New Student Orientation

We are excited that you have chosen to become a part of our dynamic community, and look forward to working with you during New Student Orientation.

New Student Orientation will be held for all new students, first-time and transfers, Thursday, August 25th through Friday, August 26th. Please know that transfer students do not need to attend the first day of orientation; only Friday, August 26th. First-time students must attend both days of orientation. This event is a required program that reviews all the information you need to make a seamless transition to GCU.

All first-time residents, full-time freshmen and transfers are expected to MOVE-IN on Thursday, August 25th from 8:30am to 12:30pm.  All residents will receive their housing and roommate assignments from the Office of Residence Life prior to arrival on campus.  Please contact residence life at 732-987-2533 if you do not receive this information prior to move-in.

Part-time, commuter, and transfer students will also have an OPTIONAL overnight stay in the residence halls. However, students MUST indicate they would like to stay overnight when they sign-up for orientation.

During orientation at GCU, we invite you to call the campus home while you establish new friendships, explore the beautiful grounds and buildings, enjoy Georgian Court hospitality and most importantly, prepare yourself for the upcoming academic year and your first-year and transfer experience.

Attending orientation is an important step in beginning your journey at Georgian Court. Orientation is designed to help you:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of what it means to be a college student
  • Get acquainted with your first-year and transfer seminar professors, orientation leaders, and classmates
  • Seek independence
  • Embark on new adventures
  • Build new relationships with peers
  • Highlight your past successes while creating new ones
  • Become informed about the resources available at GCU

Please continue to check this website for important orientation updates, registration information, and program schedules.

Click on the Registration tab above to register for New Student Orientation.

Along with the GCU Orientation staff and student leaders, welcome to Georgian Court University. We look forward to seeing you in August! You may contact us at 732-987-2606 or email if you should have any questions!

The Orientation Team

When is Orientation?

Orientation takes place beginning on Thursday, August 25th through Friday, August 26th.  All full-time, first-time students must attend both days. Transfer students only have to attend Friday, August 26th.

Why should I attend Orientation?

Orientation is an important first step in beginning your transition to the GCU community. In addition to meeting with your first-year and transfer seminar professors, deans, and other people who will assist you in your transition and throughout your time at The Court, you will meet and acquaint yourself with your peers and classmates. During orientation, you will receive the tools needed to begin and succeed in your first year at Georgian Court.

Can my family attend Orientation?

Absolutely!  We have a special program designed for parents and family members that is scheduled concurrently with New Student Orientation on Thursday, August 25th.  Please see the Information for Parents to learn more about our Parent Orientation.

Do I have to stay overnight?

All residents who are first-time, full-time students and/or transfers are expected to MOVE-IN on Thursday, August 25th. Commuter and part-time students will have an OPTIONAL overnight stay in the residence halls. However, students MUST indicate they would like to stay overnight when they sign-up for orientation.

What do I need to bring with me to Orientation?

If you are a resident, please visit the Housing & Residence Life webpage for recommended items. If you are choosing the OPTIONAL overnight stay, simply bring sheets for a twin bed, a pillow, blanket, change of clothes, sleep attire, comfortable shoes, toiletries, and a POSITIVE attitude.

What is the attire for Orientation?

Orientation activities are casual, so dress appropriately for comfort and the weather! Be sure to wear comfortable shoes as there will be walking and other activities. Don’t forget a sweater or sweatshirt and an umbrella, just in case!

What if I cannot attend Orientation?

Orientation is a MANDATORY event for all new students at Georgian Court University. If you have any special circumstances that would prevent you from participating, please contact the Office of Student Activities at 732-987-2606 or email

Who can I call with questions?

For questions pertaining to orientation, you can contact the Director of Student Activities, at 732-987-2606 or

For questions about Residence Life, please call 732-987-2540.

New Student Orientation is not just for students; it’s for parents, too! On Thursday, August 25th, GCU will offer a separate orientation for parents, encouraging them to become more familiar with the campus community and services we offer.

Parents speak with faculty and staff and meet with students who have experienced what GCU has to offer. It is the perfect opportunity for them to connect with the campus and to have all their questions answered.

GCU does not provide overnight accommodations for parents. However, we have secured a block of rooms at the following establishment:

Ramada Inn & Suites
2373 State Highway 9
Toms River, NJ 08753

Please refer to the block for “GCU Orientation” when booking. Reservations must be made by July 24, 2016 to qualify for the discounted rate.

Please check this website frequently for orientation updates and program schedules.

Details to follow.

Join us for a comprehensive look at GCU’s support services and enjoy a seamless transition to the GCU community!

This orientation is mandatory for all new students, including transfer students.

  • Resident Move-in & Check-in will take place on Thursday, August 25th from 8:30am-12:30pm
  • Commuter, Transfer and Parent registration will take place on Thursday, August 25th from 11:30am-1:00pm in the Wellness Center

Please respond no later than Wednesday, August 17th

If you have any questions, please call 732-987-2606 or email

Please complete and submit the form below. Weather related closing/delayed opening information will be provided on the GCU website.