Your next adventure starts here!

We are excited to welcome undergraduate students during New Student Orientation on Tuesday, August 20, 2019! 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the Director of Graduate Studies.

Fall Orientation 2019 Schedule

Over the coming weeks, the Office of Student Life will finalize the Fall 2019 Orientation Schedule, and all students will receive a detailed final schedule when they arrive. Please review the brief timetable below to get an idea of what to expect when you arrive in August!

Download the new 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.


Tuesday, August 20

09:00

Check-In Opens in the Grace Library until 17:00

18:00

New Student Welcome 

19:00

Dinner

Wednesday, August 21

07:45

Breakfast opens until 09:00

09:00

Wednesday Orientation Sessions - Students will be in mandatory sessions all day. Wednesday sessions include information about living in Switzerland and important meetings with Student Services staff to process students' immigration paperwork. Students will be escorted to their meetings (and lunch!) by their Orientation Mentors. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory. Students may have a brief break, but please plan to be in sessions all day.

18:30

Dinner – “A Taste of Switzerland”

Parent and Family Orientation will take place on Wednesday, August 21.  

Thursday, August 22

07:45

Breakfast opens until 9:00

09:00

Thursday Orientation Sessions - Students will be in mandatory sessions all day. Thursday sessions include information about registering for courses, first meetings of students' First Year Seminars, and other important information. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory. Students may have a brief break, but please plan to be in sessions all day.

19:00

Dinner

   

Friday, August 23

07:45

Breakfast opens until 09:30 - Students’ meal plans begin.

09:00

Academic Advising and Registration - Students will receive information about their individual academic appointments during their first session on Wednesday, August 21.

12:30

Lunch

18:30

Financial Aid Information Session - Students who receive Franklin financial aid should be present for this meeting in the Auditorium.

19:00

Dinner

20:30

Valle Verzasca Introduction and Talk - Students who do not attend this session will not be able to participate in Saturday's day trip, one of Franklin's most important traditions.

Saturday, August 24

07:45

Breakfast

09:00

Day Trip to Valle Verzasca

19:00

Dinner

Sunday, August 25

09:00

Breakfast

12:00

Lunch

19:00

Dinner

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