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Orientation Frequently Asked Questions


Is New Student Orientation mandatory?

Orientation is a required program for all new students entering the College, and is an opportunity to become acquainted with the Providence’s campus, its services and policies. It is also a chance to meet other students and have questions answered by the Orientation staff, faculty, and members of the College’s administration.

How long is New Student Orientation?

Orientation takes place in two parts: a summer Advising & Registration Day, and a multi-day Fall Orientation program. Parents/guardians are also invited to participate in Advising & Registration Day programming in June, July, or August with their student(s).

How much does the program cost?

Student costs incurred by the Orientation program are included as part of the student’s “Enrollment Fee.” Parents/guardians and other guests attending the Advising & Registration Days program pay a small fee to participate, which covers the cost of their meals and materials for the day.

Where do I go the morning of my Orientation program to check in?

Orientation registration will take place in the Slavin Center, PC’s student union.


What do I need to do in preparation for the program?

A comprehensive mailing regarding the Orientation program is sent to new first-year students each May. Within the mailing will be a pre-Orientation “to-do” list, with due dates next to each item. Students are asked to attend to the items listed as quickly as possible.

What do I need to bring to my Advising & Registration Day?

Please bring your completed FERPA/Photo Waiver, Intramural Sports Waiver, and Voluntary Release Form (all available on in the Forms section of this site), as well as the Registration/Enrollment Services Card you received in your Orientation mailing. You may also wish to bring any paperwork you need to return to other campus departments, as there should be time to do so while you are on campus.

When will I register for classes?

Students are pre-registered for some (if not all) of their courses for the fall semester prior to their Advising & Registration Day, based on academic requirements and course availability. Placement exams and surveys help our faculty and staff identify appropriate course levels for certain subjects, or areas of interest. While on campus, students will have the opportunity to meet with an academic department representative to go over pre-registered courses, discuss potential majors/minors, and finalize their course schedule for the upcoming semester.

I’m no longer interested in the major I selected.  How do I change it?

Incoming students must obtain permission to change academic concentrations by June 1st, or after matriculating to campus in the fall. Majors must be changed in writing. To do so, please complete the New Student Change of Major form and return it to the Office of the Registrar.


Will I have the opportunity to meet my student’s advisor?

Yes, parents/guardians will have the opportunity to meet with an academic department representative in a group setting during the Advising & Registration Days. This is a wonderful opportunity to have general questions answered about the curriculum at the College, and specific courses of study.

Are accommodations provided during Orientation for new students and families?

On-campus housing is unfortunately not available to students or families during the Advising & Registration Days, but there are several reasonably priced hotel options in the downcity area.

Will there be time to take my student shopping or out to dinner during Fall Orientation?

Fall Orientation is a very busy time for our new students.  Please make plans to do all errands or Bookstore shopping prior to Mass on move-in day. Student shopping shuttles will be running over the weekend for them to pick up additional supplies at local stores, as needed.

What will my first-year student do between the two weekends of Fall Orientation?

Undergraduate classes for the fall semester begin on Monday, August 26. Students will spend the week getting acclimated to academic and co-curricular life, will participate in Academic Convocation and residence hall programming, and will have opportunities to reconnect with students from their Orientation groups.