Transfer Student Orientation

Transfer students, having already attended another college, understand what university life is like. With that in mind, Transfer Student Orientation is designed to help you successfully continue your college journey here through specific training and support to prepare you for your studies and success at the University of Dubuque.

Schedule at a Glance | Evening Activities | Student Resources | Parent Resources

Welcome to UD!

This is an exciting time as you continue your college experience here at UD, and we hope New Student Orientation will help you feel at home on our campus. For all transfer and non-traditional students, New Student Orientation will take place Monday, August 21, Tuesday, August 22, OR Wednesday, August 23. For your convenience, you may opt into the day that works best with your schedule. Please note if you are registered for World View Seminar I, WVS 101, you will need to attend the full first-year New Student Orientation program.

To select your Orientation date, please register here.

All transfer and non-traditional students should plan to check in at Steffens Hall in the Charles and Ramona Myers Center (near the Admission Office) to pick up your Orientation packet, which includes your schedule for the day and some great UD giveaways. Check-in will be open from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. each day. Required programming will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There are many other activities that are not required, but we encourage you to attend all that you can in the evenings leading up to the first day of class.  We have plenty of fun and exciting activities planned that you will not want to miss!

If you are living on campus, you may make arrangements to move in anytime between Sunday, August 20 and Wednesday, August 23. To make arrangements, please contact the Office of Residence Life by calling 563.589.3160 or email at

Schedule at a Glance

Transfer and Non-Traditional Student Orientation Day

August 21, 22, or 23

8:00 9:00 a.m. - Transfer and Non-Traditional Student Check-In
     Charles and Romona Myers Center, Steffens Hall

9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. - Transfer and Non-Traditional Student Welcome
     Charles and Romona Myers Center, room 146

9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - Campus Resource Sessions
     Various Locations

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Lunch
     Peters Commons, Dining Hall

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Campus Resource Sessions
     Various Locations

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Optional Campus Tours
     Charles and Romona Myers Center, Steffens Hall

Evening Activities throughout New Student Orientation

Sunday, August 20
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.    University Welcome Ceremony
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.   Family Welcome Picnic
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
Monday, August 21
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.   Residence Hall Meetings for Residential Students
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    
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.   Inflatable Block Party
Campus Ministry Ice Cream Social & Jam Session
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.    Board Game Night
9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.   Late Night Vans to Wal-Mart  
Wednesday, August 23    
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.   Find Your Classes Tours
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

For a detailed schedule including all of the events above, please click here.