Orientation

New Student Orientation 2021 Logo "Home is where your nest is"

New Student Orientation 2021 Logo "Home is where your nest is"

Nest Fest Overnight Orientation 2021 Logo

Nest Fest Overnight Orientation 2021 Logo

Welcome to Stockton!

We're committed to providing you the best start possible by helping you learn about available resources, meet members of the Stockton community, and understand the expectations of being a student at the university. We are thrilled you are joining our Osprey Family!

Orientation Instructions overview - steps 1, 2, and 3 can be found below.

Please be aware that the University has prepared a deliberate and thoughtful approach to examine our options to provide a safe educational and operational experience for everyone. Our goal is to welcome new students to campus for the Fall 2021 semester, following federal and state COVID-19 guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff.

All new students will receive an email from the office of Admissions with instructions on how to register and participate in the Summer 2021 New Student Orientation experience.

  1. Complete the Stockton University Online Orientation Module
    We have developed a self-guided online orientation platform that will provide you with important information related to your academic and social transition to Stockton during your first year. Complete the self-guided online orientation module and quiz prior to attending your Orientation/Registration day. For most students, the self-guided online orientation module will take approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes to complete. We encourage you to navigate the online module at your own pace. Click here to access the online module! (you'll need to login to your Stockton GoPortal account)
     
  2. Participate in one (1) of three Summer 2021 Orientation/Registration formats being offered!

    For summer 2021, we are offering 3 different formats that new students can choose from:

    • The Nest Fest Overnight Orientation & Registration: Take this opportunity to stay overnight in your new “nest” and celebrate with your fellow Ospreys! You will be provided with on-campus housing for the night and all meals, free of cost. Various activities and information sessions will be offered on day 1, followed by orientation and registration for your fall 2021 classes with an academic advisor on day 2. This is a great chance to interact with your new classmates, professors, and many others!
    • One-day In-Person Orientation & Registration: This is a one-day program, during which you will learn all about being a new Stockton student and register for your fall 2021 classes with an academic advisor. Please plan on being with us for the majority of the day.
    • Virtual Orientation & Registration: This fully online option will be conducted via Zoom. Virtual registration appointments take approximately one (1) hour and are offered on various dates throughout June and July. In addition to your virtual registration appointment, you must attend virtual orientation sessions offered on June 2nd (further details will be sent in an email from admissions).
  3.  Complete the three (3) SafeColleges online courses by September 10, 2021.

    All new students are required to complete the 3 online courses no later than September 10, 2021. These courses are available beginning June 1, 2021 and access information will be sent to your Stockton email.

    1. Alcohol and Other Drugs (approximately 33 min)
    2. Sexual Violence Prevention (approximately 55 min)
    3. Diversity Awareness (approximately 20 min)

    Questions regarding the SafeColleges courses? Email Christine.Feil@stockton.edu

For questions about Orientation & Registration, please email studenttransitions@stockton.edu

Summer 2021 Orientation FAQ

 

Recommended packing list for students participating in the Nest Fest Overnight Orientation:

  • Desired bedding/pillow for 1 night stay on a twin XL mattress.
  • Toiletries – students will have access to a shared bathroom space
  • 1 change of clothes
  • Facemask for COVID safety
  • Phone/phone charger
  • Laptop (if desired- not required)- bedrooms are not equipped with a TV
  • if willing and able- a non-perishable food item to donate to the Stockton University Food Assistance Program

The Nest Fest Overnight Orientation on-campus housing is provided for incoming students only. Family members are invited to take advantage of special rates offered by the hotels below on the evening of their Overnight Orientation: 

If your student indicates that they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 while on Stockton’s campus for Orientation, please have them step away from their Orientation session and update their Stockton Health Pledge to reflect that they are feeling symptomatic. A Stockton professional staff member will reach out to the student directly.

All students attending the Nest Fest Overnight Orientation will be assigned their own bedroom in a communal building that has a shared bathroom and lounge space.

  • First-year students attending Nest-Fest will be hosted in the Housing 2/3 complex
  • Transfer students attending Nest Fest will be hosted in the Housing 1 apartment complex

The Nest Fest Overnight Orientation has a schedule where students can navigate many of the day’s events together, even if they’re not sleeping in the same bedroom for the night.

Nest Fest Overnight Orientation bedroom assignments are not a student's Fall 2021 housing assignment. Please see the Residential Life website for information on the Housing Application and residential spaces available.

When registering for an in-person Orientation opportunity, you will be able to indicate any dietary restrictions that our Chartwells dining team should know about. Providing this information upon registration helps our team prepare food accordingly! For the academic year, students experiencing dietary restrictions and food allergies can also connect with the University’s Nutritionist, who can help the student identify food options on campus that meet their needs.

The Learning Access Program (LAP) is a strong ally for your student managing learning or housing accommodations. If your student requires special accommodations please connect with the Learning Access Program in J-204 to schedule an appointment ASAP. This appointment does not need to take place prior to course registration on their Orientation date, but we encourage starting the process of connecting with LAP once your student is admitted to Stockton and has their medical documentation available to them (IEP, 504, etc). You can schedule an appointment with LAP by emailing lap@stockton.edu or by calling 609-652-4988.

Family members are welcome to attend Orientation and are invited to participate in our special Parent and Family Orientation Program that runs concurrently while students are registering. We recommend limiting family members attending summer 2021 Orientation to 1-2 family member per student. In addition, due to COVID-19,  Parent & Family Partnerships' Family Orientation program will also be online throughout the summer.  An email with a unique access code will be sent to all family members in order to access the orientation platform.


If you did not recieve the access code for the online orientation platform or if you have any questions regarding Stockton in general please email family@stockton.edu

 

Looking for something fun to do before or after Orientation with your family?  Click here for a list of restaurants and activities near campus!

Students will have an opportunity to take a photo for their student ID during their in-person orientation. ID cards will be distributed during Welcome Week at the beginning of September.

Want to avoid a line to take your ID photo on Orientation day? We recommend getting ahead by submitting an ID card photo online! Visit: https://stockton.edu/student-id-photos . Instructions on photo parameters are on the website and students must login using their GoPortal username and password.

In addition to the brief meeting opportunities provided at orientation, the office of Financial Aid is encouraging students & their families to sign up for an in-depth Financial Aid Appointment prior to attending Orientation by clicking here.  

WHAT IS THE PLACEMENT TEST? 
The Accuplacer is a test designed to properly place students in Stockton University courses. The test does not affect your admissions decision or scholarship. 

WHY DO I NEED TO TAKE THE TEST? 
Students who have not submitted SAT/ACT scores must take 3 Accuplacer tests (reading, writing, and math) prior to attending the mandatory New Student Orientation and Registration. Students who have submitted a math SAT of 560 or less or a math ACT of 23 or less must complete the math Accuplacer only. Please check your personal email for your specific testing needs and to register. If you have taken the SAT/ACT but have not yet sent the scores to us, please do so ASAP. 

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR PLACEMENT TESTING?  
Easy! Go to calendly.com/Accuplacer to schedule your in-person placement test at one of Stockton’s convenient locations. To take the test online, use the remote voucher that was sent to your personal email account from Accuplacer with the subject line "Remote Voucher Notification." If you cannot locate the voucher in your inbox, email PlacementTestingRoom@stockton.edu for assistance.