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Orientation FAQs


Orientation FAQs


Why is Orientation Important?

For first-year students, our goal is to help you make the transition from high school to college. The more familiar you are with the university's expectations of first-year students, the more likely you are to be successful in your first semester. For transfer students, although you may be familiar with the whole college process, we want to provide you with the opportunity to familiarize yourselves with the Mansfield process and campus. Orientation also provides you and your advisor with information about the appropriate levels of courses in which to enroll for your first semester. You will also be introduced to campus life &services and new friends!

Is participation required?

Yes, all new incoming students are required to attend an Orientation session and stay for the entire event.  Parents/guests are also encouraged to attend but it is not a requirement.

Is there a fee?

Yes, First-year students are required to pay $90.00 (includes overnight stay, meals and up to two guests)

Transfer students are required to pay $50.00 (includes meals and up to two guests)

Parents/guests can opt to stay on campus for an additional $25.00/person or reserve a room at a local hotel.

Fees are non-refundable and must be paid at the time of registration.   Fees cover program materials, operation costs, meals, Mountie Day activities (during the weekend prior to classes starting), and student leader wages.

Are meals included with Orientation?

Freshman Orientation: See your mailings for specific information. Generally, dinner on day one and breakfast on day two are included. 

Transfer Orientation: Lunch is included. See your confirmation email for specific information.

Once I am registered for a date, can I change it?

Yes, you would need to contact the Orientation office as soon as possible to select a new date. Each session has a limited number of openings so early registration is important if you need a particular date.

Is it mandatory for me to stay overnight?

All students must stay in a residence hall during their orientation session. The cost of this residential requirement is covered in the Orientation fee. Each room/suite has central air conditioning and a private bathroom.  There is no overnight option for Transfer students attending the June 3 or the August 5 session.  These are one-day programs only.

Students who have legitimate circumstances that do not allow for residential housing during the program must inform the Orientation director of such in advance, in writing. [Note: There is no reduction in fee if one does not stay on campus, as rentals, staffing, and materials were planned to include all entering students. Exceptions are granted rarely as evening activities are a part of the program.] You must obey both program and regular residence hall policies (e.g., no alcohol, no drug use, no pets, quiet hours, respect for program staff and fellow participants, etc.)

Parents and guests, who choose to stay on campus, will be given separate room arrangements. Please pack individually.

What do I need to bring to Orientation?

  • Another form of ID is required and will be reviewed at check-in.

  • Comfortable clothes/shoes

  • For the Residence Hall experience, linens are not provided.  Students/guests must bring:

    • bed linens, extra-long twin bedding is recommended (or sleeping bags)
    • pillows & blankets 
    • bath towels & personal care items 
    • Don't forget your phone charger or an alarm clock!