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New Student Orientation Frequently Asked Questions

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What is New Student Orientation?

    New Student Orientation prepares students for the transition from one school to the next as well as the opportunites awaiting them at Kutztown University. Orientation programs are offered for first-time freshman, transfer students, as well as parents.

When are the freshman orientation programs?

     There are a series of one-day programs offered during May, June and July for students attending the fall semester. Students select the date that best suits their schedule. There is also a one day orientation in January for those beginning in the spring semester.

Will I receive my class schedule during New Student Orientation?


What is an ARD?

ARD stands for Advance Registration Deposit. This is the $275 deposit that a student sends to KU after being accepted to indicate their intention to enroll. Information about the New Student Orientation Program will be sent to students after the ARD has been paid.

What should I bring to Orientation?

     Bring your enthusiasm and be prepared to learn. Orientation is about getting ready for your experience at KU. Be sure to bring a valid form of photo identification. Dress comfortably and wear comfortable walking shoes as you may be required to travel to various locations around campus. The weather may fluctuate and classrooms are air-conditioned, but you may feel warmer or cooler depending on the number of people and your personal temperature preference. You may also consider wearing sunscreen for the times when you are outdoors. We discourage bringing personal items to orientation and are not responsible for lost items. If you misplace something while at Orientation, you can contact the Office of Public Safety at (610) 683-4002.

What if I need special accommodations for persons with disabilities, injuries or other circumstances requiring accommodations?

"Persons with a disability, and who require accommodation, should notify the Disability Services Office two weeks prior to the event at 610-683-4108 or email, TDD number: 610-683-4499, in order to discuss accommodations. Every effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations. Please note: Kutztown University does not provide wheelchairs or other mobility devices."


Do you provide on-campus overnight accommodations for Freshmen Orientation events?

     There are no on-campus overnight accommodations.  A list of area hotels for family members can be found here.

Do families interact with freshmen during the Orientation events in June?

     Freshmen and Parent Orientation are two separate programs. They will be with eachother in the morning and meet up at the end of the day.

What if I have an emergency and cannot attend my cycle?

     If there is an emergency, please contact the Office of New Student Orientation at 610-683-4088.

Can family members sit in during the academic advising session?

     The advising session is between the student and faculty member. There will be student facilitators present to help each student with any questions. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to discuss the FERPA waiver form with their student to seek approval to access information about the student record. 

Where can I park during Freshmen/Parent  Orientation?

                Parking and other event information including location, check-in times, etc. are located on the Orientation website -  A parking permit is not required. Click here for a campus map.

Will I be taking any placement assessments as part of Orientation?

     Yes. Kutztown University wants to maximize your success as a student by taking steps toward ensuring your proper course placement. There are two assessments. The first is required for all students (freshmen and transfer).

1).  All students are required to take the Math Placement Assessment.  The Math Placement Assessment takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. All students are strongly encouraged to spend several hours using the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module. Even if you have achieved placement in your desired course, time spent in ALEKS will better prepare you for your upcoming course and ultimately lead to better grades.Click on this link to take the Math Placement Assessment. Your scores will be recorded by the Department of Mathematics.

The second assessment is only for those students who wish to continue to study a modern language (French, German, Spanish, etc.)

2). The Modern Language Assessment helps students determine their level of proficiency in a foreign language. Unlike the Math Placement, students should bring a copy of these results with them to their Orientation date. The Department of Modern Language Studies utilizes a web-based placement (CAPE) in French, German, and Spanish: The test can be accessed from any Internet-capable computer and takes about 20 minutes. It provides immediate feedback regarding the appropriate level of language placement. Students who place into level 012 or higher, and then complete the appropriate course at KU with a grade of C or better (on first attempt; repeated courses do not count), will receive credit for courses in the same language at the lower levels, up to a maximum of 9 additional credits.  Transfer credit does not count in this area.

     Before beginning the actual test, students complete an online questionnaire regarding previous language experience.  In the event that there would be a serious discrepancy between the test’s recommended level and a student’s perception of his/her abilities, a qualified advisor from the Department of Modern Language Studies will use the answers to the questionnaire as an aid in determining an appropriate placement.  Students who wish to schedule an appointment with an advisor from Modern Language Studies, please call the department at 610-683-4427.


When will I receive my housing and roommate assignments if I plan to enroll in the fall semester?

     The Office of Housing and Dining Services will complete roommate assignments in mid-July if you have signed up for on-campus housing prior to this time. We encourage students to contact their roommate as soon as they receive this information.

Is my orientation experience complete once I attend June Orientation? 


There is a mandatory two-day weekend orientation for freshmen occuring in August. You will learn more about this event at summer orientation.

What is Parent/Family Orientation?

      PARENT Orientation is an optional one day program occuring on the same dates as the freshmen orientation.  It is designed to assist parents of incoming freshmen with academic and other transition points. Additional information is provided about university services and procedures. There is a fee of $10 (non-refundable) per person to attend. This fee increases to $15 on the day of the program. Advance payment is strongly encouraged. The cost covers materials and lunch. Students can sign up their parents through their MyKU account. Please register early. Credit card payment is due at the time of registration.

I am a transfer student, how do I register for classes? Can I bring a guest with me to Orientation?

    Transfer students who have paid their $275 Advance Registration Deposit  can register online by visiting  Select the date that best suits your schedule.  Confirmation information can be found on the orientation website. You will register for classes at orientation. Guests are invited to attend with the student!