New Student Orientation

Welcome to the University of Saint Francis!

As an incoming first-year or transfer student, you’re required to attend New Student Orientation, a day designed specifically for you and your parent/guardian.

New Student Orientation is where you’ll register for classes, meet your academic advisor and learn about the many resources available at Saint Francis. Additionally, it’s where you begin to meet people and feel at home.

Note: Those who attended Priority Registration during Accepted Student Day are still required to attend New Student Orientation. 

Orientation 2024 Dates

Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Register by June 15

Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Register by July 12

Monday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Register by August 5

Prepare for New Student Orientation 2024

New Student Orientation is for confirmed fall 2024 students. If you are unsure of your status, sign in to My Admissions Account and submit any missing items. Once you have been admitted and have confirmed with a deposit, you can prepare for Orientation via the following steps:

1. Select a New Student Orientation date (above) and register via the “Register” link.

2. Log in to the Saint Francis student portal, My Cougar Connection, at using your student/Cougar email. If you have not logged in before, set up your password by selecting “Forgot my password.” Follow steps to set up multi-factor authentication. If you don’t know your student email, contact the Office of Admissions for help. Call 260-399-8000, text 260-217-0854 or email [email protected].

3. In My Cougar Connection, visit My Sites, then Colleague Self-Service. Ensure you are able to open Self-Service. During the course registration portion of New Student Orientation, this is the area you will access to register for classes. Self-Service also houses your Financial Aid (financial aid award package, scholarships and more), the Course Catalog and Student Finance where you will make payments and more.

4. In Colleague Self-Service, select your name and person icon in the top right corner to review and complete necessary documents. Be sure to verify your User Profile, submit Emergency Information and complete Required Agreements. 

  • Accept the Registration Agreement (Required Agreements)
  • Confirm your address, email, and phone number (User Profile)
  • Confirm your emergency contact information (Emergency Information)
  • Name who can access your student records (Student Records Release)

6. If you haven’t already done so, submit your SAT, ACT and AP test scores.

7. Bring information, like course codes and transcripts, for dual, transfer and AP credit to New Student Orientation.

8. Before you come to New Student Orientation, think about your ideal schedule, especially how to balance classes with extracurricular activities, practice and work.