Frequently Asked Questions
Coming to college and attending orientation can raise several questions for students and parents alike. We created this page to a few of the common questions we know arise at this exciting time. If this page does not address all of your questions or concerns, please contact either Sarah Fromm, Director of Student Activities for Orientation and Leadership, or Dani Reid, Assistant Director of Student Activities.
What is Orientation?
Orientation is a five day series of events designed to help every Bellarmine student gain valuable information regarding campus resources, connect with fellow first-year and upper class students, and prepare for their first year at college. Students will participate in various activities including an overnight camp stay called Crossroads. Students should prepare for lots of fun, food, giveaways, and information.
When is Orientation?
In 2013, Orientation will take place August 17-21. You will be sent a letter with your check-in time for August 17.
Is attendance at Orientation mandatory?
Yes. Orientation gives students the opportunity to meet classmates, faculty and staff, and learn about the resources available to navigate the college experience. We believe attending orientation is essential to first-year success and therefore, all students are required to attend.
What if I am required to work during Orientation?
We provide you with the dates for orientation well in advance, therefore, we expect that you will request off for the 5 days of orientation.
Are meals provided during Orientation?
Yes. You will be provided with more food than you can possibly imagine during the orientation session, including one dinner downtown with your fellow class of 2017 classmates!
Are parents invited to attend orientation?
Parents are invited to attend orientation activities on August 17 and 18 which includes move in, picnics, a parent orientation session, and convocation. After August 18, parents are dismissed and students finish orientation on their own.
Where can I park during Orientation?
Students and parents are both welcome to park behind our recreation (SuRF) center. Please click here for a map of campus to locate the SuRF Center.
Where do I sign up for Orientation?
All students are required to attend, therefore, when you become a Bellarmine student, you are already registered for orientation. Additionally, you can pick up all of your orientation materials at centralized check-in where you will also be retrieving your residence hall keys, student ID, etc. Please refer to the Centralized Check-In page for more information.
Will we be camping when we go to Crossroads?
No. Crossroads takes place at a facility called Cedarmore, where there are actually lodges. Students will share rooms, but each will have his or her own bed and the lodges are air conditioned. Even though we will not be camping, we do recommend that you bring a sleeping bag and pillow for the lodges.
May I drive myself to the Crossroads?
We provide all transportation to and from Crossroads for our students, so no student is given permission to travel there independently.
When should my parents come to campus?
The Parent orientation program will be August 17-18. This program consists of information sessions, a family picnic, Matriculation book signing, and Freshmen Convocation, after which, parents and students are given time to say goodbye before student focused orientation programs begin.
Who should my family contact in case of emergency, while I am attending orientation and Crossroads?
If there is an emergency, parents should contact Campus Security at 502.272.7777. The Security Staff will be able to get in touch with staff and students at Cedarmore and on-campus.
May I leave the Crossroads at any time during my session?
No, students are required to stay on the campsite for the duration of their session.
What Bellarmine staff will be supervising the Crossroads activities?
A variety of faculty, staff, and administrators will be in and out to say hello, and talk to students. The Director of Student Activities will be supervising all Crossroads activities throughout both sessions.