office of the first-year experience

What is evoLUtion?

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Your first-year experience at Lehigh is named evoLUtion for its definition of a gradual process in which something changes into a different, more complex or better form. The Course Info sheet were included in the welcome kit you received in May.

In order to assist in your transition, we have broken down your evoLUtion into three phases:

  1. Pre-arrival activities and Orientation
  2. evoLUtion seminar
  3. Program and Events


This experience aims to help your transition to college life here at Lehigh. This is your chance to meet your new classmates and the student Orientation Leaders, learn about Lehigh’s academic and social expectations and have fun! We encourage you to arrive early on move-in day so you have plenty of time to get settled before your evoLUtion begins at 2:00 pm. The Class of 2017 will arrive for Orientation on Thursday, August 22, 2013.

evoLUtion Seminar

The evoLUtion seminar is designed to help you reconnect with your orientation group and to discuss important issues relevant to your adjustment and success at Lehigh. Your Orientation Leader will provide you with the dates and locations of your evoLUtion seminar. During the seminar you will discuss the LU Reading Selection, so be sure you have completed the book.

The evoLUtion seminar is a required experience. Should you choose not to attend you will be delayed in your spring course registration process.

Orientation Highlights (Fall 2013)

Move-In Day & Check-In
All first-year students must check-in for Orientation at Iacocca Hall on the Mountaintop Campus. At Orientation check-in you will receive your Orientation schedule, first semester course schedule and directions to your residence hall. You will not be permitted to check into your residence hall until you have checked-in for Orientation.

Not sure what to bring with you to campus? Check out our packing list .

Need directions of how to get to campus for check-In? Directions for 2013.

Schedule at a Glance (Fall 2013)
*Schedule subject to change. You will receive an updated schedule with your Orientation Group assignment when you check-in for Orientation. All of the materials you receive at check-in should remain with you throughout Orientation. Commuting students will follow a slightly altered schedule and will also be assigned an Orientation Group. 

Thursday, August 22

8:30am - 1:00pm
Check-In Iacocca Hall on the Mountaintop Campus
Residence Hall Check-In (Directions to Iacocca)

2:00pm - 2:45 Residence Hall Socials

3:00pm - 5:30pm Orientation Kick-off and Orientation Group Meetings

5:30pm - 6:00pm Farewell To Your Families!

8:30pm - 12:00am
UC Carnival - sponsored by Residence Hall Association

Friday, August 23

8:00am - 9:15am
Orientation Group Meeting

9:30am - 10:30am Academic College Convocations

10:30am - 2:30pm Academic Advising Appointments

10:30am - 3:00pm Exploring Campus Resources

3:00pm - 4:00pm Lehigh Symposium

4:30pm - 5:30pm Orientation Group Meeting

5:30pm - 8:00pm Lehigh Faux Friday in South Bethlehem

8:00pm - 10:00pm Residence Hall Building Meeting

10:00pm- 12:00am Lehigh After Dark Casino Night

Saturday, August 24

8:00am - 4:00pm
Orientation Group Meetings and Educational Session Rotation

4:30pm - 7:00pm Culture Fest Dinner with Residence Halls

7:00pm - 8:30pm First-Year & Alumni Rally

8:30pm - 1:00am Lehigh After Dark Kick-off at ArtsQuest at Steel Stacks

Sunday, August 25

9:30am - 10:15am
Orientation Group Meeting

10:30am - 1:00pm Brunch and Values & Academic Integrity

3:00pm - 4:30pm Summer Reading Discussion

5:00pm - 6:00pm University Convocation (Business Attire Required)

Religious Services during Orientation
Click on the link above to view services offered on and around campus.