New Students Take Part in Four-Day Orientation Program

New students entering Philadelphia University will take part in a four-day orientation program filled with educational and social events to kick off their experience as PhilaU students.

“This week’s events mark the start of a significant part of the next chapter in the students’ lives,” said Aurélio Valente, assistant dean for Student Development.  “Our goal with the series of orientation programs and events is for incoming students to build lasting connections with fellow incoming and current students and the University’s faculty and staff, along with a sense of pride to be part of this dynamic community.” 

The New Student Orientation Program Schedule of Events:

Thurs., Aug 21

7:30am Resident Move-In Respective Residence Halls
3:00pm Commuter Check-In Kanbar Campus Center, suite 301
4:00pm Convocation
Doors open at 3:30pm
Gallagher Athletic, Recreation and Convocation Center
5:00pm Convocation Picnic Search Hall Lawn
Both students and families are invited to attend the Convocation PicnicRain Location: Ravenhill Dining Hall (for students only)
7:00pm NSO Kick-off Event and New Student Class Photo Gallagher Center
8:30pm Commuter Student Social Kanbar Campus Center – Ted’s Barista
10:00pm Ice Cream Social
w/ Acoustic Performer, Mark DeRoseRain Location: Performance Space
Kanbar Campus Center Patio
8:30pm Residence Hall Meetings Respective Residence Halls

Fri., Aug. 22

8:00am Breakfast Ravenhill Dining Hall
8:30am Academic Orientation *Various Locations Listed Below
10:45am Meet your Advisor Various Locations
12:00pm Lunch Ravenhill Dining Hall
12:00pm Prayers and Pizza
Join us for Ju’umah communal Friday prayers and Halal Pizza and meet other Muslim students.
RSVP required to
Kanbar Campus Center Green Room
1:00pm Whose Art Is It? Faculty Presentation and Discussion Groups
Meet and walk over with RA/START Leader from Ravenhill Dining Hall
Gallagher Center
3:30-4:15pm Constructing Character
(concurrent session)
Kanbar Campus Center Performance Space
3:30-4:15pm Keeping it Safe
(concurrent session)
Downs Auditorium
5:00pm Shabbat Dinner
Join us for a delicious Shabbat dinner and meet other Jewish students before joining the President’s Picnic.
RSVP required to
Kanbar Campus Center, room 312
5:30pm President’s Picnic President’s House
9:00pm Comedy Night Stone Stage (near Gutman Library)

*Academic Orientation Locations Fri., Aug.22, 8:30-10:30am

  • School of Architecture: Kanbar Performance Space
  • School of Design and Media: Library Media Classroom
  • School of Eng. And Textiles: Tuttleman Auditorium plus Room 108 and 109
  • School of Science and Health: Kanbar Second floor balcony area (above the Living Room) and Room 302
  • School of Liberal Arts: Ravenhill Classrooms 11 and 13
  • School of Business: Downs Auditorium and classrooms 1-7

Sat., Aug. 23

8:00am Breakfast Ravenhill Dining Hall
10:00am The Ultimate Road Trip Downs Auditorium
11:00am Big Money Kanbar Campus Center Performance Space
12:00pm Lunch Ravenhill Dining Hall
12:45pm Community Service PLUNGE Ravenhill Quad
4:30pm Dinner Ravenhill Dining Hall
6:00pm Sex & Excess Kanbar Campus Center Performance Space
8:00pm Foam Dance Party Stone Stage (near Gutman Library)

Sun., Aug.24

8:15 & 9am Coffee, Donuts & Church
Catholic Students meet at 8:15, Mass at 9:00am
Protestant Students meet at 9:00am, Service at 10:00am. RSVP required to
Mott Circle
11am Yoga Session Kanbar Campus Center Performance Space
12pm Lunch Ravenhill Dining Hall
1pm MetroPlex Shopping Excursions Mott Circle
4pm SGA Activities Fair Ravenhill Quad
6pm Dinner Ravenhill Quad
7pm Residence Hall Floor Meetings Various Locations
8pm Where are my classes? Various Locations
9pm Bingo! Kanbar Campus Common Thread

For more information or questions, contact a Resident Assistant, a START Leader or call the following offices:

Information Desk at the Kanbar Campus Center: (215) 951-2701
Office of Residence Life: (215) 951-2741
Student Development Programs: (215) 951-2634
Office of Student Activities: (215) 951-2744
Office of Safety and Security (after hours): (215) 951-2620 or (215) 951-2999
Student Development Programs: (215) 951-2634

Throughout the year, the Office of Student Development Programs will continue to plan events to enhance the sense of community on campus; develop workshops to better students’ interpersonal and leadership skills; provide involvement opportunities for new students; and engage students in meaningful service initiatives. 

For more information from the Student Development Office, go to or email at

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