Do I have to attend Orientation and the Freshman Retreat?

Orientation and the Freshman Retreats required for all incoming Freshman students. Throughout Orientation and the Freshman Retreat, 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. 

Students are not permitted to leave the camp facilities and should expect to be at Orientation and the Retreat for the entirety of the programming. 

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

You will be required to be at Freshman Orientation and Retreat from Saturday, August 17th through Tuesday, August 20th. Your last day of work should account for this.

What is the cost of attending Freshman Orientation and Retreat?

There is no cost for students to attend Freshman Orientation and Retreat. Families and Guests are welcome to attend the Welcome Picnic on Saturday, August 17th free of charge! Please refer to the Freshman Orientation and Retreat schedule to learn more about the Welcome Picnic’s time and location.

What should I bring to the Freshman Retreat?

There will be an extensive packing list emailed out closer to the retreat. Some key items to plan for are:

  • Twin / full sheets & blanket or sleeping bag, to be used on your bunk at Freshman Retreat (linens will NOT be provided)
  • A pillow 
  • Towel(s) for after showering / lake activities (towels will NOT be provided)
  • Shower essentials, such as:
    • Shampoo and soap
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste
    • Shower shoes (such as flip-flops)
  • Necessary toiletries (no need for anything but the basics)
  • Any medication you take 
  • Comfortable walking shoes (close-toed or well strapped, such as Tevas or Chacos)
  • Casual, comfortable clothing for three days (Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday) and two nights (Sunday and Monday) that is appropriate for the weather / being active
  • Clothing that can get messy / dirty
  • Bathing suit (there are optional water activities)
  • 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 Retreat?

Yes, there will be a nurse at the Freshman Retreat, 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 and Retreat registration form. 

What is the Retreat site like?

We will be staying at the Beber Camp in Mukwonago, Wisconsin. It is a beautiful, forest-lined camp, complete with a lake, outdoor amphitheater, updated indoor facilities, and so much more!  While Rockford University has no religious affiliation, the camp we have chosen has Jewish historical roots. With Camp Beber being Jewish, all meals in the dining facility will be kosher. 

Housing is sectioned off by gender. The bunk houses have updated shower and bathroom stalls, as well as fans. Each student will have their own bed, and each bunk will be supervised / led by Rockford University Student Leaders.

For more information on Camp Beber please visit:

How will I travel to Frehman Retreat? Can I drive myself?

All transportation is covered by Rockford University. We will take buses departing on Sunday, August 18th. Students are not permitted to drive to the Retreat separately. 

I have a question that I cannot find the answer to.

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