Mercyhurst University

Welcome New Students

Summer Orientations

The Campus Involvement Center and the Office of Academic Support work in conjunction to host five Summer Orientation days each summer. Orientations will be held on Monday, June 25, Wednesday, June 27, Friday, June 29 and Friday, August 10thInternational students will be invited to attend on Thursday, August 16th. The purpose of Summer Orientation is to ensure that new students have a successful transition and integration into Mercyhurst University. The program promotes discussion among new and current students, parents/guardians, as well as faculty, staff and administrators on the expectations and perceptions of college life and the campus community.


By attending Summer Orientation students:

  • Have an effective and comprehensive academic advising session followed by the completion of a class schedule in his/her chosen major.
  • Gain more knowledge of the academic experience, student support services and student life.
  • Understand the necessity of taking ownership and academic responsibility in their educational process.
  • Have the opportunity to make connections with other students.
  • Gain a better understanding of the personal and financial responsibilities of attending college.
  • Begin to experience and embrace Mercyhurst's traditions, mission and core values.

Once a student is accepted to Mercyhurst University, they will be sent login and password information for the My.Mercyhurst portal where they will register for a Summer Orientation date and complete other pertinent information prior to attending Summer Orientation.


The following is an "At-A-Glance Summer Orientation" schedule:

8:30am - Check-In
9:00am - Welcome to Mercyhurst 
9:20am - Get the EXPERIENCE…Your Academic Success!
9:40am - Your Partnership with Mercyhurst
10:40am - Navigating Student Success

Parent Schedule:
11:30am - University Partnerships Working for You
12:10pm - Family Lunch
1:30pm - Navigating Student Success: Tables of Content

Student Schedule:
11:30am - Glimpse of Academic Registration, FERPA & Afternoon Activities
12:00pm - Student Lunch & Ice Breakers with pre-assigned Laker Leader groups 
1:00pm - Students receive individualized afternoon schedules which includes a Faculty Advising Appointment.

3:30pm - Campus Tours, Residence Hall Tours, Bookstore, and other personal appointments can be made.

Welcome Week
At the start to every year, a fun and informative Welcome Week gives new students the chance to say their last goodbyes to parents and learn what the University, the campus and everything in their new Mercyhurst life is all about. Once students have moved into their residence halls, they can enjoy all of the Welcome Week fun.

Download the Welcome Week Guide

Events start on Friday, August 17th—the first day that students can move into their new residence halls—and continue until Wednesday, August 22nd when classes begin. These fun activities range from the huge “Welcome Back Kick Off Party”, Casino Night, Service Projects and closes with President Victor’s Academic Convocation. Take part in the fun and supportive activities, services and programs to find your place, make friends, and live Mercyhurst Spirit!