Your next adventure starts here!

We are excited to welcome undergraduate students during New Student Orientation in August and September! Orientation is an opportunity for new students to move into their campus residences, select their courses and meet with their academic advisors, and learn about what it means to be a Franklin student. Orientation is an important part of students' first experiences as members of the Franklin community, and our goal is to help them adjust to life at their home away from home.

Graduate students will take part in several of the sessions with other new students. Graduate Studies coordinates sessions specifically designed to prepare graduate students for their coursework and jumpstart their Franklin graduate experience! For more information, please contact program directors Branko Sain or Carlo Giardinetti.

Please note that all new undergraduate and graduate students should plan to arrive on campus between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 17.

Franklin is still carefully evaluating the COVID-19 situation and how it will impact the arrival and orientation of new students. Please note that the dates below are subject to change, but we are planning for Orientation to be partially held in person on campus and virtually. As some students will need to quarantine when they arrive, we are planning for students to be able to take part in as many activities virtually as possible.

Download the Franklin smartphone app for iTunes and Google Play! Once new students receive their Franklin username and password, they will be able to use all of the app's features as a Franklin student! We'll use the app during Orientation, so we encourage incoming students to become familiar with it ahead of time.

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Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

July 15

Deadline to Register for Math and Writing Placements

In mid-June, new first-year students and some new upperclassmen will receive an e-mail with information about registering for an online writing sample and math placement session. This session will take place during the first week of August and is mandatory, as it impacts some of the courses students will take during their time at Franklin. All students must register for their preferred session by July 15.

July 15 at 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Swiss Time

Ask the Office of Student Life

Although new students won’t arrive until August 17, we realize many students have questions about Orientation, arriving on campus, and other things. A staff member from the Office of Student Life will be available on Zoom for drop-in meetings with students and families to assist in their preparations. Students will receive the Zoom information via e-mail in advance of the session.

July 24 at 4 p.m. Swiss Time

Q&A with Orientation Mentors

Meet several of our OMs and ask some of the questions that have been on your mind about being a Franklin student. Students will receive the Zoom information via e-mail in advance of the session.

July 30

Message from Your Orientation Mentors

New undergraduate students will be assigned to an Orientation Group with some of their classmates. Although all of the Orientation Mentors are here to help you, two will be working specifically with your group and are excited to meet you! Look for an e-mail from your OMs on or around July 30!

July 31 at 4 p.m. Swiss Time

Italian Lesson and Ticino Overview

Learn some Italian and get a jump start on your transition into your new environment! We’ll teach you some important phrases and some key cultural things we think are helpful to know before you arrive. Students will receive the Zoom information via e-mail in advance of the session.

August 2 to 6

Writing Sample and Math Placement Sessions

New first-year students and some new upperclassmen will take part in an exercise to help faculty members place them in the courses that are the best fit for them. Students should look for more information in mid-June to sign up for a session time and will receive instructions via e-mail in late July.

August 7 at 6 p.m. Swiss Time

Zoom Hangout for New and Current Students

We know everyone is excited to start getting to know each other! Students will receive the Zoom information and additional details via e-mail.

August 12 at 8 p.m. Swiss Time

Q&A with Orientation Mentors

Meet several of our OMs and ask some of the questions that have been on your mind about being a Franklin student. Students will receive the Zoom information via e-mail in advance of the session.

August 17 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Arrival Day

All new students should plan to arrive on campus on Tuesday, August 17. Students will be able to move into their residence halls and start getting adjusted to their new home. All students will check in at the Grace Library on the Kaletsch Campus at Via Ponte Tresa 29 in Sorengo. 

August 18 to August 21

New Student Orientation

New students will take part in activities and informational sessions to help them learn about resources, what it means to be a Franklin student, policies and expectations, and other valuable information. Participation in all parts of Orientation is mandatory, with the exception of meals. Look for more details regarding the Orientation schedule later this summer. Remember to download the Franklin smartphone app for iTunes and Google Play, as we’ll be using it during Orientation!

August 19 at 8 p.m. Swiss Time

Residence Hall Meeting

All new students living on campus will get a chance to meet some of their neighbors and learn more about residence hall policies and procedures. These meetings will be conducted by student Resident Assistants and are mandatory for all new students.

August 20

Course Registration

All new students will have an individual appointment with their advisors on August 20 and will receive details about the time and place when they check in on August 17. It is extremely important that you attend this meeting. Students who will be quarantining when they arrive will receive information via e-mail about taking part in their meeting virtually.

August 20

Quick IKEA Trips

New students will have the opportunity to go to IKEA for a quick trip to get things for their new apartments. One bus will leave in the morning and one will go in the afternoon to accommodate students’ mandatory advising schedules. Spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Orientation schedule is very full, and Friday will be our first opportunity to offer a small bus to IKEA. We strongly recommend that students rent linens ahead of time or bring something to sleep on for a few days if they intend to purchase linens at IKEA.

August 21

Day Trip to Valle Verzasca

Each year, new Franklin students take a bus trip to a beautiful region in Ticino to hike, swim, and relax with other new students, surrounded by incredible scenery. This annual trip is an important Franklin tradition and marks the end of Orientation. Students who will be quarantining during this time will have an opportunity to go to Valle Verzasca another weekend with the Office of Student Life.