Venture to Arcadia

Venture to Arcadia is a multi-day welcome extravaganza for new students, including interactive sessions and events that will help you acclimate to life at Arcadia, socialize and make friends, and get to know the community. Whether you're a first-year, transfer, or commuter student, Venture to Arcadia will introduce you to all things Arcadia.
Students at the semester kick-off

Important Dates

  • Wednesday, Aug. 25 (1 to 3:30 p.m.): Students with last names A-L move in.
  • Thursday, Aug. 26 (8 to 10:30 a.m.): Students with last names M-Z move in.
  • Thursday, Aug 26 (11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.): Commuter students check in.
  • Thursday, Aug. 26 to Sunday, Aug. 29: "Venture to Arcadia" days
  • Monday, Aug 30: First day of classes

Check your email for housing assignments and specific move-in information.


Move-In 2021

You can bring any number of people to help move you in and support you throughout your first day (though only one guest can accompany you to the Great Room for testing and check-in). If you have concerns about your assigned move-in time, contact


Use the Church Road entrance.

Public safety will show you where to park and how to get to the Commons Great Room. Note: Only one parent/guardian/guest can accompany you to the Great Room.


Check in at the Great Room.

Due to the surge in COVID cases, students will need to take a rapid test regardless of vaccination status. You and your guest will wait in the Great Room until your test results are ready (typically 15-20 minutes). After receiving negative test results, Public Safety will guide you as you drive to your residence hall. Students and families who are helping with move-in are required to wear masks.


Move in!

The Welcome Team will assist you in moving items into your room. Label each box with your name, hall, room number, and cell phone number.

Commuters and non-residential students can check in on Thursday, Aug. 26 between 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Commons Great Room, and should follow steps one and two above.


Event Schedule

The following events are designed to enhance your campus connections, and we encourage you to attend all that fit your interests. Several programs are required, as they cover important topics related to health and safety, diversity and inclusion, and your transition to college life.

Second-Year Students:

Welcome back! Since this will be a first-time-on-campus for many, we invite you to participate in the Venture to Arcadia programming scheduled for Aug. 28 and 29.

Some helpful tips for move-in (including what to bring for your room, and what to leave at home).

What to Bring

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, details and programming are subject to change as federal guidelines evolve. Check back for Welcome Week updates, and visit Arcadia's COVID page for the most up-to-date information.

COVID-19 Updates

Arcadia has updated our interim vaccination policy and accelerated the timeline of our vaccine requirement. All University community members who do not have approved exemptions should receive their full vaccine dosage by Oct. 1, 2021 and register their proof of vaccination.

Interim Vaccination Policy


Engagement & New Student Programs


If you have a disability and would like to request accommodations to participate in Venture activities, contact the Office of Disability Support Services.