Welcome to Mercyhurst North East! We are thrilled that you’ve chosen to continue your academic career with us. One of the required steps in the enrollment process is New Student Orientation. This required program provides an opportunity for you to familiarize yourself with the North East campus and resources, as well as meet faculty in your program of study and fellow classmates before the fall semester begins on Aug. 21.

New Student Orientation Sessions

Students are only required to attend ONE orientation session; sessions are offered on Thursday, June 27; Friday, July 26; and Wednesday, Aug. 7.
During the session, the student will have a full-day experience on campus. The session includes tours of campus and on-campus housing, complimentary lunch for you and two guests in the dining hall, information on student support services, financial aid, health and wellness, and the opportunity to explore local business vendors.

New Student Orientation takes place from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the bookstore lobby.

Registering for Orientation

Registration for Orientation 2019 is now closed. Please check back next year to register for Orientation 2020. Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email of your reservation along with check-in information about the session you selected. If you need additional information, or have questions, check back to this site or contact Doug Gifford, Director of the Academic Success Center. 

Orientation FAQs

Am I required to attend New Student Orientation?

Yes. Orientation is required for all new students. You will not receive your fall schedule unless you complete New Student Orientation.

What happens at New Student Orientation?

You will learn about the various resources and offerings at Mercyhurst North East. You will receive your fall schedule and faculty advisors will be available to address class schedule questions. You will also hear important information about financial aid, student/residence life, police and safety, counseling and wellness, and the Academic Success Center.

How do I register for orientation?

Registration for Orientation 2019 is now closed. Please check back next year to register for Orientation 2020.

What should I do to prepare for orientation?

Be sure you have a copy your Mercyhurst username and password to bring with you for orientation. These will be sent as physical letters from the Office of Admissions to your home address. If you do not receive a copy of your username and password at least two days before your scheduled session, please contact Admissions at 814-725-6144.

How long does orientation take?

Orientation will last 4.5 hours. That time includes an hour for lunch in the dining hall.

Do I need to stay for the entire orientation?

Yes. Participation in the entire orientation is required. Please arrange your work, childcare, transportation, or other personal schedules to accommodate the full orientation. We understand, however, that life happens and sometimes situations arise. We ask that you communicate those circumstances as much in advance as you can by contacting either your admissions counselor or Doug Gifford (, Director of the Academic Success Center.

Are children or guests allowed to attend orientation?

Students are allowed to bring two additional guests with them to orientation. We strongly encourage students not to bring children, as it may be distracting to the orientation session. 

What happens after orientation?

Now that you’ve attended orientation, you can start looking ahead to the following activities as we prepare for the start of the fall semester.

  • Convocation
  • Saints in Service
  • Welcome Week
  • Homecoming 2019
  • iMU 101

What is the attire for orientation?

Orientation activities are casual, so dress appropriately for comfort and the weather! Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, as there will be walking and other activities. Don’t forget a sweater or sweatshirt and umbrella, just in case!

What if I cannot attend any of the orientation dates?

Orientation is a MANDATORY event for all new students at Mercyhurst North East. If you have any special circumstances that would prevent you from participating, please contact the Academic Success Center at 814-725-6323 or

Who can I call with questions?

For questions pertaining to orientation, you can contact Doug Gifford, Director of the Academic Success Center, at 814-725-6323 or For questions about Residence Life, please call the Director of Student and Residence Life at 814-725-7060.



Contact Us

Doug Gifford
Director, Academic Success Center