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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Orientation?
Orientation is a program designed to help all new students make a smooth transition to our campus.  We believe orientation programs are the foundation for your success both in and out of the classroom. 

During Orientation you will:

  • Learn about academic expectations, including the knowledge, skills and values that contribute to your success at Rockford University
  • Learn valuable Technology Survival Skills
  • Connect with other new students and develop new friendships
  • Have fun!
Is Orientation mandatory?
First-year students and transfer students with less than 20 credit hours are required to attend all Orientation events. 

View the complete schedule of Fall 2014 Orientation

Orientation is not mandatory for transfer students with over 20 credit hours, but we strongly encourage attendance.  We recognize the unique needs of Transfer students and have designed a program that meets their needs.  Additionally, transfer students are invited to participate in any or all of the Orientation activities planned for the following dates: Saturday, August 16 through Tuesday, August 19.
  • When is Orientation?
    Orientation for students with less than 20 credit hours will be held Saturday, August 16 through Tuesday, August 19, with activities and events planned from morning until evening throughout Orientation.

    Transfer Orientation for students with over 20 credit hours is scheduled for Wednesday, August 13. Check-in begins at 4:00 pm; first Session begins at 4:30 p.m.; A light meal will be served from 5:30 p.m. the Orientation program concludes at approximately 7:30p.m.

  • How do I register for Orientation?
    Students may register one of two ways.  You may register online by clicking on the following links:
    • New Students - less than 20 credit hours
    • Transfer Students - over 20 credit hours
    • To register by phone, please contact the Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement (815-394-5143).
  • Does Orientation cost anything?
    There are no costs for any of the Orientation activities.
  • Where do I get my student ID?
    All students will receive their student IDs at Orientation Check-in. If you do not receive your ID at check-in, please visit Student Administrative Services (SAS), located on the first floor of Nelson Hall during regular business hours in the first week of class.
  • When is move-in day?
    If you plan to live on campus, check in on Saturday, August 16 from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Fall resident athletes will be notified by their coaches as to move-in day.

If you have further questions, please contact Resident Hall Directors Mattsen Heller at 815-394-5028 or Jonathan Milton at 815-226-4094. 

  • Do I need a parking sticker?

    Yes. If you plan to park anywhere on campus, you will need a parking sticker. Please bring the following information to Orientation check-in:

    • Your Name  
    • Permanent Address
    • City, State, Zip
    • License Plate #
    • License Plate State of Issuance
    • Vehicle Make
    • Vehicle Model
    • Vehicle Color
    • Vehicle Owner
    • Insurance Company
    • Your status – Resident or Commuter?
    • Your Phone Number 
    • Campus Address, if applicable

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