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

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

Nest Fest Overnight Orientation Logo

Nest Fest Overnight Orientation Logo

Welcome to Stockton!

We are committed to supporting your transition to Stockton University by referring you to resources and opportunities, connecting you to members of the Stockton community, and educating you on the expectations of students at the university. We are thrilled you are joining our Osprey Family!


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 each semester, following federal and state COVID-19 guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff.

4 New Student Orientation Steps

  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. This information remains accessible should you need to revisit it.Complete the self-guided online orientation module and quiz prior to attending your Orientation 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. Link to this module is coming soon!
  2. Participate in one of the following Orientation/Registration formats being offered!
    • First-Year Students: The Nest Fest Overnight Orientation & Registration. 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 important information sessions will be offered on day 1, followed by orientation & registration for your classes with advising support on day 2. This is a great opportunity to interact with your new classmates, professors, and other administrators! Please ensure you make accommodations to participate in the entire Orientation experience.

    • Transfer Students: Half-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 classes with an advising support. Please ensure make accommodations to participate in the entire Orientation experience.

      All new students will receive communication from the office of Admissions with instructions on how to RSVP to participate in the Summer or Winter New Student Orientation experience.

  3.  Complete the three (3) SafeColleges online courses before September 4, 2024.

    All new students are required to complete the 3 online courses before classes begin. These courses are available after your New Student Orientation day and access information will be sent to your Stockton email or you can visit https://stocktonstudents-nj.safecolleges.com/login

    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 Michael.Slaza@stockton.edu

  4. Attend Weeks of Welcome Programs.
    Welcome Programs are a mixture of mandatory and optional events for all new students. A detailed schedule will be posted on our website during the summer outlining tracks for first-year, transfer, commuter, and residential students.

For questions about Orientation & Registration, please call 609-626-3643 or email studenttransitions@stockton.edu

New Student Orientation Common Questions


The Accuplacer is a test designed to properly place students in Stockton University courses. In rare cases, based on a student's placement scores,  Stockton may withdraw an offer of admission and recommend that students begin their higher-education journey at a school with appropriate curricular offerings.

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 570 or less or a math ACT of 24 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. 

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. 

Want to learn more about Placement Testing?
Visit the Placement Testing website here: https://stockton.edu/academic-advising/placement-testing.html

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

Students meet with a Financial Aid counselor in person after registering for courses during New Student Orientation. In addition, students can sign up for an in-depth Financial Aid Appointment prior to attending Orientation by clicking here.  Family members are able to join their student for this meeting if the student so wishes.

Students experiencing dietary restrictions and food allergies can connect with Chartwells and the University’s Nutritionist Melissa Southery, 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 to schedule an appointment ASAP. You can schedule an appointment with LAP by emailing lap@stockton.edu or by calling 609-652-4988. 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). 

One or two family members are welcome to attend Orientation with their student and participate in Family Orientation sessions provided concurrently with our student sessions. If your student is participating in the Nest Fest Overnight Orientation, family sessions will be provided on Day 1 after check-in. If your student is attending a One-day In-person Orientation, family sessions will be provided throughout that same day.

Some formal Orientation sessions such as course registration will not permit family members to participate with their student due to occupancy restrictions. This also allows the student to begin navigating the Stockton experience independent of family members, supported by the guidance of Stockton staff and students.

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

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: 

For the most up to date COVID-19 vaccine requirements, please visit this FAQ website.


Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify practices and resources that promote safety, health and belonging at Stockton University.
  • Identify practices and resources that will help students successfully engage and navigate new or unfamiliar circumstances.
  • Identify practices and resources that will help students develop an understanding and appreciation of cultural and human differences and their role in promoting social justice in society.