Fall Orientation Schedule

Your Orientation program has been carefully designed to introduce you to the many areas that comprise YCP. From Academics to Cultural Enrichment, you will have the chance to explore the classrooms, activities, and community that makes York College of Pennsylvania GREAT!

Orientation Weekend
New students take a trip to Target for some dorm room essentials during our Target Madness Orientation Event.

Fall Orientation Schedule By Day

Below is a copy of our 2017 Orientation Program for your reference.*This is a draft. All events are subject to change.*
  • Friday, August 25th, 2017

    Move-In & Check-In

    8:00 a.m. Residence Hall Move-In Begins Assigned Locations *Residents checking-in to Penn/Beard Hall are asked to enter via the Springettsbury entrance. Residents checking-in to the Manor Complex may enter via the main entrance from Country Club Road.
    8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Resident Student Orientation Check-In Student Union Lawn - under the tent *Centralized orientation check-in location for all students set up on the lawn outside of Iosue Student Union.
    10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.                             Complimentary Lunch (Optional) Johnson Dining Hall (Student Union)  
    10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Commuter Orientation Check-In Student Union Lawn - under the tent

    *Commuters are asked to park on West Campus and take a shuttle to main campus for check-in. Centralized orientation check-in on Student Union Lawn.

    ** Students may check in at ANY TIME during this window

    1:30 p.m. Students Arrive for Convocation Wolf Gym (Grumbacher M&T Field house)  *Student line-up and parent seating must begin at 1 p.m.
     2:00 p.m Academic Convocation M&T Field House (Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center) *Parent seating must be completed by 2 p.m. The processional will begin promptly at 2 p.m.
    3:00 p.m. Parting Reception - immediately following Convocation Under the tent - outside Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center Parting reception with faculty/staff present and snacks/refreshments
    3:30 p.m.

    Commuter Meet-Up (Optional)


    MacDougal Lounge (lower level of Iosue Student Union)  
    5:00 p.m.

    First Orientation Group Meeting

    *Students Only

    *See assigned classroom *Orientation Leaders will walk their group to dinner following the meeting
    6:00 p.m.

    Class of 2020 Welcome Dinner

    *Students Only

    Johnson Dining Hall (Student Union)  
    6:30 p.m. Adult Learners: Dinner and Conversation

    Upper WPAC Lobby

    8:00 p.m. Student Specific Sessions

    Resident Students: Residence Hall Floor

    Commuter Students: DeMeester Recital Hall (Wolf Hall)

    9:00 - 11:30 p.m.                                        Club Spartan: DJ Dance Party, party games, rock climbing wall, pool golf (no suit required), zumba/yoga class, bingo, ice cream Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center

    DJ/Dance Party/Ice Cream/Multiple Events throughout Grumbacher.

    *Participation punch cards and raffles

  • Saturday, August 26th, 2017

    Orientation Day 2

    7:30 a.m. Open for Breakfast Johnson Dining Hall (Iosue Student Union)  
    9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Your Major and You/Advisor Meet Ups Assigned Locations (See right column in pocket guide for locations/details) All majors will hold get-to know you events for members of their majors. These social/informational gatherings will then be followed by individual/group academic advising sessions.
    11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

    Group Meeting #2

    Group A: Chat with a Professor

    Group B: Lunch

    Group A: See assigned location

    Group B: Johnson Dining Hall

    Orientation Leader Group Meetings with faculty members from each First Year Seminars assigned to their class.
    12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

    Group Meeting #2

    Group A: Lunch

    Group B: Chat with a Professor

    Group A: Johnson Dining Hall

    Group B: See assigned location

    Orientation Leader Group Meetings with faculty members from each First Year Seminars assigned to their class.
    Immediately Following Previous Session Explore York City Meet Up Location: See your Orientation Leader

    Walk the rail trail/downtown route with talking points. Stops at Central Market and Marketview Arts

    *Faculty are welcome to join

    5:00 p.m.

    Group A: Your Safety and Community Expectations

    Group B: Dinner

    Group A: WPAC

    Group B: Johnson Dining Hall

    6:30 p.m.

    Group A: Dinner

    Group B: Your Safety and Community Expectations

    Group A: Johnson Dining Hall

    Group B: WPAC

    9:00 p.m. Target Madness Meet at Wolf Hall Shuttle Stop to load the buses. Buses will be looping until 11:00 p.m.  Event starts at Target at 9:15 p.m. 3 Buses start loading at 9:00 p.m. 
    11:30 p.m. Trivia and Walking Tacos Johnson Dining Hall (Studen Union)  
  • Sunday, August 27th, 2017

    Orientation Day 3

    9:30 a.m. Open for Brunch Johnson Dining Hall (Student Union)  
    12:00 p.m. Group Meeting #3 - The Hook Up Debrief Assigned Locations Small group Orientation Leader meeting discussing getting involved on campus and social options
    1:00 p.m. Diversity Presentation WPAC Theatre (Waldner Performing Arts Center)  
    2:30 p.m. Free Time/Meet Ups

    Commuter Meet 'n Greet: MacDougal Lounge

    Student Senate/CAB Meet 'n Greet (Optional): Outside near the fountain. Rain location: Meet in Student Union Lobby

    4:00 p.m.

    Group A: Sex Signals

    Group B: Dinner

    Group A: WPAC

    Group B: Johnson Dining Hall

    6:00 p.m.

    Group A: Dinner

    Group B: Sex Signals

    Group A: Johnson Dining Hall

    Group B: WPAC

    7:30 p.m. Group Meeting - Campus Life Assigned Locations Campus Life/Involvement Discussion
    8:30 p.m. Comedy Hypnotist WPAC Theatre (Waldner Performing Arts Center) Hypnotist: Eric Mina


    10:30 p.m.                                     

    Outdoor Movie: TBD Wolf Hall Lawn (Rain Location: Grumbacher Field House)  
  • Monday, August 28th, 2017

    Orientation Day 4

    7:00 a.m. Open for Breakfast Johnson Dining Hall (Student Union)  
    9:00 a.m. Final Group Meeting - Beyond Orientation Assigned Locations Small group Orientation Leader Meeting preparing students for the start of classes and their college career.
    10:00 a.m. Excelling in Your First Semester (Group A) WPAC  
    11:00 a.m. Excelling in Your First Semester (Group B) WPAC  
    12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Involvement Fair and Campus Cookout Campus Mall (Rain: WPAC Lobby & Johnson Dining Hall) In case of rain, the Involvement Fair will be held in WPAC lobby and lunch will be held in Johnson Dining Hall.
    2:00 p.m. Class Schedule Tours! (Optional) Meet at the Fountain In preparation for classes to begin, students can bring their class schedules and Orientation Leaders will show them how to get around campus.

Event Descriptions

  • Club Spartan

    Welcome Class of 2020! Club Spartan will transform the Grumbacher Center into a glowing extravaganza! DJ Tommy Gunn will provide music and a light show, the recreation facilities will be open, and refreshments will be served! #ClubSpartan

  • Bingo

    Bingo is a YCP tradition, so get ready for the intense YCP version of Bingo! Just because you get a full line doesn’t mean you’ll win though, you may have to be the last one standing, make a pattern, or cover the whole board. Prizes will be awarded to winners! #YCPbingo

  • Target Madness

    Forget something at home? Can’t live another day without that whatchamacallit? Hop on the shuttle to Target, which will be open for YCP students only! Buses will be doing loops between campus and the West York Target from 9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. There will be tons of door prizes given away too! #YCPTargetMadness

  • Trivia and Walking Tacos

    Come show your classmates who deserve that 4.0! Gather your team (6 people max) and brush up on your Disney/Sports/Geography knowledge -- You never know what topics may come up! Hint: make sure you attend the morning and afternoon sessions! Prizes will be awarded to the winning team! And, if you don't know what a walking taco is, just remember this simple equation: Mini bag of Doritos + taco toppings = walking taco perfection #TriviaAndTacos

  • Diversity at YCP

    We're working on a very special session. Details to come!

  • Comedy Hypnotist - Eric Mena

    Eric Mina is an international comedy hypnotist who will change the way you think about hypnosis. As an audience member, you will laugh until you cry and be entertained by your friends’ crazy antics on stage. If you’re lucky enough to be called up on stage, you will get the unique experience of being hypnotized--they say it’s like getting a full night’s sleep in just 1 hour! Make sure you’re on time because the seats fill up fast! #DareYouToDream

  • Outdoor Movie

    Grab a blanket and your friends! Tonight’s movie will be shown outside under the stars! A giant inflatable screen will be set up on the lawn for a unique viewing experience. Members of the Orientation Staff and the Campus Activities Board will be serving up fresh movie theatre style popcorn (and will be happy to stamp your pocket guide)! #OutdoorMovie

  • Involvement Fair

    Get involved at the Involvement Fair! Many clubs and organizations will be available to answer any questions and provide information about their meetings, events, and how to join. Make sure you sign up for at least one! You can earn your last stamp by visiting the Orientation table and putting your name in the “completed Pocket Guide” raffle. Then stop by the FREE BBQ dinner sponsored by Student Senate! #GetInvolved

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
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Friday 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

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