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Orientation Frequently Asked Questions


Is New Student Orientation programming mandatory?

Orientation events are required for all new students entering the College, and are an opportunity to become acquainted with PC’s campus, its services, and policies. Virtual and in-person programming are both great ways to meet other students and have questions answered by student leaders, faculty, and members of the College’s administration.

How many events are there?

For summer 2020, Orientation events are scheduled to take place as follow (and are subject to change, due to COVID-19):

  • June & July – “First Days in Friartown” virtual programming for students in the Class of 2024 (dates assigned by major)
  • June 17, 18, 22-25, 29, 30 – “First Days in Friartown” virtual programming for parents/families of the Class of 2024
  • July 30 – “First Day in Friartown” virtual programming for Fall Transfer students and their parents/families
  • Online Orientation modules for the Class of 2024 and Fall Transfer students
  • Fall Orientation for the Class of 2024 and Fall Transfer students

How much does participation cost?

Summer 2020 costs incurred by the Orientation program are included as part of each new student’s “Enrollment Fee.”

How do I register for events?

Registration for First Days in Friartown programming will take place on this web site beginning in mid-May. New students do not need to register online for Fall Orientation.


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

A comprehensive mailing regarding Orientation will be sent to first-year and fall transfer students beginning in mid-May. Within the mailing will also be a “to-do” list for the summer months, with due dates next to each item. Students are asked to attend to the items listed as quickly as possible.

When will I register for classes?

For summer 2020, new students will be pre-registered for all of their courses for the fall semester, based on academic requirements, course availability, and exam/survey results. Placement exams and surveys help our faculty and staff identify appropriate course levels for certain subjects, or areas of interest, for first-year students. In July, students will have the opportunity to virtually connect with an academic department representative in groups to have many questions answered about the fall. If any course adjustments need to be made on a student’s schedule, that meeting – or individual contact with the student’s department chair thereafter – should help clear up concerns.

I’m no longer interested in the major I selected when I applied to PC.  How can I change it?

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


I missed the First Day in Friartown events for parents and families. Is there a recording available?

Unfortunately, no, but feel free to reach out to our office directly with any questions and we will be happy to help get you answers.

Can you suggest any hotels in the area for Move-In Day?

There are several reasonably priced hotel options in the downtown area to consider around move-in or for other times your family plans to visit PC.