New Student Programs
Students walking on campus

Your life as a Flyer begins here.

Starting life at the University of Dayton is exciting and overwhelming, both for new students and for their families. That's why we developed a series of programs to help incoming students make the most of their college experience and facilitate a successful transition into the academic, social, and spiritual life of the UD community.

Beginning with the pre-orientation leadership camp and New Student Orientation, students are challenged and encouraged to take their first steps toward deep and meaningful academic and social engagement. These programs involve a rich combination of experiences that include meeting and working with faculty, staff and student leaders, service to the community, an introduction to academic coursework and co-curricular involvement and leadership.

Throughout the academic year, conversations of importance to first-year students are fostered through presentations on topics ranging from establishing healthy relationships to developing study skills.

Think of it as "University of Dayton: 101"

From socials to academic advising and discussions, New Student Orientation prepares new students for their University of Dayton experience.

Held the weekend before the semester begins, New Student Orientation provides students (and parents) with an engaging introduction to the University through community building, as well as academic and social events.

From move-in day and an ice cream social to academic advising and team time, you'll quickly become familiar with our vibrant campus community.

We are working hard to provide a seamless transition for you which includes, providing a website that is easy to navigate and contains both the answers to your questions and all of the information you need to prepare for your arrival in August.

The 2014 New Student Move-in, New Student and Family Orientation, Camp Blue and Family Weekend information will be posted shortly. Please mark your calendars and make note of the following dates and information at a glance.

New Student Early Drop-off and Move-in

To ensure the most efficient move-in day possible, the office of new student programs has created a two tiered approach which consists of our Early Drop-off program and our Move-in Day Drop-and-Go process. 

Early Drop-off

You have the opportunity to “drop-off” your belongings prior to first-year student move-in day. While early drop-off is not designed to allow you to unpack and settle in, it is still beneficial.  Participation allows you to proceed directly to your residence hall and avoid the majority of move-in day traffic.

Quick Facts: Early Drop-Off 2014

  • Date: August 16
  • Time: One hour time slot between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Registration Opens: July 15
  • Registration Closes: July 31
  • There are a limited number of time slots per residence hall, and they are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Move-in Day Drop-and-Go

We have established a drop-and-go process that enables multiple cars to pull up to the curb at each residence hall, unload and then move the car to an outer parking area so other cars may unload. All traffic will be routed according to each student‘s specific residence hall assignment. Our Blue Crew move-in staff will greet you at each drop-and-go zone, help you unload and carry your belongings to your room.

Quick Facts: Move-in 2014

  • Date: August 23
  • Time: 7 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Housing Assignments will be posted in the housing portal in late July

New Student Orientation (NSO)


New Student Orientation is a four-day experience required for all new first-year students. Once move-in wraps up, you and your new classmates (residential and commuter) will transition to NSO, which begins with check-in at the Rec Plex.

What to Expect

You will be assigned to your orientation team based on your academic school or college and each “team” is led by an orientation leader (OL).OLs have been trained to guide their team through the orientation experience, answer questions and provide peer-to-peer support. OLs lead all team meetings — called “team time” — and assist their team with navigating campus and following the orientation schedule.As a first-year student, you will also attend small group meetings that are led by either your resident assistant (if you are a residential student) or the commuter team leader (if you are a commuter student). Small group meetings are designed for you to build community and discuss various transitional issues with other students who share the same housing classification.

Quick Facts: NSO 2014

  • Date: August 23-26
  • Registration Opens: July 8
  • Registration Closes: August 11
  • Attendance is required for all new incoming first-year students (residential and commuter)

**International Students who are classified as first-time, first-year students are required to attend New Student Orientation in addition to any other transition programs required by the Center for International Programs and will be automatically registered for NSO. For more information about services for new international students visit


The transfer program is separate from NSO but runs concurrently and is designed specifically to meet your needs. Like NSO for first-year students the program supports your transition by helping to welcome and acclimate you to campus and Flyer life. Move-in for transfer students takes place on the Sunday morning prior to the first day of classes, and the transfer orientation program begins right after move-in finishes. As a transfer student, you are welcome to bring up to two guests with you on Sunday.

What to Expect

At check-in you will receive your nametag and meet the new student programs staff, including your transfer team leader.You will receive a formal welcome from the University administration and participate in the new student pinning ceremony.You will review the schedule, participate in breakout session, and learn about the many activities available for you to participate in during the next several days, including transfer team times.

Quick Facts: Transfer Program 2014

  • Date: August 24-26
  • Registration Opens: July 8
  • Registration Closes: August 11

Family orientation at UD, although organized by new student programs, is a collaborative effort among a number of departments across campus.

The family program is a two-day experience that begins after move-in finishes. The program and runs concurrently to the student orientation program and is designed to educate family members about the resources available to their student and answer questions that family members might have about topics such as academics, health and safety, and student support services.

What to Expect

  • Dean’s address for your students’ academic area of study
  • Parent’s session and resource fair
  • President's welcome for families and students
  • Parent and family reception
  • Orientation Mass

Quick Facts: NSO 2014

  • Date: August 23-24
  • Registration Opens: July 8
  • Registration Closes: August 11
  • Attendance is optional but highly recommended for parents and families

Camp Blue

Camp Blue is a high-energy, action-packed week exclusively for University of Dayton first-year students. This six-night experience focuses on leadership and University of Dayton‘s philosophy — learn, lead and serve. The schedule is packed with a variety of leadership-building sessions and activities and is designed to help ease your transition into college life while kick-starting your leadership potential.

Quick Facts: Camp Blue 2014

  • Dates: August 16-22
  • Camper Move-in: August 16 at 8 a.m.
  • Registration Opens: July 15
  • Registration Closes: July 31
  • Camp Fee: $300
  • Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis

Family Weekend

Family Weekend 2014 is September 19-21 and is a great time to return to UD to visit your student and experience UD community spirit first-hand.  Registration information, a schedule of events and hotel reservation information will be posted on our website at in July.

Quick Facts: Family Weekend 2014

  • Date: September 19-21
  • Registration Opens: August 1
  • Registration Closes: September 16
  • Cancellation and Refund Deadline: September 17

You're not transitioning to UD on your own. We're here to help.

New Student Programs
300 College Park

131 Gosiger Hall
Dayton, OH 45469-0911

phone: 937-229-2229
fax: 937-229-4600