A full-class freshman picture taken at Freshman Orientation and Retreat. Under the photo, it reads: Discover, Experience, Belong.
What are the COVID-19 rules and procedures for Freshman Orientation?

Temperature Checks: Temperature checks will be conducted at check-in, and masks are required of students, guests, and staff. All students and guests should self-monitor their temperature prior to campus arrival; students and/or guests who have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or above will not be permitted at Freshman Orientation events. If students or guests have tested positive to COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive to COVID-19 within 14 days of their campus arrival, please email apjohnson@rockford.edu or call 815.394.5035 prior to your campus arrival for further instruction. 

What if I fail the Temperature Check at Check-In? If a guest has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or above, they will not be permitted entry. If a student has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or above, they will be permitted to move-in, and the student can then do a telehealth appointment with our campus nurse, a telehealth appointment with a provider through their insurance, call an urgent care, etc. Once the medical evaluation is done and the student has clearance, the student can participate in Orientation events. Other restrictions concerning self-isolation and other precautionary measures will take effect. 

Masks: Masks are required of all students, guests, and staff. Please wear a mask upon arrival to Rockford University. If a refusal of mask wearing occurs, the non-mask wearer will be asked to remove themselves from Orientation activities. If a student or guest cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition, please bring the appropriate documentation and contact our Lang Health Center prior to arrival or during check-in.

Safety Procedures: The safety of students and guests is paramount to Rockford University. To protect the health and safety of the RU family while following recommended guidelines, all event areas and equipment will be sanitized and regularly cleaned, and we will be adhering to all state-mandated guidelines regarding COVID-19, including gathering limitations and extra safety measures and precautions. Hand sanitizer will be available, extra masks will be on-hand, and staff members will be present to assist. Our top priority is to deliver the Rockford University experience to our students with all precautions and measures to keep our campus community safe and healthy. We understand and anticipate that some of these plans may need to evolve based on changing circumstances. 



Do I have to attend Orientation?

Orientation 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.

If circumstances related to COVID-19 prevent you from attending Freshman Orientation, please contact Alex Johnson, Director of Student Involvement and Orientation, at apjohnson@rockford.edu or 815.394.5035.

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

Freshman Orientation runs from Saturday, August 15 through Monday, August 17. Your last day of work should account for this.

What is the cost of attending Freshman Orientation?

There is no cost for students to attend Freshman Orientation. Families and Guests (maximum of 3 as per each student’s registration) are welcome to attend the Welcome Picnic on Saturday, August 15 free of charge! Please refer to the Freshman Orientation schedule to learn more about the Welcome Picnic’s time and location.

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: 

  • Masks
  • Any required daily medications
  • Comfortable walking shoes 
  • Casual, comfortable clothing
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Sunscreen/sun protection (such as a hat)
  • Cell phone charger
  • Umbrella or rain jacket (in the case of rain)
  • Photo ID (University ID works!)
  • A great attitude!

What NOT to bring:

  • Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Laptops and / or gaming devices
  • Valuables

***We have a NO TOLERANCE Drug and Alcohol policy that is strictly enforced.***

Will there be medical support at Freshman Orientation?

Yes, there will be a nurse at the Freshman Orientation, as well as a counselor from Rockford University.

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.