For Parents

How does my student register?
What do the registration costs include?
What forms does my student need to submit?
What will my student need to bring for the program?
How will this be beneficial to my student?
How will smaller the Urban Ops NYC experience differ from the larger PreLUsion programs that are offered?
What are the NYC trip details?
Do parents need to return to Lehigh for new student arrival and family orientation on Thursday?

How does my student register?

Students may register for a program beginning on May 13, 2013. Students who register for a PreLUsion program will receive a confirmation packet in July with specific program details and move-in information. Refund requests must be made in writing to fye@lehigh.edu before June 30th and a $25 processing fee will apply. No refund requests will be accepted after June 30, 2013. The registration form can be found on the Office of First Year Experience website at:
http://www.lehigh.edu/~infys/prelusion.shtml.

What do the registration costs include?

The $375 Urban Ops NYC registration costs include the following: all meals prior to the activation of your student’s meal plan, any costs associated with the overnight trip to NYC (including transportation, food, lodging in Times Square and group spending money) a t-shirt and all on campus workshops and activities. Note: The group spending money provided from the registration costs will be used by the group to navigate the city based on the guidelines provided for the excursion by the office and their group decisions. This money will not cover personal expenses or souvenirs, the cost of these items will be left to the student’s discretion and personal funds.

What forms does my student need to submit?

Your student will need to complete the following forms and return them by August 1, 2013, which can be found on the forms link on our website: LU Off Campus Waiver, LU Indemnity & Release Wavier*, Medical Information Form*, Student Biography, Student Behavioral Contract. Please notice on all forms that if the student is under the age of 18 years during the Urban Ops NYC experience the legal parent or guardian will need to sign the forms in addition to the student’s signature.

*Students will be participating in our on campus Ropes Challenge Course run by the Office of Student Leadership Development. These two forms are required of all participants that go through the course.

All forms can be mailed to:

Office of Student Activities
Lehigh University
29 Trembley Dr.
Room B004
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Attn: Urban Ops NYC

What will my student need to bring for the program?

Urban Ops NYC participants do not need to bring anything beyond what they would typically pack for their college experience. Participation in our Ropes Challenge Course will require all students wear closed toe shoes, preferably sneakers and non-baggy clothing. Under the forms link on the Urban Ops website you can access the “Appropriate Attire” document that more clearly defines what students should wear to actively engage in the Ropes Challenge Course experience.

How will this be beneficial to my student?

Our trip is specifically designed to help your student begin their time at Lehigh by taking an in-depth look at how groups develop and the role they take in those groups. This will be particularly beneficial as first year students are inundated with a variety of involvement options the moment they arrive on campus. In addition, our experience will provide your student with various opportunities to practice navigating group situations and how to recognize and work effectively with different personality styles that emerge in those situations. Finally, they will get to meet and become friends with a diverse peer group that reaches across campus residence halls, orientation groups and academic colleges.

How will the Urban Ops NYC experience differ from the other PreLUsion programs that are offered?

All PreLUsion programs are designed to jump-start the college experience with students who share similar interests. The benefit to participating in a medium sized PreLUsion experience like Urban Ops NYC is that students will have the opportunity to form close and intimate bonds with fellow first year students, highly engaged and involved upper class students, young vibrant NYC alumni and active, supportive and well connected older alumni and prominent career professionals. In addition, the focus of the Urban Ops NYC program is to build our participants’ abilities and skills when it comes to adjusting to and working effectively in groups and teams. Our participants will come out with a great advantage and ready to adjust to orientation groups, residence hall floors and even class projects, something that is unique to our program’s more mid-range participant design.

What are the NYC trip details?

Students will be briefed about the day, provided breakfast and driven into NYC with a group of 7 Squad Leaders, 1 coordinator, and 2 professional staff members.

During the first day experience groups, accompanied by their upperclassmen student leader, will make a series of decisions similar to a typical sightseeing family trip. One task of the day will be to meet a University representative for lunch and discussion and other tasks will include tours of various educational places of interest throughout Manhattan, accompanied by a Lehigh University alumnus. All program participants, alumni participants, University representatives, and Program Coordinators will meet for a networking dinner with the Young Alumni Club of NYC. 

Post dinner students will be given free time to explore Times Square and Manhattan in free form groups, returning to the hotel by 1am where upper class leaders and Program Coordinators will ensure all students have returned safely.

During the second day different excursion groups, again accompanied by an upperclassmen student leader, will be given the morning to fully explore one historical or tourist destination more fully prior to lunch.  All program participants and the Program Coordinators will meet for a lunch prior to departing NYC for Lehigh.  All students will be driven back to Lehigh by their upperclassmen student leaders.

In addition, the University Program Coordinators, full time staff members at Lehigh University, will be in Manhattan all day and overnight and within cell phone reach of all participants via upperclassmen student leaders.

Do parents need to return to Lehigh for new student arrival and family orientation on Thursday?

No, and in fact we encourage you not to.  The Office of the First Year experience has planned an orientation program for PreLUsion families that mirrors the program that will occur on Thursday.  The Urban Ops participants, along with all other new students and PreLUsion leaders will actually be volunteering for a shift on Thursday to assist their peers with the move in process, similarly to the assistance they will receive the Monday that they move in.  Prior to assisting with the move in process, the Urban Ops students will have a final breakfast on Thursday morning with leaders and Program Coordinators where they report back all that they learned over the 3 days in a creative and interactive format.