Welcome, New Students!

The First-Year Experience staff is here to help make your transition to college life as smooth as possible, help you thrive here at Susquehanna, and inspire you to become your best selves! We plan and coordinate events especially for you that begin in June and continue throughout your first year.

As an enrollment requirement, Take Flight: Orientation occurs immediately prior to the start of the fall semester to welcome all new students to the Susquehanna University community. Our goal? To make new River Hawks feel at home from the moment they arrive and ready to “take flight” on their first semester! Our programs are designed to ensure all students, parents, families, and supporters are welcomed and connect to campus resources at Susquehanna University.

River Hawk Portal Checklist

You will access all the required items you need to complete prior to your fall arrival on campus through your River Hawk Portal. Please contact your admission representative if you have trouble logging in.

Online Orientation for New Students & Families

New students are expected to complete their Online Orientation, which will be available in their River Hawk Portal this summer. No registration needed! Parents, families, and supporters will have their own link to view Online Orientation as well. For more information, visit the Events for New Students page.

Virtual Summer Orientation Series

Following conversations about how to best welcome you to our community safely, we are offering a variety of virtual sessions for students and virtual panels for parents, families, and supporters. Check out our calendar of events and sign up to get a link sent to you ahead of the event. Can’t make it? No worries! We’ll recording sessions and posting them online for you to access at another date.

We can’t wait to celebrate your upcoming transition to Susquehanna!

EVERFI Online Modules

At Susquehanna University, we believe in the importance of creating a safe and healthy environment for all our community members. We have partnered with EVERFI to provide trainings that will help us all be informed on topics vital to achieving our goal.

Completion of your highly interactive and engaging EVERFI courses is required for all students of SU. You will receive an email at the beginning of June with more information on how to set up your account and start your modules: AlcoholEdu for College (Part I), Sexual Assault Prevention, Diversity, Equity & Belonging, and Mental Well-Being for Students.


Susquehanna University has collaborated with Gallup to provide SU students an opportunity to learn about their strengths to create a strengths-based culture on our campus. Completing the CliftonStrengths online talent assessment provides you with your unique strengths, which helps you:

  • Describe how you most naturally experience the world;
  • Understand your talents, and those of your family, friends, and colleagues; and
  • Identify strategies to develop and apply your strengths.

Instructions on how to complete this assessment are available on your River Hawk Portal Checklist.

Sunday, Aug. 22 – Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021 | Pre-Flight Programs

Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021 | Move-In Day for First-Year Students*
*an additional move-in date of Wednesday, Aug. 25 may be announced over the summer

Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021 | New students must have their EVERFI Online Modules completed (required for all incoming students)

Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021 – Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021 | Take Flight: Orientation
You will receive a detailed Take Flight schedule when you arrive to campus.

TBD | Opening Convocation

Monday, Aug. 30, 2021 | First Day of Classes

Monday, Aug. 30, 2021 – Sept. 4, 2021 | Welcome Week
You will receive a detailed schedule when you arrive to campus.

New Student Move In

Learn more about the move-in process and other helpful information.


New students will gather with their orientation groups to participate in a virtual convocation ceremony.

For Enrolling Students

Learn what you need to do before you arrive on campus and how to navigate your journey as a first-year or transfer student.

Contact Us

Office of the First Year Experience

514 University Ave.
Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870

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Degenstein Campus Center, lower level

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Phone & Email

Samantha Proffitt