Spring on the York College campus


We design a great orientation program meant to facilitate the transition to campus life, provide vital information about life on campus and academics, and to introduce you to faculty, staff, and other students.

Orientation introduces you to York College's exciting campus life and helps you make connections within our supportive Spartan community.

Student stands with her family during orientation weekend
During Orientation, you will have the opportunity to meet with other new students and make new friends!

Orientation Programs

Preparing you to hit the ground running when you start at York College.
  • Fall Orientation

    Fall Orientation

    Fall Orientation for 2024 is August 22 through August 25

    • More information will be sent regarding move-on and Orientation check-in as it becomes available.
    • Fall Orientation is required for all new students. This time will serve to prepare students for the social and academic transitions into campus life.

    Adult Learners (Students who are over 23 years of age and do not live on campus) are welcome to attend our modified Adult Learner Program in lieu of the full orientation program.

  • January Orientation

    January Orientation

    For students entering in the spring semester, York College offers a modified orientation program the day before classes begin in January. During this time, we invite students to campus to review college services, policies and meet with academic advisors.

    We have designed this orientation program to facilitate your transition to York College, provide vital information about campus life and academics, and to introduce you to faculty, staff, and other students.  It is our goal to assist you in making connections to resources and individuals in our supportive Spartan community.

    All segments of this Orientation program are important and informative.  There will be no makeup session provided. Student leaders, faculty, staff and administrators will be available to assist you with your questions. We encourage both new and transfer students to take advantage of this opportunity to become acquainted with all YCP has to offer.

  • New Spartan Days

    New Spartan Days

    New Spartan Days - Summer Orientation marks a major step where you are officially moving past high school and taking action as a York College of Pennsylvania student. From Day One, you will experience all that York has to offer and what better time to start than the summer before you begin your college career!

    During summer orientation you will: learn about the course curriculum, work with a professional advisor to build your fall class schedule, and have the opportunity to learn about all of the support resources and opportunities that will be waiting for you in the fall!

    All deposited students will receive an email from the Admissions Office with additional details and information about registration. Please take time to review the additional information below to learn more about the required placement exams you'll need to take before attending your New Spartan Day.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What is Orientation and why should I come?

    Orientation programs are required of all incoming first-year and transfer students enrolling at York College. The college holds a two part program, New Spartan Day (Summer Orientation) and Fall Orientation. New Spartan Day is a one-day program with dates available in June. Fall Orientation is held the week before classes begin in the fall, Orientation introduces you to York College's exciting campus life and helps you make connections within our supportive Spartan community. Orientation is designed to facilitate the transition to campus life and is a comprehensive program which we strongly encourage all new students to attend in its entirety. While it will provide a multitude of important information, it is also stocked with fun activities hand-chosen to engage and entertain!

    You will also get-to-know other new students, those faces whom you will see in your residence hall, classes, parking lots and lounges. From your first day on campus right through graduation you will be building memories that will last a life time! We're here to give it a kick start!

  • When will I receive Orientation information?

    In the coming weeks, you will receive many different pieces of information regarding Orientation, residences halls, move-in, academics, and more.

    If you feel that you are not receiving communications from York College by mistake, please don't hesitate to contact us so that we can help resolve this issue and catch you up on any missed information.

  • What is the parking situation during Orientation?

    Summer Orientation parking will be located in the commuter lot located on Main Campus. Campus Safety will direct guests to the parking area.

    Parking on main campus during Orientation is at a premium. Upon arriving to the main entrance you will be greeted by one of our campus safety officers and shown the best route to your assigned building. They will also provide instructions about unloading and re-parking cars after they are unloaded.

  • May we have family members attend with us?

    Families are welcome to accompany students during the move-in and/or check-in process. Families and guests are then invited to attend the Academic Convocation and Parting Reception. Following the Parting reception, Families and Guests are able to depart campus as Students begin their student-only orientation program.

  • What should I bring to Orientation?

    Everything you need for Summer Orientation will be provided. As a reminder, be sure to take your math placement and foreign language placement tests prior to orientation so you can schedule your classes. (Note: More information regarding the placement tests will be available after May 1)

    Whether you are living on campus or commuting from home, you may wish to have at least the following items easily accessible throughout Fall Orientation.

    • A Mask (Recommended but not required at this time)
    • Cell Phone (if you have one)
    • Pens/Pencils
    • Sneakers (we will be doing lots of walking, flip-flops may not be appropriate for all activities)
    • Student ID (you will receive this during check-in)
    • Vehicle Registration (if you are obtaining a parking permit)
    • Umbrella
  • How can I get my student ID/parking permit?

    If you have not already submitted your ID photo, you may visit the office of campus safety after you arrive to campus.

    For more information, visit the Campus Safety webpage.


    Parking information can be found here.

  • I'm a Commuter, what events do I attend?

    This answer is easy... all of them!

    Orientation is for ALL new students at YCP and is NOT based around residency status. There are only two exceptions: Orientation check-in and the Student Specific Session.

    Check-in: As a commuter, since you do not need to move your belongings, you won't need to pick up your orientation materials quite as early, so your check-in time is any time from 12 - 1 p.m. on August 18. This will occur on West Campus at the Lower Grumbacher Entrance (Enter from Richland Ave.)

    The rest of the Orientation schedule will have you in your Orientation groups which will contain both residents and commuters together -- and the content is applicable, and often required, of all students. 

Contact Us
Student Activities and Orientation
Sara Goodwin, M.A., Director of Student Activities and Orientation
Iosue Student Union, Room 205
Phone: 717.815.1239
Fax: 717.849.1617

Semester Hours
Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Summer Hours (May-August)
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.