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.

The Housing Form is 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 clicking here, and also by going to the “Important Forms – Fall 2014″ page on the menu to the left.

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

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 form 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 form no later than June 1, 2014.

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 May, after most incoming students have submitted their deposits. Also, please remember that other incoming students have until June 1 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 mail in July. That will give you plenty of time before Orientation begins on Saturday, August 23 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.

Community Living: Brady Reichart, Office of Residence Life

Brady ReichartGreetings soon-to-be Gators!

My name is Brady Reichart and I work for the office of Residence Life as the Area Coordinator for Baldwin, Brooks, Walker, and Schultz Halls. This posting will contain some helpful information regarding our office, community living, and tips for living with a roommate, so read on!

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, support academic commitments, and provide opportunities to build upon social interaction skills.

Apart from our wonderful RAs and CAs, here are some other good names to know from Residence Life/Student Life and our respective job titles:

Joseph DiChristina – Dean of Students

Jen Foxman – Assistant Dean of Students & Director of Residence Life

Jacquie Kondrot – Associate Dean of Students for Wellness Education
& Sexual Harassment Officer

Gretchen Kerr - Associate Director of Residence Life

Joseph Hall – Director of Student Conduct and Development

Lynnette Watkins – Assistant to the Dean of Students

Marchae’ Peters – Area Coordinator for Ravine, Crawford, Edwards, DTD, PKP, and the Independent Living Spaces.

Josh Whitson – International Student Advisor & Area Coordinator for Caflisch and North Village 1 & 2

Your decisions and hard work have brought you to this point, and from here on out you will encounter many choices that will help determine what you will make from this opportunity. As exciting as this new environment will be, it can also be nerve wracking. Who wouldn’t be nervous coming into a new environment? There are so many unknown variables! Among these are concerns about Roommates and Community Living. This post will contain some helpful tips that may lend to building stronger foundation and understanding of those two topics.

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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!

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