Character U and Orientation
It's our pleasure to welcome you to DeSales University, Class of 2026 and transfer students.
We are excited and honored for you to join the DeSales University community as you begin your Orientation Program.
If you have additional questions, please let us know at DSUOrientation@desales.edu and we will make sure to connect you to the right person. Welcome Bulldogs!
Class of 2026 Orientation
This year’s Orientation begins Sunday, August 21 for the Class of 2026 at 8am and Monday, August 22 for Transfer Students. See "Class of 2026 August Program" and "Transfer Student Orientation" tabs below for more information.
This year's Orientation theme is "Toon Into Orientation: Animated by Character"
Get started with these important items:
University Health Forms
Welcome to the DeSales University Student Health Portal!
All students are required to have a health record completed by their family physician to be officially registered for classes. All health records are confidential and only health center staff have access to them
Forms must be downloaded and/or printed for completion. Once completed, you must submit them through the Medicat Connect Portal.
Once logged into the Medicat Connect Portal:
- Go to the Forms tab to view, print and download forms.
- After completing forms, go to the Uploads tab to submit them to the Health Center.
The following medical forms must be completed and returned to the Health Center:
- Two-sided Medical History and Immunization/Physical Examination form signed by you and your health care provider.
- Meningitis Immunization/Waiver form required by Pennsylvania State law.
- Tuberculosis (TB) Risk Assessment form signed by your health care provider.
NOTE: If you are transferring from another institution, you may submit a copy of your records from that institution as long as the three previously stated criteria are included.
- Consent for Minor and Health Insurance Information.
- Acknowledgement of Receipt Notice and Consent to Use and Disclose Health Information.
- Patient Communication form.
Please be sure all areas of the health forms are complete. Incomplete health forms will not be accepted and you will be required to submit again.
Resident students will not be permitted to move in unless all health forms are complete.
Attention Student Athletes
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Health Center at 610.282.1100, ext. 1776, or email@example.com.
Class of 2026 Course Registration & First-Year Course Survey
All fall course schedules for the Class of 2026 will be determined by the Academic Success Center (ASC) during the summer months. You will receive an email (at your MyDSU email account) to let you know your course schedule is ready to be viewed. Directions on how to find your schedule in your My DSU account will be provided in the email. Be sure that you can access your DSU account and check it regularly over the summer. We hope to have all schedules finalized by August 1st, if not earlier.
The information you provide in this survey will assist the ASC staff in creating your fall class schedule. Although we try very hard to provide each student with a schedule that meets their needs and preferences, the ASC staff has the final authority on course scheduling. Students will be able to make adjustments to their schedule during the drop/add period (first week of the semester), in consultation with their academic advisor.
Your schedule cannot be processed until we receive your survey.
Included in this survey will be the Foreign Language/World Cultures (FLWC) questionnaire for placement into a language or world cultures course. Those interested in a Spanish language course are required to complete a placement test. Directions on how to complete this test will be sent to the student’s DSU email account once they have selected Spanish as their top choice. Failure to complete the survey in a timely manner may delay the completion of your schedule. Students wishing to challenge a foreign language assignment should contact Dr. Angelica Silva, department chair for foreign languages and world cultures, during the first week of class in the fall semester.
AP and dual enrollment credits are processed during the month of July. Until we receive an official copy of your AP score sheet and/or college transcript(s), we cannot assume you have this college credit. Please make arrangements to have these documents sent to us in a timely manner to avoid delaying the completion of your schedule. Credit will be announced via your DeSales email account. At that time, we will adjust your fall semester schedule accordingly.
Based upon Verbal/Written SAT or ACT scores, you may be assigned to English 100, 103 or 104. During the first week of class, you will be asked to complete a writing sample. If faculty determine that a different English course is more appropriate for you, they will assist you with making this adjustment.
You will be assigned an academic advisor by August 1, 2022. A separate email will be sent with instructions for finding this person’s name, e-mail address and office location.
If you have questions along the way, we are always happy to help. At peak times, when we are receiving a high volume of phone calls and e-mails, it may be difficult for us to reply as quickly as we would like. Rest assured, however, that we will always get back to you, working to make this the best experience possible for everyone.
Financial Aid Information
- Apply for Parent Plus loans to cover your balance at studentaid.gov or private student loans at elmselect.com.
- Access the Financial Aid Checklist via the Webadvisor student portal and accept/reject their Federal Direct Loan once their financial aid packages have been finalized.
- First-time borrowers need to complete MPN and Entrance Counseling if they wish to borrow under the Federal Direct Loan program studentaid.gov.
- Students selected for Verification will need to provide additional information before we can finalize financial aid packages.
- Still have questions? Schedule a Zoom session with financial aid counselors! The counselors can answer questions related to the student’s College Financial Plan and provide guidance on payment and financing options.
- Sign up for electronic loan notifications.
Accessibility Services Information
If you had a 504 Plan or IEP in high school, please contact the Office of Student Accessibility to initiate the process of receiving accommodations.
We work with all students to ensure that they have equitable access to all that campus has to offer. This includes, but is not limited to such disabling conditions as:
- learning disabilities
- psychological/emotional disabilities
- speech and/or hearing impairment
- dietary needs
- injury rehabilitation
- mobility impairment
- visual impairment
If you would like more information regarding disability services and potential accommodations, please contact Carolyn Tiger, 610-282-1100 x1453, or email Carolyn.Tiger@desales.edu.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their educational records. One of these rights is to consent to the disclosure of your record (grades, financial information, etc.).
If you would like to release your educational record to other individuals, you must grant access via WebAdvisor in MyDSU. Students typically use this approval to allow parents/guardians the right to discuss your record with University officials.
If you choose to grant access to your records, you must click on "Privacy Release Information" under the "Communication" area on your WebAdvisor Student Menu and add the name and relationship of anyone to whom you grant access. You may update or remove such access anytime. We will not discuss your educational or financial record with anyone unless you grant this access.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your Paws Pass Student ID and Paw Bucks Declining Pre-Paid Debit Account
Your Paws Pass Student ID is your all-in-one card that is used as:
- photo ID
- library card
- meal plan access
- Paw Bucks access
- residence hall key
- vending machine & copy purchases
- purchases at participating off-campus merchants
Paw Bucks is a declining pre-paid debit account you access with your Paws Pass. This account gives students a safe and secure way to make on-campus purchases without using cash. All DeSales students are encouraged to open a Paw Bucks account. If you lose your Paws Pass, your Paw Bucks are secure until you get a replacement card.
- Paw Bucks can be used at all campus food venues, vending machines, copy machines, or at participating off-campus merchants, and the Campus Bookstore.
- Check your Paw Bucks balance at any register, the Paws Pass Office, kiosks, online, mobile app, or on your most recent receipt.
DSU Bookstore — Texbooks, Course Material, Tech and Gear
Congrats, you’ve made it – welcome to DeSales University. We’re glad you’re here – and we’re in this together from orientation to graduation and beyond!
Textbooks and course materials
We work with the instructor community to ensure we have the right materials in enough quantities every term.
How do you like to learn?
We’ve got you covered. We find all the formats we can to save you money.
- Digital Textbooks - The ultimate in convenience: anytime, anywhere, on any device.
- New Textbooks - When you just really want a pristine book that’s all your own. We get you.
- Used Textbooks - An easy option that’s eco- and cost-friendly.
- Rental Textbooks - Save big and simply return when you’re done. You can even highlight and write in them too.
Drop or change classes?
No problem. Full refunds are available during the designated drop/add timeframe.
Tech and more
Need a new laptop? Save with student pricing on laptops, tablets and more. Our online store has the latest models from the top brands. Free in-store pick-up available.
Browse our vast selection of the latest audio, keyboards, cases, and more! Order online and pick up in store.
School supplies to keep you on track
Pens, pencils, paper, supply kits, you name it – we carry it. Add them to your online order for extra convenience or pick them up when you are ready.
Get geared up
Show your Bulldog pride! We have the greatest selection anywhere. From tees and sweats to mugs and more, we’ve got the best gear for you and the whole family. Plus, shop more styles and sizes online.
Ready to show off your school spirit?
Sign up at DayOneWelcome.com to get a 30% off welcome coupon* and gear up to start your college journey.
*Coupon is for 30% off one apparel, gift, or supply item. Use Access code 1269 when signing up to unlock coupon.
Veteran, Active-Duty, & ROTC Related Military Education Benefits
Students who are eligible for VA Educational Benefits, or qualify for military educational benefits, or are Cadets in the Steel Battalion Army ROTC, must certify courses with the School Certifying Official in the Office of Veterans and Military Service.
Contact the Director of Veteran and Military Services, Wendy Badman, at email@example.com, for further instruction and what specific forms you must complete. Documents required include: Certification of Enrollment (COE) letter, a DD-214, and/or Joint Service Transcripts (JST).
All students eligible for VA Educational Benefits or other education benefits from the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), must verify their eligibility. This is a 30-day approval process. Upon approval you will receive a Certification of Enrollment letter (COE). The COE must be sent to the Office of Veterans and Military Services before the semester you wish to attend begins.
Class of 2026 and Transfer students:
To prepare for your arrival in August, please visit our online student involvement portal, ENGAGE, for a list of events and programs during the summer of 2022.
In-Person Summer Information Sessions
The Orientation Team is excited to announce the return of Orientation In-Person Summer Information Sessions! This is an opportunity for members of the Class of 2026 and their families to come to campus and meet staff members from such offices as Academics, Financial Aid, Bursars Office, Residence Life, Commuter Life, Dining (Meal Plans) and the First-Year Experience (Character U and Orientation). The bookstore will be open throughout the day. Finally, some residence halls rooms will be available to tour afterwards. There will be some food and drinks provided.
These sessions are optional and will be held throughout the summer. The Orientation Team will tape them and replay them on demand.
All events and programs are subject to change based on the offices availability.
Click on Info Session dates to register:
June 14 June 15 June 27 June 30 July 26 July 27 August 2
Orientation Zoom Check-In Sessions
Do you have any questions about the upcoming year? Are you interested in learning about updates from around campus?
The Class of 2026, parents, families, supporters are invited to Orientation Zoom Check-In Sessions! Join members of the Orientation Team to learn about updates and ask questions about the upcoming year. All programs will be via the Zoom link.
Please RSVP for the check-ins on the following dates:
Wednesday, July 13, 3pm Wednesday, July 20, 3pm Thursday, July 28, 3pm Wednesday, August 3, 3pm Thursday, August 11, 3pm
Academic Success Center Zoom Check-Ins
Join the Academic Success Center (ASC) for the following informational Zoom meetings:
Thursday, July 21, 3pm— Academic Advising: How do I work with my advisor? Monday, July 25, 3pm— Meet the ASC Staff to find out more no how you can plan to earn great grades this fall!
The Community Service and Advocacy office will be hosting its annual pre-orientation program, Outreach DeSales. Outreach DeSales introduces first-year students to the university's campus and surrounding area through community service. During Outreach DeSales, students will participate in rewarding service projects, get to know the community, and meet other first-year students with similar interests.
Outreach DeSales is led by upper-class students who lead service programs throughout the year. The program allows students to move into their room early, feel comfortable on campus, and join in great events each evening. The cost of the program is $150, which will cover housing, food, transportation, and entertainment. First-year students will move onto campus, Wednesday, August 17th from 8:00am - 10:30am. Students will participate in all day community service activities on Thursday, August 18 and Friday, August 19, as well as leadership activities, and fun evening events to get to know their new community better! On Saturday, August 20, the group will travel to the Jim Thorpe area for a day of whitewater rafting. Parents, families, and supporters may return to campus on Sunday, August 21, to participate in the Orientation program.
Taking part in pre-orientation is a great way to start your time at DeSales! Please contact Jaime Gerhart, the Director of the Community Service and Advocacy Office at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Please make sure everything on the following checklist is completed by the deadlines to avoid delays at the check-in process during Orientation in August.
Please note, your fall 2022 class schedule and academic advisor for the upcoming year will be available on August 1, 2022.
*You will soon notice a notification when you log into MyDSU that says that your Health Forms have not been received. This notification is used internally by the University to track Health Forms. When you send your Health Forms in, they are reviewed and processed, and the notification is then removed. Please be patient, as this can take several weeks depending on the volume of forms received. It is also advised that you make a copy of your forms before sending them in. This notification will not affect your ability to complete your other requirements such as housing, financial aid, etc.
Questions? Call 610-282-1100 plus the extension shown.
As soon as possible:
- Begin checking your DeSales University email every day and get familiar with MyDSU and Blackboard. If you have not received your DSU login information, please email email@example.com.
- Complete the 2022-23 First Year Course Registration Survey.
We would appreciate this questionnaire to be completed by June 1, 2022, but we will accept late submissions for students who deposit after June 1. For questions, email Ann Koefer or call x1294.
- Once you have been assigned a roommate, be sure to get in contact with them.
- If you require of any kind accommodation in the area of academics, dietary, or housing, please contact the Office of Student Accessibility at Carolyn.Tiger@desales.edu. (x1453)
By Friday, July 1, 2022
- Student Athletes only: Student athletes must complete additional health forms for the athletic department. (x1848)
- Your Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Counseling were completed at studentaid.gov for your federal student loans to be applied to your bill. (x1287)
Tuesday, July 5, 2022
- Billing will be done on this date, so expect to have your bills by approximately Sunday, July 17, 2022. (x1343)
- Any loans you are using to cover all or a portion of your balance due should be applied for, approved and processed through the Office of Financial Aid. (x1287)
Third Week in July 2022
- If you are bringing a vehicle to campus, register online to obtain a parking permit at desales.edu/parking
By Saturday, July 23, 2022
- All Parent Plus loan, Private student loans, or monthly payment plans to cover your remaining balance are FINALIZED. Contact Financial Aid with questions at x1287.
By Sunday, July 31, 2022
- Required Health Forms completed by your physician and returned to the Wellness Center. The Health Forms Online Portal can be found on this webpage under Important Items. (x1776)
- The Financial Aid Checklist should be completed (located under "Financial Aid" on Webadvisor on the MyDSU portal). Questions call Financial Aid at x1287.
- Residents only:
- Review “What to Bring to College” on this page, also available in the DeSales University New Student Guidebook.
- If you have not yet contacted your roommate, be sure to do so as soon as possible.
- Enroll in e2campus, the University’s emergency alert system.
- If you haven’t received your Orientation mailing from the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Monday, August 8, 2022
- Payment of your bill, payment plans and Balance Reconciliation form completed and mailed to the Treasurer’s Office. (x1343)
By Friday, August 12, 2022
- Complete contact information through MyDSU under "Webadvisor for Students," then "Communications."
- Sign up for electronic loan notifications.
- If you are seeking on campus employment (work study) be sure to activate your Handshake account through MYDSU. Positions will be posted on Handshake by the first week of classes. Resumes may be required for some positions, reach out to the Career Center for assistance.
- Complete Title IX, Alcohol, Respect and Safety trainings online. Instructions on completing this will be sent to your DeSales email in July.
All dates are subject to change.
Class of 2026 August Program
Welcome, Bulldogs! For three fun-filled days, new first-year DeSales undergrads experience an activities-packed schedule.
Sunday, August 21, 2022 Opening Day Schedule
All students should check in at Billera Hall at their designated time!
- Third Floor Conmy and Tocik Hall – 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
- Second Floor Conmy, Tocik, and Aviat Hall – 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
- First Floor Conmy, Tocik, and Aviat Hall – 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
- Commuter Students – 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
*Please note all fall athletes and participants in pre-orientation program Outreach DeSales who are on campus already will check in at the Dorothy Day Student Union from 10:30am – 12pm. Parents, families, and supporters of these two groups are welcome back on campus for Opening Day!
Opening Day will include the following events for students, parents, families, and supporters:
- Mass for the Class of 2026
- Residence Life and Commuter Life meetings
- Welcome Ceremony from the DeSales Community
The Orientation program for the Class of 2026 will continue in the evening of August 21, Monday, August 22, beginning at 8:00 a.m., and Tuesday, August 23, beginning at 8:00 a.m. A full schedule will be emailed to students in August 2022.
All events are subject to change. Any questions please email us at email@example.com
For a look at the full university academic schedule please visit our Academic Calendars.
To get a feel for what we have in store for you during orientation, check out these videos of previous years' orientation programs:
Transfer Student Orientation
There will be a mandatory orientation held on Wednesday, January 18, 2023 for all incoming resident and commuter transfer students.
The Orientation for all transfer students will begin in the Schubert Theatre (located in the Labuda Center) at 3:30 pm and members of your family or guests are welcome to join you. Check in will be from 3-3:30 pm.
Transfer students who are living on campus may move-in on Sunday, January 15 from 2 pm to 4 pm. Check in at the Dorothy Day Student Union Commons. All transfers will be receiving information regarding your DSU Student ID via email in the new year.
This program will guide you to a successful college experience. You will hear from members of our staff from both Academics and Student Affairs. You will have time to learn about the resources on campus, meet new people, start building connections and ask any questions you might have.
We look forward to seeing you in January!
Transfer Student Checklist
DeSales Main Phone Number: 610-282-1100, followed by the extensions below:
Before Classes Begin:
- Health Forms completed by your health care provider and returned to the Office of Student Life via Medicat. (x1232)
- Student Athletes must fill out additional forms. (x1848)
The Athletic Medical Clearances form can be found at Athletics.DeSales.edu.
- Finalize any financing options needed to cover education expenses (i.e. establish loans and/or establish payment plan). (x1287)
- Payment of your bill and Balance Reconciliation Form completed and mailed to the Treasurer's Office. (x1888)
- Submit any final (most up-to-date) transcripts to the Admissions Office. (x1424)
- If you are bringing a car to campus, please register your vehicle. (x1862)
- Update your contact information through MyDSU:
- Log into MyDSU
- Click on WebAdvisor on the right side
- Click on User Account to update your contact information and emergency contacts
- Sign up for DeSales E2Campus emergency alerts.
- Privacy Release information updated in MyDSU.
- Log into MyDSU
- Click on WebAdvisor on the right side
- Click on Communication
- Complete Privacy Release Information
- If accepting Federal student loans, you are required to complete the Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Counseling at studentaid.gov. (x1287)
For Parents, Families, and Supporters
Parents, family and friends, thank you for supporting our Bulldogs as they venture into the next chapter of their lives. Below, you will find some important links, as well as information about our Parents Association. Know what's going on at DeSales through these groups designed specifically for parents. Check back regularly for updates, events, and important information. We look forward to you visiting us!
- Career Development Center (CDC) - Learn how DeSales can help your student get a job
- DeSales University Bookstore
- DeSales Gear
- Discover Lehigh Valley
- OCM - Shop for college essentials
2022 Homecoming & Parents Weekend
DeSales University Parents Association
The DeSales University Parents Association is a special membership based group. For a one-time fee of $50.00, parents will get to enjoy the following over the four years their student is enrolled at DeSales University:
- Special invitations to exciting campus lectures and events, including the annual Furphy and Marcon lectures.
- 10% discount* on select University Bookstore merchandise. Parents will receive discount when they present membership card in person at the bookstore. *excludes textbooks
- 10% discount at Historic Hotel Bethlehem. Some restrictions apply, please call (800) 607-2384 for more information, and mention DeSales University Family Discount.
- 10% discounts on ACT 1 and Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival performances. Subject to availability. Only available via phone or in person at the Box Office. Members must present their ID at the box office to pick up tickets. For more information, call the Labuda Box Office at (610) 282-3192.
- 10% off your DINE-IN bill at the Center Valley Red Robin.
- Discounts on summer athletic camps hosted by DSU coaches. Discounts include $5 off camps fees of up to $50 and/or $10 off camps of $100 or more. When registering, Parents Association members must assign the proper discount and complete the application using their Parents Association membership ID number. In these cases, online registration cannot be accepted.
- Free admission to all regular season home basketball games.
- Trexler Library privileges. Members can apply for a Trexler Library card free of charge.
For more information, please email ParentsAssociation@desales.edu.
Facebook Group for Parents
Follow our Facebook page to stay up to date on News, Events, and Information!
What to Bring to Campus
The below lists are suggested items to bring to campus if you are a resident student.
- Clothing appropriate for the season
- Identification (license/photo ID)
- Checkbook/debit/credit card
- Insurance card
- Room safe
- Sports equipment/bicycle/bike lock
Academic (All items available in campus store)
Bedding & Bath (most of these items are available for purchase through our Residence Hall Linens program)
- XL twin sheets
- Egg crate or mattress pad
- Bath towels
- Shower caddy
- First-aid kit/medication
- Hygiene products as needed
- Erasable message board
- Desk lamp or approved torch lmp
- Reusable dishes (microwave safe), glassware, utensils, storage containers
- Refillable water filter pitcher
- Can opener
- Dishwashing liquid/sponge
- Cleaning supplies
- Paper towels/napkins
- Trash can
- Storage crates
- Area rug (6' x 9' or 8' x 10' suggested)
- Coffee pot (single brew w/ auto-shutoff only)
- Refrigerator (4.7 cubic feet or less)**
- Microwave (700 watts or less)**
** Energy efficient combination microwave/refrigerator units can be rented at mymicrofridge.com.
- Laundry bag/hamper
- Detergent/fabric softener
- Drying rack
- Clothes hangers
- Iron w/ auto-shutoff (used only in laundry room)
- Computer, charger, laptop lock (Please review the minimum technology requirements for online learning)
- Ethernet cable (min. 25' in length)
- Printer, paper, ink cartridges
- Music player/speakers (Stereo/MP3)
- TV/coaxial cable (min. 10' in length)—No Roku TVs
- DVD/Blu-ray player
- Video game system
- Alarm clock
- Cell phone/charger
- Power strip(s) with surge protection
- UL approved extension cord(s)
- Removable hanging strips/hooks (3M)
- Blue painter's tape
- Poster tack putty (White only)***
*** Nails, thumb tacks, hooks, and duct tape are discouraged. Students are responsible for holes/marks on walls at end of the year.
PLEASE LEAVE AT HOME
- Pets (other than fish in 10-gallon or smaller tanks)
- candles, incense, halogen lamps
- hot plates, Foreman grills, toasters
- space heaters, or any other appliances with exposed heating elements
- bed risers, over-the-door hangers
- alcohol and drugs
- guns, weapons
- drones, hoverboards
- A full list of prohibited items is available at desales.edu/studenthandbook
- Financial Aid
- Meal Plans
- Microfridge Rental Information
- Online Learning
- Social Media Directory
- Staff Directory
- Student Handbook
- Student IDs/Paws Pass/Paw Bucks
- Student Resources
- Trexler Library
Instagram Accounts to Follow
- CharacterU Orientation: @dsucharacteru
- Student Activities/Campus Activities Board (CAB): @desalescab
- Career Development Center: @dsucareer
- DeSales Campus Environment: @desalesucampus
- Office of Community Service and Advocacy: @dsuservice
- Wellness Center: @dsuwellnesscenter
- Residence Life: @lifeatdesales
- Academic Resource Center (ARC): @desales_arc
- Veteran Services: @desalesveterans
- Trexler Library: @desales_trexler
- DeSales Dining: @desalesdining
- Athletics: @dsubulldogs
- Student Government Association (SGA): @desalesusga
- DeSales University: @desalesuniversity
- President Fr. Jim Greenfield: @desalesufrjim
What is Orientation?
The Orientation program provides personal guidance to first year students in their transition to the DeSales University community. Students gain valuable information on the different academic, social, and spiritual opportunities on campus and are welcomed into the first year experience program, Character U. Transfer students are welcome to participate in Character U; Please contact the Orientation team for more information.
What is the Purpose of Orientation?
Orientation is a time for you, as a student, to build Character, a very important experience at DeSales in which you will be a part of the Character U program. This year long program is designed to help you in your transition into the DeSales community from the moment you step foot on campus with the help of our peer mentors.
During Orientation you will be placed in 1 of 8 Pods and compete for the coveted Dog Bowl.