Prescott Campus

Fall 2013 New Student Orientation

Your college experience is about to begin! Orientation is your first opportunity to become a part of the campus community, meet your future classmates and colleagues, and create friendships and lifelong connections. You’ll want to take these few days to get settled in and take care of business, but most of all, expect a memorable time while you enjoy the “get acquainted” activities we have planned for you.

New student check-in will begin at 8:00am on Thursday, August 22. This day is designated as your day to get moved in to your residence hall and complete checklist items: register your vehicle, pick up your mailbox key, buy your books, clear TSA requirements for flight, etc. The remaining days are packed with programs and activities to both educate you on your academic program and campus policies, and most importantly, to help you begin building social ties within the student community. We’ve got some exciting events planned that you won’t want to miss!

Passport Program

The passport to ERAU program is designed to welcome you and aid in your transition to the college life at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Students receive their passport during orientation and over the course of six weeks have various opportunities to earn “stamps” before resubmitting the booklet. Through the program, you can participate in fun co-curricular events, engage with your fellow passport members, and become familiar with valuable resources on campus. The idea is simple. Participate in and/or visit multiple destinations during the program, collect stamps (stickers) at each destination, and you will have the opportunity to win valuable prizes! The more you complete...the better the prize—with the grand prize being a free semester of on-campus housing!  

Student Orientation Leaders

A team of current student leaders will be on campus during orientation to help guide you through orientation and your first week at Embry-Riddle. New students will be placed together in groups led by an orientation leader. These groups will get together throughout the weekend so that students can meet new people, get questions answered, and have fun.

Parent Orientation

Parents are invited and encouraged to attend orientation with their student on Thursday, August 22 and Friday, August 23. Special programming led by our Dean of Students will also address specific concerns that parents have as they send their students away from home for the first time. They’ll also have the opportunity to meet with many of the staff and faculty. Parent programming ends on Friday, and parents are encouraged to leave or do some Arizona sightseeing on their own for the remainder of the weekend so that students can start adjusting to their new home and building friendships. Parents are also encouraged to join the Prescott Parents Association ( for ongoing communication. There is no cost to join. Members receive periodic emails about campus happenings and news, a discount at the campus bookstore, invitations to regional meetings and opportunities to be involved with the Parents Association.

Orientation Guide

A guide book outlining all the information you need in order to prepare for the semester, including registration instructions, is mailed to all students who have submitted their tuition deposit and can also be viewed electronically from the link under "Related Content" at the top of this page.