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Thank you for visiting the Christendom College Fall 2023 Orientation page!
This page has been designed to assist you as you prepare for your transition to Christendom this fall. Contact us via email if you have any questions. Our team of committed staff will do its best to answer your questions and assist you with your preparations. We hope this page is informative and helpful as you embark on your journey at Christendom College! We look forward to meeting you in August.
Orientation Guide and Links
Welcome Week 2023
Access your MyChristendom account to get started on the Orientation Checklist. All incoming students are required to complete their Orientation Checklist of resources and forms by Saturday, July 8. Below is the list of required and optional forms accessible on your MyChristendom account.
- Health and Physical Exam Form (PDF)
This form requires a doctor’s signature; print these pages and bring them to your appointment. Once completed,
you have the option of either emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or mailing to: Student Life | 92 Christendom Drive | Front Royal, VA 22630
- Registration Acknowledgment
- Activity & Athletics Waiver
- Dietary Restrictions Waiver
- Health Insurance Form
- Health and Physical Exam Form (PDF)
- Immunization Waiver
- Vehicle Registration
- Transportation Request Form
- Immunization Waiver
At Christendom, academic rigor and excellence is expected of every student. To this end, integrity is an essential part of the academic process. In an effort to educate each student thoroughly about the concept of plagiarism, every student at Christendom must complete a tutorial and pass an online test about plagiarism. This requirement holds even if you completed the tutorial last academic year. This test must be completed before you come to campus in August or you will not be permitted to submit written assignments during this academic year. Instructions will be sent in a future Christendom Beginnings email.
Christendom Beginnings is a weekly message loaded with important information to prepare you for life at Christendom College. Each email (sent to your Christendom.edu email account) will contain essential information about pre-campus requirements, orientation, and campus life. It will also remind you of important dates and deadlines, provide you with links to more information, and familiarize you with faculty, staff, and life on campus.
Order your Christendom gear before you arrive!
Housing and Residence Hall
Am I expected to arrive to campus at a certain time on Move-In Day?
Yes. Students, and their accompanying family, should consider their travel plans and make an estimation as to when they will arrive to campus. Complete the Move-In Day Survey to indicate the timeframe you plan on arriving to campus. Please know that our student Welcoming Committee volunteers and staff will not be available to assist you with moving in, answering questions, and welcoming you prior to 10:00 AM.
What are the amenities in my room?
Each student will be provided one twin bed, one closet space, one drawer set, one desk, and one desk chair. You should bring any thing you feel you need beyond the above items. Please remember:
- That residence hall rooms are well-sized, but remember that space is limited! Don’t over pack and consult with your roommate to see if you can share some items (floor lamps, refrigerators, etc.) to conserve space.
- There is no on-campus storage.
How will I get a key for my residence hall and room?
All residence halls are accessed using your student ID (which also serves as your meal card and library card). When you check in at the John Paul the Great Student Center upon your arrival you will receive your ID. Room keys are given to students upon request. Roommates will need to discuss expectations for locking the room to avoid accidentally locking each other out.
How & when will I find out who my roommate is and which residence hall I will be living in?
This information will be emailed to you the beginning of August. If you have questions about your housing assignment, we ask that you contact Residence Life after the first week of August via email at email@example.com.
What if I don’t get along with my roommate or want to change housing assignments?
We are committed to creating a positive housing experience for all of our students. We understand that it can be difficult to adjust to a new person as a roommate. First, we ask you to wait until you physically meet the person before making any judgment – as the old saying goes, don’t judge a book by its cover (or as the new saying goes, don’t judge someone by their social media accounts). If you need assistance in this area, our Resident Directors are there to help you with any housing or roommate questions or concerns you have. They have strategies for facilitating charitable discussions between you and your roommate and can help you with most concerns regarding this situation. You may consult them at any time and also expect that they will be around the halls in order to get to know you and see how you and your roommate are doing. Should you need a complete change in housing, you will need to consult the Director of Residence Life and moves may be possible only after the first two weeks of the academic year.
Christendom College and the Town of Front Royal
How far is Christendom College from town and what if I need to get to town for something?
Christendom College is about 4 miles from the center of Front Royal, Virginia. We encourage you to explore the area via the web prior to your arrival. Click here for the local Chamber of Commerce website. The College offers multiple town runs each week. The College will have a van that stops at various places like the grocery store, local banks, Walmart, etc., where students can stop and pick up things that they need. Once you arrive on campus, you will see signs for the town runs and corresponding departure times and locations. How do I get to the doctor’s office? Students are highly encouraged to locate local personal health practitioners and establish a relationship with them prior to their arrival on campus. If a situation occurs where a student needs to go to the doctor, the student is expected to arrange transportation via a local taxi or by asking a friend who has a car to take them. The College does not provide transportation to personal appointments. In the case of an emergency, an ambulance will be called.
General Student Life Questions
What is the Student Handbook and how do I view it before I come to Christendom College?
The Student Handbook conveys College policies, provisos and important College information to the student. Each student should thoroughly read the Student Handbook so they know and understand College policies. The 2022-2023 Student Handbook is available here.
When my parents bring me to campus, how long do they have to stay or how long are they allowed to stay?
During the FALL Orientation Weekend there is a parent orientation session and a faculty, staff and parent reception . Both of these events are just for parents. The parent orientation session is geared at helping parents to understand the College’s culture and resources for their student. The faculty, staff and parent reception allows the parents to meet the faculty and staff of Christendom College. All other orientation sessions are just for new students. While parents are free to stay locally over the weekend, parents should know that the students will be very busy all day and all evening with orientation events and settling in. The first few days of orientation are crucial for new students as they get to know their classmates and fellow College colleagues. The College highly encourages all new students to be fully engaged in the Orientation events of the weekend.
Your Student ID and Student Email
What about my student ID number and my email address?
Your student ID number can be found on your MyChristendom account, listed on the Contact Card screen. Each student will be assigned a Christendom email address, which will aid in collegiate communications as well as provide each student with College email capabilities. You will receive an email with your new Christendom email address (usually firstname.lastname@example.org) and password in an email sent to your current personal email address by June 2. You will need this login or password to receive your christendom.edu email. After June 2, all official College emails will be sent to your Christendom email account rather than your personal account.
Christendom Family Directory
Is there a Christendom Family Directory?
A Family Directory will be compiled early in the fall semester when the roster for the year is finalized. Families will be contacted with the option to have their information included in the directory, and then it will be emailed out to those who indicate they would like to be included. We hope the directory facilitates communication between Christendom families, particularly those who live in the same area and would like to coordinate travel to and from campus for holidays and breaks.
When will I know my class schedule?
During the month of July, new students will be contacted by the registrar with details about how to register online for classes for the Fall 2022 semester.
What about a book list and how do I buy my books?
The online booklist is a new system for viewing all required and recommended books. On the booklist, you will be able to select a course, choose the professor teaching the course, and then see both the required and recommended books for that course. You will not be able to start ordering books until receiving the Registrar email mid- July. By then the booklist will be made available. You can then purchase those books on Amazon, or through another seller. Please note that there is no longer any place on campus to purchase textbooks. When buying from other sellers, students should search for books using the ISBN indicated on the booklist page. Students are responsible for obtaining all required books by the first day of class, and they are strongly encouraged to have the books delivered to their homes before coming to campus in the fall. Please send questions and comments to email@example.com