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Director's Welcome

Hello students! For our current students: we hope your spring semester is going well. For our incoming students: welcome! We look forward to meeting and working with you over the next month. Our summer orientation leaders have been chosen and they are all very excited to work with you over the next few months. Feel free to call our office or email us if you have any questions regarding summer orientation.


Donna Gross, Director of New Student Orientation

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Academic Major Planning Guide 

Parents Guide for Undeclared Students

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Meningitis Vaccine

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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


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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.


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


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


Procrastination                   High Stress                            Alcohol Consumption
Depression/Anxiety             Roommate Difficulties


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


Weight Gain                       Reincorporating Social Life         Academics


Depression                         Spring Break Finances
Stress                                Housing Next Year


Midterms                            Summer Finances                    Lack of Motivation


Academics                          Time Management                   Arranging Summer Jobs
Finances                             Relationships


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