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First-Year Experience

Character U and Orientation

It's our pleasure to welcome you to DeSales University, Class of 2027 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 and we will make sure to connect you to the right person. Welcome Bulldogs!


Hello Class of 2027 and transfer students! Our Tour of Campus playlist is made specifically for YOU! In these videos, we will be highlighting a number of offices, programs, and events at DeSales University.

Get started with these important items:

  • Information Technology & Email

    For Information Technology services and questions about your email, please contact the IT HelpDesk.
  • 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. All forms must be uploaded via the Medicat Connect Portal by August 1.

    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 documents to be completed by you and your healthcare provider.
    • Go to the Uploads tab to submit the forms to the Health Center.
    • Most importantly, after completing forms, go to the Immunizations tab to manually enter vaccine dates.

    The following medical forms must be completed and returned to the Health Center:

    1. Two-paged Medical History and Immunization/Physical Examination form signed by you and your health care provider. 
    2. Meningitis Immunization/Waiver form required by Pennsylvania State law.
    3. 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.
    4. Consent for Minor and Health Insurance Information.
    5. Acknowledgement of Receipt Notice and Consent to Use and Disclose Health Information.
    6. 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

    Student athletes must complete additional health forms for the athletic department.

    If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Health Center at 610.282.1100, ext. 1776, or

    Login to the DeSales Medicat Portal

  • Class of 2027 Course Registration & First-Year Course Survey

    The Academic Success Center (ASC) is working hard over the summer to design the best schedule possible for every first-year student. There are many factors that go into schedule selection, including requirements of the major, transcripts, the FLWC questionnaire, and the evaluation of writing samples from each incoming student. As we receive AP, dual enrollment, and transfer credits, adjustments will be made to schedules as appropriate. Students will receive an email on August 7 confirming that schedules are available for viewing purposes only, along with instructions on how to find their schedule and advisor assignment. You will be able to make changes to your schedule as needed. As an incoming students, we recommend you consult with an advisor or ASC representative when making schedule changes, although this is not required. The ASC will be hosting information sessions on Zoom through the summer. Please join us for more information. We look forward to seeing you soon!

  • Financial Aid Information

    • Apply for Parent Plus loans to cover your balance at or private student loans at
    • 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
    • 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

    Office of Student Accessibility

  • 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 Self-Service 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 select "User Option" on the menu on the left side of the screen, and add the name and relationship of anyone to whom you grant access.  You must create a 4-digit PIN to sharer with this individual. You may update or remove such access anytime. We will not discuss your educational or financial record with anyone unless you grant this access and they provide the PIN to the appropriate DSU office.

    If you have any questions, please email

  • 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.

    Learn more about applying for your Paws Pass Student ID, and how to load money into your Paw Bucks account

  • 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 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, 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.

    To find out if you are eligible, please begin your approval process on

Summer Preview

Class of 2027 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 2023.   

Make sure to follow the Character U and Campus Activities Board (CAB) Instagram pages for additional updates and information!

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 2027 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.

All events and programs are subject to change based on the offices availability. 

In-Person Summer Info Session dates* for 2023:

  • Tuesday, June 27, 2023
  • Tuesday, July 11, 2023
  • Wednesday, July 12, 2023
  • Thursday, July 13, 2023
  • Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Academic Success Center Zoom Check-Ins

Join the Academic Success Center (ASC) for informational Zoom meetings.

  • June 28 - 4:00pm — Meet the ARC staff to find out more about how you can plan to earn great grades this fall.
  • July 13 - 7:00pm — What does my fall class schedule look like? Why am I taking the classes I'm registered for?
  • July 25 - 2:00pm — I have credits in Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment. How do they transfer in?
  • August 1 - 4:00pm — Academic Advising: How do I work with my advisor?

First-Year Checklist

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 2023 class schedule and academic advisor for the upcoming year will be available on August 1, 2023.

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 Brightspace. If you have not received your DSU login information, please email
  • Complete the 2023-24 First Year Course Registration Survey.
    We would appreciate this questionnaire to be completed by June 1, 2023, but we will accept late submissions for students who deposit after June 1. For questions, email
  • 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 (x1453)

By July 1, 2023

Wednesday, July 5, 2023

  • Billing will be done on this date, so expect to have your bills by approximately Sunday, July 16, 2023. (x1474)
  • 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)

Beginning Friday, July 21, 2023

  • If you are bringing a vehicle to campus, register online to obtain a parking permit at 

By Saturday, July 22, 2023

  • 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 Tuesday, August 1, 2023

  • 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 Self-Service 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

By Monday, August 7, 2023

  • Payment of your bill, payment plans and Balance Reconciliation form completed and mailed to the Treasurer’s Office. (x1474)

By Friday, August 11, 2023

  • 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. 

By Friday, August 18, 2023

  • Complete Title IX, Alcohol, Respect and Safety trainings online.  Instructions on completing this will be sent to your DeSales email this summer.

All dates are subject to change.

Class of 2027 August Program

Welcome, Bulldogs! For three fun-filled days, new first-year DeSales undergrads experience an activities-packed schedule.

Driving Directions and Parking Information

DeSales University is located at 2755 Station Avenue in Center Valley, Pennsylvania: 1 mile south of Route 378; one mile from where Route 309 meets Route 378. At the intersection of Route 309 and Route 378, follow Route 378 North to Preston Lane. Make a right on campus via Preston Lane and follow the directions to the DeSales University Center (DUC).

We ask that you approach campus via Preston Lane at your designated move-in time. You will not be permitted to move in early. Vehicles will be routed by University Police and staff. All students are required to check in at the DeSales University Center prior to processing to their designated residence hall. After checking in at the DUC, you'll be directed to your residence hall. Please be prepared to unload your belongings as soon as you arrive at your assigned residence hall, as staff will assist with moving your belongings to your room. Once your vehicle is unloaded, you will be directed to a designated parking area.

Note: Please be sure all belongings are clearly labeled with your first name, last name, residence hall, and room number.

Sunday, August 20, 2023 Opening Day Schedule

All students should check in at the DeSales University Center at their designated time, as listed below:

Tocik Hall

  • Tocik Floor 3: 8:00am-8:45am
  • Tocik Floor 2: 8:45am-9:30am
  • Tocik Floor 1: 9:30am-10:15am

Conmy Hall

  • Conmy Floor 3: 10:30am-11:15am
  • Conmy Floor 2: 11:15am-12:00pm
  • Conmy Floor 1: 12:00pm-12:45pm

Aviat Hall

  • Aviat Floor 2: 11:15am-12:00pm
  • Aviat Floor 1: 12:00pm-12:45pm

Commuter Students

  • All commuter students: 12:30pm-1:30pm

*Please note all fall athletes and participants in pre-orientation program Outreach DeSales who are on campus already will check in at the DeSales University Center from 12:30pm – 1:30pm.  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:

  • Lunch
  • Mass for the Class of 2027
  • Residence Life and Commuter Life meetings
  • Welcome Ceremony from the DeSales Community

The Orientation program for the Class of 2027 will continue in the evening of August 20, Monday, August 21, beginning at 8:00 a.m., and Tuesday, August 22, beginning at 8:00 a.m.  A full schedule will be emailed to students in August 2023.

All events are subject to change.  Any questions please email us at 

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 Monday, August 21, and Tuesday, August 22, 2023 for all incoming resident and commuter transfer students.

Transfer students who are living on campus may move-in on Monday, August 21 from 10am-12pm. Check in at the Dorothy Day Student Union .

The Orientation for all transfer students will begin in the Labuda Theatre at 2pm, and members of your family or guests are welcome to join you on Monday, August 21.

This program will guide you to a successful college experience. Over the two days, you will hear from members of our faculty and staff from both Academics and Student Life. You will have time to learn of the resources on campus, meet new people, and start building connections. 

We look forward to seeing you in August!


Transfer Student Checklist

DeSales Main Phone Number: 610-282-1100, followed by the extensions below:

Before Classes Begin:

  • Health Forms (available online) completed by your health care provider and returned to the Office of Student Life via Medicat. (x1232)
    • Student Athletes must fill out additional forms. Contact Athletics department. (x1848)
  • 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 (resident or commuter), 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.
  • Complete the online submission for your DeSales Student ID. You will receive information via email in August. (x2273)


  • 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 (x1287)

Housing & Dining


Step 1: Fill out Housing@DSU, under Applications on the right hand-side of the MyDSU Home page.

  • Portal will be open May 29 through midnight on June 14
  • Complete everything through Step 8 of the application process in Housing@DSU in order to reside on campus

Step 2: Find a Roommate

  • Utilize the “Suggested Roommates/Suitemates” after completing your Personal Profile on MyDSU or go onto the Class of 2027 Instagram profile to help find a roommate for the Fall of 2023.

Step 3: Emails with housing selection time slots will be sent on June 14

Step 4: Housing selection will be June 28 & June 29

Step 5: Move-in day is Sunday, August 20

Additional housing questions can be directed to


First-year resident students will choose from the meal plan options described below when completing their housing application.

Components of a DeSales meal plan

  1. DeSales Meal Swipe: One swipe consists of 1 entrée, 3 sides, 2 fountain beverages or a bottled water, and 1 dessert.
  2. Dining Dollars: Dining Dollars are part of the Meal Plan and work as a declining balance account to make purchases at your discretion. Dining Dollars are designed to give you the ala carte experience and it is suggested students use them for breakfast and lunch and save the DeSales Meal for dinner as that is the most expensive meal of the day.
    • Dining Dollars add flexibility and convenience to the meal plans and are accepted at all food venues on campus.
    • $100 of your Dining Dollars roll over from Fall to the Spring semester as long as the student is enrolled in a meal plan for the Spring Semester.
    • All Dining Dollars not spent by the end of the Spring Semester will be forfeited.

Meal plan options for resident students

  • 7-meal plan: Includes $1,500.00 in dining dollars to be spent at any of our four dining venues. In addition, this meal plan includes the convenience of 7 meal swipes per week in the UC Food Court.
    $3,550 per semester
  • 7-meal plan PLUS: Includes $1,500.00 in dining dollars to be spent at any of our four dining venues. In addition, this meal plan includes the convenience of 7 meal swipes per week in the UC Food Court. This plan also includes $150 Paw Bucks that can be used on campus or at off-campus locations.
    $3,700 per semester
  • 5-meal plan: Includes $1,050.00 in dining dollars to be spent at any of our four dining venues. In addition, this meal plan includes the convenience of 5 meal swipes per week in the UC Food Court.
    $2,850 per semester
  • 5-meal plan PLUS: Includes $1,050.00 in dining dollars to be spent at any of our four dining venues. In addition, this meal plan includes the convenience of 5 meal swipes per week in the UC Food Court. This plan also includes $150 Paw Bucks that can be used on campus or at off-campus locations.
    $3,000 per semester

Commuter Students are eligible for any of our meal plan options including the Commuter Meal Plan which is $500 Dining Dollars per semester with an added $50 signup bonus.

Additional dining questions can be directed to

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!

Important Links


See a list below of hotels near DeSales University. Rooms are subject to availability.

Hyatt Place Allentown - Lehigh Valley
621 Grange Road
Allentown, PA 18106

SpringHill Suites by Marriott
3800 West Drive
Center Valley, PA 18034

Homewood Suites by Hilton
3350 Center Valley Parkway
Center Valley, PA 18034

2023 Homecoming & Parents Weekend

Save the date: September 22-23, 2023

DeSales University Parents Association

Parents, families, and supporters are all a valued part of our student experience at DeSales. Stay tuned for important updates, ways to get involved, and how to show your Bulldog pride!

Join DeSales Alumni and Friends on Facebook and Instagram.

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)

  • Notebooks
  • Binder
  • Folder
  • Pens/pencils
  • Highlighters/markers
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Stapler
  • Planner/calendar
  • Dictionary/Thesaurus

Bedding & Bath

  • Pillows/pillowcases
  • XL twin sheets
  • Comforter
  • Egg crate or mattress pad
  • Blanket
  • Bath towels
  • Washcloths
  • Shower caddy
  • Flip-flops
  • Bathrobe
  • First-aid kit/medication
  • Hygiene products as needed


  • Flashlight/batteries
  • Erasable message board
  • Desk lamp or approved torch lamp
  • Reusable dishes (microwave safe), glassware, utensils, storage containers
  • Refillable water filter pitcher
  • Can opener
  • Dishwashing liquid/sponge
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Paper towels/napkins
  • Trash can
  • Fan
  • Umbrella
  • Storage crates
  • Snacks/beverages
  • 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


  • 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
  • Camera
  • Alarm clock
  • Cell phone/charger
  • Power strip(s) with surge protection
  • UL approved extension cord(s)


  • Photos/pictures/posters
  • 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.


  • 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

Important Links

Instagram Accounts to Follow

Additional Links

group photo op at orientation

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.

Meet the 2023 Pod Captains and Mentors
Pod Games during Orientation
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Find all of the student activities happening around campus on our Engage calendar.
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