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Welcome family and friends to the College of Saint Elizabeth!

We are so excited your child made the decision to join our community; a decision that was surely made with your love and support.

Orientation is a very important event. It is a time when students will get to know the people who will be supporting their college journey and start to look at CSE as their home away from home. It is a time that will set the foundation for lifelong friendships.

We also realize orientation is a significant day for you as well. We know you are feeling many emotions - happy, nervous and maybe even a little sad. We want you to know that our faculty, staff and students are here to support you in any way we can.

Full schedules of the orientation will be provided upon check in, but to ease some of those jitters, below are some basic details and tips to help you prepare for the Orientation Program, "Dream, Believe, Achieve."

Orientation Check-in

Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. for resident students and 10:00 a.m. for commuter students. Everyone must check in at the Lower Level of Mahoney Library.

Do not go immediately to the Residence Halls as you will not be let in until you show proof of having checked in at the Library.

Student Services, such as the Business Office, Financial Aid, and Health Services, will be on hand if you have any questions or need to finalize any paperwork.

  • Families of Resident Students
    Check-in will occur from 8:30-11:00am. Everyone must check in at the Lower Level of Mahoney Library. Please try to come to campus during the early hours of check-in so you have enough time to go through the check-in process and move-in before lunch and the official Welcome by the College president. After check-in you may drive over to the Residence Halls and move into your room. There will be plenty of people on hand to help you.
  • Families of Commuter Students
    Check-in will occur from 10:00-11:00am. Everyone must check in at the Lower Level of Mahoney Library. After you complete the check-in process, you may tour the campus, visit the College store, lounges and gardens. There is also a special session just for Commuters at 7:30pm in Café José in Saint Joseph Hall.
  • All Families
    Whether your student is a new Resident or Commuter, don't forget to grab lunch. Lunch will be served from 11:00am-12:30pm.

Parent Orientation

After the Welcome by our College president, the students will go off with their Orientation teams to enjoy some exciting activities. While the students are away, we invite you to join us in Dolan Performance Hall at Annunciation Center for a session designed just for you. You will hear from some of the College's key administrators, as well as have the opportunity to ask questions.

New Beginnings Family Blessing

You and your student will be reunited in Holy Family Chapel for a special ecumenical blessing at 5:00 p.m. This special CSE tradition helps to mark the beginning of your student's journey. All are welcome!

Family and Friends Depart Campus

All family and friends will be asked to leave campus following the Blessing, at which time students will head to Rose Dining Hall to eat dinner with their teams. This is really an important point in the Program, since it will help your student make new friends and bond with peers.

Days of Orientation

We understand your desire to be informed and engaged with your students as they experience all the wonderful sessions we have planned during Orientation. However, we ask that you try not to call during a time when they should be in a session. We know it is difficult, but the more your student engages in our Orientation Program the easier the transition to the College will be. At the end of Orientation, make sure to ask about the creation of the time capsule, the cruise around Manhattan and the final luncheon.

Final Tips

Don't stress if you don't get everything moved into the room during the first day. Feel free to come back on the weekend and finish moving your student into their room. We are here to help, so please let us know what questions or concerns you may have.

Thank you for supporting your students as they begin their college career with the College of Saint Elizabeth!