Welcome to Bearcat Country! All freshmen students are required to attend Freshman Summer Orientation.

What is Freshman Summer Orientation?

Freshman Summer Orientation is a 2-day/1-night program that will show you the ropes here at Lander. From getting involved on campus, tips on academic success, and meeting student leaders, Summer Orientation covers it all! Freshman Summer Orientation is specifically for first-year, first-time incoming students.

All students are required to attend one orientation session.


2022 Summer Orientation Dates:

  • Session 1: June 20-21
  • Session 2: June 22-23
  • Session 3: June 27-28

  • Session 4: July 18-19

  • Session 5: July 25-26

  • Session 6: July 27-28


Orientation Chat Sessions (O-Chats)

We offer four virtual chat sessions where you can ask campus partners questions before your Orientation experience. The current partners invited are Enrollment Management, Admissions, Financial Aid, Housing and Residence Life, Student Life, Information Technology Services, Academic Success, and Orientation Programs. Please select which session you would like to attend and register!

We look forward to answering your questions live through Zoom. Please contact orientation@lander.edu if you have any questions.


O-Chat Sessions

More sessions to come.



Are all incoming students required to complete orientation?

Yes, orientation is required for undergraduate students admitted for the Fall 2021 semester. Summer Orientation is for first-year students only. You will register for your classes during your orientation session.

Space is limited, so register early as sessions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. You will not be able to register for classes until you participate in an orientation session. 

What time does Orientation begin and end?

Summer Orientation will begin at 8:00 am with check-in in the Grier Student Center. On the second day, all sessions will end by 2:00 pm. It is imperative that students stay until their schedules and other activities are completed.

What can I expect at summer orientation?

Programming for incoming fall term admitted first year students will participate in Summer Orientation which will be across two days/one night.

The goal of orientation is to ensure incoming students are informed about academic and campus resources, how to get involved on campus and other information to help you successfully transition to Lander. You will receive academic advising and complete course registration during your session.

Will I still be able to meet with my college/school and academic advisor and register for my classes during summer orientation?

Yes, during your summer orientation session, you will meet with your first-year advisor. The list of first year advisors can be found here.

Can I change my major during my summer orientation session?

If you are concerned about your major choice, you will have time to discuss it with your advisor during your advising appointment. You can also contact the Office of Admissions who can assist with those changes by emailing Admissions at admissions@lander.edu.

Do I have to pay my tuition during my summer orientation session?

No, if you’re attending a June/July session, payment will be due at the beginning of the Fall semester. Students are able to set up a payment plan online by viewing the Business Office webpage. You may reach out to the Business Office at 864-388-8088 as well. 

Is there an orientation program for parents and families?

Yes, Family Orientation is facilitated by the Office of Orientation Programs. You can find more information about Family Orientation here or by contacting us via email at orientation@lander.edu.

When is Summer Orientation for fall admitted students?

Summer Orientation is opened for all first-year students only. Our sessions are listed above.

Can I switch my session date?

Yes, it depends. If there is space available, you can change your session date. Please contact our office through email at orientation@lander.edu. Please make sure to include your name and L# in the message.

Can I get on a waitlist for a session?

Sessions do not have waitlists. If the session you wish to participate in is full, you should register for a different session. You can continue to check the system to see if a space opens up in your desired session, but the Office of Orientation Programs cannot place you in a session that is full; sessions must maintain caps in order to ensure that all students have quality time allotted during college and advising meetings in preparing to successfully register for your classes.

What if I miss or do not complete my summer orientation session?

If you miss your summer orientation session, you will not be able to register for classes. You will need to contact The Office of Orientation Programs to make arrangements and discuss the steps you need to take to be able to register.

If you register for a June/July session and fail to participate in it, you will need to go contact orientation@lander.edu. Your payment for the session will not be refunded.

How do I register for summer orientation if I’m an international student (non U.S. citizen, non-permanent resident)?

Please contact Jeff Constant at jconstant@lander.edu for more information.  

What is the cost of Summer Orientation?

Your Orientation fees are $120.

When do I pay for my session?

You will not have to pay prior to Summer Orientation. The fee will be added to your overall tuition bill.

Can I get a refund if I cancel my summer orientation session?

There will be no refunds given if you cancel or do not attend the required Summer Orientation sessions.

What is the best way to check out what’s going on?

You can always stay connected with us on social media as well. Follow @landerorientation on Instagram.