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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Orientation?

Orientation is your personal introduction into the APU community. This is your chance to receive answers to all of your spiritual, intellectual, physical, and social questions. Even if you have had siblings attend APU in the past, you will not want to miss Orientation because APU is an ever-evolving community and we upgrade policies and procedures every year. You can register for Orientation by visiting www.apu.edu/orientation/registration and completing the registration form. Make sure to have your credit card available when you register. You will need to register and pay for all family members and guests who plan to attend (each student is automatically billed $100 on the student financial account).

2. How do I register for Orientation?

All students must register for Orientation. You can register for Orientation by visiting www.apu.edu/orientation/registration and completing the registration form. Make sure to have your credit card available when you register. You will need to register and pay for all family members and guests who plan to attend (each student is automatically billed $100 on the student financial account).

3. How much does Orientation cost?

Orientation is a flat fee of $100 (automatically billed on the student’s financial account) for each new student and $50 (paid during online registration) for each family member or guest who wishes to attend.

4. What if I am not attending every event? Do I still pay the full price?

Every person who attends any part of Orientation must pay the full price. Every new student is charged $100 regardless of what events he/she attends.

5. Do I pay for my student to attend?

Your student is automatically billed the $100 Orientation fee on his/her financial account, but all students still must register for Orientation. Register for Orientation by visiting www.apu.edu/orientation/registration and completing the registration form. If only the student is attending Orientation, no additional fees will be charged during registration.

6. Do I pay for children who are not attending Azusa Pacific University?

Yes, you will need to pay the registration fee for each additional person who is attending the Orientation program, with the exception of children ages 12 and under who may attend for free.

7. What does the Orientation fee pay for?

The Orientation fee pays for a variety of things throughout the 3-day student and family program. A portion of the fees cover meal costs. Additionally, the fee provides tables, chairs, shade, and audio-visual equipment, among other things for the overall program. It also covers an Orientation T-shirt.

8. When should parents/family members leave?

You can use your own discretion as to the best time to say farewell to your student; however, we ask that you leave no later than 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 31.

9. What if my student wants to move in early?

New students can begin the move-in process at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, August 29. If your student is an athlete, a student worker, or in a music ensemble, he/she will receive move-in instructions from those specific departments. You can also call the Office of Housing Services at (626) 812-3056 for assistance.

10. Where am I supposed to stay during Orientation?

As a new student, you can move in and stay at your on-campus residence beginning 8:30 a.m. on Friday, August 29. Parents are welcome and encouraged to stay at a local hotel. To view a list of local lodging options, visit www.apu.edu/orientation/lodging/.

11. Is Orientation mandatory?

Certain events are mandatory for all new students. (See schedule for further details.) Beyond that, we highly encourage you to attend all other events because Orientation is an integral part of your success at Azusa Pacific University. It is designed specifically for you as a new student as well as for new APU family members. Even if you have had relatives or friends attend APU in the past, you will want to come and learn about all the new additions that we make every year.

12. Do I have to register before I come?

Yes, you will need to register for Orientation in order to receive your personalized packet at Orientation Check-In. You can register for Orientation by visiting www.apu.edu/orientation/registration and completing the registration form. Make sure to have your credit card available when you register; you will need to register and pay for all family members and guests who plan to attend (each student is automatically billed $100 on the student financial account).

13. What is an Alpha group?

An Alpha group is a small group of freshman students led by an upperclassman through the Beginnings (first-year experience) course. You will have numerous opportunities to meet your group during Orientation before classes begin. Your assigned Alpha group will be given to you at Orientation Check-In beginning Friday, August 29 on East Campus.

14. What is Team Transfer?

Team Transfer is an organization specifically for transfer students. You will have an opportunity to meet them at Orientation Check-In as well as throughout the Orientation program. We encourage you to get to know Team Transfer because they will be a huge help in showing you around the campus community.

15. What if I/my student am/is an athlete or member of a music ensemble?

You will receive specific information from your coach or director regarding your move-in process as well as training prior to Orientation. If you have more questions, you can contact the Athletics Department at (626) 815-5081 or the School of Music at (626) 815-3848.

16. Can I pay per meal for Orientation?

Unfortunately, no. Because these meals are catered by both outside sources as well as by our own APU Dining Services, we cannot accurately charge for each individual meal.

17. How do I connect my laptop to APU's wireless network

During Orientation Check-in, you will receive an APU Network ID (APU NetID) that will give you access to the university's student network services, such as the university portal, library research resources, and the APU wireless network. Once you arrive on campus, simply open your preferred Web browser on your PC or Mac laptop, then log in with the APU NetID you'll receive at check-in.

For more information, visit reznet.apu.edu/networkservices/, or contact the IMT Support Desk at (626) 815-5050 or support@apu.edu

18. What if I have questions not found on this page?

Please either call (626) 815-2083 or email orientation@apu.edu with any and all additional questions that you may have regarding the New Student Orientation process.