Welcome Chargers!
New Student Orientation is Saturday, August 28th

Orientation is the first step of your Dominican University journey.  The program is designed to help you get off to the right start. You'll learn about campus programs and services, while you meet faculty and classmates. Attendance is required of all first year students

> REGISTER for Orientation by August 20th!


> New Student Orientation Schedule

FRIDAY, AUGUST 27, 2021 (for resident students)

  • 8:00AM – 4:00PM
    • Resident Student Move-in
  • 6:00PM
    • Dinner for Residents | Granito Dining Area
  • 7:30PM
    • Resident Assistant Module Meetings | Various locations
  • 8:30PM
    • Evening Activity | Campus Quad
    • Outdoor Movie

SATURDAY, AUGUST 28, 2021 (for both commuters & residents)

  • 9:00AM
    • Breakfast | Granito Dining Area
    • (for residents. commuters more than welcome, but not required)
  • 10:00AM
    • ALL Freshman Student Check-in | Hennessy Center, Lobby
  • 10:30AM
    • Brief Welcome & Intro | Hennessy Center, Auxiliary Gym
  • 10:45AM
    • Meet Your Peer Mentor! | Various Locations
    • Get to know other new students from your freshman class while learning more about DC on a tour of campus!
  • 12:15PM
    • Meet your Advisor! | Various Locations
    • This session will provide you with the opportunity to meet your advisor and help you to learn about the Freshman Seminar course.
  • 1:00PM
    • Lunch | Granito Dining Area
  • 2:00PM
    • Charger 101 | Various Locations
    • Review the basics for the day-to-day of a Charger with your peer mentor
  • 2:30PM
    • Convocation | Convent (Rain Location: Hennessy Center, Auxiliary Gym)
    • This ceremony is tradition, officially denoting you as a member of the University Community.
  • 4:00PM
    • Class of 2025 Class Photo | Front Steps of the Convent
  • 4:15PM
    • Friends in a Flash | Hennessy Center, Auxiliary Gym
  • 5:15PM
      • Living a Charger Life | Campus Quad
      • Dinner, activities, and entertainment


> New Student Checklist

Before Orientation

  • Login to your Dominican University email account
  • Review housing assignment (if living on-campus), and contact your roommates to discuss who is bringing what!
  • Submit vaccination records on Medicat
  • Complete Vector Lesson Plan (online), as assigned- instructions sent via DC email
  • Review Freshman Orientation schedule and details!
  • Review Student Handbook and Code of Conduct 
  • Download the DC Mobile App.
    • Click here for Android and click here for iOS.
    • Once you have downloaded the app, login to app with your DC Portal username (firstname.lastname1)* and password.
    • Turn on “Remember Me” for easy login for when you return to the app.
  • Submit needed requirements to obtain a Dominican University Student ID (requirements listed in tab below

*in most cases; see Admissions materials for account information


> For Parents and Guardians

Orientation is required for all students: please reinforce this with your student. We have organized virtual resources to explore over the summer, and planned in-person sessions that will provide the most crucial information for a positive and successful first year, come August 28th. We hope you will encourage your student to attend and engage with our staff and their peer group.

Please know that we understand the anxiety that may accompany the changes that this time brings, and we have resources on campus for your student and for you. If/when it is time to separate from your child, we will be right there. Under normal circumstances, you would have visited our campus by now and met Sr. Barbara McEneany, our Director of Campus Ministry. Regardless of your faith tradition, Sr. Barbara is always available for your call; if you are missing your child, feeling nervous about being apart, or struggling with any other aspect of your job as a parent. Keep her contact info handy: 845-848-4031, Barbara.McEneany@duny.edu. Our counselors will be present on move-in day and everyday after that, so if your student needs support, that’s a good place to start!