New Undergraduate Students to Take Part in Welcome Weekend Aug. 19 to 22

New students entering Philadelphia University will take part in a four-day orientation program from Thursday, Aug. 19 through Sunday, Aug. 22 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, associate dean for Student Development.  “The series of orientation programs and events for incoming students will connect students with each other and the University, and will facilitate the growth students will experience as part of the Philadelphia University community.”

The New Student Orientation Program Schedule of Events: 

Thurs., Aug 19

7 a.m. Resident Move-In begins Respective Residence Halls
3 p.m. Commuter Check-In Kanbar Campus Center, Living Room
4 p.m. Convocation
Doors open at 3:30 p.m.
Gallagher Athletic, Recreation and Convocation Center
5 p.m. Convocation Picnic Search Hall Lawn
Both students and families are invited to attend the Convocation Picnic Rain Location: Ravenhill Dining Hall (for students only)
7 p.m. Residence Hall Meetings (respective residence halls)
7 p.m. Commuter Student Meeting and Reception Kanbar Campus Center, Performance Space
8:30 p.m. NSO Kick Off event and New Student Class photo The Gallagher Athletic, Recreation and Convocation Center
10 p.m. Rock ‘N’ Rita’s Featuring Reggae pop band, iLa Mawana, and free Rita’s Water Ice Kanbar Campus Center Patio
Rain Location: Kanbar Living Room

Fri., Aug. 20

8 a.m. Breakfast Ravenhill Dining Hall
9 a.m. Academic Orientation
10:30 a.m. Meet your Advisor *Various Rooms in Hayward Hall and the A&D Center
11:30 a.m. The Complete Persopolis Faculty Presentation and Discussion Groups Same location as the “Meet your Advisor” workshop
12:30 p.m. Lunch Ravenhill Dining Hall
1:30 p.m. NSO Community Service PLUNGE Ravenhill Quad
5:30 p.m. Dinner
5:30 p.m. Shabbat Under the Stars, Welcome BBQ Townhouse BBQ pits (across the Gutman Library quad)
9 p.m. Comedy Club featuring Butch Bradley
Rain Location: Kanbar Performance Space
Stone Stage, Gutman Library Quad

*Academic Orientation Locations Fri., Aug. 20, 9 to 10:30 a.m.

  • School of Architecture: Kanbar Campus Center Performance Space
  • School of Business Administration: Downs Hall Auditorium and Rooms 1-7
  • School of Design and Engineering: Tuttleman Center Auditorium and Rooms 109, 201 and 202
  • School of Liberal Arts: Paul J. Gutman Library Media Classroom
  • School of Science and Health: The Gallagher Center Bucky Harris Gym

Sat., Aug. 21

8 a.m. Breakfast Ravenhill Dining Hall
9:30 a.m. The Ultimate Money Skills Downs Hall Auditorium
10:30 a.m. SEPTA 101 Kanbar Campus Center, Performance Space
Noon Lunch Ravenhill Dining Hall
1 p.m. “Finding Philadelphia” Excursions to Center City, South Street and Manayunk
Advance sign-ups required at
Mott Circle
5 p.m. Dinner Ravenhill Dining Hall
6:30 p.m. Sex and Excess Kanbar Campus Center Performance Space
7:30 p.m. Kanbar at Night Kanbar Campus Center
9 p.m. Magician Derek Hughes Stone Stage, Gutman Library Quad

Sun., Aug. 22

8:15 a.m. Coffee, Donuts & Church
For students interested in a Catholic mass, meet at 8:15 and walk to Saint Bridget Parish in East Falls
Mott Hall Breezeway
10 a.m. “Find-A-Church” Service
Are you looking to connect to a church in Philadelphia? Want to meet other students seeking to learn about and grow in the Christian faith? Come and receive information about churches in the area and hear from a local pastor about the importance of college students to the life of the local church. Students of all backgrounds are welcome!
Kanbar Campus Center, Room 314
10:30 a.m. Brunch Ravenhill Dining Hall
11 a.m. Yoga Session
Yoga mat and towels not provided, please bring your own.
Kanbar Performance Space
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Shopping Excursion to King of Prussia Mall
Bus leaves at 11:30 a.m. from Mott Circle; advance sign-ups required at
Noon to 6 p.m. Explore The Gallagher Athletic, Recreation and Convocation Center The Gallagher Center
1-4 p.m. Fairmount Park Excursion (Low intensity hiking) Ram Statue by The Gallagher Center
4 p.m. Student Involvement Fair Ravenhill Quad
5 p.m. Dinner Ravenhill Dining Hall
7 p.m. Residence Hall Floor Meetings Residence Hall Meeting Location
7:30 p.m. Where are My Classes?
Commuters and new Transfer students, meet START Leaders at the Kanbar Campus Center Living Room. Please bring an updated print out of your class schedule with class locations.
Ravenhill Campus
9 p.m. Outdoor Movie – “Iron Man 2”
Rain Date: Monday, Aug. 23
Ravenhill Quad

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

Throughout the year, 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.

Classes begin Monday, August 23. For a complete academic calendar, go to

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

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