Welcome to Orientation at Allegheny!

If you’re a new student, a prospective student, or a parent of a new or prospective student, welcome! Feel free to explore this site for information about Orientation at Allegheny College.

The Learning Commons is responsible for coordinating orientation programs for new and transfer students prior to the start of both the Fall and Spring semesters. Should you have any questions relating to orientation programs, please feel free to contact us using the information on the right side of this page.

Housing preference forms are now available!

New Gators: If you have submitted your deposit AND received the welcome packet with your student ID and account information, you can now complete your housing information form! The form is available by going to the “Important Forms” page on the menu to the left.

New first year students also have the option of choosing to participate in a Living-Learning Community (LLC) for the 2015-2016 academic year. LLCs are a special type of housing assignment, where students live on the same residence hall floor with the other members of their specially-designated FS 101 course. Visit the LLC page to learn more about this exciting opportunity, and to read course descriptions for this year’s LLCs. You can also access the LLC application on the Important Forms page.

Here are a few things to remember when completing your housing forms:

1. Be honest. It is critical for the roommate assignment process that you be truthful about your habits and preferences. If you have trouble keeping a tidy room, be honest about that. If you rarely go to bed past 11:00pm, and always wake up before 7:30 am, be honest about that too. Represent yourself accurately so we can find the roommate who’s the best fit for you!

2. Complete the forms as soon as possible. The Office of Residence Life considers these forms in the order that they are submitted. The sooner you complete the form, the more likely it is that we will be able to match you with a roommate who is a good fit, and place you in your preferred residence hall. If you have already submitted your deposit and received your welcome packet, you can get submit the form today! Note: You must complete the forms no later than May 31.

3. You will receive your room and roommate assignment information in July. Though you may submit the form as early as today, the Office of Residence Life will not begin reviewing the forms until June, after most incoming students have submitted their deposits. Also, please remember that other incoming students have until May 31 to complete the housing form.

As noted in your summer communication schedule, incoming students will receive their roommate assignment and residence hall room information by email in July. That will give you plenty of time before Orientation begins on Saturday, August 22 to connect with your new roommate, and get to know each other!

If you have any questions about the housing process for incoming students, please contact the Office of Residence Life at (814) 332-3865. You may also contact the orientation staff at (814) 332-2898, or orientation@allegheny.edu.

Life in the Residence Halls: Lee Scandinaro ’15

Lee Scandinaro

Hello Gators!

My name is Lee Scandinaro and I am a rising senior. I currently work in the Office of Residence Life as the Community Advisor (CA) for Baldwin Hall. It is the job of a CA to oversee all of the Resident Advisors (RA) in their building as well as make sure your residential experience at Allegheny is the best it can be. This posting will contain some helpful information regarding our office, community living, and tips for living with a roommate, so give it a quick read!

Residence Life is housed within the Office of Student Life, located in Reis Hall. Our goal is to create living environments that promote safety/well-being, foster community, and support academic commitments. (more…)

Transitioning to Allegheny: Michelle Armendariz ’16

Michelle ArmendarizHey there Class of 2018! My name’s Michelle and I will be a Junior this fall, and I am a Communication Arts major with a Psychology minor. I am California born and raised, but I’ve spent the last 6 years attending high school and college in Pennsylvania because one day my mom decided we were moving away. So trust me when I say I know a lot about how it feels to go through huge transitions in life, and let me tell you, college is not very different. (more…)

Follow us on Twitter!

You’ve heard about getting Orientation updates sent to your phone, but we thought you might need some direction for getting our Orientation tweets.  If you’re a Twitter user, just start following @alleghenyorient!

If you would like Orientation updates sent to your phone, follow these easy steps: (more…)