Orientation for New Students

Orientation for New Students

We are so excited to welcome our newest Panthers to Adelphi.

Welcome New Students and Families

We are so excited to welcome you to Adelphi with a summer-long orientation experience that prepares you for life as a college student and, more importantly, life as a Panther. (Because once a Panther, always a Panther!)

Over the course of this summer, we’ll orient you to everything about Adelphi with great resources, experiences and opportunities—see more below.

It all culminates right before classes begin with our Orientation Weekend and your official Matriculation Ceremony.

Whether you’ll be commuting to or living at Adelphi, start planning now to join us for Orientation Weekend, Friday, August 23 to Sunday, August 25.

Register now for Orientation Weekend.

If you have questions about your orientation experience, email orientation@adelphi.edu.

Orientation Resources, Experiences and Opportunities

New Student Insider

Starting in May, you’ll receive your own special weekly Adelphi newsletter on Monday mornings—the Insider for New Students. You might want to save these in a special email folder somewhere because they will be packed with all the essentials: contacts, resources, deadlines, opportunities, Did-You-Knows, fun facts and more. The Insider aims to bring you all the best ways to start your Adelphi journey.

With the start of classes, you’ll transition to receiving a weekly Insider for Students on Monday mornings during the academic year. A weekly at-a-glance newsletter, the Insider will keep you informed about important to-dos, student clubs and activities, Adephi events, and all the life-changing opportunities you can tap into as a student here—so you can stay on top of your priorities and engage fully in the Adelphi college experience.

New Parents and Families Insider

Starting in May, parents and families in our database will receive a special weekly Adelphi newsletter—the Insider for New Parents and Families. With so much changing in their students’ lives, the Insider will serve as a great resource for parents and families and put important information at your fingertips.

Panther Portal: The On-Demand Virtual Orientation Experience

Beginning in May, all new first-year, transfer, and International students will be invited to access our virtual, on-demand orientation experience. The Panther Portal allows all our newest students and their parents and families to learn about Adelphi’s academics, support services, student life, campus safety, financial aid, and more—at their own pace.

Explore the Panther Portal between May 1 and August 1, 2024.

Access the Panther Portal.

Orientation Weekend

Beginning Friday, August 23, through Sunday, August 25, our newest first-year, transfer, and International students will experience a world-class Adelphi welcome on campus. Students are expected to attend the full Orientation Weekend.

For commuter and resident students alike, Orientation Weekend includes a mix of essential training and workshops, fun activities, meet-and-greets, campus exploration, and more.

The $325 cost of Orientation Weekend is built into your tuition and non-refundable, so take advantage of the opportunity to plan ahead and register now.

Matriculation Ceremony

Matriculation is the culmination of Orientation Weekend and a time-honored academic tradition. Our University president, provost, executive leadership, academic deans and many faculty members come together to officially welcome our students as scholars and members of the Adelphi University community,

Attendance at the Matriculation Ceremony is only for new students and is mandatory.

Learn more about the Matriculation Ceremony.

Additional Summer Opportunities

Join us on campus between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. for a Mid-Summer Meet-Up. You’ll make new friends, enjoy fun activities, explore our beautiful campus, learn about some departments, check out student clubs and organizations, and get to know our Peer Assistant Leaders (PALs) who will support your successful college experience.

Our First-Year Community Action Program (FCAP) is offered exclusively to Adelphi’s incoming first-year students before classes begin so you can get an early deep dive into Adelphi’s service-oriented culture. You’ll join a small number of your peers for various volunteer and community service projects in our community, along with some special perks.

FCAP registration is open until all slots are filled, so sign up today!

Learn more about FCAP.
Register for FCAP.

This is a one-day program for first-year students looking to spark their leadership journey. You’ll focus on developing your own authentic path to becoming a student leader who makes a huge impact on the Adelphi community.

Learn more about LeaderShape Catalyst.
Register now for LeaderShape Catalyst.


Additional Resources

Our incoming students who plan to commute to Adelphi can expect great support for balancing their on- and off-campus activities and obligations.

When you sign up for a Commuter Assistant, you are paired with another Adelphi student who will be a resource, support, and mentor as you adjust to juggling it all, both on- and off-campus.

Your Commuter Assistant will keep in touch with you throughout the academic year and help you get involved in campus life to the extent that you hope to! (And we hope you hope to!)

Learn more about the program.
Sign up to be paired with a Commuter Assistant.

Our Peer Assistant Leaders (PALs) are dedicated to helping you make a smooth transition into the college experience. PALs will support you throughout the Orientation experience, help you navigate the academic and social aspects of life at Adelphi, and get you up-to-speed on all the resources and opportunities available to you. If you want or need help planning your first year of college life involvement, just ask for your PAL!

See what PALs can do for you.

Orientation FAQs

Orientation is designed for our administration, staff, and faculty to help new incoming students transition smoothly into college life at Adelphi. During Orientation Weekend, students are introduced to various aspects of Adelphi life such as academic programs, campus resources, student services, and our community’s culture.

Yes, we expect all our new first-year, transfer and International students to attend Orientation Weekend. The weekend’s events and opportunities provide the foundation for a successful start to your Adelphi experience.

Orientation Weekend for all new Adelphi students (first-year, transfer and International) takes place from Friday, August 23 to Sunday, August 25.

Orientation is not an overnight experience. All resident students will return to their residence halls each night, and commuter students will be able to return home at the conclusion of each day.

The non-refundable orientation fee supports excellent programming and on-campus activities every day and night. It is rolled into your first-year tuition and reassessed each year.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Adelphi University require that all events be accessible. To request a reasonable accommodation, please email orientation@adelphi.edu or, in the case of FCAP, directly contact the event host. Adelphi’s Student Access Office will oversee any necessary and approved accommodations.

Orientation Weekend is geared toward our new students’ experience. A parent and family orientation is planned for August 23rd at 10 am.

Learn more about Parent and Family Orientation.

Yes, our Peer Assistant Leaders (PALs) will be available throughout Orientation Weekend and your entire first year at Adelphi to help you navigate life as a Panther.

During our Panther Palooza event, you can learn more about our student clubs and organizations on campus and meet representatives from each to help you decide which ones you want to join.

If you have questions about your orientation experience, email orientation@adelphi.edu.

All schedules are subjected to change please check your emails and the website regularly for any updates.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Adelphi University require that all events be accessible. To request a reasonable accommodation, please contact the event host identified on the event webpage; please allow for a reasonable time frame. The event host, when necessary, will collaborate with the Student Access Office.

On-Demand Orientation Experience

The Panther Portal is open for exploration with the target completion date of August 1. This online resource provides a comprehensive look into Adelphi’s academics, support services, student life, campus safety, and financial aid.
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