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Welcome to the Class of 2021!

  • All roads lead to Loretto! We are expecting 400+ students with their parents (including siblings, grandparents, etc.) to come through the doors of Stokes this year for New Student Orientation. During the intensively active four-day orientation you will meet new friends, get to know your surroundings, and get ready for success at SFU.

  • The schedule below provides time for academic advising and success, a chance to meet with key administrators and academic faculty, and opportunities to begin your character formation and leadership development as a member of our SFU community. Additionally, during New Student Orientation, you will learn about our Catholic, Franciscan traditions and values, which you will use throughout your four years at Saint Francis University and throughout life as an engaged and ethical citizen.

    Undergraduate Check-In & New Student Orientation 2017

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    As a new student, you are expected to attend the New Student Orientation program scheduled for Thursday, August 24 through Sunday, August 27. Your first stop will be the Maurice Stokes Athletics Center where check-in is from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please be aware that there is no option for "early-bird" check-in. It is important that ALL new students arrive on campus to officially check-in NO EARLIER than Thursday, August 24 at 9:00 a.m.

    New Student Forms

    It's important to get all of your new student paperwork in as soon as possible. Completing the following forms before you arrive on campus will speed up your check-in process!

    All full-time undergraduate (12+ credits) students must have Health Insurance coverage:

    • Student Health information can be accessed via the University web portal at Click on the Future Students tab to complete the Student Health Form. 

    If the following Financial Aid criteria apply to you, be sure to complete these necessary steps:

    • Master Promissory Note and Loan Entrance Counseling - Completion is needed ONLY if you are borrowing through the Federal Loan programs. Both steps need to be complete before any Federal Loan Funds would be disbursed into your student account.
    • Financial Aid Verification Worksheet 2016-2017  - Completion is needed ONLY if you have been selected for verification through the Department of Education. Prior notification would have been sent to your home address if this is necessary.

    Contact Us

    Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email us at We'll be happy to answer your questions and help to prepare you for your new life and your new family at SFU! Welcome to Saint Francis University!

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    Thursday, August 24, 2017




    7 a.m. – 9 a.m.Breakfast on your ownTorvian Dining Hall
    9 a.m. – 2 p.m.Resident Check-In

    All new resident students should report to Stokes to begin New Student Orientation and the school year. Everything a new student needs to get you started on your college career—all under one roof! Make sure you pick up your FREE SFU Spirit T-shirt to wear to the Bell Ceremony and President’s Welcome, compliments of your SFU Student Government Association!

    Stokes Athletics Center
    11 a.m. – 1 p.m.Lunch on your ownTorvian Dining Hall
    12 p.m.MassImmaculate Conception Chapel
    1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.Parent & Family Reception

    Come on over to JFK, grab a seat, relax, and enjoy the air conditioning and a cool treat, courtesy of the SFU faculty, staff, and administration. Let us serve you while you get to know other parents and family members and celebrate the beginning of an exciting new chapter for your students and families!

    Please note: This session will be offered again at 2:30 p.m.

    JFK Center Lounge
    2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.Commuter Check-In

    All new commuting students should report to Stokes to begin New Student Orientation and the school year. Everything a new student needs to get you started on your college career—all under one roof! Make sure you pick up your FREE SFU Spirit T-shirt to wear to the Bell Ceremony and President’s Welcome!

    Reminder: Commuter Information Session in the JFK Lounge at 6:00 p.m. TONIGHT!

    Stokes Auxiliary Gym
    2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.Parent & Family Reception

    Come on over to JFK, grab a seat, relax, and enjoy the air conditioning and a cool treat, courtesy of the SFU faculty, staff, and administration. Let us serve you while you get to know other parents and family members and celebrate the beginning of an exciting new chapter for your students and families!

    Please note: This is the same session offered at 1:00 p.m.

    JFK Center Lounge
    3:30 p.m.The Bell Tower Ceremony

    All members of the Class of 2020 should meet at the Bell Tower wearing the new Saint Francis t-shirt you received at check-in. The Bell Tower is located directly across from Torvian Dining Hall. The Bell Tower Ceremony is a tradition at Saint Francis in which all students pay homage and respect to those who have come before them.

    *NOTE: Parents can meet their students at DeGol Field for the President's Welcome address. 

    Campus Mall @ the Bell Tower
    4 p.m.President’s Welcome

    We invite all new students and their families to meet with Fr. Malachi Van Tassell, T.O.R., Ph.D., Saint Francis University President, and members of the University community for the official welcome and opening of New Student Orientation.

    DeGol Field (rain location: Stokes DeGol Arena)
    5 p.m. – 7 p.m.Family Time

    Grab dinner, get unpacked, set-up your room, and say “See you later” to Mom and Dad, and the rest of your family, and begin your new independent life as a college student.  

    Residence Halls
    6 p.m. – 7 p.m.Commuter Information Session

    Many commuter students make JFK their home while on campus or hang out at other locations. Learn about the services offered to commuter students. Also, plan to attend the Commuter Social at 8 p.m. tonight in the JFK Lounge!

    JFK Center Lounge
    7 p.m. – 7:50 p.m.Orientation Opening Session

    The  Saint Francis University Orientation program can help you “Become that Someone...” and make your college experience everything you want it to be!  You’ll meet the Orientation Counselors (aka OCs) who will serve as your guides for the next four days as you begin your college journey as a member of the Class of 2021. We’ll introduce the New Student Orientation program and explain your group assignments.  There will also be time for questions. 

    *NOTE: Please bring your orientation folder (provided at check-in).

    JFK Auditorium
    8 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.Residence Hall Meetings

    Meet your new neighbors and learn what it’s like to live in a residence hall. This initial floor meeting is an opportunity to meet the RAs and students on your floor, as well as to review residence hall policies and procedures.

    Residence Halls
    8 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.Commuter Social

    Enjoy some refreshments compliments of the Student Government Association and meet your fellow commuter classmates.

    JFK Center Lounge
    9 p.m. – 9:50 p.m.Student Expectations as Members of the Saint Francis Community

    As a member of the Saint Francis University learning community, your new home comes with great expectations and responsibilities designed to keep you on the path to success.  Lynne Banks, Associate Dean of Students,  will review the Student Code of Conduct and share the keys to success at SFU!

    JFK Auditorium
    10 p.m. – 11 p.m.

    Speaker: Justin Jones -Fosu—JFK Auditorium

    Do you know of some students on your campus lacking focus or motivation? Do you ever feel like you have misplaced the passion for why you chose to go to college in the first place? What would it look like to have more students on campus that are focused, motivated, and committed to meaningful success? Justin is ready to inspire you toward that reachable reality, and to keep you effectively engaged while doing so!

    In this inspiring and personal keynote, Justin challenges students to identify or reconnect with your why (purpose) and to live it out now (passion) in order to achieve meaningful success. Too much focus on the “why” can lead to great reflection with little to no action. Too much focus on the “now” can lead to impulsive and ultimately bad decisions. Learn how a clarifying blend of both can lead to you to be a more engaged student, impactful leader, and ultimately a thoughtful global citizen.

    JFK Auditorium
    11 p.m. - 12 a.m.Block Party and Pizza
    Join the Orientation Counselors at JFK for a block party, including free food, games, and music!
    JFK Center


    Friday, August 25, 2017

    Friday, August 25: Academic Day

    7 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.Breakfast on your ownTorvian Dining Hall
    9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.First-Year Academic Convocation
    During this convocation, students will be welcomed into the academic community -- a community of scholars. 
    Watch for more information about the keynote speaker.
    JFK Auditorium
    10:00 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.

    Departmental Meetings (which include a staggered department-organized lunch)

    You will meet with faculty members of your department in the rooms listed below. It is extremely important that you bring your class schedule with you. All new students are required to attend.

    School of Arts and Letters - Dr. Timothy Whistler, Dean

    • Communications - Scotus 102
    • Education - Sullivan 202A
    • History and Political Science - Scotus 210
      (Includes History, Political Science, Pre-Law)
    • Literature & Languages - Scotus 206
    • Philosophy/Religious Studies - Scotus 211
    • Psychology - Scotus 207
    • Sociology and Criminal Justice - Scotus 208
    • Social Work – Scotus 209
    • Environmental Studies - Sullivan 112

    School of Business - Dr. Randy Frye, Dean

    • Accounting - Schwab 106
    • Economics - Schwab 106
    • Finance - Schwab 106
    • Management - Schwab 106
    • Management Information Systems - Schwab 106
    • Marketing - Schwab 106
    • Business Administration (Exploratory Business Majors) - Schwab 106

    School of Health Sciences - Dr. Donald Walkovich, Dean

    • Exercise Physiology - Padua 111
    • Health Care Studies / Public Health - DiSepio 211
    • Nursing - Sullivan 204
    • Occupational Therapy - Raymond 218
    • Physician Assistant Sciences - DiSepio 213/214
    • Physical Therapy - Stokes 221

    School of Sciences - Dr. Charles MacVean, Dean

    • Biology - Science Center 101
      (includes Biochemistry, Environmental Science, Marine Biology, Medical Technology, Molecular Biology, Pharmacy, Podiatric Science, Pre-Professional, Secondary Education)
    • Chemistry - Science Center 230
      (Includes Chemistry, Forensics, Pre-Professional, Pharmacy, Biochemistry, Secondary Education)
    • Mathematics, Engineering, and Computer Science - Science Center 024
      (Includes Actuarial Science, Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Mathematics, Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering)

    Exploratory Majors - Ms. Renee Bernard, Director of Academic Success & Retention

    • Exploratory Majors - JFK Auditorium
    Please report to your assigned locations.
    11 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.Lunch with your Faculty
    Lunch Group A - 11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. - School of Health Science and School of Business
    Lunch Group B - 12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m. - School of Science, School of Arts & Letters, and Exploratory Majors
    Torvian Dining Hall
    11:15 a.m.ConfessionsImmaculate Conception Chapel
    12 p.m.MassImmaculate Conception Chapel
    1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.Summer Reading Discussions

    We hope you did your homework! Students will meet with their advisor to discuss the summer reading project. The book for this year is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks  by Rebecca Skloot.  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks  “tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew. It’s a story inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we’re made of.”   

    Groups as assigned
    2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.What is the True Cost of Underage Drinking?

    The true cost of underage drinking is much more than purchasing the alcohol, dealing with the hangover or paying for the damages you may have done. Hear straight from District Judge John Prebish Jr., Liquor Control Enforcement representative Michael Mirabella, Associate Dean of Students Lynne Banks, and Director of Public Safety/Captain of University Police Robert Fatula, as to what is truly at stake for you.

    JFK Auditorium
    4 p.m. - 5 p.m.Quantitative Literacy Pre-Test

    This exam is for all new students. VERY IMPORTANT!! 
    *IMPORTANT NOTE: Please remember to bring a calculator. Cell phone calculators are not permitted. 

    Groups as assigned
    5 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.Dinner on your own
    Torvian Dining Hall
    7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.Playfair

    The world’s largest icebreaker! PLAYFAIR is the most popular campus attraction in history for New Student Orientation Programs. PLAYFAIR is totally unlike anything else you have ever experienced. It’s entertainment! It’s fun! It’s the perfect way to make new campus friendships! And PLAYFAIR is more than just an entertainment event – it is a team-building experience that has a long-lasting effect on the campus community.

    Stokes DeGol Arena
    8:45 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.Red Flash Rally - Stokes

    It is so awesome that here in the tiny town of Loretto, our University is recognized as one of the smallest NCAA Division-I athletics programs.  SFU is home to one of the most successful student-athlete programs in the country.  Any athletic team is only as good as the fan-support behind them...come learn more about your SFU #FlashFam and how you can show your #FlashFever to lead our teams to V-I-C-T-O-R-Y!!!

    DeGol Arena
    9:30 p.m. – 12 a.m.Bonfire and S’Mores

    We’re all meeting at Campus Ministry for hot dogs, mountain pies, and s’mores! Sponsored by Campus Ministry.

    Campus Ministry Center


    Saturday, August 26, 2017

    Saturday, August 26: Student Life Day




    9 a.m. – 10 a.m.The Spirit of Francis

    Saint Francis University is an institution deeply rooted in Franciscan tradition. This tradition is woven not only into the academic experience for all students, but it is evident in our community atmosphere, student development philosophy, and community expectations. How are Franciscan values experienced in your life at Saint Francis? The staff of Campus Ministry and the Peer Ministers will explain more about how our Franciscan tradition makes our institution unique.

    JFK Auditorium
    10 a.m. – 11 a.m.A Heart for Service: Campus, Community, Country

    We’ll introduce you to service opportunities on campus, within the community, and even for our nation through ROTC; as well as introduce you to your own personal co-curricular transcript!

    JFK Auditorium
    11 a.m. - 1 p.m.Brunch on your ownTorvian Dining Hall
    1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.Campus Safety

    Safety is a top priority of the Saint Francis community. Discover how you can stay safe throughout your college experience by learning about campus policies, procedures, and other tips that promote a safe campus environment.  Don Miles, Director of Residence Life, and Sargent Chris Lytle, head of University Police, will address campus safety concerns and offer valuable advice about campus safety.  

    JFK Auditorium
    1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. "Would you like a Cup of Tea?"

    Being away at college should be a happy, fun, and memorable experience.   Saint Francis University prides itself on providing all students with fairness, advocacy, and respect...especially when it comes to promoting a safe and healthy social environment.  Join Don Miles, Director of Residence Life, as he reviews important resources that are available to students. 

    JFK Auditorium
    2 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.Ice Cream Social

    Join Eric Horell, Director of Alumni Engagement and members of the SFU National Alumni Association to enjoy a cool treat.

    JFK Lounge, Upper Level, JFK Center
    3 p.m. – 4 p.m.Equalogy presents One Night

    One night...four close friends...alcohol...flirtation...and a conflicting story. Find out what happens when one friend accuses another friend. Who is telling the truth?

    JFK Auditorium
    4 p.m.—5 p.m. Orientation Small Group Session

    Meet with your orientation group to review the Orientation sessions and clear up any questions you may have.

    JFK Center
    5 p.m. – 7 p.m.Dinner on your ownTorvian Dining Hall
    7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.He Said, She Said

    This is your opportunity to get answers to all your questions regarding socialization and interaction with your new campus community. This open forum (where male students will meet with male staff members and female students meet with female staff members) includes discussions on creating and maintaining healthy relationships.

    Women: JFK Center Auditorium
    Men: Frankie's, JFK Center
    8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.Student-Athlete Snow Cone Social  

    The official welcome of student-athletes by the Athletics Department Administration, this is a great opportunity for new students to meet teammates and fellow student-athletes.

    Stokes Auxilliary Gym
    8:45 p.m. - 10 p.m. 

    Your Orientation Counselors present “SFU Student Life 101”
    Make these next few years the “best of your life” through smart and positive decisions.  There are many opportunities for fun and excitement at Saint Francis and in the surrounding area.  Learn about the many activities available and fun things to do from current Saint Francis students.  In their own unique way, the Orientation Counselors will have you rolling in the aisles while you learn more about the opportunities available to get you involved at SFU.



    JFK Center Auditorium

    10 p.m. - 1 a.m. Class of 2021 Dance!  JFK Lounge


    Sunday, August 27, 2017

    Sunday, August 27: Transition Day




    9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.Walk a Mile (or two) in My Shoes

    Enjoy nature, meet new friends, and explore your new surroundings during this short, two-mile hike across our campus nature trail. A great way to start your last day of orientation!

    Meet at Campus Ministry
    10 a.m.MassImmaculate Conception Chapel
    11 a.m. - 1 p.m.Brunch on your ownTorvian Dining Hall
    11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.mAll Christian Praise and Worship ServiceFrankie's, JFK Center
    1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.Orientation Closing Ceremony

    The Saint Francis University Peer Ministers will guide you through the closing ceremony as you sign a pledge to uphold the Franciscan Goals of Higher Education and become official Saint Francis University students.

    JFK Auditorium
    2 p.m. - 4 p.m.Orientation After Party
    Celebrate the conclusion of the New Student Orientation experience with food, music, games, and fellowship. Sponsored by Campus Ministry. 
    JFK Center Back Patio
    2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.Looking to get involved at SFU?!

    Are you interested in getting involved at SFU? This session will introduce you to clubs and organizations, leadership opportunities and ways to become a part of the SFU community.

    JFK Lounge
    3 p.m. – 7 p.m.Laptop U

    This is your ONLY opportunity to receive your new laptop and ask any questions about using the network.

    Groups as assigned
    3 p.m. – 7 p.m.CIRP SurveyGroups as assigned
    5 p.m. - 7 p.m.Dinner on your ownTorvian Dining Hall
    6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.Walmart Shopping Trips

    Forgot something? We’ll be taking a last-minute trip to the local Walmart in Ebensburg. Stock up on laundry supplies, H&B (health and beauty), or stuff for your room. Three trips will be offered:

    • 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    • 7:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
    • 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

    Maximum 18 people per trip. Sign up at the JFK Information Desk.

    Departing from the JFK Lounge
    8 p.m. – 9 p.m.Student MassImmaculate Conception Chapel


    Tuesday, August 29, 2017

    Tuesday, August 29




    12:15 p.m.

    Mass of the Holy Spirit
    To mark the opening of the academic year, Saint Francis University celebrates its annual Mass of the Holy Spirit. The Mass will be celebrated by our president, Fr. Malachi Van Tassell, T.O.R., on the first day of school. It will be held on the University mall in the center of campus, weather permitting. The Mass of the Holy Spirit gathers together the entire University family to invoke God's blessing for inspiration, guidance and wisdom on the new school year. It helps us to rededicate ourselves to our Catholic, Franciscan mission. This Mass is a time to renew friendships, welcome our new students to the University community, and voice our desire to be a spirit-filled community. The Mass of the Holy Spirit is open to all members of the SFU community.

    Campus Mall (rain location: Immaculate Conception Chapel)
    Friday, September 1 - Saturday, September 2, 2017





    The 2017 Welcome Weekend Celebration!!!  
    The annual Welcome (Back) Weekend Celebration is the perfect way to begin a new school year with tons of games, food, activities, and prizes to help you enjoy an extra weekend of summer fun with all your classmates and #FlashFam!  Welcome Weekend is coordinated by the SFU Student Activities Organization (SAO).

    Watch for updates on OrgSync with details about the weekend’s events and activities!

    Wednesday, September 6, 2017

    Wednesday, September 6




    5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.Student Involvement Fair
    (CES Credit is Available)

    It's that time again - time for the annual STUDENT INVOLVEMENT FAIR!  The Involvement Fair is one of the best opportunities to get involved in campus life at SFU. Organization members will be available to share their experiences and invite you to join. The co-curricular experience is one of the most important parts of having a successful college career! You will make friends, learn all about SFU, and develop invaluable skills you will use in life beyond your years in Loretto. There are over 80 clubs, organizations, club sports, and special interest groups to choose from.  Wondering where to start YOUR SFU Student Life?  Start at the Involvement Fair! The Student Involvement Fair is sponsored by the Center for Student Engagement and the Saint Francis University Student Government Association.

    Campus Mall (rain location: JFK Lounge
    Friday, September 15 - Sunday, September 17, 2017

    The 2017 Family Weekend Celebration!!!
    The annual Family Weekend Celebration is one of SFU’s oldest traditions where parents, siblings, and other family members of our students can return to campus for a weekend full of fun and exciting activities and events for the whole family to enjoy together!  Family Weekend is coordinated by the SFU Student Activities Organization (SAO).

    Go to for more details or check for schedule updates on OrgSync!

    Thursday, October 26 - Saturday,October 28, 2017

    The 2017 Homecoming Celebration!!!
    Truly the event of the year!  #FlashFever will rise and all things S-F-U will get RED HOT!  Gear up, get out, and Go Red Flash!!!

    Go to for more details or check for schedule updates on OrgSync!

    Mission / Learning Objectives


    The mission/purpose of the Saint Francis University New Student Orientation program is described by the following:

    Saint Francis University believes in a holistic approach to the education and development of its students. As a Catholic, Franciscan institution we believe that the foundation for any program or service of quality is built upon the living Gospel message of our Lord, Jesus Christ as exemplified through our patron, St. Francis of Assisi and therefore incorporates the Franciscan Goals of Higher Education. As new students enter our university-community through the New Student Orientation program, our goal is to provide effective programming and rich experiences to assist them in their successful transition into the SFU learning community and to expose them to the many educational opportunities available through the curriculum and co-curriculum of Saint Francis University.

    Learning Objectives

    The learning objectives of the Saint Francis University New Student Orientation are qualified by the following:

    Upon completion of the Saint Francis University New Student Orientation program, new students will have gained a deeper understanding of the University's goals and expectations as well as have gained a sense of belonging within the SFU learning community through the following measures:

    • standards and expectations for academic success
    • standards and expectations for personal/social success
    • programs and services to support academic scholarship
    • programs and services to support personal/social development

    What exactly is New Student Orientation?

    The program is designed to provide the tools necessary to make a successful transition to Saint Francis University. You will be able to settle into your room, meet your roommate, meet the new members of your class, and learn to navigate the campus before the rest of the student body arrives. There will be opportunities to meet your academic advisor and your professors, learn how to get involved in clubs and organizations, learn what activities are offered on campus, pick up your laptop computers, learn where to do laundry, find on campus jobs and much more. New students can expect four great days filled with interactive educational and social programming. These programs will help you succeed both in and out of the classroom. All New students all expected to attend the New Student Orientation programs including commuters, transfer students entering as first year students, and varsity athletes.

    So, where do I begin?

    Your first stop when you come to campus will be the Stokes Athletic Center where Check-In takes place from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (2 PM to 3:30 PM for Commuters). A full schedule of the New Student Orientation programs and seminars will be distributed to all new students. Once you have checked in, you and your parents can get you moved into your residence hall.

    What should I do to prepare if I am living on campus?

    We've compiled a handy list for new students of items you may want to bring with you to campus.  View What to Bring (pdf)

    Am I required to attend New Student Orientation?

    Yes! All new students are required to participate in New Student Orientation. The program is designed to teach you about the University so that you feel comfortable and confident as you start your classes and your new life as a Saint Francis University community member.

    Will I get my ID card at Orientation?

    If you attended a SOAR session this summer then you should have already received your ID Card (SFU Flash Card). If you were unable to attend SOAR and therefore did not get your ID, or if you have lost it since SOAR, University Police will have a table at Check-In to take and print your ID right there on the spot!

    Will I get my laptop at Orientation?

    Laptop distribution will take place on Sunday afternoon/evening for new students and that schedule will be posted on campus.

    Do I need to register my vehicle?

    You should have received an e-mail to register your vehicle. If you deleted it, or did not receive it, you may go to to register online.

    What assistance can I seek if I require medical services?

    The total educational growth and physical well being of each individual is of utmost importance to the University and all officials thereof. If you should require special medication or treatment, please advise the Office of Student Development and the Student Health Center as to your condition. The University maintains a Student Health Center staff with a Medical Director (Physician), Clinical Coordinator (Physician Assistant), and registered nurse. Services are available to students during regular business hours and some designated evenings.

    NOTE: All undergraduate, full time students will receive a subscription to the Cresson Area Ambulance Service for the academic year. The policy will cover students in need of emergency transport from University property, and/or commuter students residing within the Cresson Ambulance Service area, defined by County 911.

    Where can I find local banking?

    Many of our students find it convenient to maintain a checking account at First National Bank in nearby Ebensburg and Cresson or the S&T Bank in Loretto. Deposits can be made in person or via the mail. An Automatic Teller Machine with First National Bank is located on campus in the lower level of the JFK Student Center. The Business Office, on campus, will cash checks for students up to the amount of one hundred dollars.

    How can I ship personal items?

    Heavy baggage and trunks should be shipped a few weeks ahead. Please be certain that the label is addressed to YOU in care of Saint Francis University, 117 Evergreen Drive, Loretto, Pennsylvania, 15940-0600 and that the baggage is prepaid. Shipped items can be picked up at the Campus Post Office in the JFK Student Center.

    Should I attend orientation if I'm a transfer student?

    Transfer students may think that attending an Orientation program is not necessary because they already know what campus life is about; but each campus has different policies and procedures that they may not be aware of. With this in mind, we strongly recommend transfers plan on attending the Orientation Program. Should they choose not to participate in the program you are asked to arrive on Sunday as the first day of classes is Monday. Transfer students should arrange to have photo ID pictures, vehicle registration, and scheduling and business needs addressed during the first week of classes at the individual departments if they do not attend the Orientation program.

    I'm being asked to complete a profile through OrgSync...what is that?

    OrgSync is an online platform that allows students to connect with their classmates through various campus clubs and organizations. We like to think of it as being similar to Facebook - but with purpose! Get involved and manage your co-curricular involvement online! It's fun, it's easy, and it helps you build a resume that graduate schools and employers are really looking for! To get started, simply log in to using your SFU log-in credentials (you'll receive this when you attend your SOAR event in the Summer). Then click on the "OrgSync" link from the menu on the left. You'll then be asked to complete a basic profile for your campus involvement record. Once you've completed your profile, you can peruse through the dozens of campus clubs and organizations and start your SFU Student Life! What's even better is that once you've completed your profile, you'll be connected to the New Student Orientation portal to meet your fellow classmates and your Orientation Counselors online...Plus that's another great location to find the New Student Orientation schedule! For greater accessibility for students on the go, download the FREE iPhone app and then you'll really be making things happen for you and 1,600 of your new Red Flash friends!

    When do commuter students check-in?

    Commuter students are asked to check in between 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Stokes Athletic Center along with all other new students. A full schedule of the New Student Orientation programs and seminars will be distributed. The first session commuter students should plan on attending is the Commuter Meeting to be scheduled during the first afternoon/evening during Orientation. If possible, please arrange your work schedules so you are free to attend the Orientation sessions for all four days. As a commuter your college experience is different from that of a resident student. Many of you continue to work part time jobs and have other family obligations at home. This does not mean that you are excluded from the experiences other college students participate in and enjoy. The Orientation program is a your opportunity to meet your classmates and join the Saint Francis University community. Visit the SFU website (beginning July 1st) to see the complete Orientation schedule of events. Feel free to contact us at 814.472.3005814.472.3005 with any questions you may have about the Orientation program.

    When should returning students arrive?

    You are expected to arrive at your residence hall on Sunday. Classes begin on Monday. Returning students should arrange to have photo ID pictures, vehicle registration, and scheduling and business needs addressed during the first week of classes at the individual departments.