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Orientation


It’s been an unusual summer and we are so thankful for your patience as we re-imagine our orientation program. Due to physical distancing guidelines, we have made the difficult decision to transition new student orientation to a virtual format.

Orientation will now consist of virtual real-time sessions and on-demand video content. Throughout the orientation program, students will complete a short series of videos and modules at their own pace. Students will also have the opportunity to attend real-time sessions, including Orientation small groups and faculty panels.  

Orientation programming is designed to be inclusive of all new students, regardless of whether they are living on or off campus.

On-Demand Content

You will receive information via email regarding access to Virtual Orientation sessions and modules to complete at your own pace.

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Virtual Real-Time Sessions

Students will have the opportunity to engage virtually with both upperclass students as well as Emory College faculty.  

 

2020 Virtual Orientation Dates

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First-Year Student Orientation

Dates: August 16 - 18

First-Year Student Resources
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Transfer Student Orientation

Date: August 18

Transfer Student Resources
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Parent and Family Orientation

Please see schedule-at-a-glance below

Parent and Family Resources

Orientation Schedule-at-a-Glance

VIRTUAL REAL-TIME SESSIONS (SYNCHRONOUS)

Students will attend real-time sessions including their Orientation small groups and faculty panels. Real-time sessions are strongly encouraged unless otherwise noted as they are designed to introduce students to information and resources that are fundamental to four-years of academic and social success.

Information on how to access sessions will be sent to your email ahead of Orientation.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 16
4 - 5 PMGetting Involved at Emory (in a Virtual World)
7 - 8 PMOrientation Leader Small Group
8 PMEvening Programming
MONDAY, AUGUST 17
10 - NOONPre-Major Faculty Preliminary Discussions, Advising Panel, and Small Group Meeting with Faculty (Required)
NOON - 2 PMAcademic Department Virtual Drop-in Hours 
NOON - 4 PMAcademic Advising Virtual Drop-in Hours
4 - 5 PMEmory Faculty Speak: On this Time (Summer 2020) and This Place (ATL)
7 - 8 PMOrientation Leader Small Group
8 - 9 PMEvening Programming
9 - 10:30 PMResidence Hall Floor Meeting 

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 18
9 - 11 AMAcademic Department Virtual Drop-in Hours 
11 - NOONConvocation featuring Welcome from President Fenves and Coca-Cola Toast (Required)
NOON - 3 PMFederal Work Study Virtual Fair 
1 - 4 PMAcademic Advising Virtual Drop-in Hours
2 - 3 PMSpiritual and Religious Life at Emory Webinar 
4 - 5 PMFirst Day of Class: Need to Know from Emory College Faculty
7 - 8 PMFinal Orientation Leader Small Group
8 PMEvening Programming


(Required) The Pre-Major Faculty Advising Session on August 17 and Convocation on August 18 are required. If there is a conflict because of move-in, please email ec.orientation@emory.edu. If there is an emergency the day of the event, please email ec.orientation@emory.edu.

Please Note | Schedule is subject to change. You will receive a full schedule via email ahead of Orientation.

ON-DEMAND CONTENT (ASYNCHRONOUS)

Students will complete a series of videos and modules at their own pace. Students will have until the first day of classes to complete. On-demand content will be available on August 16 and is required unless otherwise noted.

  • Dean’s Address, Michael Elliott, Dean of Emory College of Arts and Sciences
  • For You, For Us, For Emory: Community Expectations, Enku Gelaye, Vice President and Dean of Campus Life
  • Who We Are: Emory as a Community of Care, Carol Henderson, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, Chief Diversity Officer, Adviser to the President
  • Emory Students Speak: On Finding and Building Your Community
  • Coping with Stress and Maintaining Wellness in the Transition to College
  • Developing a Growth Mindset: Adapting to College Using Mental Health Hygiene
  • John Lewis Op-Ed:  Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation
  • Community and Communication: Building a Common Language
  • Bystander Intervention Training
  • Respect Program & Title IX
  • Academic Department Information Sessions
  • Campus Department Information Sessions

SAVE THE DATE

Programs to help welcome and acclimate you to the Emory community continue past Orientation. Events include:

FRIDAY, AUGUST 21Finding Your Folks: Queer and Trans 1st Year Student Welcome
4 - 5 PM | Zoom Instructions will be available in Canvas
SATURDAY, AUGUST 22Fall Student Activities Fair
2 - 5 PM
More information will be available soon.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12Welcoming Day of Service
1 - 3:30 PM
For more info, follow: facebook.com/volunteeremory

Transfer Orientation will now consist of virtual real-time sessions and on-demand video content. Transfer Orientation will be held on August 18, with optional events beginning on August 17.

VIRTUAL REAL-TIME SESSIONS (SYNCHRONOUS)

Students will attend real-time sessions. Real time sessions on August 18 from 10am-noon are required. All other real-time sessions are encouraged.

Information on how to access sessions will be sent to your email ahead of Orientation.

MONDAY, AUGUST 17
NOON - 2 PMAcademic Department Virtual Drop-in Hours 
NOON - 4 PMAcademic Advising Virtual Drop-in Hours
2 - 4  PMTransfer Orientation Leader One-on-One Meetings
4 - 5 PMEmory Faculty Speak: On this Time (Summer 2020) and This Place (ATL)
6 - 7 PMTransfer Orientation Leader Social Hour

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 18
10 - 10:30 AMTransfer Student Welcome with Dean Michael Elliott and Dean Enku Gelaye
10:30 - NOONTransfer Student Essentials
NOON - 3 PMFederal Work Study Virtual Fair 
1 - 4 PMAcademic Advising Virtual Drop-in Hours
2 - 3 PMGetting Involved Virtually Webinar 
6 - 7 PM OR
7 - 8 PM
Orientation Leader Small Group (*Students will be assigned time closer to orientation)
8 PMEvening Programming

Please Note | Schedule is subject to change. You will receive a full schedule via email ahead of Orientation.

ON-DEMAND CONTENT (ASYNCHRONOUS)

Students will complete a series of videos and modules at their own pace. Students will have until the first day of classes to complete. On-demand content will be available on August 16 and is required unless otherwise noted.

  • Academic Requirements
  • Checking Academic Progress and Utilizing OPUS
  • Bystander Intervention Training
  • Respect Program & Title IX
  • Academic Department Information Sessions
  • Campus Department Information Sessions
  • Explore Track Sessions

SAVE THE DATE

Programs to help welcome and acclimate you to the Emory community continue past Orientation. Events include:

SATURDAY, AUGUST 22Fall Student Activities Fair
2 - 5 PM
More information will be available soon.

Parent & Family Orientation Week Webinar Series

New Student Programs, in partnership with Parent and Family Programs, will host five individual webinars designed for families of incoming students. Each webinar will have a distinct topic area and feature campus administrators to answer any questions you may have.

All Orientation webinars will take place on our YouTube (youtube.com/HelloEmoryATL) channel, where recordings of webinars will be posted after the live event if you are unable to attend. 

FAMILY FRIDAY WEBINARS

Over the Summer, New Student Programs produced a series of Webinars to help prepare families for the beginning of the school year. Topics included:

  • June 5: Welcome Parents & Families!
  • June 19: Transition of Care
  • July 10: Class Registration
  • July 20: Town Hall
  • July 31: What to Expect During Move-in
  • August 7: How to be a Successful Online Learner

 
WHERE TO FIND PREVIOUS FAMILY FRIDAY WEBINARS? 

You can find past webinars on our website using the button below.

TOPICS FOR ORIENTATION WEEK WEBINAR SERIES

TUESDAY, AUGUST 18
12 NOON (EST)

Pre-Health for Families
Information for family members with students interested in healthcare professions.

Presented by:

  • Don Batisky, Executive Director, Pre-Health Advising & Professor of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Kim Molee, Associate Director, Pre-Health Advising
 
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19
12 NOON (EST)

Pre-Business for Families
Information for family members with students interested in applying to the Goizueta Business School.

Presented By:

  • Libby Egnor, Undergraduate BBA Associate Dean
THURSDAY, AUGUST 20
12 NOON (EST)

Family Essentials 
An overview of important resources for you as you support your student’s transition to college.

Presented by:

  • Joanne Brzinski, Senior Associate Dean, Undergraduate Education
  • Daniel Dillard, Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Education
  • Shari Obrentz, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Education
  • Bridget Guernsey Riordan, Assistant Vice President of Campus Life Parent and Family Programs
FRIDAY, AUGUST 21
12 NOON (EST)

Parenting a College Student
Conversation with Carla Freeman, Goodrich C. White Professor and Executive Associate Dean

Special Guest: Alice Goddard, Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2022

Moderated by:

  • Shari Obrentz, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Education
  • Bridget Guernsey Riordan, Assistant Vice President of Campus Life Parent and Family Programs
FRIDAY, AUGUST 28
12 NOON (EST)

Family Engagement
Families are an integral part of the Emory University community. Learn how we engage families in the life of the university and how we will work together to help our students become successful emerging adults.

For webinar link, go to: www.family.emory.edu

Presented by:

  • Bridget Guernsey Riordan, Assistant Vice President of Campus Life Parent and Family Programs
  • Trish Wichmann, Director of Parent & Family Philanthropy and Engagement/Advancement & Alumni and Constituent Engagement

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Virtual orientation will occur from August 16-18, 2020 for first-year students and August 18 for transfer students. All students - regardless of living on or off campus - will be able to participate.

For First-Year Students: All asynchronous video content is required and real-time sessions are strongly encouraged unless otherwise noted. The Pre-Major Faculty Advising Session on August 17 and Convocation on August 18 are required. If there is a conflict because of move-in, please email ec.orientation@emory.edu. If there is an emergency the day of the event, please email ec.orientation@emory.edu.

For Transfer Students: All asynchronous video content is required and real-time sessions are strongly encouraged unless otherwise noted. Real time sessions on August 18 from 10am-noon are required.

We understand that orientation group times are not ideal for all time zones. Orientation groups are not required; however, it is a great way to connect with your new classmates and it is strongly encouraged. Bring coffee, bring lunch, bring a late-night snack, or bring whatever your time zone requires. Come as you are, and know that we are so excited to meet you!
All official Orientation programming will be virtual due to physical distancing guidelines.
For information regarding the move-in process please visit housing.emory.edu

Participation Accommodations

New Student Programs is committed to providing full access to all of our programs and services. If you require accommodations for a disability (visible or invisible) to fully participate in New Student Orientation, please let us know.

In order to achieve the goals of New Student Orientation including making connections, learning resources, engaging in community discussions, and developing community, participation in the program includes:

  • listening to presentations
  • reading written materials and handouts
  • traveling across campus in small groups

Please submit your request for accommodations by emailing us at ec.orientation@emory.edu with as much advance notice as possible.

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