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Summer Orientation Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Orientation mandatory?

There are many reasons why Orientation is mandatory for incoming students. First, during Summer Orientation you will take your required Placement Tests, make preferences for your academic schedule, and learn general information about the University. However, beyond these tasks Orientation is key to connecting you with your peers. Orientation is designed to help you feel more comfortable when you begin classes in the Fall. Many students make their first college friendships during Orientation and some even find their roommate. You will not want to come in the Fall and realize that everyone has made connections at Orientation! Trust us, you will be glad you participated!

What is Placement Testing? What is the purpose of Placement Tests?

During Summer Orientation, students will complete placement testing for math and foreign language. Foreign language testing is comprised of 2 parts: listening and written. All students will complete the listening component during orientation. Students have the option to complete the written component electronically before the day of orientation. To start the written foreign language, click here.  Any materials required for these tests will be provided (calculators, pencils, etc). The information obtained from these placement tests will be used to develop your academic schedule for the fall semester. These tests do not determine your admission to the University. The tests are used to place students in a math and foreign language course where he/she will succeed. As a result, students should try their best on the placement tests.  Please note: All students are required to take placement tests, no exceptions (this includes students who have taken post secondary courses).

I know that I will choose my class preferences during Summer Orientation, how does that work?

Walsh University utilizes a unique system for scheduling our freshman students. In developing each schedule, the University considers information provided by the student. This includes placement test scores, student interest, athlete or non-athlete status, resident or commuter status, post-secondary courses, etc. During Summer Orientation incoming students will complete an Academic Information Form with their professional advisor and have the opportunity to select core class preferences based on personal interests. Taking into consideration of all information collected, Walsh faculty determine the student's schedule. All decisions are made in the best interests of students. Class schedules will be mailed to students 2-3 weeks after orientation. Please note that after the Fall semester students  will create their own schedules in consultation with their Professional Advisor.

When do I get my student ID?

Students will have their student ID photo taken during Summer Orientation and will receive their ID during Opening Weekend (weekend before classes).

I have a special diet, what do I do about meals for Summer Orientation?

If you have special dietary needs, please contact Tom Hardie at thardie@walsh.edu or (330) 490-7381. As our Manager of Dining Services, Tom will work to accommodate your dietary needs during Orientation.