2021 Summer Orientation

Orientation is a time for new students to learn more about their academic career, have meetings with advisors and counselors, review their fall course schedule, ask questions, and meet their future classmates! This programming promotes discussion among new and current students and parents/guardians, as well as faculty, staff, and administrators on the expectations and perceptions of college life and the campus community. 

For Summer 2021, Mercyhurst will be providing a mandatory summer-long Virtual Orientation experience, in conjunction with a series of optional on-campus Laker Launch Day sessions for students and their families. During Laker Launch Days, students will have the opportunity to receive their fall schedule, meet with academic support and representatives from their major, and get to know fellow future Lakers, while parents attend a variety of engaging workshops. The dates for Laker Launch Days are as follows:

  • June 28, 2021
  • June 29, 2021
  • June 30, 2021
  • July 1, 2021
  • July 19, 2021
  • July 20, 2021

To register for these dates, students should log in to their Admissions Portal. Due to capacity limitations, registration for these sessions will be processed on a first come, first served basis. An additional date of August 19, 2021 will be held for international students and students that are unable to attend any other sessions. Please reach out to us at virtualorientation@mercyhurst.edu to register for this date.

Open to all incoming students, Virtual Orientation can be accessed via your Admissions Portal. Virtual Orientation is designed to be engaging and flexible. It is not a one-day event, but rather a collection of virtual meetings and discussions, videos, and activities. Most items can be completed at your leisure throughout the summer.

By attending Summer Orientation, students will:

  • Have an effective and comprehensive academic advising session followed by the completion of a class schedule in their 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

Laker Family participation is essential to the Orientation experience, and ensures your student has a smooth transition to Mercyhurst. To help our students and families stay informed about the resources and policies related to academics, student life, finances, and technology, we have prepared an Orientation Family Guide, which will be posted in June 2021.

Laker Launch Day Schedule

Time Student Session Parent Session
9 to 9:30 a.m.
Check-in and Registration
9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Welcome to Mercyhurst
10:15 to 11 a.m. Academic Program Overview Understanding iMU, Self-Service, and FERPA
11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Introduction to Self-Service/Student Planning  Supporting Your Student's Transition
12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Laker Leader Small Groups Laker Parent Workshop
2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Student Services Fair
Popsicles in the Park 
Residence Hall Tours
Academic Schedule Changes, by appointment 
Campus Tours, by appointment
Honors Program Sessions, by invitation
Campus Bookstore

Move-In Day and New Student Welcome

New Student Welcome officially begins with Move-In Day on Friday, August 20 and Saturday, August 21. Dozens of student volunteers, the Residence Life staff, and the campus community help make the move-in process incredibly smooth. Commuter students also begin their New Student Welcome experience on Saturday, August 21. New Student Welcome  is a perfect opportunity for students to participate in orientation sessions and workshops, take a campus tour, attend social events, and make new friends before the fall term gets hectic.

Mercyhurst New Student Welcome (NSW) marks the official start of a students’ Hurst experience! This extended welcome programming is a transition period designed to help students settle into life at MU, build connections with their fellow incoming students, and develop a sense of belonging on campus before the start of classes.

During NSW, students will have a chance to get acquainted with their Introduction to Mercyhurst - iMU (a starter class for students who are new to Mercyhurst) classmates. Students will be grouped by their iMU section number, which is located on their class schedule. Each student group will be assigned at least one Laker Leader, who is a trained student leader specifically chosen to serve as a mentor – they have been through this before and can help new students build connections and make Hurst their home!