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We design a great orientation program meant to facilitate the transition to campus life, provide vital information about life on campus and academics, and to introduce you to faculty, staff, and other students.

Orientation introduces you to York College's exciting campus life and helps you make connections within our supportive Spartan community. Our next orientation is New Spartan Days summer orientation for academic and student life. Thanks for stopping by if you got a postcard reminding you that registration is coming May 1. Bookmark the New Spartan Days page and we'll be sending you email reminders as well, and, of course, you can put the magnet on your fridge for another reminder!

Please also make sure to check out Business Office and Financial Aid Orientation!

During Orientation, you will have the opportunity to meet with other new students and make new friends!

Orientation Programs

Preparing you to hit the ground running when you start at York College
  • Summer Orientation

    New Spartan Days

    It's the kind of day that takes you from "I have no idea what college will be like or what to do!" to "OK, I've got this!"

    You'll have meaningful discussions with orientation leaders and peer advisors who have been in your shoes. You'll get answers to common questions about transitioning to college. Your family will even have their own sessions about how they can best support you at York College. And the best part? You'll leave with a schedule of classes for the fall semester after meeting with an academic advisor.

    Check out our New Spartan Days page and be ready to register soon. All first-year students come to this event – attending a New Spartan Day makes a dramatic difference in how you enter in the fall semester. Please read through this entire brochure! There is crucial info included within about New Spartan Days. You will also find steps you need to complete. A schedule of the day will be sent to you near the event date.

  • Fall Orientation

    Fall Orientation

    Orientation programs are required of all incoming first-year (Summer and Fall) and transfer students (Fall Only) enrolling at York College. The college holds a two-part program, Summer Orientation and Fall Orientation.

    Fall Orientation is the second portion of your orientation program. All first-year and transfer students will arrive the weekend prior to the start of classes to participate. Residential students will move into their assigned rooms, and all students will become more acclimated to their new collegiate setting and community surroundings. Fall Orientation will continue your transition to York College’s exciting campus life and assist you in making connections with our supportive Spartan community as you prepare to kick-off your collegiate career.

    Fall Orientation

    Orientation begins on Friday, August 24, 2018 through Monday, August 27, 2018. The program will span the 4 days leading up to the beginning of classes.

    • New resident students may begin moving in/checking in at 8:00 a.m.
    • Commuter students may begin checking in for Orientation at 11:00 a.m.
    • A specific schedule will be available closer to the event

    No registration is required for Fall Orientation. Because there are no fees for attending the orientation program, we automatically enroll all incoming students and will have a schedule prepared for you upon check-in.

    *Fall Orientation is required for all new students. This time will serve to prepare students for the social and academic transitions into campus life.

  • January Orientation

    January Orientation

    For students entering in the spring semester, York College offers a modified orientation program the day before classes begin in January. During this time, we invite students to campus to review college services, policies and meet with academic advisors.

    We encourage both new and transfer students to take advantage of this opportunity to become acquainted with all YCP has to offer.

    January Orientation 2019

    Orientation will be held on in mid-January. 

    *Information will be mailed in early January regarding specific details. 

  • Spartan Staff

    Spartan Staff

    Spartan Staff are vital members of the Orientation Team and are essential in aiding a new student's transition to the YCP community.

    Each year, the Office of Student Activities and Orientation seeks very well qualified students to become part of the team. A leader must demonstrate good academics and citizenship, a passion for leading, and a genuine love for York College of Pennsylvania.


    Applicants must:

    • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.3 or higher for the duration of their appointment
    • Be a full-time enrolled undergraduate student
    • Be available for the entire duration of the Orientation Training and Program
    • Love YCP!

    Time Commitment

    Orientation Leaders are hired for a full calendar year with commitments (after the interview) beginning in the Spring semester and rolling over into the following Fall semester.

    Required Attendance to:

    • Group Interviews - Fall Semester
    • Training Sessions - Early Spring Semester
    • Two Accepted Student Days - 1 each in March and April
    • Orientation Leader Training - August (immediately prior to Orientation)
    • Orientation - The four days prior to the start of Fall Classes
    • Follow-up Guidance Meeting - Mid-Fall Semester


    Orientation Leader Applications are made available at the end of the Fall Semester. Students who are interested in applying may pick up an application in the Office of Student Activities and Orientation (SU205).

    Orientation Coordinators

    In addition to Spartan Staff, the Office of Student Activities and Orientation also works with Student Orientation Coordinators. Spartan Staff are upper classmen who have previously served as Orientation Leaders and have taken on this position of increased responsibility.

    Applications for Spartan Staff are made available in early October, and in addition to the above requirements also assist in the planning and implementation of Orientation and Orientation Leaders applications/training.

  • What is Orientation and why should I come?

    Orientation programs are required of all incoming first-year and transfer students enrolling at York College. The college holds a two part program, New Spartan Day (Summer Orientation) and Fall Orientation. New Spartan Day is a one-day program with dates available in June. Fall Orientation is 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?

    Summer Orientation is a one-day program with several options in June.

    Fall Orientation will span the 4 days leading up to the beginning of classes on Monday evening.

    • New Resident students may begin moving-in/checking-in at 8:00 a.m. on the Friday of Orientation weekend
    • Commuter students may check-in for orientation between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on the Friday of Orientation weekend
    • Transfer students should check in for orientation the same as above based on their residency status. The orientation is the same with one exception -- Friday afternoon at 4:30pm is "Transfer Experience". This session is for all transfer students and will replace the first group meeting.
  • 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 our department (Office of Student Activites and Orientation) at 717.815.1239.

  • 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).

  • 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 to make hotel reservations now!

    Summer Orientation

    Registration is available for Summer Orientation on May 1. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. in the Iosue Student Union. Followed by a continental breakfast, meeting with your Orientation Leader and scheduling your classes for Fall.

    Fall Orientation

    When you arrive on campus on the Friday of Orientation weekend, 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?

    Summer Orientation parking will be located in the parking garage located on Main Campus. Campus Safety will direct guests to the parking area.

    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?

    Summer Orientation - Iosue Student Union

    Fall Orientation - View the Check-in Instructions 

  • May we have family members attend with us?

    Summer Orientation is limited to 2 family members. Families will join their students for the opening and closing sessions. The students will then have a personalized schedule for the bulk of the day. During this time, there are informational sessions families may choose to attend.

    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.

    We hope to see all families and friends back during Fall Fest in October!

  • What should I bring to Orientation?

    Everything you need for Summer Orientation will be provided. As a reminder, be sure to take your math placement and foreign language placement tests prior to orientation so you can schedule your classes. (Note: More information regarding the placement tests will be available after May 1)

    Whether you are living on campus or commuting from home, you may wish to have at least the following items easily accessible throughout Fall 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. 

Contact Us
Student Activities and Orientation
Sara Goodwin, M.A., Director of Student Activities and Orientation
Iosue Student Union, Room 205
Phone: 717.815.1239
Fax: 717.849.1617

Semester Hours
Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Summer Hours (May-August)
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

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