New Student Orientation

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2015 New Student Orientation & International Student Orientation Information:

Welcome to Eastman! The Eastman School of Music New Student Orientation and International Student Orientation Program is over a week of mandatory programs. New Student Orientation is critical to a student’s first year experience as it makes a substantial impact on welcoming and connecting students and their families to the institution, as well as facilitates a smooth transition to college life at Eastman. New Student Orientation introduces our students to the wide array of academic, social, intellectual, leadership, and cultural experiences available via a series of intentionally designed events, activities, workshops, and opportunities. During New Student Orientation, students will:

  • Receive extensive academic advising, take placement exams, and register for fall classes;
  • Learn about the academic, residential, and co-curricular environment;
  • Meet other new students and make friends;
  • Participate in fun events and explore ways to get involved in student life;
  • Meet faculty, staff, and administrators;
  • Discuss important first-year college issues;
  • Connect with a “Big Sib” and other Eastman Orientation Crew volunteers;
  • Learn about campus life from current students;
  • Learn your way around Eastman, River Campus, and Rochester.

After participating in New Student Orientation students will be able to:

  • Complete necessary tasks in preparation for being an Eastman student;
  • Locate, navigate, and utilize on and off campus resources;
  • Establish personal and professional connections with peers, staff, and faculty;
  • Identify opportunities to get involved and become engaged in the campus community in meaningful ways.

IMPORTANT DATES: 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION: Thursday, August 20 – Sunday, August 23
This is mandatory for all new international students. The first event begins at 9am on Friday, August 21.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT MOVE IN & ARRIVAL: Thursday, August 20

  • If you are an international student who is living off-campus you should arrive in Rochester on Thursday, August 20 (please stay in a hotel, with friends, or move into your apartment). The International Student Orientation begins promptly at 9:00am on Friday, August 21.
  • If you are an international student who is living on-campus in the Student Living Center, you must move into your room on-campus on Thursday, August 20, between 10am and 4pm. The first event for international students living in the Student Living Center is at 6:00pm on Thursday, August 20.

NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION FOR ALL NEW STUDENTS: Monday, August 24 – Sunday, August 30
This is mandatory for ALL new incoming and transfer students. International students will continue with the rest of orientation week.

  • Monday, August 24: Move-in and arrival for all other new or transfer students living in the Student Living Center is between 8am and 12pm (students are not permitted to move-in before this date). Please see below for details.

FOR PARENTS: Parents are invited to attend the Parent Information Session at 2:30pm in Hatch Recital Hall, and the Welcome Picnic at 11:30am in the Dining Center, on Monday, August 24, as will be specifically noted in New Student Orientation materials. All other programs and sessions are just for new students. Parents may not attend placement exams or other events.

MOVE IN & ARRIVAL PROCEDURES MONDAY AUGUST 24:

Residential Students: Those moving in to the Student Living Center should have received information from the Office of Residential Life regarding move in, specifically regarding your assigned move in time:    

LAST NAME BEGINS WITH: MOVE-IN TIME:
A – F 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
G – M 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
N – Z 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

If you have questions about move in, arrival, or living in the Student Living Center, please contact the Office of Residential Life directly at 585-274-1251.

Upon arrival, please navigate to 100 Gibbs Street, Rochester NY 14605. Turn onto Gibbs Street from E. Main Street. You will pull up PERPENDICULAR to the curb to begin unloading. Eastman Orientation Crew members (in white and purple shirts) will be available to assist with unloading and getting belongings up to your room. You will have approximately 15 minutes to move all of your belongings from your vehicle into your room. After unloading, vehicles MUST relocate and park in one of two locations for the remainder of the day. Please be mindful and help us keep the day moving efficiently.

Arriving in Rochester – Directions & Maps

Parking: Because we are an urban campus in downtown Rochester, parking is controlled by the city. There are two parking options:

  1. Gibbs Street Lot: This is the open Lot directly across from the Student Living Center. This lot will have an attendant and costs $5 to park for the day.
  2. East End Parking Garage: This is on East Main Street, immediately around the corner from the Student Living Center at 475 East Main Street. This garage costs $2 the first hour, then $2 every hour after 2 hours, with a daily maximum of $8. http://www.cityofrochester.gov/eastendgarage/

As soon as you have unloaded your vehicle and relocated to one of the two parking lots, return to the Student Living Center and get your ESM Student ID* and Orientation Folder in Ciminelli Lounge. Student ID process ends at 2pm.*Please make sure to bring photo ID for proof of identity to receive your ESM Student ID.

Non-Residential Students living off campus: We strongly encourage that you arrive in the morning. All students must check in and receive their student ID from 8AM Monday morning ending at 2pm. If you are a NON-resident, you can arrive as early as 8AM to check in and get your student ID. Please do NOT park in front of the Student Living Center as this space is reserved for those unloading their cars to move in to the Student Living Center. You may park in the Gibbs Lot or East End Garage, per instructions above.

*RESIDENTIAL STUDENTS moving in to the Student Living Center MUST arrive during the designated scheduled time sent to you by Residential Life, and as dictated by the above chart. You will have plenty of time after you arrive and unload your vehicle to check in and get your student ID. Remember, if you have questions about moving in to the Student Living Center, your room, or anything pertaining to residing in the Student Living Center, call the Office of Residential Life at 585-274-1251. If you have other questions pertaining to Orientation, contact the Office of Student Life at 585-274-1106.

 

There are several resources, forms, and important information on this website.  The website is updated regularly. Detailed information about the Orientation schedules will be posted over the summer.

Please contact the Office of Student Life by phone at 585.274.1106 or e-mail at studentlife@esm.rochester.edu with general questions about New Student Orientation.

For questions regarding things such as housing, mail, packages, roommates, and move-in, please contact the Office of Residential Life by phone at 585.274.1251 or e-mail at reslife@esm.rochester.edu.

For questions regarding things such as undergraduate placement exams, academics and classes, programs of study, studio placements, and/or course requirements, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs by phone at 585.274.1020 or e-mail at academicaffairs@esm.rochester.edu.

For questions regarding things such as graduate placement exams, academics and classes, programs of study, studio placements, and/or course requirements, please contact the Graduate Studies Office by phone at 585.274.1560 or e-mail at gdean@esm.rochester.edu.

 

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