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New Student Orientation

Welcome to Cougar Country! We are excited that you are joining our Chatham community. 

Wednesday, August 18 - Sunday, August 22

Most students living on campus will move in on Wednesday, August 18. Orientation activities for all students will commence that day. Please take a few moments to review the Undergraduate Orientation information below, which highlights important details about Orientation, as well as what you need to complete prior to arriving on campus.  

Before You Arrive

To make sure that your orientation experience is as smooth as possible, make sure you have completed the following tasks before arriving.

If you have not already, attend a New Student Registration Day to get your schedule and set you on the path to success. For questions about New Student Registration day please contact admissions at 800-837-1290.

A full checklist of all University-related business is available on the What’s Next? document.

All incoming students should register for New Student Orientation here. 

Your student ID grants you access to your residence hall, meal plan, on-campus printing, and more! See the ID policies & procedures for a complete list of the ways you’ll use and benefit from your Chatham ID. 

Please note that you must submit online for your student IDs, as we are currently unable to accept walk-ins due to the need to follow social distancing protocols. You do not need your ID before classes start, and they will be available on campus when you arrive for orientation. 

Once you have reviewed all information, you can submit your request here. We will contact you if there is an issue with your submission, so please monitor your email. Please email the Office of Student Affairs if you have any questions. 

If you are living on campus: submit your housing and dining application
All information regarding applying for housing and dining, requesting roommates, medical accommodations, and residing in one of our living/learning communities is available here. If you have questions or need more information, email the Office of Residence Life at reslife@chatham.edu.  

If you are living off campus: apply for commuter status
Due to COVID-19, the two-year residence requirement has been waived for the 2021-2022 school year. We strongly encourage students to live on-campus, but support students in making the best decision for themselves. Students choosing to live at home or off-campus must complete the Application for Commuter Student Status. Once approved, you will be able to apply for a parking permit.

Vaccine Requirement for 21-22 Term
In order to protect our community, Chatham will require COVID-19 vaccinations for all students participating in face-to-face classes or campus activities and for all faculty and staff for the 2021-2022 academic term.  

Chatham will allow students and employees with a valid medical, religious or other reason consistent under federal and state law, to apply for an exemption. Anyone not vaccinated will be subject to additional health and safety protocols during the year.  
Information about the Vaccine Requirement

Health Insurance Requirement
Chatham is committed to the health and wellbeing of all of our students. All full-time students are required to have health insurance coverage. Full-time students who wish to enroll in the Chatham University Student Health Insurance Plan can do so online at MyChatham starting July 1, 2021. The University-sponsored plan is designed to meet basic health care needs at an affordable cost.

Submit Health Information and Immunization Records
All students are required to submit health information and immunization record information through a secure web-based software platform called Med+Proctor, which will become part of your health record in the Office of Student Health Services. This information is due by August 1, 2021

Chatham requires vaccination records for the following: MMR (Measles, Mumps, & Rubella), hepatitis B, meningitis, chickenpox, tetanus, hepatitis A, polio and COVID-19.

You will be receiving an e-mail to your Chatham University e-mail account from Med+Proctor prompting you to set-up your account shortly after you submit your University Deposit. You will need to log in, create an account, and have information verified by your doctor's office. Please be sure to check your Chatham e-mail account regularly (including the clutter and junk folders) for this email.

Submit your Medical Forms via Med+Proctor

All incoming students must complete Part I of the AlcoholEdu and Sexual Assault Prevention online training modules by August 13. You will receive an e-mail with instructions for completing the courses after you submit the University Deposit.

Review the Student Honor Code
As citizens of the campus community, students must accept certain obligations that accrue by virtue of such citizenship. Consequently, students must adhere to community standards in accordance with the University's mission and expectations. Read the Complete Honor Code here.

Download the Chatham U Mobile App
Visit your app store and search “Chatham U” to find and download the Chatham U app. The app’s homepage is the Events Calendar, which lists upcoming activities, or you can get there by clicking the schoolhouse icon. Click “attend” to add events to your personal calendar.

Move-in & Orientation

We can't wait to welcome you! Read on for what to expect.

Most students residing on campus will be assigned a morning move-in time on Wednesday, August 18. 

Departments and offices will be open to take care of University-related business, and a late afternoon event will provide a recommended “goodbye for now” moment for students and family/friends. Students will attend an all-residence meeting and a floor meeting on the evening of the 18th. 

Other move-in dates:
International Students: August 8-10 (students will be contacted by the international office with additional details)

In-Season Student Athletes: August 15 (students will be contacted by their coach with additional details)

Students participating in the R.I.S.E. program: August 16 (students will be contacted by the office of Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion with additional details) 

The program will welcome and introduce you to the campus community and provide important information and resources to help you succeed. You will meet other new students and your Success Coach, be mentored by an Orientation team member, discover Chatham traditions, interact with the Cougar Community, and hear about ways to get involved! You can send any questions or requests for further information to the Office of Student Affairs at osa@chatham.edu.

Here is a draft of the orientation schedule. The full schedule will be available closer to orientation via the ChathamU mobile app.

After Orientation

Following orientation, it’s time to get ready for your classes and start getting involved in student life! Remember, classes begin Monday, August 23. Below are some ways to get started.

You’ll want to browse (and maybe bookmark) these tools and resources. They bring together links to MyChatham (Chatham’s intranet), Brightspace (our online learning platform), and MyPortal (where you can register for classes, update your personal information, view your Degree Progress Audit, and pay your student bill). Also consider visiting Chatham’s book store, in person or online.

Remember to keep checking your Chatham email for important information, including instructions on how to complete part 2 of the AlcoholEdu and Sexual Assault Prevention online modules.

You can find events on campus by going to MyChatham and selecting “Happenings” (or clicking this link). Events can also be found on the ChathamU mobile app.  

Connect with your Student Success Coach! Your Student Success Coach is there to work with you to make sure you have the resources you need to succeed, and to help troubleshoot any issues that might come up.

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The Office of Student Affairs & Dean of Students is an umbrella office located in Woodland Hall, overseeing Counseling and Health Services, Residence Life, and Student Engagement. We are committed to building a vibrant and inclusive student experience through creative programs, professional development, leadership opportunities, and creating a safe and healthy environment. For more information, please email the Office of Student Affairs or call 412-365-1286.