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Welcome to Kutztown University!

 Welcome to Kutztown

Your first step to success at Kutztown University starts with New Student Orientation. Orientation helps bridge the gap between your high school or previous college by preparing you for a great first year. By participating in New Student Orientation you will learn your way around campus, have a chance to get acquainted with other new students, and learn about the many programs and opportunities here at KU.  

The CONNECTIONS Orientation Staff encourages you to take full advantage of all that CONNECTIONS Orientation has to offer, including meeting your CONNECTIONS Orientation facilitators and fully participating in all events.  We are excited to welcome you to community, help ease your transition, and show you the many opportunities at KU. Review a copy of the August 2015 Freshmen and Parent/Family Orientation Agenda and Freshmen Guidebook.

Important Fall 2015 Dates


      August 19, 2015  -      Final Freshman Orientation -

      August 20, 2015 -       Final Tranfer Student Orientation

      August 21, 2015   -     Commuter Welcome

      August 22, 2015  -       Freshman Move-In Day

      August 23, 2015  -       Fall CONNECTIONS and Convocation

      August 24, 2015  -       First Day of Classes  

      August 25, 2015  -       Welcome Week Carnival   

      September 7, 2015 -   Labor Day (No Classes)

      October 3, 2015  -       Family Day

      October 24, 2015 -       Homecoming

      November 24, 2015 -   Thanksgiving Recess Begins

      November 30, 2015 -   Thanksgiving Recess Ends

      December 5, 2015 -      Last Day of Class

      December 12, 2015  -    Final Exams End/December Commencement




Registering for CONNECTIONS Orientation

CONNECTIONS Orientation is designed to introduce new students and their families to campus life and academic expectations.  First year students will attend a one day program. 

CONNECTIONS Orientation is mandatory for all new students. Students who have paid the $200 advance registration deposit are eligible to register for orientation. To sign up, go to your MyKU, click on student services center, other academics, CONNECTIONS.


Family Participation

We strongly encourage family members to attend CONNECTIONS Orientation with their student.  The more you understand about the college experience, the more helpful you will be to your student during his/her transition.

Family members can expect to gain an increased familiarity with campus life at KU and be introduced to faculty, staff, and students.  Information about residence life, campus safety and security, academic support services, student health care, and tips on how to support students during their (and your) transition to college will also be provided at CONNECTIONS Orientation. The Parent/Family Program runs on the same day as the freshmen orientation cycles. For a complete list of dates and more information including the fee to attend, click here.


What to Expect at the August 2015 Freshmen CONNECTIONS Orientation

During CONNECTIONS Orientation You Will:

  1. Receive your class schedule
  2. Meet with faculty advisor who can answer your questions about your fall class schedule, core requirements, etc.
  3. Meet other new students and learn about campus life
  4. Meet staff at KU
  5. Explore ways to get involved on campus
  6. Become more familiar with the campus
  7. Get your KU ID card
  8. Increase your confidence about starting your new academic career at Kutztown University


What to Bring to CONNECTIONS Orientation

If you're transferring any credit to Kutztown University, please bring a print out of your credit evaluation.  If you're in the process of completing any classes, bring a list of those courses with you along with any course descriptions. We may not have this information in your folder and it will be helpful when you speak with your advisor.

You will need a form of photo identification to receive your Kutztown University student identification. We will ask for this when you check in. This can be a state ID, driver's license, passport, etc.


What to do Before you Arrive

    Take the Foreign Language Placement Exam

If there's a chance you'll be required to take a foreign language as part of your degree requirement at KU, you should plan to take the foreign language placement exam. The Department of Modern Language Studies utilizes a web-based placement exam (CAPE) in French, German, and Spanish: The test can be accessed from any Internet-capable computer, takes only about 20 minutes, and provides immediate feedback regarding the appropriate level of language placement.  Use any computer with Internet access and  go to: and click "Instructions". Please print a copy of your results and bring them with you to orientation.


Students and Family Members with Disabilities

Kutztown University would like to ensure that no individual with a disability is excluded, denied access, or otherwise treated differently from any other individual attending CONNECTIONS Orientation. Please contact us about accommodations at your earliest convenience but, no later than two weeks prior to your orientation session to give us sufficient time to make appropriate arrangements.  Contact the Office of Disability Services with any questions - (610) 683-4108.



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CONNECTIONS Testimonials

"It made me feel real welcome and excited for what's to come."

"The CONNECTIONS program inspired me."

"The skits and speeches were so good and helped me learn a lot."