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New Student Orientation

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

Thursday, August 19 - Sunday, August 22

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. (link coming soon)

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 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.

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

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.

Once You Arrive

You’re finally here! Read on for what to expect.

New and transfer student move-in: Wednesday, August 18

New international students move-in: Information forthcoming 

On these days, incoming first year and transfer students move into their residence hall or apartment and begin New and Transfer Student Orientation. A move-in time will be sent assigned to you prior to your arrival. International students, fall student athletes, and R.I.S.E. mentees may move in prior to this date and will be notified accordingly.

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.

Schedule Overview (coming soon)

The full schedule will be available 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.