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  • Orientation Adventures

    Your adventure begins here

    Start your college career off right by participating in Orientation Adventures.

Orientation Adventures is an overnight orientation experience for new students. The program is designed to give students time to build lasting relationships and connections prior to the beginning of the semester. Students will engage in group activities, attend multiple off-campus trips and make friendships that will last throughout their college career.

Registration for the 2018 Orientation Adventures program begins on June 1, 2018.
Register for Orientation Adventures 2018

  • Greetings


    You are about to embark on a great adventure as you begin your education at Stevenson University. The most exciting part of your adventure this summer can be getting to know other new students; returning students, and SU staff who all call Stevenson University their home. We are excited that you are here!

    We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity. If you are interested in a scholarship or grant for the program, please email by June 11th. After this date, requests will be considered on a rolling basis.

    If you have any questions regarding Orientation Adventures, please feel free to contact us at .

    We look forwarding to seeing you in August,

    Dan, Jenna, Kathy, and Phil
    Student Activities Staff

    orientation adventures flier

  • Overview


    The Orientation Adventures program includes the following:

    • Move-in on Monday, August 20
      (For new students not participating in Orientation Adventures, move-in is on Thursday, August 23)
    • Trips to Hershey Park and Terrapin Adventures
    • All meals and snacks throughout the Orientation Adventures program
    • One exclusive Stevenson t-shirt
    • Transportation to and from all trips
    • Small group experiences led by current Stevenson students, OWLs, who loved their orientation experience and want to make yours great, too

    *Orientation Adventures is open to all new students. Commuters, residents, and transfers are all welcome. Please be aware that only resident students will be able to live on campus during Orientation Adventures.

    The Orientation Adventures schedule conflicts with practices for fall sports and marching band. It also conflicts with the Honors Scholars and Service Scholars programs. Therefore, if you are coming to campus early to participate in any of these programs, you are not eligible to participate in the Orientation Adventures program.

    The cost of the Orientation Adventures program is $100 per student. Registration will begin on June 1 at 10am. No refunds will be issued for the program. All students participating in the program must have paid their bill in full prior to the start of the program. All resident students participating in the program must have completed their Wellness form, had the required immunizations, and have a signed housing contract on file.

    If you have questions about the health forms and immunizations, please contact the Wellness Center at 443-352-4200.

    If you have questions about the housing contract, please contact Residence Life at 443-334-2588.

    Please note that all resident students signed up for Orientation Adventures must attend all of the trips and activities. If you move into housing and do not attend all events or activities, you will be asked to move out of housing and return for the traditional move-in day on Thursday, August 23.

  • Schedule


    Orientation Adventures
    Monday, August 20 through Thursday, August 23, 2018

    Registration for the 2018 Orientation Adventures program begins on June 1, 2018. 

    Participants will receive a detailed schedule and updates regarding move in time and other details prior to the program start.

  • Goals


    Learning takes place not only in the classroom, but outside of it as well, and we are here to facilitate that learning. As Student Activities staff members, we engage students in events and activities that will help them build the necessary skills to gain employment after college.

    By participating in Orientation Adventures, students will:

    • Get to know other incoming students, current students and staff members on a personal level by participating in small and large group activities
    • Become a part of a small community at Stevenson upon which to rely on for questions and resources relating to his or her success in college
    • Gain self-confidence, communication skills, and problem solving skills by engaging in various group activities during Orientation Adventures
  • Checklist


    To make sure that you are prepared for your participation in the Orientation Adventures program, please make sure that you have completed the following:


    • Paid the Orientation Adventure fee of $100
    • Completed your Orientation Adventure packet including the waiver of liability and the behavior contract
    • Paid your tuition bill or set up an approved payment plan with the Office of Financial Aid
    • Completion of the Student Health Profile, including required vaccinations, My Student Body, and consent for the treatment of a minor if applicable.
      • The Student Health Profile can be accessed here
      • Login using your SU Username and Password. 
      • More questions? Call the Wellness Center at 443-352-4200.

    For resident students:


    • Returned a signed copy of the housing contract to the Office of Residence Life
    • Received the following vaccination:
      • Meningitis vaccine
      • The vaccination must have been received within the last five years AND after the student’s 16th birthday. If more than 5 years have passed, a booster shot is required. 
  • Testimonials

    What did last year’s participants say about the Orientation Adventures program?

    As a result of OA 2017 …

    I feel more connected to the campus community: 103 Yes, 4 No

    I made at least 5 friends: 104 Yes, 3 No

    I feel ready to begin my college experience: 95 Yes, 12 No

    I would recommend Orientation Adventures to next year’s incoming class:104 Yes, 2 No, 1 Maybe

    Describe your OA experience in 1 sentence:

    “Meeting new friends while making memories that will last forever”

    “It was an experience that helped me meet people and understand the campus so I felt more at ease.”

    “My OA’ experience was fantastic/ money well spent in my opinion!”

    “OA was a good experience because I met a range of people with a variety of backgrounds and created good memories with them”

    “Huge impact and bunch of fun!”