Orientation & Registration



As a new student at Mercy College of Health Sciences, you are required to attend a New Student Orientation and Registration session. This event typically takes place on-campus and introduces you to critical policies and deadlines as well as available student services and activities. At the conclusion of your session, you will work with faculty advisors to select your courses and register for your first semester. Mercy College offers two orientation formats: Online and On Campus. You're encouraged to attend any session that is most convent for you! 

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How long will the orientation last?

New Student Orientation and Registration is a two and a half hour event. An additional thirty minutes will be included for students admitted in select majors. Your exact orientation times will be communicated to you after you register for the event. 

What do I need to bring to orientation?

All you need to bring to orientation is your license plate number and laptop, if you have one. You will receive a packet of information when you check in for the event as well as writing materials for any notes you would like to take. Be sure to bring any questions you may have about Mercy College!

Can my parents or family members attend orientation?

We welcome parents and/or family members to attend. There will be opportunities for your guests to explore additional campus resources while you go through your required sessions. 

Is childcare provided at orientation?

No, please do not bring your children as no childcare will be provided. This is YOUR day to get acclimated and have all of your questions answered before you become an official Mercy College student!

What are the benefits of attending orientation?

New Student Orientation and Registration allows you to get acclimated to the college before classes start. You’ll have the opportunity to get answers about everything Mercy College has to offer. There are plenty of opportunities to meet other new Mercy College students, which will enable you to form bonds and friendships before the semester starts. You will meet with your faculty advisor and register for your first semester courses. Members of our professional staff will also be present to answer any questions you may have about final admissions steps, financial aid, and other campus resources.

How do I get my parking permit and ID Badge?

After you have registered for an Orientation & Registration session, you will need to complete at Student ID Badge and Parking Registration Form. There will be time after you check in and before the event starts for you to get your student ID and parking permit from the Campus Receptionist in the Sullivan Center. If you are unable to get your ID and permit at your selected orientation, you will need to make arrangements to come to campus and do so at another time.

Why do I need my ID badge and parking permit?

The parking permit allows you to park in the 701 Crocker Street student parking lot on campus or Employee lots of Mercy Medical Center at designated times. Violators will be ticketed and/or towed. (Click here to view the Student Handbook for details.) 

The ID badge must be worn visibly on campus or in clinical settings at all times. It is needed for borrowing books from the college library, accessing print services, identification on clinical sites, and building and parking access. A processing fee of $15 is charged for replacement badges.

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