Your next adventure starts here!

We are excited to welcome undergraduate students during New Student Orientation on Tuesday, August 21, 2018! 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 2018 Schedule

Over the coming weeks, the Office of Student Life will finalize the Fall 2018 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!


Tuesday, August 21

9:00

Check-In Opens in the Grace Library

18:00

New Student Welcome 

19:00

Dinner

Wednesday, August 22

7:45

Breakfast opens until 9:00

9:00

Wednesday Orientation Sessions - Students will be in 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 22.  

Thursday, August 23

7:45

Breakfast opens until 9:00

10:00

Registration Preview and Self-Service

11:15

Office of Student Life Welcome

12:00

Group Photo, Orientation Group Meetings and Lunch

13:30

Orientation Group Meetings and Lunch

14:45

First-Year Student Meetings - Students who are not first-year students will leave early for their Lugano Tour. Students should review the academic packets they received on Wednesday morning to see the location of their meetings.

16:30

Math Course Placement Sessions

19:00

Dinner

21:00

Residence Hall Meetings

Friday, August 24

7:45

Breakfast opens until 9:30 - Students’ meal plans begin.

9:00

Academic Advising and Registration - Students will receive information about their individual academic appointments during their first session on Wednesday, August 22.

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

Orientation Group Meetings

Saturday, August 25

7:45

Breakfast

9:00

Day Trip to Valle Verzasca

19:00

Dinner

Sunday, August 26

9:00

Breakfast

12:00

Lunch

19:00

Dinner

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