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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 freshmen and transfer students as well as parents and family members of first-time students.

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 received and processed.

What should I bring to CONNECTIONS?

     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 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?

     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 Family/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 scheduling of classes for 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/Family CONNECTIONS?

                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 placement exams 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 exam. Unlike the Math Placement Exam, students should bring a copy of the results with them to their CONNECTIONS orientation date. 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. The placement test allows for the granting of credits for levels below the level at which students place.  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? 

     No.  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 23, 2015. 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 21st. Students will be sent information about this event.

What is Parent/Family CONNECTIONS?

      Family CONNECTIONS is an optional one day program in June designed to assist family members of incoming freshmen with transition topics. Additional information is provided about university services and procedures. Please note that students do not attend with their parents. There is a fee of $10 per person in advance ($15 on the day of the program) to attend which covers the cost of materials and lunch. Students can sign their parents up through their MyKU account. Advance payment is strongly encouraged.Limited seating. Credit/Debit card payment can be made through the student's MyKU. Cash payments can be made in person at the Office of Student Accounts. Checks/Money Orders can be made payable to Kutztown University and sent to: CONNECTIONS Orientation Office, P.O. Box 730, Kutztown PA, 19530.

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

    Transfer students who have paid their $200 Advance Registration Deposit should go online through their MyKU to register for CONNECTIONS Orientation. Select Student Center>Academics>CONNECTIONS. Once there, select the date that best suits your schedule.  The spring 2016 orientation/registration dates are: November 18 and January 14. Confirmation information along with details about the day will be sent to your KU email.