New Spider Orientation

We are excited to welcome you to the University of Richmond! As you embark on this journey, we know that you are excited (and maybe a little nervous) for your time as a Spider to begin. Everyone’s transition to college is different, and New Spider Orientation is designed to help you transition successfully, both academically and socially. New Spider Orientation is required for all new first-year and transfer students, and occurs immediately prior to the start of the semester.

During New Spider Orientation, you will:

  • Meet and get to know your fellow New Spiders, as well as be guided by an Orientation Advisor (OA)
  • Become introduced to the values that our Spider community embodies
  • Meet your College Deans and become equipped with a variety of resources available to help you succeed
  • Participate in several campus traditions, like the New Spider Walk and signing your Class Banner
  • Become acquainted with campus policies and procedures, as well as learn about living at the University of Richmond


Fall 2024 Dates & Schedule

New Spider Orientation for students begins with move-in on Wednesday, August 21, 2024 and continues through Saturday, August 24, 2024. Classes begin on Monday, August 26, 2024.

You can find the Orientation schedule here.  Please note on the right hand side of the screen, you can sort by different tracks to find when different activities are happening.  Using the "required" option will allow for you to see the sessions that you must attend and other tracks will allow you to see other activities that will allow for you to get the most out of your Orientation experience.