraduate students, including transfers, are expected to attend New Student Orientation. Campus tours, information about services available to students and information about academic programs is helpful to anyone new to campus. We specifically refer to Orientation as "New Student Orientation" instead of "Freshmen Orientation" for this very reason.
4. Will I be with other people from my major during Orientation?
One of the most important aspects of New Student Orientation is that students from all majors are grouped together most of the time. The University of the Arts encourages interdisciplinary collaboration and communication, and NSO is the first opportunity for students to get to know others outside their own majors. We have devoted time, however, for students in the same majors to get together and learn the specifics of their academic programs.
5. When do I hand in my UArts Health Information Form and Insurance?
The Health Information Form and the Meningitis Waiver form, which you receive through a separate mailing, are due (along with a completed and up-to-date immunization record) to the Health Services Office by August 2, 2013. The University of the Arts requires all students enrolled in 6 or more credits to maintain health insurance. All students must visit myuarts.uarts.edu/ahpins in order to enroll into the University's health plan or prove they have their own. This is the only way to remove the $911 charge from your bill (if you are opting out of the University's provided health pan). If you have questions about the forms or other health related matters, feel free to contact Health Services at 215-717-6230.