Thomas Jefferson University

Overview of University Orientation

The Office of Student Life and Engagement is responsible for coordinating the orientation of incoming students.  Our goals for orientation are:

  • To assist students in making a successful transition to Jefferson.
  • To introduce students to campus services and resources that will enhance their academic success and overall college experience.
  • To educate students on policies, their rights, and the expectations of conduct while at Jefferson.
  • To welcome new students and provide opportunities for them to connect with other new students, staff, faculty, and returning students. 

Completion of the University Orientation program is mandatory for all incoming students. Based upon your academic program, your University Orientation program will either take place in-person or will be completed through an online module. To check whether your University Orientation program will take place in-person or online, please view the listing of Orientation Dates.


Components of University Orientation

Your on-site University Orientation program consists of the following:

  • College/Department Information Session (includes meeting with faculty)
  • Welcome from your College Dean(s)
  • Jefferson Overview and Holds Presentation
  • University Services Presentation
  • Jefferson Photo ID Badge (taking your picture for the ID badge)
  • Jefferson Policies and the Honor Code Presentation
  • Unconscious Bias Presentation
  • Campus Safety and Security Presentation
  • Wellness Component
    • Overview of Wellness
    • Stress Management Session
    • Drug and Alcohol Use Presentation
    • Getting to Know your Fellow Jefferson Students  (Interactive Session)
  • Purchasing of Uniforms and required supplies (as needed)
    • Students will be able to get fitted for and purchase uniforms and supplies.
    • Cash and credit cards will be accepted as payment.
  • Registration for classes (as needed)
    • Students who have not completed their class registration prior to coming to Orientation will be required to do so that day.
  • Resource Room - a “fair” type set up where you can visit individual tables to learn more
    • Faculty members will be there to answer your questions.
    • Representatives will be available to answer your questions about the student health insurance and dental insurance plans.
    • Representatives will be present from various University Offices including: Admissions, Career Development Center, Campus Currency, Commuter Services, Financial Aid, Housing and Residence Life, Information Services and Technology, Jefferson Center for InterProfessional Education, Nutrition and Dietetics (dining services), Office of Student Life and Engagement, Scott Memorial Library and the Center for Teaching and Learning, Student Affairs and Academic Support Services, Student Personal Counseling Center, Tuition Office, and University Health Services.