A full-class freshman picture taken at Freshman Orientation and Retreat. Under the photo, it reads: Discover, Experience, Belong.

Do I have to attend Orientation & Retreat?

Orientation and Retreat is required for all incoming Freshman students. Throughout Orientation, you will learn about valuable resources on campus and beyond, interact with a variety of student leaders, and participate in unique social experiences to make lasting connections with your classmates.

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I have a summer job. When should my last day of work be?

Freshman Orientation & Retreat runs from Saturday, August 19 through Tuesday, August 22. Your last day of work should be prior to August 19 or ask for August 19-22 off of work.

What is the cost of attending Freshman Orientation?

There is no cost for students to attend Freshman Orientation. 

What should I bring to Freshman Orientation?

Freshman Orientation events involve periods of instruction and activities, including those that involve light walking, movement, and physical exertion. Freshman Orientation also occurs both indoors and outdoors. Please dress comfortably and for the weather; bring an umbrella or rain jacket if rain is in the forecast. Other items to bring: 

Please click the link to review the packing list: Retreat Packing List

I have a dietary restriction. What should I do?

We will be able to accommodate all dietary needs. Please mark this on your Freshman Orientation registration form.

I have an additional question that cannot be found here.

Contact Alex Johnson, Director of Student Involvement and Orientation at apjohnson@rockford.edu or 815-394-5035.