Orientation Program Highlights


Transitions is a free of cost pre-orientation program for incoming first-year students of color, sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Through a series of presentations and activities students are introduced to integral support services and resources, as well provided an opportunity to network with fellow UD students, faculty, staff and administration.

President's Welcome

Join your fellow new Flyers and their family members for an introduction to the spirit of the University of Dayton. You will experience just a taste of what life as a Flyer will be like at one of the largest family gatherings at the University.  Come early for free food, then enjoy the pep rally prior to the important and inspiring message from President Dan Curran and Provost Joe Saliba.

Opening and Closing Events

You won’t want to miss the opportunity to be amongst the entire incoming class of 2014 at each of these ceremonies.  Show your energy and excitement at the opening ceremony where you will meet the 2014 orientation team and review the activities for the week.  Bring your school spirit and Flyer pride to the closing ceremony and celebrate your transition into Flyer life.  

Team Time and Small Group Meetings

Team Time and Small Group Meetings divide the large incoming class into smaller groupings of 1st year students. Team Times are led by Orientation Leaders and Small Groups are led by either Resident Assistants (for residential students) or Commuter Team Leader (for commuter students). These meetings allow students a more intimate setting for asking questions and interacting w/ upperclass students as well as UD faculty and staff. First year students explore a variety of topics designed to support their transition into college.

Special Population Programs

Commuter Student Program

Commuter Students Unite! Several small group meetings have been created for commuter students to come together, make connections, and discuss issues that relate specifically to non-residential students. Topics include parking, the commuter lounge, and getting involved.

Transfer Student Program

Transfer students are an important part of our campus community and we have a welcome just for you. This program includes a welcome by President Curran, break-out sessions for students and families, and opportunities to meet faculty and staff. If you are a Transfer student, be sure to attend this required event to become acclimated to the UD campus.


The administration, faculty, and students gather to formally begin the academic year. During the ceremony, a faculty member and current student will share some of their most academically engaging experiences in order to inspire and motivate you before classes begin the following morning.

Dean’s Addresses and Academic Advising

The events in this category depend on your individual major, School or College.  All students should attend the Dean’s Address in the School or College that houses their major. First-year experience class for some majors are required and count for class attendance! 

Community Dinner

Come out to the Kennedy Union Central Mall and join the rest of the incoming class for an NSO tradition. This cookout is a great way to meet more of your fellow classmates! After dinner, make sure to visit the Campus Ministry Ice Cream Social for dessert in Humanities Plaza!

Evening Socials and ArtStreet Fair

Social events are scheduled each evening and we hope you will attend and actively participate! Don't miss these great opportunities to meet and have fun with your new classmates.

Parent Resource Fair

Representatives from many offices around campus will be available to provide information and answer questions about resources UD offers. This fair will be during and after the Parent and Family Orientation sessions.

Up the Orgs

Don't forget to go to Up the Orgs on the first Friday of classes! Representatives from our 200 clubs and organizations gather on the central mall to answer questions, find new members and have a good time. The event is the perfect chance to kick off your involvement at UD. Bring your new friends and join a club together!