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Welcome to Cabrini! 

New Student Orientation helps the newest Cavaliers become familiar with campus while gearing up for academic success.

This program is academic and social. Students learn about life at Cabrini and meet their classmates, as well as faculty and staff.


Orientation spans Friday, August 27 through Sunday, August 29. New students should plan on attending all activities. Orientation will be in-person, on campus, with plans in place to keep everyone safe.

NOTE: Masks are required at all indoor programs and events.


Orientation is a required program held at most universities for new students to become familiar with campus, gear up for academic success, learn about campus life, and meet their classmates, faculty, and staff. The Orientation Leaders—often referred to as “OLs”—are upperclassmen student volunteers who guide new students through the academic, informational, and social activities. You only get to experience Orientation once, so attend everything, even the optional social activities! You don’t want to miss out on important information or fun times!

Orientation Days/Times/Activities

  1. Friday, August 27, 12:30-10:30pm
  2. Saturday, August 28: 10am-10pm
  3. Sunday, August 29: 2-9pm

The location of your first Orientation group activity will vary based on your Orientation group. This information will be given to each student during check-in on August 27 and will be printed on each student's Orientation nametag.

Orientation Program 

Friday, August 27


 Welcome Mass - Bruckmann Memorial Chapel (families are encouraged to attend)


Class Photo – Upper Athletic Field


Matriculation CeremonyNerney Pavilion, Dixon Center (families are encouraged to attend)


Advisors and OL Meetings – Assigned Classrooms


Picnic Dinner - Commons


Residence Hall Meetings – Residence Halls

Commuter Meeting – Widener Lecture Hall


Playfair: An Interactive Experience to Meet the Class of 2025 and Transfer Students Dixon Gym


The Rudos – Grace Hall Atrium


Late Night – The Grill


Saturday, August 28


Meet with Orientation Group and Leaders to Find Out About Schedule


Orientation Program Rotations w/ Groups

-       Brunch, Public Safety, Campus Tour


Community Building Activity – Upper Athletic Field


Zero Shades of Gray: What Every College Student Needs To Know – Grace Hall 


A Spoonful of Sugar Student Mixer - Commons


Dinner/Meeting with OL Groups/ Optional Games and Activities – Various Classrooms and Commons


Carnival: Music, Food, and Fun! - Commons


Karaoke, Mansion Foyer


Sunday, August 30 (After Dinner Activities Are Optional)


Brunch On Your Own With New Friends


We’ll Make a Cav Out of You Event - Commons




Interfaith Service - Chapel


Evening Mass - Chapel

After Mass

Student Social – Grace Hall


Additional Orientations

  • Accessibility Resource Center Orientation: A supplemental Orientation for students and parents who plan to use the center's resources will be held on Friday, August, 27th at 10am in the Iadarola Center. Students who attend this Orientation should also attend all activities of the Orientation program that begins on Friday, August 28. Please contact the Accessibility Resource Center at ARC@cabrini.edu for more information about this program and to register.
  • Transfer Student Orientation: Transfer students should be sure to complete the checklist found under your COL-097 Cabrini Vision course on Cabrini Learn. Transfer students are also welcome and encouraged to attend the on-campus Orientation programs and events. To register for on-campus Orientation events, please email Charlie Spencer at cspencer@cabrini.edu by August 20th

Commuter Students

  1. Commuter student check-in will be from 12pm-1:30pm on Friday, August 27 at the Welcome Tent outside of the Widener Center (second floor). 
  2. During orientation, meals will be provided to commuter students even if you do not have a meal plan starting with dinner on Friday, August 27.
  3. If you have already submitted your picture for your ID card, you will pick up your ID at Commuter check-in. If you have not already submitted a photo to public safety to have an ID card made, please send a clear photo of your head and upper shoulders, without a hat, sunglasses, or anything else that obstructs the view of your head and face—what would be suitable for use on a passport or driver’s license—to IDcard@cabrini.edu. Please include your name, Cabrini ID number, and indicate that you are first-year student.
  4. Shuttles from the Radnor train stations (Regional Rail on the Paoli-Thorndale Line and High Speed on the Norristown Line) will be running from 11:30am-11pm on Friday (8/27), 9:30am-11:30pm on Saturday (8/28) and 12:00pm-10:30pm on Sunday (8/29). The shuttles will run every 15-30 minutes during these times.
  5. Commuters driving to campus will enter campus using the Upper Gulph Road entrance and will park in Lot A (Founders/Widener Lot). You will need to purchase a parking pass for the academic year but do not need one for Orientation.

How to Prepare for your In-Person New Student Orientation

  1. Make sure to bring comfortable shoes, masks, headphones with a mic, and a device with camera/video capabilities
  2. Meals are provided throughout the weekend, but it’s best to bring a refillable water bottle for in-between meals
  3. Plan to wear your nametag at all times so your peers can get to know you!
  4. Plan to carry your Student ID card with you at all times
  5. Follow @CabriniSEaL on Instagram for updates! 

If you have any lingering questions about Residential Student Move-In, please see cabrini.edu/about/departments/residence-life/move-in or contact the Residence Life department.


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