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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

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University Policies and Course Descriptions 

Academic Major Planning Guide 

Parents Guide for Undeclared Students

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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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FAQs About Orientation

Does tuition need to be paid at orientation?
Can I change my major after/during orientation?
Will I be able to purchase books at Summer Orientation? 
Where do I report for Summer Orientation?
I have not taken all of my Placement Tests, should I still attend my Orientation?     
What if I am unable to attend Orientation on my college's designated day? 


Does tuition need to be paid at orientation?  

The Board of Governors for the PA System of Higher Education will establish the tuition fee in July, and bills for the fall semester will be sent out during the month of July. Students will receive an email to their official SU email address in 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.  

Can I change my major after/during orientation?   

It is not uncommon for a first year student to change their major at least once. In order to change majors before the beginning starting classes, students will need to meet with the Office of Admissions. Once the semester begins, all changes would be worked through with the student's academic advisor.

Will I be able to purchase books at Summer Orientation?  

The University Store will be open, however, not all textbooks will not be available for purchase at this time. Dates for textbooks availability will be posted on the University Store website at ship.bsktr.com.  

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 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 class registration process during Orientation. Students who attend Orientation without required testing scores will sit for their placement testing that day, however, testing results will not come back in time for students to register for classes, so the student's class schedule will be created by the Registrar's Office. 

What if I am unable to attend Orientation on my college's designated day?  

In order to best accommodate students, each academic college, the office of undeclared, and transfer students have specific days for their students to attend a tailored orientation and register for fall classes.  This will allow students to easily register their classes for fall semester. If you cannot attend your designated day, please contact the office to make proper arrangements at 717-477-1164.