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Student Schedule

We can't wait to welcome you to orientation! 

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Orientation Dates


Registration is now open until May 28, 2024! Orientation for the class of 2028 will be held in a two-day on-campus program with four sessions to choose from. 

  • June 21 - 22
  • June 23 - 24 
  • June 25 - 26
  • June 27 - 28

The day will be held on campus and will include a variety of sessions for students and a short program for parents/families.


Orientation 2028
Student Schedule*

*please note - schedule is subject to change 


Day One

June 21, 23, 25, and 27

7:30 - 9 a.m.Park at Hawk’s Landing
Check-in (Villiger Hall) and Continental Breakfast (Campion Dining Hall)
9 a.m.Welcome to Orientation & Introduction of Orientation Leaders
10:15 a.m.Hawk Hill 101
10:45 a.m.Jesuit Education at SJU
11:45 a.m.Care for the Whole Student OR Living in Community on Hawk Hill
1:15 p.m.Lunch
2:15 p.m.Housing Tours OR Commuter Life at SJU 
3 p.m.Class of 2028 Blessing & Reflection 
Catholic Mass on Sunday, June 23
4 p.m.Finding Your Nest ~ Campus Life at SJU 
4:45 p.m.College Life Conversations
5:45 p.m.Walk to Overbrook Train Station (6:15 p.m./6:28 p.m. on Sunday)
6:45 p.m.Dinner at Reading Terminal Market
8:30 p.m.Class of 2028 Art Museum Challenge
10 p.m.Black Light Dance/Karaoke/The Perch (ends at 12 a.m.)

Day Two

June 22, 24, 26 and 28

8 a.m.Breakfast
9 a.m.Faculty Advising Session
9:45 a.m.Preparation for Course Registration
10:45 a.m.Green Dot OR Wonderfully Made by Benita Ozoude
12:45 p.m.BBQ Lunch
1:30 p.m.Field Games
2:45 p.m.Depart campus
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Register for Orientation through the New Hawks Portal


Visit the New Hawks Portal in the Nest to complete your checklist items including registring for orientation. Use your SJU sign-on credentials.

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Want to Move In Early?


Early Arrival

Did you know you can arrive on campus up to a week early to meet new friends, take on a community service project, explore historic Philadelphia or take a science course? It’s all part of our Student Success Center’s early arrival program.

Early Arrival Program registration for the Class of 2028 is now open!


The first day of classes in Fall 2024 is August 26. We can't wait to welcome all new hawks to campus! Saint Joseph's offers a weekend of activities to celebrate your arrival on campus. 

Check back for more information about welcome weekend activities and move-in.