Frequently Asked Questions for Fall Orientation

Below are some commonly asked questions. If you don't find your answer here, just ask!


What is orientation? and Why should I come?

Held the week before classes begin in the fall, Orientation introduces you to York College's exciting campus life and helps you make connections within our supportive Spartan community. Orientation is designed to facilitate the transition to campus life and is a comprehensive program which we strongly encourage all new students to attend in its entirety. While it will provide a multitude of important information, it is also stocked with fun activities hand chosen to engage and entertain!

You will also get-to-know other new students, those faces whom you will see in your residence hall, classes, parking lots and lounges. From your first day on campus right through graduation you will be building memories that will last a life time! We're here to give it a kick start!


When will I receive Orientation information?

In the coming weeks you will receive many different pieces of information regarding Orientation, residences halls, move-in, academics and more.

If you feel that you are not receiving communications from York College by mistake, please don't hesitate to contact us so that we can help resolve this issue and catch you up on any missed information.


When is Orientation?

Orientation will begin on Friday, August 28, 2015, and run through Monday, August 31, 2015.
Resident Students may check-in beginning at 8:00 a.m. on August 28.
Commuter students may check in between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on August 28.


What if I have an emergency and cannot check-in at my assigned time?

We completely understand that emergencies come up at the last minute and hope that you will join us as soon as possible. If you know that you cannot check-in during the assigned time, please contact us at 717.815.1239.


What is the schedule like at Orientation?

In an effort to be respectful of your time, we have kept Orientation confined to the four days prior to the start of classes. The orientation schedule is designed to provide information, guidance and entertainment, and we strongly encourage you to attend all events, as there will be no-make up session available. View the Orientation schedule.


Where can I stay overnight before Orientation?

The Office of Student Activities and Orientation is pleased to work with many wonderful hotels near campus. When calling to make reservations at any of those listed below, mention that you are here for Orientation to receive the special York College rate (as available).

  • The Yorktowne Hotel
  • Holiday Inn Express
  • Hampton Inn
  • Holiday Inn and Holidome
  • The Inn at Heritage Hills
  • Country Inn & Suites
  • Four Points Sheraton Hotel & Suites
  • Comfort Inn Corporate Gateway
  • Best Western


What should I do first?

Visiting our website is a great start! If you will be traveling a great distance and will require lodging accommodations the night before Orientation, you may want tomake hotel reservations now!

Then, when you arrive on campus on August 22 the first stop you will need to make is your designated check-in point. This information will be sent to you over the summer, and we will also have plenty of staff around to point you in the right direction!

From there, the rest of the weekend will be guided and you will have received a schedule of all events and locations at check-in.


What is the parking situation during Orientation?

Parking on main campus during Orientation is at a premium. Upon arriving to the main entrance you will be greeted by one of our campus safety officers and shown the best route to your assigned building. They will also provide instructions about unloading and re-parking cars after they are unloaded.

For our commuter students, we have ample parking on West Campus, and will have shuttles running to the main campus for you to check-in for Orientation. 


Where do I go to check-in?

View the Check-in Instructions page for more information. In addtion, instructions will also be mailed to you over the summer.


May we have family members attend with us?

Family members are more than welcome to help student's move into residence hall rooms, attend lunch in Johnson Dining Hall, or explore campus. The welcoming session with Parents and Families will take place following check-in on Friday. Following the Parents and Families Session, there will be a Parting Reception held on main campus under the tent on the campus lawn. Here, Parents, Families, and Students, will have the opportunity to meet and network with Faculty and Administrators, enjoy some refreshments, and relax before departing campus.

Following this event, new student's will begin their student centered orientation program.

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What should I bring to Orientation?

Whether you are living on campus or commuting from home, you may wish to have at least the following items in easy access throughout Orientation.

  • Cell Phone (if you have one)
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Sneakers (we will be doing lots of walking, flip flops may not be appropriate for all activities)
  • Student ID (you will receive this during check-in)
  • Vehicle Registration (if you are obtaining a parking permit)
  • Umbrella


How can I get my student ID/parking permit?

If you have already had your picture taken (during one of the New Student Days), your ID will be available upon checking in at your assigned location. If you still need to be photographed, student IDs and parking permits will be available throughout Orientation. Please inquire about available times and location upon check-in.


Whom should I call to arrange accommodations for accessibility or special needs?

Please contact the Office of Student Activities and Orientation. We would be glad to make arrangements for you, or connect you with the best person to assist you.

If you have any questions, please email or call 717.815.1239. A member of our staff will respond as soon as possible.


I'm a Commuter, what events do I attend?

This answer is easy... all of them!

Orientation is for ALL new students at YCP, and is NOT based around residency status. There are only two exceptions: Orientation check-in and the Student Specific Session.

Check-in: As a commuter, since you do not need to move your belongings, you won't need to pick up your orientation materials quite as early, so your check-in time is any time between 11 AM and 1 PM in the WPAC Lobby.

Student Specific Session: This is the only session that is divided between resident students and commuter students. While resident students attend their first floor meeting with their Resident Advisor (RA), commuter students will attend a panel session about what life is like at YCP. You'll have the opportunity to ask questions of our experienced Orientation Leaders who have been commuters, and meet other new students who like you, will be traveling to campus on a daily basis!

The rest of the Orientation schedule will have you in your Orientation groups which will contain both residents and commuters together-- and the content is applicable, and often required, of all students.