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Director's Welcome

Hello students! On behalf of the orientation team, I'd like to wish you good luck this semester. We hope your transition to Shippensburg University has gone well thus far. For those of you who will be joining us in January, plans are underway for our spring orientation program and we will soon open up applications for orientation leader positions. 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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Important Links

Student Handbook 

University Policies and Course Descriptions 

Academic Major Planning Guide 

Parents Guide for Undeclared Students

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Meningitis Vaccine

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Contacts

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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Calendar of Student Needs


While this is not a comprehensive list, the calendar of common student needs will give you a general idea of what your student will be going through in their first year of college. This guide can help you to better connect with your student's needs and if you become concerned about your student, please feel free to contact the services listed in the campus recourse tab on the left of this page. For those of you checking out the page before school starts, it is always recommended that you talk with your student about the topics listed below.

September

Homesickness                    Values Exploration                   Financial Concerns
Roommate Conflicts            Social Life
Adjustment                        Relationships(New vs. Old)

October

Midterms                           Time Management                   Relationship Anxieties
Homesickness                    Withdrawing from school          Scheduling Classes
Alcohol Consumption

November

Procrastination                   High Stress                            Alcohol Consumption
Depression/Anxiety             Roommate Difficulties

December

Finals                                Friendships (New vs. Old)          Finances
Time Strain                        Transition to Home (i.e rules)

January

Weight Gain                       Reincorporating Social Life         Academics

February

Depression                         Spring Break Finances
Stress                                Housing Next Year

March

Midterms                            Summer Finances                    Lack of Motivation

April

Academics                          Time Management                   Arranging Summer Jobs
Finances                             Relationships

May

Finals                                 Summer Finances                    Readjust to Home Life
Missing Friends                   Anxiety for next year