Orientation FAQs

What You Need to Know

First, you should know that New Student Orientation is fun! Orientation also allows you to meet your classmates as you go through the process together. Most students begin to form friendships and find common interests as they become acquainted with each other during New Student Orientation.

You’ll also learn your way around campus, get a taste of residential life, and meet current students who can serve as guides and mentors during your first year at STLCOP.

Orientation gives you an opportunity to prepare for the beginning of the semester. You will receive information and conduct the basic business of registering for classes and obtaining a student ID. 

To register for classes during New Student Orientation, you must have a completed STLCOP Health Form signed by your primary-care physician and documentation of previous college classes for credit.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are some of the most frequently asked questions about New Student Summer Orientation:

How long does New Student Orientation last?

Freshman Student Orientation is a two-day experience that includes one night in Residence Hall on the STLCOP campus. Students arrive and check in between 9-9:20 a.m. on the first day of Orientation, and activities end by 2 p.m. on the second day.

View the complete Freshman Orientation schedule >

Transfer Student Orientation is a one day experience. Students arrive and check in between 8:30-9 a.m. Activities end by 10 p.m. the same day.

View the complete Transfer Orientation schedule >

Do I have to stay for the entire program?

It’s very important that students experience the entire Orientation program, and we require full participation.

Can I bring parents, other family members, or friends along?

Parents/guardians of new students are strongly encouraged to attend Orientation and can participate in special activities just for them. Parents/guardians may opt for lodging off campus or commuting if from the area. Other family members and friends do not attend Orientation.

How much does Orientation cost?

There is no charge for new students to attend Orientation at this time. Students have an Orientation Fee on their fall tuition bill that covers Summer Orientation and Camp Seminar.

Freshmen parents pay a $55 fee to offset the cost of campus dining and Orientation materials. Transfer parents pay a $40 fee because there are less meals involved in Transfer Orientation. Parents can choose to pay additional fees for an optional Orientation t-shirt.

What exactly will I do at Orientation?

New students are busy people during Orientation! You’ll learn more about the College and our curriculum, register for classes, obtain a student ID, socialize with classmates, meet students who have already completed their first year at STLCOP, and participate in a variety of other fun activities. A highlight is our night out on the town, which will consist of dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory and bowling at Tropicana Lanes.

May I come early if I’m traveling from out of town?

Yes, students who need to arrive in St. Louis the day prior to Orientation may make arrangements for early arrival. Please note this on your registration form and include a $10 early arrival fee.

Who will be available to answer questions?

New students and parents will meet College staff who can answer questions about financial aid and costs, registration, housing and parking, security, and student affairs. In addition, experienced STLCOP students will be available to answer general questions about campus life, academics, and the surrounding area.

What if I have dietary or physical needs?

We are an accessible campus and strive to meet all students’ individual needs. Meals are available for those who have specific dietary needs. Accommodations for physical limitations will be provided. Please note any dietary or physical needs on your registration form.

More Questions?

Contact Maryam Oeuchani, administrative assistant for student affairs, at 314.367.8700 ext. 8900 or via email at maryam.ouechani@stlcop.edu.