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Virtual New Spartan Days

Academic and Student Life Orientation

New Spartan Days - Summer Orientation marks a major step where you are officially moving past high school and taking action as a York College of Pennsylvania student. From Day One, you will experience all that York has to offer and what better time to start than the summer before you begin your college career!

At this online summer orientation, you will: learn about the course curriculum, work with a professional advisor to build your fall class schedule, and have the opportunity to learn about all of the support resources and opportunities that will be waiting for you in the fall!

Families will also have the opportunity to view presentations by campus experts, ask questions, and meet the staff and administrators that make up our spartan community!

If you have deposited, you should have received an email through the Admissions office with additional details and registration reminders. Information is below on the required placement exams you'll want to take before attending your New Spartan Day.

Fall Orientation Coordinators

Everything you need to know about New Spartan Days

Placement tests, FAQs, and more
  • What is the schedule for New Spartan Day?

    New Spartan Days Schedule

    As we transition New Spartan Day to our virtual platform, we will update the schedule of events and activities here and through email communications. 

  • Language Placement

    Language Placement

    Students taking any beginning language course at York College should have no background in that language, or — in the case of French, German, and Spanish — should take the placement test: 1) if you have studied ANY French, German, or Spanish; OR 2) speak any of those languages at home; OR 3) learned one of those languages during a stay abroad. It is crucial, regardless of your major, that you take a language placement test to ensure you are placed at the course level giving you the greatest chance of success. Please take the exam before you arrive for New Spartan Days even if you do not have immediate plans to enroll in French, German, or Spanish course. Part of the reason we have students take the test now, even if you believe you won't have a major requirement, is because many students end up changing their major or minor throughout their college career. 

    How can I take the exam? 

    • Access the placement exam site, True North, by visiting http://bit.ly/34eoH1e.
    • As prompted, create an account for this site by providing your name, YCP email address (not your personal email address), YCP ID number, new password for this website.
    • Complete a short survey
    • Try the practice question. Once you submit your response, the real exam begins.

    What to expect with the exam:

    The testing process takes 20 minutes on average but can run shorter or longer. The exam should be taken in one sitting, so please set aside a block of 30 minutes for its completion. For your own benefit, you should not consult materials or other people to help with the exam. You want a true measure of your skills and needs!

    Please take the exam only once. If you are interrupted, you may continue where you left off by accessing the login page the same way you did when you started the test session. Be sure to enter your name and ID Number exactly the same way as you did when you started the exam. Click on "resume" and you will be able to continue the exam.

    What should I expect when taking the exam?

    Once you finish, you will receive the corresponding language course level. Your score will also be sent to the Registrar, your academic advisor, and the faculty teaching the language in which you took the exam. This will be your language level regardless of when you take the language at York College. Therefore, it is to your advantage to enroll in language courses before too much time has gone by to keep your knowledge fresh!

    I didn't take a foreign language in high school/I took an AP Language course. Should I still take the exam?

    Yes, we would still expect you to take the exam.

    How can I get credit for taking a language course at York College?

    If you take a language course at York that is below a course level you have previously taken, or below the level of your placement score, you will not receive credit for the course. (Exceptions with regard to placement based on test score can be made on an individual basis prior to taking a language course at the College.) In short, to get course credit you need to take a more rigorous course at York College than you have already achieved or than your skills indicate.

    What majors require foreign language study?

    Foreign language study is required of all students majoring in Literary and Textual Studies (English)Intelligence AnalysisInternational RelationsPhilosophyProfessional Writing, and Secondary Education - English.

    Does York College offer study abroad opportunities?

    Regardless of whether you take a foreign language course, you can improve your foreign language skills with study abroad! We offer mini-mester and full semester opportunities at dozens of countries for truly life-changing experiences.

    What if I have questions about the exam?

    Instructor of French
    World Languages Media Center Coordinator
  • Math Placement Test

    Math Placement Test

    York College offers several math courses tailored to prepare you for the quantitative activities you will pursue in your major. The mathematics placement test is designed to help determine which math course is right for you. Please take the exam before you arrive for New Spartan Days. Students must complete the exam before they can schedule classes.

    How can I take the exam? 

    What to expect with the exam:

    The testing process takes one hour, with two 30-minute sections. If you are interrupted, log out and you'll be able to resume where you left off. You may continue where you left off by going back to same Moodle page. You'll need to enter your MyYCP username and password and then click on "resume" and you will be able to continue the exam. If you believe you could earn a higher score, you may retake either part and the system will record your highest score.

    What should I expect when taking the exam?

    You will receive a score and the corresponding mathematics course, based on your chosen major, for which you are best prepared. This information is used at New Spartan Days when scheduling, so it is imperative you take this in advance of your orientation date.

    I don't have a math-related major/I took AP-level math in high school. Should I still take the exam?

    Yes, we would still need you to take the exam.

    What if I have questions about the exam?

    David Kaplan
    Mathematics Coordinator
    717.815.1333

  • FAQ

    FAQ for New Spartan Days

    Q: Do I have to register to attend New Spartan Days?
    A: Yes, registration for New Spartan Days opens on May 1 and all incoming freshmen students must register for one session. You do not, however, need to register for Fall Orientation. Just show up in August, and we will be ready for you! Transfer students who will not be freshmen this fall should not attend summer orientation.

    Q: Is a family member required to attend New Spartan Days? 
    A: No. Only students are required (or permitted!) to attend your course registration/advising session. Students will also complete additional virtual components of the New Spartan Day experience. 

    However, we WILL host events for familiy members to assist in their transition to our community. These events will be a combination of live virtual presentations, question and answer sessions and access to a wide host of virtual information.

    Q: What time should I expect to arrive and depart on New Spartan Day? 
    A: The virtual New Spartan Day experience will be a combination of live virtual programming, remote group advising, and online "on your own" sessions. Additional timing information will be distributed as it becomes available.

    Q: Does it cost anything to attend New Spartan Days?
    A: No, we've got you covered! 

    Q: Is there anything I need to bring to New Spartan Days?
    A: You may want to bring your own notebook and pen, but we will have folders and pens avFrom the comfort of your own home, we do not need you to have any additional materials in order to participate in New Spartan Day. Our energy will be overflowing even through a computer screen!

    Q: Will I choose my own classes?
    A: Yes, with the assistance of our professional and student peer advisors, you will get to choose your own path! Every major, as well as undeclared students, have a suggested course sequence to follow and our trained advisors will guide you to make the appropriate class choices for your first semester.  

    Q: If I come on the last date of New Spartan Days, will I still get all of my classres?
    A: Yes, you will get a full course schedule! It is possible that some courses, such as those in First Year Seminar, may be full toward the end of New Spartan Days, so you may not always get your first choice. There is a course sequence recommended to follow for all majors, but you will have great choices regardless of which orientation date you choose!

  • What's next?

    I've registered. What's next after New Spartan Days?

    Fall Orientation is the next step of your orientation program.

    All first-year students will arrive the weekend prior to the start of classes in August. Residential students get to move into their rooms (with loads of help from our orientation move-in team!), and residential and commuter students get an action-packed weekend to kick off their collegiate career. You will get to experience an uplifting welcoming ceremony – the sea of orientation T-shirts is a sight to behold as you realize these are all of your new classmates! Meet with faculty and advisors in your intended major.

    You will also get to meet with your First-Year Seminar professors and peer mentor. To cut to the chase, we make every effort to make sure you feel at home. It will be a weekend you won't forget! Please check back in the coming weeks for additional details on dates/schedules for this action-packed weekend.

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
orientation@ycp.edu

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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