Orientation

(Summer Sessions and the Semester Kick-Off)

The information on this page is applicable only to students beginning at TSCT in the fall of 2022.

The fall semester is quickly approaching, and the team at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is working very hard to coordinate a helpful, fun-filled orientation for incoming students.

We realize you may have some questions about our orientation – we have answers below!

Answers to FAQs

What dates should I have on my calendar?

Orientation consists of a summer session and a semester kick-off. You do not have to register for either event.

Incoming first-year students will attend one summer session (each session is two days in length) – the student’s major will determine the summer session they attend. 

The semester kick-off is held on one day and creates an opportunity for all incoming first-year students to be together.

More information is below.

Summer Sessions

  • Summer Session 1: June 27 and June 28 (students attend both dates)
    • June 27: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (resident students should check-in at 9 a.m., commuters should check-in at 10 a.m.). There's a lawn party with free food, games, music, and much more from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.!

    • June 28: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

    • Attend Summer Session 1 if you’re majoring in: Architecture, Computer Network Systems Administration, Computer Software Engineering, Electrical, Electronic Engineering, Plumbing, and Residential Remodeling
  • Summer Session 2: June 29 and June 30 (students attend both dates)
    • June 29: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (resident students should check-in at 9 a.m.,  commuters should check-in at 10 a.m.). There's a lawn party with free food, games, music, and much more from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.!

    • June 30: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    • Attend Summer Session 2 if you’re majoring in: Automotive, Cabinetmaking and Wood, Carpentry, Graphic Communications and Printing, HVAC-R, and Mechanical Engineering
  • Summer Session 3: July 18 and July 19 (students attend both dates)
    • July 18: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (resident students should check-in at 10 a.m., commuters should check-in at 10:30 a.m.). There's a party with free food, games, music, and much more from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Jones Dining Hall (moved indoors due to predicted inclement weather)!

    • July 19: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    • Attend Summer Session 3 if you’re majoring in: Collision Repair, Computer Integrated Machining, Diesel, Electrical Construction and Maintenance, Masonry, and Pre-major
  •  Summer Session 4: July 20 and July 21 (students attend both dates)
    • July 20: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (resident students should check-in at 10 a.m., commuters should check-in at 10:30 a.m.). There's a lawn party with free food, games, music, and much more from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.!

    • July 21: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

    • Attend Summer Session 4 if you’re majoring in: Business Administration, Civil Engineering Construction, Electromechanical, Engineering CAD, Metals Fabrication and Welding, Water Environmental, and Welding

Semester Kick Off

  • Date: Friday, August 19

  • Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check in begins at 9 a.m. We ask all students to make sure they check-in prior to 9:45 a.m.

  • Location: Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC)

  • The Semester Kick-Off is event is designed just for students. Students will have opportunities to connect with a variety of our offices, collaborate with classmates, get acquainted with campus, and spend time in their major/program space. Lunch will be provided.

Is orientation mandatory?

Yes. Orientation helps incoming students become acclimated with our campus, our services, and their peers. We expect students to attend their summer session and the semester kick off.

However, we understand unanticipated emergencies may make this difficult. If you suddenly find you are unable to attend one of these programs, please contact Megan Wysock, our Associate Director of Admissions: .

What is covered at orientation?

We’ll cover a variety of important topics and provide helpful information and resources valuable for the entire time a student is enrolled at TSCT.

Summer sessions will begin with check-in! Students will have opportunities to connect with the following offices: financial aid, business office (student accounts, parking permits, campus ID), counseling, health services, and residence life. If you have outstanding items for any of the offices noted above, please bring those with you. Formal programming will begin at 12:30 p.m. - the official schedule for the entire session will be provided during check-in. 

During our semester kick off, incoming students will have the opportunity to connect with staff in a variety of offices and ensure everything is in place for them to successfully begin their first semester at TSCT. Students will also be able to drop off their tools and supplies to their academic program labs.

Will housing and meals be provided throughout orientation?

Housing

For the summer session, housing in our air-conditioned residence halls will be provided to students with a resident status only. Please note, the provided room will not be the student’s room assignment for the upcoming school year. 

For the semester kick-off, students will receive their semester housing assignment from the Residence Life team prior to the event. Move-in dates and times are available on our Residence Life webpage.

Meals

For the summer session, we’ll provide lunch and dinner on the first day, and breakfast and lunch on the second day. Remember, the summer session is two back-to-back days.

For the semester kick-off, we’ll provide lunch.

Are parents/caregivers able to attend orientation?

We plan to offer optional informational sessions for parents/caregivers at all of our orientation events.

At summer session, parents/caregivers are welcome to assist their student with check-in. In addition, parents/caregivers may join their student for lunch in the dining hall (available from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) and may attend an optional Welcome and Q&A session from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

The semester kick-off event is for students only.

Can I attend orientation if I'm a returning student?

Second-year students are not required to attend orientation. However, if you previously attended as a pre-major or academics-only student, we request your participation in the semester kick-off in August.

What is the Student Survey?

Please complete our brief Incoming Student Survey prior to your summer session so your Academic Coach can provide you with personalized academic advising. Shortly after submitting your survey, your Academic Coach will contact you to schedule a meeting (the meeting can be held in person, online, or via phone). During this meeting, your Academic Coach will discuss your survey responses, provide customized recommendations, and answer any questions you may have.

If you have any questions about this survey or academic advising at TSCT, please email Sheri Wright, the Director of the Academic Center: 

Is the House of Champ College Store open during orientation?

Yes, the House of Champ College Store - which is located in the Alumni House - is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the summer sessions and the semester kick-off.

Where can I find more information on orientation?

Visit our Accepted Students webpage for the most up-to-date information for all incoming first-year students, including orientation information.

Resources

Accepted Students Information | Campus Calendar | Dining | Financial Aid | Portal | Residence Life | Session Surveys


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