New Student Orientation

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

New Student Orientation will be held for all new students, first-time and transfers, Friday, August 25, through Saturday, August 26. This event is a required program for all new students. During New Student Orientation, you will receive all the information you need to make a seamless transition to GCU as well as get to know your fellow students.

All new resident students are expected to MOVE IN on Thursday, August 24; residents will receive their housing and roommate assignments from the Office of Residence Life prior to arrival on campus.  Please contact the Office of Residence Life at 732-987-2533 if you do not receive this information prior to move in.

All freshmen and transfer commuter students will have the option to stay overnight at the residence halls from Thursday, August 24, through Saturday, August 26. However, students MUST indicate they would like to stay overnight when they sign-up for Orientation.

During Orientation (Friday, August 25–Saturday, August 26), 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. 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 Orientation leaders and classmates,
  • seek independence,
  • embark on new adventures,
  • build new relationships with peers,
  • highlight your past successes while creating new ones, and
  • become informed about the resources available at GCU.

Please continue to check this Web site for important Orientation updates, registration information, and program schedules.

Click here for Orientation Sign Up

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

The Orientation Team

When is Orientation?

Orientation takes place beginning on Friday, August 25, through Saturday, August 26.  All freshmen and new transfer students must attend both days.

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 dean of students, Orientation leaders, 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 the GCU campus. During Orientation, you will receive the tools needed to begin and succeed in your first year at Georgian Court.

Can my family attend Orientation?

Parents and family members can assist resident students with Move-in, which takes place on Thursday, August 24; however, New Student Orientation on Friday, August 25, and Saturday, August 26, is specifically for new students.

Do I have to stay overnight?

All first-time residents are expected to MOVE IN on Thursday, August 24. Commuter students will have an OPTIONAL overnight stay in the residence halls from Thursday, August 24, through Saturday, August 26. 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 Web page 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 e-mail

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.

Download the New Student Orientation schedule for August 25-26, 2017.


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 24. Residents will receive information in the mail concerning their room assignment and move-in time.
  • New Student Orientation registration will take place on Friday, August 25, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. in the Wellness Center.
  • The New Student Orientation schedule is coming soon.

Please respond no later than Thursday, August 17.

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

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

New Student Orientation sign up is no longer available.