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CONNECTIONS Frequently Asked Questions

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    CONNECTIONS is the new student orientation program at Kutztown University.  Orientation programs are offered for first-time freshman, transfer students, as well as parents.

When are the freshman orientation programs?

     There are a series of one-day programs offered in the month of June for freshman who are attending the fall semester. Students select the date that best suits their schedule. There is also a one day orientation in January for those beginning in the spring semester.

Will I receive my class schedule during Freshman CONNECTIONS Orientation?


What is an ARD?

     ARD stands for Advance Registration Deposit. This is the $200 deposit that a student sends to KU after being accepted to indicate their intention to enroll. Information about the CONNECTIONS program will be sent to students after the ARD has been paid.

What should I bring to CONNECTIONS?

     Bring your enthusiasm and be prepared to learn. Orientation is about getting ready for your experience at KU. Lunch is provided during Freshman CONNECTIONS. Dress comfortably and wear comfortable walking shoes as you may be required to travel to various locations around campus. The weather may fluctuate and classrooms are air-conditioned, but you may feel warmer or cooler depending on the number of people and your personal temperature preference. You may also consider wearing sunscreen for the times when you are outdoors. We discourage bringing personal items to orientation and are not responsible for lost items. If you misplace something while at CONNECTIONS Orientation, you can contact the Office of Public Safety at (610) 683-4002.

What if I need special accommodations for persons with disabilities, injuries or other circumstances requiring accommodations?

     The university is committed to achieving equal educational opportunity and participation for persons with disabilities, injuries, or other circumstances requiring accommodations. This commitment extends to the administration of programs, activities, and employment practices. It is university policy to adhere to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If you require an accommodation, we ask that you contact Kutztown University's  Disability Services Offices no later than 2 weeks prior to your orientation date to arrange for these services. For additional help or answers to questions please contact the Disability Services Office of Kutztown University.

Do you provide on-campus overnight accommodations for Freshmen CONNECTIONS Orientation events?

     There are no on-campus overnight accommodations.  A list of area hotels for family members can be found here.

Do families interact with freshmen during the CONNECTIONS event in June?

     Freshman CONNECTIONS and Parent CONNECTIONS are two separate programs. Students and families will separate after check-in. They will meet at the end of the day.

What if I have an emergency and cannot attend my cycle?

     If there is an emergency, contact our office at 610-683-4088 and we will do our best to accommodate your needs. Please note, students who miss the June orientation will need to make this up and may need to wait to sign up for classes during the first week of school.

Can family members sit in during the academic advising session?

     Family members may not participate in the advisement of students. There will be student facilitators as well as an academic advisor present to help each student with any questions.

Where can I park during Freshman/Parent CONNECTIONS Orientation?

                Parking instructions are provided once a student registers for orientation. Confirmation information is sent to the student's KU email and to the home address listed on the application for admission.  No parking permit is required that day. Click here for a campus map.

Will I be taking any placements as part of CONNECTIONS Orientation?


Kutztown University requires two Placement assessments prior to coming to orientation. The first is a Math Placement Assessment (ALEKS). The Math Placement Assessment takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. All students are strongly encouraged to spend several hours using the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module. Even if you have achieved placement in your desired course, time spent in ALEKS will better prepare you for your upcoming course and ultimately lead to better grades.Click on this link to take the Math Placement Assessment. Your scores will be recorded by the Department of Mathematics.

The second placement exam is the Foreign Language Placement. Unlike the Math Placement, students should bring a copy of these results with them to their CONNECTIONS orientation date. The Department of Modern Language Studies utilizes a web-based placement (CAPE) in French, German, and Spanish: The test can be accessed from any Internet-capable computer and takes about 20 minutes. It provides immediate feedback regarding the appropriate level of language placement. Students who place into level 012 or higher, and then complete the appropriate course at KU with a grade of C or better (on first attempt; repeated courses do not count), will receive credit for courses in the same language at the lower levels, up to a maximum of 9 additional credits.  Transfer credit does not count in this area.

Before beginning the actual test, students complete an online questionnaire regarding previous language experience.  In the event that there would be a serious discrepancy between the test’s recommended level and a student’s perception of his/her abilities, a qualified advisor from the Department of Modern Language Studies will use the answers to the questionnaire as an aid in determining an appropriate placement.  Students who wish to schedule an appointment with an advisor from Modern Language Studies, please call the department at 610-683-4427.


When will I receive my housing and roommate assignments if I plan to enroll in the fall semester?

     The Office of Housing, Residence Life, and Dining Services will complete roommate assignments in mid-July if you have signed up for on-campus housing prior to this time. We encourage students to contact their roommate as soon as they receive this information.

Is my orientation experience complete once I attend June CONNECTIONS? 


There is a mandatory online class called AlchoholEdu and Haven which all new students must take prior to enrollment. Students will receive an email notification through their Kutztown University email account with information about this course. 

Additionally, students are required to attend Fall CONNECTIONS which takes place on Sunday, August 28, 2016. Students will be sent a postcard reminder in late July with more detailed information about this event. A commuter orientation will take place on Friday, August 26th. Students will be sent information about this event.

What is Parent/Family CONNECTIONS?

      PARENT CONNECTIONS is an optional one day program in June designed to assist parents of incoming freshmen with academic and other transition points. Additional information is provided about university services and procedures. There is a fee of $10 (non-refundable) per person to attend. This fee increases to $15 (non-refundable) on the day of the program. Advance payment is strongly encouraged. The cost covers materials and lunch. Students can sign their parents through their MyKU account. There is limited seating. Please register early. Credit/Debit payment can be made online in the student's MyKU account or you can send a check or money order. Please make the check payable to Kutztown University and put the student ID number on the check. Mail the check to: Connections Orientation Office, Kutztown University, P.O. Box 730, Kutztown, PA 19530.

I am a transfer student, how do I register for classes? Can I bring a guest with me to CONNECTIONS Orientation?

    Transfer students who have paid their $200 Advance Registration Deposit  can register online through their MyKU for CONNECTIONS Orientation. Select Student Center>Academics>CONNECTIONS. Once there, select the date that best suits your schedule.  Confirmation information along with details about the day will be sent to your KU email.