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Orientation Details

What are the dates of Spring Orientation?

The dates for Spring Orientation 2019 are Thursday, January 9 – Sunday, January 12.

Is there a schedule? Where can I find a schedule of events?

The schedule is currently available online. Just note that while most things are confirmed, some sessions are subject to change. There is a PDF printer-friendly version as well. You are welcome to move in between 10 AM and 12 PM. Check in will be at the entrance to campus.

How do I sign up for orientation?

Please RSVP for orientation, so we can collect your guest information in addition to your own. To RSVP, go to the Newly Admitted Students page where you’ll find a link to RSVP for Spring orientation, and a complete list of all the other checklist items you should take care of prior to orientation.

Is orientation mandatory?

Yes! And you’ll want to attend orientation so you can start your college career off on the right foot. This is your opportunity to meet your new incoming/transfer classmates before all of our returning students arrive to campus that Sunday. It’s a great opportunity to get business taken care of and get a few extra days to get settled into your new surroundings if you are living on campus.

Can I bring my parents/friends/significant others?

Yes, students are welcome to bring family members or guests to Thursday, just know that there will be times where the schedule for guests differs from that of students. Guests are encouraged to “say goodbye” on Thursday afternoon and it would not be advisable for guests to remain as the sessions and information is geared at students exclusively.

What do I need to do before orientation?

Prior to orientation, you should complete (at minimum) the following checklist items:

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Move In/Housing

What time is move-in?

Residence halls open for NEW international students beginning on Wednesday, January 8, in an effort to accommodate international travel schedules. For domestic students, you will move into your hall Thursday, January 9 beginning at 10 AM.

What can I bring to my room?

A complete list of what is recommended (and not permitted) can be found online at our housing website. Here are a few highlights to keep in mind:



Bedding (twin, extra long)

Pets (we love Fido, but he stays at home)

Electronics: computer, television, clock, microfridges
*You can rent one here: https://www.collegiateconcepts.net/schools/menlo-college/index.html

Weapons of any kind; non-prescription medication or other drugs

Toiletries:  curling iron, hair dryer, hair straightener, shower flip flops, etc.
*don’t forget a shower caddy

Halogen floor lamps, extension cords, electric grills, hot plates, toaster ovens, candles
*includes candle warmers

What is my housing assignment?

If you have submitted your housing application and paid your $300 deposit, your housing assignment will be in your MyMenlo student portal. If you do not see a housing assignment there, or if it shows “PLACEHOLDER” you should contact Housing as soon as possible to determine what is missing.

When will I know my roommate?

Your roommate’s name will be included in your housing assignment on MyMenlo. You can expect an email with further details on your new roommate, including their preferred contact information so you can get in touch with them prior to the start of the semester.

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Financial Aid & Billing Information

How do I access my financial aid information?

Your financial aid package can be found on the student portal, MyMenlo. Once there, select “Students”, then select “Financial Aid Portal”. That should show you all the aid you qualify for based on your completed FAFSA and any Menlo Institutional Aid you are eligible to receive.

Where can I see my bill?

Any balance you owe toward your student account will be posted on MyMenlo. Select “Students” and then “My Account Information”. This will show all posted balances and will allow you to make payments online via MyMenlo.

When is my bill due?

Students have two options when paying their bill. The first is to pay in full via e-Check, ACH, or a credit card.

The second option is to break up your payments into a monthly installment plan, for an additional fee of $100. The dates for the fall 2019 payment plan are as follows:

December 1, 2019

January 1, 2020

February 1, 2020

March 1, 2020

April 1, 2020

How do I enroll in an installment plan?

To enroll, go to MyMenlo, click on the “make a payment” link, then select on the payment plan option and then “view agreement”. From there you will be prompted to enroll in the semester payment plan option and accept the terms of the agreement. There is a one-time processing fee of $100 to enroll.

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Academic Advising/Course Registration

What are my classes?

Enrollment for new students begins in November. If you still need to take a placement test, you’ll need to do that prior to registering for classes. Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to determine your fall semester courses:

Transfer Students (domestic and international) – Patty Lev

Schedule an appointment HERE: https://menlopatty.youcanbook.me/

Domestic Freshmen – Mike Palmieri

Schedule an appointment HERE: https://menlomike.youcanbook.me/

Once you are successfully registered for classes, your course schedule will appear on MyMenlo.

How do I know if I need to take a placement test or not?

A complete list of options that would allow you to waive a placement test can be found online: https://www.menlo.edu/academics/academic-support-services/placement-testing-academic-advising-and-course-registration/

You will need to submit official testing transcripts and/or official college transcripts to your Admissions counselor and inform your advisor if you plan to waive a placement test.

Where can I take my placement test?

If you live local to the Bay Area, you should plan on taking your placement test on campus this summer. To schedule your test, please email advising@menlo.edu and plan to schedule your test sometime between 10 AM and 2 PM Monday through Friday. The testing center is located in the Administration Building, room 151.

If you live outside the Bay Area and are unable to attend your placement test on campus, please email advising@menlo.edu and they will help you find a remote testing site closer to home.

If you are an international student, you will be able to take your placement test when you arrive during New Student Orientation.

Why do I have to take a placement test?

In an effort to ensure student success and readiness for collegiate-level coursework, we want to evaluate our students and make sure they are prepared for our math and english courses here at Menlo. By taking a placement test, we are better able to put you in a class where we know you can be successful and continue to improve your skills, regardless of where you start.

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What is Welcome Week?

Welcome Week encompasses the first ten days of classes, beginning with the Union Welcome Back Party Sunday, January 12 and wrapping up Friday, January 17. Think of it as a kick off to the new year. New and returning students alike are encouraged to come out and participate in all of the great events planned across campus ranging in everything from educational speakers, athletic events, professional development workshops, and (of course) social activities!

You can find a complete schedule online in December as details continue to be finalized this summer.

Will there be parking for orientation/How will parking work?

Parking during orientation will be free for students and their families, and you will not need a parking pass. There are lots as you enter Menlo Drive, or just off of Alejandra Ave once you turn off of El Camino Real.

While unloading your vehicle, you will be able to drive closer to the residence halls long enough to unload your items at a designated spot near the entrance. Once you have unloaded, someone from your group should stay with your belongings while the driver moves the vehicle back to one of the parking lots. This is to ensure unloading and move in runs smoothly for all that Sunday. Our fall sports teams will also be around helping you move in your things if you would like help!

Remember, first-year residential students are NOT permitted to have cars on campus. So once you are done moving in make sure your car doesn’t stay with you!

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