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New Spider Orientation

We are excited to welcome you to campus in August! 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 five days prior to the start of the fall semester. 

During New Spider Orientation, you will:

  • Meet one-on-one with your academic advisor, who will help you plan coursework and experiential learning until you declare a major
  • 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
  • Learn about living at the University of Richmond
  • Become acquainted with campus policies and procedures  

New Spider Orientation for students begins with move-in on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 and continues through Saturday, August 24, 2019. Classes begin on Monday, August 26, 2019.

We offer Parent and Family Orientation on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 and Thursday, August 22, 2019.

Have questions about New Spider Orientation? Contact us by email or at (804) 289-8578

Orientation Schedule

Download the New Spiders Orientation schedule through our "Spider Guides" app, available in the app store (for both iOS and Android platforms).

This handy app has a customizable schedule for students, as well as for parents, families, and supporters. It also has important contacts, housing and campus information, campus and parking maps, and more!

A draft schedule will be available mid-June; final schedule will be published in early August.