Pre-Orientation

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Have a question about Pre-Orientation? Here are some of our most frequently asked questions! If you have a question not addressed below, send us an email

1-Can I apply to more than one pre-orientation program? Yes, you can apply to more than one program but you will only be accepted into one program.  So even though the application to the other programs is separate, all of the program directors meet to review the applications together.  This way the greatest number of students get to attend pre-orientation.  All notifications will be sent on the same day.  So you don't have to sign up for more than one but its ok if you want to!

2-Will I move into my own room? Yes, you will move into your assigned College House when you arrive and no, you will not be the only one in the building.  While the buildings will be somewhat quiet, they are fully staffed and will have other pre-orientation students, athletes and other upper-class volunteers will all be around.

3-What will we be doing during pre-orientation?  Will I have free time?  The schedule is still coming together but we will keep you pretty busy from Sunday around 4pm to Wednesday around noon.  There will be small breaks of free time but for the most part we will have lots of cool events, panels, tours and fun for you while you are participating so you shouldn't plan to have a lot of free time!

4-Is there financial aid available? Yes, there is!  If you are receiving financial aid through Penn, please indicate that with your registration and we will be in contact about what aid for the pre-orientation fee we are able to offer you.

5-What does the fee cover? How much does it cost? Pre-Orientation costs $400. The fee covers your charge for early move-in and all of your meals starting with dinner on Tuesday and running through brunch on Friday along with other fun off campus activities that we do.

6-Can my parents come to pre-orientation? Pre-orientation is just for you! And you won't have a lot of time to spend with your parents if they choose to stay in town. Many parents will use that time to explore Philadelphia or do some shopping on your behalf but no, they cannot come to pre-orientation.

7-Do I have to participate in all the activities? Yes! The schedule is carefully planned to be both fun and helpful so you'll get the most out of pre-orientation by participating fully. This means you should NOT schedule other things - even work-study interviews- during this time. You'll have plenty of time after pre-orientation to take care of all of that!

8-Can international students sign up for pre-orientation? AWE Pre-orientation takes place at the same time as international student orientation but you can still attend AWE pre-orientation! There are things international students MUST do regarding visas during this time but otherwise you should still be able to attend all of AWE Pre-orientation even if you are an international student.

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