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New Student Orientation Frequently Asked Questions

Fall 2014 Transfer and New Student Orientation Schedule

 The Fall 2014 Transfer and New Student Orientation schedule will be available soon!

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates?

Transfer Student Orientation:

  • Saturday, August 23, 2014
  • Check-in begins at 9:30am, and the program goes from 10am-5pm
  • You must register to RSVP

Freshmen New Student Orientation:

  • Tuesday, August 19 through Friday, August 22, 2014
  • You do not need to register; all new first-year students are automatically signed up.

Is attendance required?

Yes, student participation for Transfer and New Student Orientation is required for all new incoming, undergraduate students at the Chicago Campus. If you have an unavoidable conflict with the date, please e-mail the Center for Student Involvement at: or call 312-341-2015.

How much does New Student Orientation cost?

The cost of the orientation program is billed directly to your student account.

  • Freshmen: $100
  • Transfers: $60

Can I bring parents or guardians to orientation?

Our Transfer and New Student Orientation programs are designed specifically for our new students only. Parents should attend the Starting Out At Roosevelt (SOAR) but may also choose to attend one of our Parent Orientation sessions on Saturday, August 16, 2014. Parent Orientation is geared toward first-year student parents, but transfer student parents are welcome to attend. You must RSVP to attend the program. 

I’m a freshman commuter student, am I required to attend everything?

We want you to participate in all aspects of NSO, as we know that this is the best opportunity to meet your classmates and get connected to Roosevelt. However, we recognize that you might have transportation challenges later in the evening. At the bare minimum, please plan to be on campus for the following dates & times:

  • Tuesday, August 19 from 1:00pm—10:00pm
  • Wednesday, August 20 from 10:00am—5:00pm
  • Thursday, August 21 from 10:00am—6:00pm
  • Friday, August 22 from 10:00am—1:00pm

I'm a transfer or freshman resident student, when can I move into my room?

All resident students will move into their residence hall rooms prior to the start of orientation. The Office of Residence Life will contact you with your specific move-in date. All questions regarding housing should be directed to the Office of Residence Life: or (312) 341-2005.

How do I get to Roosevelt?

Please click the link below to access a map of the campus as well as download directions to the university. Our address is 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605

Where do I park once I arrive at Roosevelt?

You may valet your car at the Park 1 parking garage located on the south east corner of Wabash and Congress (next door to RU's Goodman Center). The parking attendant will give you a ticket which you need to then take to the Roosevelt security desk, located in the lobby of the Wabash Building. We will validate your valet ticket. The cost for parking will typically range between $ 10 and $15 for the day. 

Where should I report first when I arrive to Transfer and New Student Orientation?

Students should report to the first floor lobby of the Goodman Center, 501 S. Wabash Ave. for check-in.

What if I have more specific questions about Transfer and New Student Orientation?

Please call the Center for Student Involvement at: 312-341-2015. You may also email us at

What should I bring to Transfer and New Student Orientation?

This is an informal program; dress is casual and comfort is key. Please note, we will be moving between different buildings, so please be prepared to walk and be outside.  You should bring the following items:

  • class schedule or other important university documents
  • pen and notepad for notes or questions
  • comfortable shoes
  • enthusiasm to meet new people and prepare for your first semester