Orientation will give you a taste of what life's like at Emmanuel, but it's up to you to explore all the opportunities - on campus, in the classroom and around town!
What Happens at Orientation?
Orientation is more than an introduction to Emmanuel, it's a glimpse into what you can expect as a student here. It's the start of the next chapter of your life. Orientation is our first opportunity to welcome you as a member of the Emmanuel community. During the two-day program, which begins at 9:30 a.m. on Day 1 and concludes at 4:00 p.m. on Day 2, you'll get a sneak peek of what life's like here at Emmanuel College. In addition to staying overnight in the residence halls and meeting your new classmates, we'll help you get started on becoming an active member of our community. We've put together a full itinerary of activities for you, which you will receive upon your arrival to campus.
Until then, here are a few highlights of what happens at Orientation:
• Meet your orientation leaders
• Meet your academic advisor - select your fall semester courses
• Succeeding in the classroom - meet members of our faculty and learn about Emmanuel's academic atmosphere and expectations
• Experience a day in the life of an Emmanuel student
• Get connected - learn about the Emmanuel MySaints Portal and your e-mail account
• Participate in the student resource and involvement fair - explore the many ways to get involved on campus
Meet Your Orientation Leaders
Orientation Leaders (OLs) are a select group of current students dedicated to welcoming you, answering questions and introducing you to everything Emmanuel. Once you've checked in, you will meet in small groups with your assigned OLs, who will serve as resources to you throughout Orientation and be familiar faces around campus when you return for the fall semester.
Meet Your Academic Advisor
Our Office of Academic Advising provides the support you need to attain your academic goals and helps you transition into life as a college student. Please note that you will need to complete your mathematics and language assessments (French or Spanish if you took either in high school) online before you arrive on campus for Orientation. Information will be sent to you via e-mail on May 1 with directions on how to complete these online assessments.
During Orientation, with assistance from your academic advisor, you will choose your course schedule for your first semester at Emmanuel. This is your opportunity to peruse our extensive liberal arts and sciences offerings and begin your journey toward a college degree. We recommend reviewing the Academic Catalog prior to arriving at Orientation to get a feel for what our academic programs offer.
Succeeding in the Classroom
The sense of community at Emmanuel is as much academic as it is social. Our goal as a liberal arts and sciences college is to develop your intellectual potential and to position you for success at the college level and beyond. Here you'll be introduced to members of our faculty who will inform you about all the academic support that is available to you as an Emmanuel student.
A Day In The Life
Your OLs showcase their acting skills with these skits based on scenarios you may soon find yourself in as a college student. Whether it's how to get involved with student activities, where to turn for academic help, or the ins and outs of getting around on the "T" - Boston's public transportation system - the OLs will walk you through a day in the life of a typical Emmanuel student.
Here you'll learn about the College's website and MySaints - our internal communication system where you can find College news and announcements, Online Academic Resources, Student Financial Services information and applications in one convenient location. Information will be sent to you via e-mail by mid-May with directions on how to access your MySaints account before you arrive on campus for Orientation. In addition, you can connect with Emmanuel through the Class of 2018 Facebook page or our other social media channels such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Foursquare!
Student Resource and Involvement Fair
What interests you? Is it Athletics? Study Abroad? Internships? Alternative Spring Break? Are you interested in working in the fall? It will all be on display at the Student Resource and Involvement Fair. Staff members and student leaders will be on hand to inform you about the opportunities available to you as an Emmanuel student. Offices include but are not limited to: Athletics, Bon Appétit (food service), Mission + Ministry, Counseling Center, New Student Engagement + Transition, Internships and Career Development, Campus Safety, Information Technology, Residence Life and Housing, and Student Activities and Multicultural Programs.
Meet the Dean of Students
Before the conclusion of Orientation, you'll have the opportunity to meet Emmanuel's Dean of Students, Dr. Joe Onofrietti - a great resource for all our students. Through this interactive workshop, "Dr. Joe" will address Emmanuel's academic policies and procedures with the help of the OLs.
Student Financial Services
If you will be accepting your Federal Direct Stafford Loan offered as part of your financial aid award, it is recommended that you complete the Federal Stafford Loan online Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note.
During Orientation, however, staff members from the Office of Student Financial Services will present a session that provides more information in a session about the financial responsibilities of atteding college and where they can to assist you with any questions.
January 2015 Orientation
Orientation is January 12th and 13th. Be sure to set aside both full days. Plan to be on campus to register for classes and learn everything you need to know for your first day of class on Wednesday, January 14th.
Staying overnight is a mandatory component of your Orientation experience, so you will need to bring:
• Bedding (i.e. sheets or sleeping bag, pillow, etc.)
• Shower shoes
• Any personal prescriptions
• Comfortable clothes
• Alarm clock
• A small fan (optional)
• Photo ID