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Director's Welcome

Hello students! With midterms and class scheduling on the horizon, we've already begun our planning process to meet our newest prospective students. With our Summer 2014 Orientation Team recently selected, we're excited about the opportunity to get to know a new class of students. That being said, please take the time to review the summer schedule and steps to take in order to prepare yourself for Orientation. Feel free to call our office or email us if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Donna Gross, Director of New Student Orientation

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Orientation Office
Shippensburg University
210 Old Main
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257-2299
Voice: 717-477-1164
FAX: 717-477-4007
Email: orientation@ship.edu 

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FAQs for New Students 

Does tuition need to be paid at orientation?  

No, The Board of Governors for the PA System of Higher Education will establish the tuition fee in July.  Students will receive an email to their official SU email address in late July telling them that their Fall bill is ready to view and pay online.  Bills will be due in mid-August.  Students will not receive a paper bill in the mail, so it is important to check the SU email account regularly!  

Can I change my major after/during orientation?   

Absolutely!  It is not uncommon for a first year student to change their major at least once.  Choosing a major can be very challenging but we are confident you will choose an academic program that’s right for you.  Your academic advisor can be very helpful throughout this process.  Please see the Office of Admissions if you would like to change your major prior to starting Fall classes.  Once your Fall semester starts, please see your academic advisor to change your major.       

 Are their jobs available on campus?    

Students who have filed their FAFSA for the 2014-2015 school year are eligible to be considered for work-study employment in a variety of departments and locations on campus.  Applications for student work-study are available online at www.ship.edu.  Other employment campus employment opportunities include dining services and the University Store.  

Can I get a scholarship/grant?      

The key to getting a scholarship or grant is to research options and apply! If you don't weigh your options, you won't know what aid is available to you.  Financial aid awards don't appear out of nowhere, so you need to apply for grants, loans, and scholarships in order to get the result you want: help with paying for school!  

Where do I go if I want to improve my academic success?     

The Learning Center has a variety of programs to help students with their coursework. Peer tutors are available to meet with students individually or in groups to guide students’ learning in their content courses at Ship. Writing tutors can meet with students to facilitate their improvement of their essays at any stage of the writing process. Learning specialists are available to assist students in developing better study skills, time management, reading strategies, and a variety of other areas that help students succeed in college. On the Learning Center’s website, you can find information about workshops at the Learning Center, view online workshops, learn about special programs offered at the Learning Center, and access an array of resources that can help you reach your full potential while here at Ship.   

  Can I bring a car to campus in my first year?     

Yes you can! You need to register it with University Police and obtain a parking permit.  Car registration and insurance information required and $65.00 to cover the annual fee.  

Will I be able to purchase books at Summer Orientation?  

The University Store will be open however; textbooks will not be available for purchase at this time.  Dates for textbooks availability will be posted on the University Store website http://bookstore.shipstudents.org 

 Where do I report for Summer Orientation?  

Arrival & Registration for the 2014 Summer Orientation Program will begin at 7:30 a.m. to 8:40 a.m., and will take place at the Ceddia Union Building (CUB) in the Great Hall.  For a look at a more detailed schedule, please visit www.ship.edu/orientation.   

 I have not taken all of my Placement Tests, should I still attend my Summer Orientation Session?     

 Any student who has been notified by the Placement Testing Office that they must complete placement testing should do so before their Orientation visit.  Testing scores are required to complete the fall class registration process during Orientation. Students who attend Summer Orientation without required testing scores will not be able to register for classes for fall semester classes until August.  

The Orientation Registration site assigned a date for my visit that presents a serious conflict with my schedule.  How can I change it?     

Each academic college has an assigned day for their students to attend Orientation and register for fall classes.  Students will be registered for the day in  that corresponds with their college and major.  Undeclared students also have assigned days.  This will allow students to register their classes for fall semester.  Inability to attend on your assigned day may limit or eliminate the possibility of obtaining a class schedule before Fall Welcome Week in August. For help, please contact orientation@ship.edu 

What if I am unable to attend Orientation on my assigned day or any of the assigned days?  

Inability to attend on your assigned day may limit or eliminate the possibility of obtaining a class schedule before Fall Welcome Week in August.   Please contact Erin at 717-477-1164, if you cannot attend Summer Orientation and have to be excused, but you do plan to attend Shippensburg University in Fall 2014.  In this case you will register for classes during Fall Welcome Week 2014 in August.