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Incoming Students

You've made a great choice! We are happy that you will be joining our Big Blue Family!

Student Arrival and Orientation Information


Move-in for first-year and transfer students is Thursday, August 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Move -in for returning students is Saturday, August 24 from 9am - 9pm. You should report directly to your Residence Hall. The Move-In Day event schedule is below.

 Residence Life Move-In Guide and map

Move-in day is designed to provide you with enough time to move into your residence hall and settle in.  Campus offices will be open to answer last minute questions and concerns.

There is no formalized orientation program for parents. Most families leave by early evening prior to 7:30 p.m.

Welcome Tent 9:00am - 5:00pm  Tim Horton's patio area
Details: Staff and resources are located here to help you navigate you to halls, offices, and activities for the day.
FOP Program Check-in 10:00am - 4:00pm Williams Center, G103B
Details: New FOP students should check in with the program director and meet their mentor.
FSA Hospitality Tent 12:00pm - 3:00pm Tim Hortons patio area
Details: Free Hot Dogs and Snacks for students and families!
Campus Resource Fair 12:00pm - 3:00pm Williams Center
Details: Opportunity to have questions answered by popular campus offices
New Student Class Photo 4:30pm - 5:00pm Outside the Williams Center
Details: Make sure to wear your blue t-shirt you received at Jump Start.  If you don’t have one yet, stop by the Welcome Tent to pick yours up.
Picnic on the Patio 5:00pm - 7:30pm Tim Hortons patio area
Details: Optional dinner for new students. New Students may show FREDCard to receive meal.  Parents may purchase a meal for $10.50.
Orientation & Town Hall Meeting 7:30pm - 9:00pm Residence Hall lobbies
Details: This is a mandatory meeting to help new students in residence understand key living expectations. An orientation guide will review the NSO program schedule. (Students only)  *Commuter students will meet their NSO Leader on Friday morning at check in (Dods/Steele).

This day is focused on introducing students to Fredonia’s academic community and support resources available to them.  Transfer and commuting new students are REQUIRED to attend this day. (There will be a specialized track for Transfer students.)  

Jump Start Check in 8:00am - 8:20am Williams Center Multi-Purpose Room (main floor)
Details: Material pick-up and check-in for students who did NOT attend a summer Jump Start session.
Welcome & Tools for Learning 8:30am - 9:30am McEwen Hall, Room 209
Details: *This presentation is required for those students who were unable to attend a summer Jump Start session only.  It focuses on how to navigate Your Connection and Degree Works.
Advising 101 Session 9:50pm - 10:30am Various locations
Details: This is required for those students who were unable to attend a summer Jump Start session only This is an official welcome and introduction to your academic discipline.  You will be introduced to how academic advising works at Fredonia and outline best practices for success.
Course Registration Lab Access I 10:30am - 11:30am Various labs
Details: This time is designated to students who did not attend a Jump Start session to receive assistance in reviewing and making changes to their semester course schedule.  Students will be directed to specific labs at specific times which will be shared at check in.  Following this lab, you will be directed to an orientation group for the rest of the program.
NSO Orientation check in 9:00am - 10:00am Steele Hall
Details: This is required for students who attended a summer Jump Start program.
Welcome remarks 10:00am - 10:30am Steele Hall
Details: Official welcome to the New Student Orientation Program.
NSO program review 10:30am - 11:15am Various locations
Details: Meet your NSO Leader, review your schedule, and get to know other students in your group.
Ensemble auditions 11:15am - 7:00pm Various locations
Details: Music majors will attend auditions on their own as necessary. More infomation is available at
Academic open house & mingle 11:30am - 1:30pm Academic buildings

*Required of All Students*  Students will be guided to academic buildings to tour classrooms and find the academic resources located in those buildings.  This is an opportunity for students to find where faculty and staff connected to their academic discipline reside.  

*All Psychology Majors will participate in a required meeting at 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. in Thompson Hall, Room E347

Transfer services meeting 11:30am - 12:30pm McEwen Hall, Room 209
*Transfer Students Only* Transfer students will receive critical information about the Transfer Mentor Program, support services, and an introduction to library resources.  (All transfer Psychology majors will meet at 12:30 p.m. to receive info about Transfer Services & Organizations.)
Campus Resource Fair 11:30am - 2:00pm Williams Center
Details: Visit with representatives from various campus service departments, as well as local banks.
Course Registration Lab Access II 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. TBA
Details: Advising Center staff will be on hand to provide guidance and assistance with course registration concerns for all students on a first-come, first-served basis.
Cohort and Special Group Mingles

2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Various locations

This is an opportunity for specialized groups or majors to get together. 

FOP Students (2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.) Williams Center, S204 ABC

Veteran Affairs Information Session (2:30 p.m. or 3:00 p.m.) Veteran’s Lounge- Nixon Hall

Reed Library Carnival 4:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. McEwen Hall/Reed Library

*Required for ALL First-Year Students* Each orientation group will be assigned a time to visit the Library Carnival and check in with their guide.

Honors Program Meeting 4:00 p.m.- 5:30 p.m Williams Center, S204 ABC
Details: New Honors Program students are required to attend to review program information.
Late Night Breakfast 

9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Williams Center/MPR

Details: It has been a busy day!  Join us for some Karaoke and a Breakfast Buffet with special guest servers!


Ensemble Auditions 9:30 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. Various locations
Details: Music majors will attend auditions on their own as necessary. More infomation is available at
FOP Workshops 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Williams Center
Details: Required FOP Program workshops
Blue Devil Soccer Scrimmages 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m University Stadium

Details: Show your spirit right away and cheer on the Men’s & Women’s Blue Devil Soccer Teams!

Women- Fredonia vs Houghton at 12:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Men- Fredonia vs D’Youville at 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Big Blue Scavenger Hunt 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m Welcome Tent
Details: Bring your new friends and compete for prizes by participating in a digital scavenger hunt!
Games and Treats 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m Tim Horton’s patio area
Details: Join Spectrum for life-sized board games and ice cream on the patio.  This is a great opportunity to meet new people.
Intercultural Street Festival 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Outside the Williams Center
Details: Food trucks, friends, and music...oh my!  What better way to enjoy a summer evening at Fredonia, hosted by the Intercultural Center.  (Please note: students will not be able to purchase food from the trucks using their meal plans.)
Casual Meet-Ups 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Various locations

Details: Just want to have some fun or maybe looking for a small group to relax with?  Join us at a meet-up hosted by Residence Life!

Beach Volleyball -Chautauqua Hall Volleyball Court

Board Games - Kasling Hall Lounge

Make Your Own Chipwich - Igoe/Schulz Hall Courtyard


Ensemble Auditions 9:30 a.m.- 9:00 p.m. Various locations
Details: Music majors will attend auditions on their own as necessary. More infomation is available at
Cultural Awareness & STEP Workshop 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Williams Center
Details: *Required for ALL Students* Each orientation group will be assigned a time to participate in these workshops and check in with their guide.
Choral Ensemble Auditions 2:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Mason Hall
Details: Choral Auditions are open to all students!  There are several going on starting Sunday, August 25 through Tuesday, August 27.  Sign-up for an audition online at
New Student Convocation 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. King Concert Hall
Details: *Required of ALL Students* Your NSO Leader will tell you where to meet to walk to this long standing campus tradition together.
GO BLUE! Spirit Night 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Steele Hall
Details: You are a Blue Devil! Wear your Fredonia gear and head on out for some fun and games!  Cheer on this year’s athletes, register to participate in intramurals, play some yard games and enjoy nachos while they last!
Athlete Meeting & Social 5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Dods Hall
Details: Required meeting and gathering of all varsity athletes for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Residence Hall Meetings 9:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Resident Hall Lobbies
Details: *Required of all students living on campus*

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