New Student Summer Orientation

We are so excited to safely welcome our new Knights into the Arcadia family! We have decided to move summer orientation online, as our priority is the health and safety of our students. New Knights must complete all aspects of Summer Orientation by Friday, July 31.

1. Academic Advising and Course Selection

  • Transfer Students received information about meeting with an academic advisor. Before you can participate in your Advising Day, you must complete all placement exams.
  • First-Year Students must register for and participate in your Advising and Fall 2020 Course Selection Day. The advising staff has organized days to discuss Fall 2020 courses with you. These days will begin at the end of June and go throughout the month of July. On these days, you will be able to hear from Faculty in your intended major department. The purpose of this session is for the faculty member to give a general overview of the culture of the department, what you can expect as a student majoring within the department, strengths of the curriculum and faculty, and answer general questions. In addition, during your session, a Professional Advisor or staff member from the Office of Undergraduate Studies, will be available if you have questions. It is important that you fill out the Arcadia University First Year Semester Fall 2020 Academic Planning Questionnaire by Saturday, June 20 so you can be scheduled for the appropriate “Advising and Fall 2020 Course Selection” Day. If you have any questions about the day, please contact Mr. Bruce Keller at Before you can participate in your Advising Session, you must complete all placement exams.

2. Earn your KnightLife Armor!

Learning about our campus resources and engaging with our Orientation Leaders will help you have a successful first semester at Arcadia. Our KnightLife Orientation Portal includes both live and on demand content to provide an engaging and accessible orientation experience for new students. Any time you review an on demand page or participate in a live session, you have the opportunity to earn a piece of your KnightLife Armor. Complete your KnightLife Armor by Friday, July 31 to be entered into a chance to win $500 to the Templeton Campus Store or other large prizes! Our KnightLife Orientation Portal is now open! New students were emailed access information at their Arcadia address. 

By participating in Summer Orientation, we hope that you will:

  • acclimate to Arcadia resources.
  • start to build meaningful relationships with students, faculty and staff.
  • be challenged to begin thinking about how to get involved on campus.
  • develop a social responsibility to the Arcadia community. 
  • recognize the importance of social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • gain a deeper understanding of what holistic wellness means and begin to evaluate your well-being.