Franklin’s Orientation program is an important opportunity for new students to make friends and begin their time at Franklin. The program includes informational, cultural, and social sessions that we hope will help students and their families get a solid start as members of the Franklin family. Participants will meet the administration, faculty, staff, and students, tour the campus and the surrounding area, and share their first meals with new friends and classmates. Orientation provides a memorable introduction to one's student experience and the exciting, multicultural Franklin community.

A sample schedule is available so students can get an idea of what Orientation typically entails. For more information, please e-mail Ebonie Rayford from the Office of Student Life.

Tutte Le Strade

Tutte Le Strade is a program that occurs during the first half of the fall semester at Franklin. The events aim to integrate students into their experiences as Franklin students, Lugano, and student life on campus. Some of the events include an annual talk about Swiss history and what makes it unique, visits to nearby towns, and academic workshops coordinated by the Writing and Learning Center.

To all incoming students and parents
Warning: Mobility by Train

As a result of the derailment in the Gotthard Base Tunnel on August 10, the passenger trains between Ticino and the German-speaking part of Switzerland will be diverted via the Alpine Panorama Route until further notice. Although this journey is picturesque, it will take 60 minutes longer for national traffic and 60-120 minutes longer for international traffic. Since double-deck trains cannot operate on this route, there could be fewer seats available (30% fewer seats available on the weekends and slightly reduced capacity on weekdays). 

Our community is encouraged to refer to the SBB website for detailed information and plan for longer train journeys when traveling between Ticino and the German-speaking part of Switzerland.