New Student Orientation

Welcome to the University of Dubuque! New Student Orientation is made up of a variety of fun and exciting components to help you successfully transition to University life. New Student Orientation is required for all incoming first-year students and highly encouraged for all transfer students, so please make plans to attend!

Schedule at a Glance | Detailed Schedule | Academic Advising Sessions | Student Resources | Parent Resources

New Student Orientation 2017 – Proud to be a Spartan!

New students, this is an exciting time as you transition to University life. You will be meeting new people, learning new things, and having new experiences. The many programs and activities included in New Student Orientation will help you toward a successful experience at the University of Dubuque. See below for information regarding your Orientation program. If you've been admitted into the Bridge Program, please click here for more information.

Transfer students, you have already attended another college and know what University life is like. With that in mind, there are programs that are designed to help you successfully continue your college journey here at UD. There will be specific activities that are required for you to attend on your selected Orientation date, but we encourage you to attend as many of the other activities as you can to get to know others and learn more about campus. For more information about Transfer Orientation, please click here.

Parents, families, and guests, the entire community at the University of Dubuque looks forward to working with you to help your student succeed. Family members are often the first people students turn to when they have questions or concerns, so this Orientation program will help you learn more about the University and adjusting to your new life with a college student. You can find a wealth of information geared toward parents and family members here.


Schedule at a Glance

Each student is provided with a personalized schedule with their specific day-time requirements for Monday-Wednesday of Orientation. Transfer and non-traditional students will attend a one-day program only. Below are activities available to all students.

Sunday, August 20    
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.   Check-In and Move-In for Residential Students
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.   University Welcome Ceremony
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.   Family Welcome Picnic
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.   First-Year Student Mentor Group Meetings
Parent and Family Orientation 
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.   Family-friendly Improv Comedy by Mission IMPROVable
8:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.    Family Farewell Ice Cream Social
9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.   Residence Hall Meetings for Residential Students - 1st Meeting
     
Monday, August 21    
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.   First-Year Student Service Project or Campus Resource Sessions
Transfer Student Campus Resource Sessions
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.   First-Year Student Class, Campus Resource Sessions, or Ropes Course Experience
Transfer Student Campus Resource Sessions
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.   Fine and Performing Arts Open House
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.   Residence Hall Meetings for Residential Students - 2nd Meeting
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.   Playfair: The get-to-know-everyone game!
8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.    Spartan Spectacular: a full night of fun and games! 
     
Tuesday, August 22    
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.   First-Year Student Service Project or Campus Resource Sessions
Transfer Student Campus Resource Sessions
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.   Academic Advising Sessions
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.   First-Year Student Class, Campus Resource Sessions, or Ropes Course Experience
Transfer Student Campus Resource Sessions
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  

Inflatable Block Party
Campus Ministry Ice Cream Social and Jam Session
Water Balloon Fight sponsored by African Student Association
Live Music by Noah Hoehn sponsored by Student Activities Board

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.   Board Game Night
 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.   Late Night Wal-Mart Runs  
     
Wednesday, August 23    
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.    First-Year Student Service Project or Campus Resource Sessions
Transfer Student Campus Resource Sessions
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.   First-Year Student Class, Campus Resource Sessions, or Ropes Course Experience
Transfer Student Campus Resource Sessions
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.    The Jule City Tour with Student Government Association
Find Your Classes Tours
Trio Program Open House
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.    Spartan Nation Race
8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.     Drive-in Style Movie on the Quad – The Incredibles

Detailed Schedule

Sunday, August 20, 2017

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Check-In and Move-In for Residential Students

Steffens Hall, Charles and Romona Myers Center

Check in at the Charles and Romona Myers Center between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to get everything you need for New Student Orientation including the full orientation schedule as well as fun giveaways and other important information. After gathering your Orientation information, if you live on campus, you will proceed to your assigned residence hall to begin moving in. There will be lots of eager helpers waiting to assist you in the moving process at each residence hall.

11:00a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Lunch Available

Barbara and Jack Smeltzer Dining Hall, Peters Commons
CyberCafé, Heritage Center

Residential students can utilize their ID card to access their meal plan.  Meals for commuter students or transfer students without meal plans are complimentary.  Families and guests may dine in the Dining Hall or CyberCafé for $7.00 per person.

4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. - University Welcome

John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center

The President, administrators, faculty, staff, and the whole crew of First-Year Experience Mentors wish to officially welcome students and families to the campus community.

4:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. - Family Welcome Picnic

Charles and Romona Myers Center Lawn  
[Rain location: McCormick Gymnasium, Stoltz Sports Center]

Come celebrate the completion of move-in with a delicious and complementary meal for the whole family! You’ll get a chance to meet some faculty and staff, all of the mentors, as well as other families and students joining the community. There’s plenty of time to eat, so feel free to check out the bookstore, visit your room, or relax, but don’t go too far, as more activities begin shortly!

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - First-Year Student Mentor Group Meetings

Charles and Romona Myers Center Lawn  
[Rain location: McCormick Gymnasium, Stoltz Sports Center]

Meet your First-Year Experience Mentor for the first time and receive valuable information about New Student Orientation and UD as well as some fun giveaways. You can find your group number printed on the bottom of your nametag.

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Parents and Family Orientation Session

Barbara and Jack Smeltzer Dining Hall, Peters Commons

The University of Dubuque strives to provide an outstanding educational experience both inside and outside the classroom, and with your help your student will be successful here. At UD, we view the relationship we have with our students' parents and families as a partnership – a partnership created to help students be successful. In this session we will address topics related to students’ personal safety, security, and transition to college.

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. - Family-friendly Improv Comedy featuring Mission IMPROVable!

John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center

The agents of Mission IMPROVable Comedy Team are just a few audience suggestions away from creating a brand new and original production that’s all about whatever you tell them! Bring the whole family to enjoy this family-friendly improve show that is sure to leave you laughing the night away.

8:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. - Family Farewell Ice Cream Social

Mike and Betty’s Ice Cream Shoppe, Heritage Center

Who doesn't love free ice cream? Grab the family after seeing Mission IMPROVable!, and head upstairs to Mike and Betty’s for a delicious treat to wrap up a great day. This is the last of the family orientation events, so be sure to give hugs and encouragement (especially to Mom or Dad!) as families depart.

9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. - Residence Hall Meetings for Residential Students

John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center

This required meeting for all residential students will cover important residence hall policies as well as introduce you to your Resident Assistant and Hall Director. Please be on time to this mandatory and very important meeting! This is the first of two hall meetings to take place during Orientation. The second required meeting will take place on Monday evening.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Each student is provided with a personalized schedule with their specific day-time requirements for Monday-Wednesday of Orientation. Below are activities available to all students.

7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. - Breakfast

Barbara and Jack Smeltzer Dining Hall, Peters Commons
CyberCafé, Heritage Center

Residential students can utilize their ID card to access their meal plan.  Meals for commuter students or transfer students without meal plans are complimentary Families and guests may dine in the Dining Hall or CyberCafé for $5.00 per person.

8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. - World View Seminar I Class Service Trip Departure                                           

University Quad                                            

If your mentor group has been assigned to attend the Mines of Spain service trip today, your bus will depart for the trip promptly at 8:30 a.m. Please consult your individual schedule to know if your group will be attending the Mines of Spain today or another day.

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. - Transfer Student Orientation Check-In

Steffens Hall, Charles and Romona Myers Center

Transfer and non-traditional students who have selected today as their Orientation day should check in this morning and receive their Orientation packet, schedule, and some great giveaways! A light breakfast buffet is available for attendees and their guests.

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - Campus Resource Sessions                                           

Various Locations                                      

Consult your individual schedule for meeting places and times for all sessions happening this morning. Your First-Year Experience Mentor will be guiding you through a number of sessions. No matter where you’re headed, it’s sure to be a fun morning!

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Lunch

Barbara and Jack Smeltzer Dining Hall, Peters Commons
CyberCafé, Heritage Center

Residential students can utilize their ID card to access their meal plan.  Meals for commuter students or transfer students without meal plans are complimentary.  Families and guests may dine in the Dining Hall or CyberCafé for $7.00 per person.

1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. - First-Year Student Ropes Course Experience Departure

University Quad

If your mentor group has been assigned to attend the ropes course experience today, your bus will depart for the trip promptly by 1:30 p.m. Please consult your individual schedule to know if your group will be attending the ropes course today or another day.

1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Campus Resource Sessions

Various Locations

Consult your individual schedule for meeting places and times for all sessions happening this afternoon. Your First-Year Experience Mentor will be guiding you through a number of sessions or on your way to the ropes course. No matter where you’re headed, it’s sure to be a great afternoon!

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. - Drop-In Technology Assistance

Room 106, Charles C. Myers Library

In your Orientation packet, you will find information on various campus technologies including campus email, network storage, MyUD, UDOnline, and tips for accessing UD’s WiFi network with various devices. If you need help with any of these technologies, stop by this drop-in assistance session to get all of your questions answered.

5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. - Dinner                                           

Barbara and Jack Smeltzer Dining Hall, Peters Commons
CyberCafé, Heritage Center

Residential students can utilize their ID card to access their meal plan.  Meals for commuter students or transfer students without meal plans are complimentary.  Families and guests may dine in the Dining Hall for $8.00 or CyberCafé for $7.00 per person.

Fine and Performing Arts Open House
American Trust Lounge, Heritage Center

All students are welcome to an open house gathering to learn more about opportunities to participate in the fine and performing arts at UD! No experience required! Dinner is provided for all attendees!

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Residence Hall Meeting                                          

John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center

This required meeting for all residential students will continue to cover important residence hall policies as well as introduce you to your Resident Assistant and Hall Director. Please be on time to this mandatory and very important meeting! This is the final required Residence Hall Meeting of Orientation.

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. - PlayFair! The Meet-Everyone-Game!                                          

Babka Black Box Theater, Heritage Center

Have you ever thought, “I wish there was a way to get to know everyone in my class all at once?” Start your epic UD story by meeting the entire class of 2021! This is really no other way to describe this event, so don’t miss out on this opportunity.

8:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. - Spartan Spectacular                                          

Heritage Center

Join us in the Heritage Center for a night of fun! Games, prizes, a photo booth and more! Win big in a round of Grocery Bingo in the CyberCafé, compete with your friends in your favorite video games on a big screen, or step into the photo booth to capture some memories.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Each student is provided with a personalized schedule with their specific day-time requirements for Monday-Wednesday of Orientation. Below are activities available to all students.

7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. - Breakfast

Barbara and Jack Smeltzer Dining Hall, Peters Commons
CyberCafé, Heritage Center

Residential students can utilize their ID card to access their meal plan.  Meals for commuter students or transfer students without meal plans are complimentary.  Families and guests may dine in the Dining Hall or CyberCafé for $5.00 per person.

8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. - World View Seminar I Class Service Trip Departure

University Quad                               

If your mentor group has been assigned to attend the Mines of Spain service trip today, your bus will depart for the trip promptly at 8:30 a.m. Please consult your individual schedule to know if your group will be attending the Mines of Spain today or another day.

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - Campus Resource Sessions                                           

Various Locations                                       

Consult your individual schedule for meeting places and times for all sessions happening this morning. Your First-Year Experience Mentor will be guiding you through a number of sessions or on your way to the Mines of Spain. No matter where you’re headed, it’s sure to be a fun morning!

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Lunch                                          

Barbara and Jack Smeltzer Dining Hall, Peters Commons
Café, Heritage Center

Residential students can utilize their ID card to access their meal plan.  Meals for commuter students or transfer students without meal plans are complimentary.  Families and guests may dine in the Dining Hall or Café for $7.00 per person.

Academic Advising Sessions
Various Locations

See complete list of Academic Advising Sessions here.

1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. - First-Year Student Ropes Course Experience Departure                                          

University Quad

If your mentor group has been assigned to attend the ropes course experience today, your bus will depart for the trip promptly by 1:30 p.m. Please consult your individual schedule to know if your group will be attending the ropes course today or another day.

1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Campus Resource Sessions                                            

Various Locations

Consult your individual schedule for meeting places and times for all sessions happening this afternoon. Your First-Year Experience Mentor will be guiding you through a number of sessions or on your way to the ropes course. No matter where you’re headed, it’s sure to be a great afternoon!

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. - Drop-In Technology Assistance                                          

Room 106, Charles C. Myers Library

In your Orientation packet, you will find information on various campus technologies including campus email, network storage, MyUD, UDOnline, and tips for accessing UD’s WiFi network with various devices. If you need help with any of these technologies, stop by this drop-in assistance session to get all of your questions answered.

5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. - Dinner                                          

Barbara and Jack Smeltzer Dining Hall, Peters Commons
CyberCafé, Heritage Center

Residential students can utilize their ID card to access their meal plan.  Meals for commuter students or transfer students without meal plans are complimentary.  Families and guests may dine in the Dining Hall for $8.00 per person or CyberCafé for $7.00 per person.

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Inflatable Block Party                                          

University Quad

Grab a bite to eat with your new friends, then head out to the Quad for a block party like you’ve never seen. Joust, race, and compete your way to big prizes through inflatable mazes, giant trikes, and more!

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Ice Cream Social and Jam Session                                           

University Quad

Enjoy an Ice Cream Social and continue to make new friends! For any music lovers, you can be entertained by an informal “jam session” of musicians who will gather to play and sing. This event is sponsored by Campus Ministry and Christian Leadership Council.

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.      Water Balloon Fight sponsored by African Student Association

University Quad

The African Student Association invites you to come casual, grab some free good, and get to know your classmates through a friendly water balloon fight!

7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.      Live Music by Noah Hoehn sponsored by Student Activities Board

University Quad

Join the Student Activities Board in welcoming musical artist Noah Hoehn, a one man show that includes harmonica, vocals, marimba, and live looping. He’s a musical talent like no other.

8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.    Board Game Night                                           

American Trust Lounge, Heritage Center

Bring your roommate or a few new friends to the Heritage Center to play a few rounds of Connect Four, Jenga, Clue, and other favorite board games. Treats and prizes are available for all participants!

10:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. - Late Night Wal-Mart Runs                                           

Main Entrance, Heritage Center

Not tired quite yet? Realize you forgot something essential at home? Just want one last crazy adventure for the night? Hop in the van and we’ll head to Walmart. Why not? Vans will be on a non-stop loop between Walmart and the Heritage Center until midnight.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Each student is provided with a personalized schedule with their specific day-time requirements for Monday-Wednesday of Orientation. Below are activities available to all students.

7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. - Breakfast                                           

Barbara and Jack Smeltzer Dining Hall, Peters Commons
CyberCafé, Heritage Center

Residential students can utilize their ID card to access their meal plan. Meals for commuter students or transfer students without meal plans are complimentary. Families and guests may dine in the Dining Hall for $5.00 per person.

8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. - World View Seminar I Class Service Trip Departure                                           

University Quad                    

If your mentor group has been assigned to attend the Mines of Spain service trip today, your bus will depart for the trip promptly at 8:30 a.m. Please consult your individual schedule to know if your group will be attending the Mines of Spain today or another day.

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - Campus Resource Sessions                                           

Various Locations

Consult your individual schedule for meeting places and times for all sessions happening this morning. Your First-Year Experience Mentor will be guiding you through a number of sessions or on your way to the Mines of Spain. No matter where you’re headed, it’s sure to be a fun morning!

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Lunch                                          

Barbara and Jack Smeltzer Dining Hall, Peters Commons
CyberCafé, Heritage Center

Residential students can utilize their ID card to access their meal plan.  Meals for commuter students or transfer students without meal plans are complimentary.  Families and guests may dine in the Dining Hall or CyberCafé for $7.00 per person.

1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. - First-Year Student Ropes Course Experience Departure                                          

University Quad

If your mentor group has been assigned to attend the ropes course experience today, your bus will depart for the trip promptly by 1:30 p.m. Please consult your individual schedule to know if your group will be attending the ropes course today or another day.

1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Campus Resource Sessions                                           

Various Locations

Consult your individual schedule for meeting places and times for all sessions happening this afternoon. Your First-Year Experience Mentor will be guiding you through a number of sessions or on your way to the ropes course. No matter where you’re headed, it’s sure to be a great afternoon!

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. - Drop-In Technology Assistance                                          

Room 106, Charles C. Myers Library

In your Orientation packet, you will find information on various campus technologies including campus email, network storage, MyUD, UDOnline, and tips for accessing UD’s WiFi network with various devices. If you need help with any of these technologies, stop by this drop-in assistance session to get all of your questions answered.

5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. - Dinner                                          

Barbara and Jack Smeltzer Dining Hall, Peters Commons
CyberCafé, Heritage Center

Residential students can utilize their ID card to access their meal plan. Meals for commuter students or transfer students without meal plans are complimentary. Families and guests may dine in the Dining Hall for $8.00 per person or CyberCafé for $7.00 per person.

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Find Your Classes Tours                                          

Mike and Betty’s Ice Cream Shoppe, Heritage Center

Classes start tomorrow! Are you ready? If you’re still a little unsure about where your classes may be, join some of the First-Year Experience Mentors at Mike and Betty’s Ice Cream Shoppe in the Heritage Center for a personally guided tour of your classes.

The Jule City Tour with Student Government Association
Departing from Belltower, University Quad

Join your Student Government Association (SGA) representatives and hop on The Jule to sight-see some of the best businesses in Dubuque. The Jule is our local public bus system, and completely free to UD students with your student ID! Visit local shops and restaurants, and collect special coupons and offers for these stores just for you as we tour the city.

Trio Program Open House
American Trust Lounge, Heritage Center

Interested in learning about an organization that helps you connect with other students on campus, provides one-on-one advising help, and even offers a chance to earn a scholarship every semester while you’re at UD? Then take some time to unwind and learn about the TRIO – Student Support Services program here at UD. Stop by American Trust Lounge to learn more and enter your name in our raffle!

7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Spartan Nation Race                                          

Mike and Betty’s Ice Cream Shoppe, Heritage Center

You have the opportunity to race around campus looking for clues, completing challenges, and winning prizes including getting on the leader board of the Spartan Nation app. Meet at Mike and Betty’s Ice Cream Shoppe and get ready to experience UD in an amazing way!

8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. - Outdoor Movie – The Incredibles!                                           

University Quad
[Rain location, McCormick Gymnasium, Stoltz Sports Center]

Come check out the ultimate movie experience! The Quad will be transformed into a drive-in style theater complete with a forty-foot screen! Bring a pillow, sleeping bag, blanket, or chair (no residence hall furniture, please!) to enjoy this drive-in-style movie right on the Quad. Popcorn and other refreshments will be provided. This year’s feature is an amazing throwback from your childhood: The Incredibles!


Academic Advising Sessions

New students will have the chance to meet the faculty, and in some cases, see the facilities of their field of study throughout New Student Orientation. Each academic department has crafted a unique experience just for you. Your specific major’s meeting is listed on your personal schedule, but if you’ve changed your major or are curious about other opportunities, all of the sessions are listed below.

 

Tuesday, August 22

 

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Exploring Majors
  Room 151, Charles and Romona Myers Center
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Aviation and Flight Operations
  UD Hangar, Airport Road. Bus transportation and lunch will be provided.
  Business and Accounting
  Rooms 103 and 111, Jackaline B. Dunlap Technology Center. Lunch will be provided.
 

Communication

 

Lounge, Severance Hall. Lunch will be provided.

 

Computer Graphics and Interactive Media

  Room 205, Jackaline B. Dunlap Technology Center. Lunch will be provided.
  Computer Studies and Math
 

University Quad [Rain location: Room 201, Jackaline B. Dunlap Technology Center]. Lunch will be provided.

  Education
  McCormick Gymnasium, Stoltz Sports Center. Lunch will be provided.
  Natural and Applied Sciences
 

Room 109, University Science Center. Lunch will be provided.

  Nursing
  Room 105, University Science Center. Lunch will be provided.
 

Religion, Philosophy, and History

 

Room 207, Heritage Center. Lunch will be provided.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Sociology and Criminal Justice

 

Room 146, Charles and Romona Myers Center

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Flight Operations Technology Training

 

Rooms 103 and 111, Jackaline B. Dunlap Technology Center

 

Wednesday, August 23

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.     
Honors Program Social
  Lounge, Severance Hall. Dinner will be provided.