Accepted Students

New Student Orientation

To welcome you into our community, we provide an Orientation program that is designed to make the transition to Emmanuel as seamless as possible for you and your family. This comprehensive program will include course selection, academic advising, educational sessions and a chance to meet your classmates. It will also provide you with the information you will need to become an active, successful and contributing member of the Emmanuel College community!

Winter Orientation

Orientation for new students starting in the spring semester will take place on Tuesday, January 19th. Check-in starts at 8:30 a.m. and the orientation program begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. The program will end at 6:00 p.m. with optional evening programming offered. We have a full day planned in order to assist you with your transition to Emmanuel College, so please make any arrangements necessary to attend the whole program. If you are a resident student, you will be able to move into your residence hall assignment for the semester on Sunday, January 17th between 12-5pm. If you are a commuter student, you should arrive on the morning of January 19th and plan to stay for the day according to the schedule you will receive upon checking in for orientation

During Orientation, all campus offices will be open (i.e. Residence Life + Housing, Student Financial Services, Admissions, etc.) to answer any questions you may have. You will get your Student ID and finalize your course schedule. Parking is available for commuter students.

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 program, you'll get a sneak peek of what life's like here at Emmanuel College. In addition to 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 - finalize your spring semester course schedule
  • Get Connected - learn about the Emmanuel MySaints Portal, your e-mail account and more
  • Meet the Dean of Students

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 with instructions on how to complete these online assessments. During Orientation, with assistance from your academic advisor, you will finalize your course schedule for your first semester at Emmanuel. We recommend reviewing the Academic Catalog and contacting Academic Advising prior to arriving at Orientation to get a feel for what our academic programs offer.

Get Connected

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 with instructions on how to access your MySaints account before you arrive on campus for Orientation. In addition, you can connect with Emmanuel through our social media channels such Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Foursquare!

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 Community Standards with the help of staff members and the OLs.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Orientation and do I have to attend?
Yes, Orientation attendance is required for all incoming new students. Orientation is your formal introduction to the Emmanuel College community. During the program, you will have the opportunity to meet faculty, staff, student leaders and classmates. At Orientation you will begin to make life-long friends, learn about your community responsibilities, establish yourself in the intellectual life of the campus, find out about resources and opportunities, and most importantly you will have fun! All new students will attend a one-day orientation program on Tuesday, January 19th from 9am-6pm.

How do I register for Orientation?
You are automatically registered for the orientation session on January 19th.

What if I have scheduling conflicts?
We strongly suggest that you arrange your schedule in order to make attendance at Orientation a priority. If you are unable to attend Orientation due to an inflexible conflict, you must contact us at in advance to make alternate arrangements.

Can I bring a guest to Orientation?
Parents, family members and guests are not permitted to participate in the student orientation program. 

Is there an orientation program for parents and family members?
While there is no formal program for parents and family members, administrators and staff members will be available from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 11th, during the move-in period, to answer any questions. We will also provide a resource binder for parents and family members to take home.

Where and when do I report for my orientation?
Check-in for orientation begins at 8:30am and is located at the Fenway Room on the second floor of the Administration Building. Coffee and a continental breakfast will be provided.

Will I meet with an advisor and finalize my class schedule during Orientation?
Yes. You will meet with an Academic Advisor to select your courses for the spring and your schedule should be complete by the end of your orientation session.

What should I do to prepare for Orientation?
You should feel confident that upon your arrival at Orientation, your only tasks are to meet faculty, staff, student leaders and fellow classmates, get to know Emmanuel College and the many resources offered to you here, and most importantly to be yourself and have fun. We do ask that you complete the Math and Foreign Language Placement Exams, available on the MySaints portal, prior to orientation. Doing so will allow your advisor to properly place you into classes appropriate for your academic level. Other important to-do items, dates and deadline for new students can be found here.

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Orientation Hotline at 617-735-9817 or at