Orientation: A Guide for the Perplexed

What to Know and Where to Go For New Students Arriving On Campus

Next week, Yeshiva University will welcome hundreds of students to its undergraduate campuses in New York City during Fall Orientation, which takes place from August 27-29. If it’s your first time on campus, there’s a lot to take in. Not sure where to be when? Have questions about registration, the dorms or the cafeteria? We put together this handy list of resources and Orientation week highlights to help you get the most out of your first days as a YU student.

29191674202_f83520c753_zYour Go-To Resources

1. YU Mobile

YU Mobile puts University life in students’ pockets, making the latest news, campus and athletic event listings, course schedules, library resources, photos, videos, minyan schedule, and more accessible on their smartphones. The app is free and available for download on iTunes and Google Play.

2. New to YU

New to YU,” a one-stop website designed especially for new students, includes information on everything from academic offerings to dorm rooms to service learning opportunities. It’s the perfect place to go when you don’t even know where to start. Whether you’re looking to become more involved in student life or just need help getting around New York City, the site is full of helpful links and tips to get you off to a great start.

3. Answers@yu.edu

Still have questions? Students can call the Office of Student Life helpline at 212-960-5411 or email answers@yu.edu with any issue, question or comment about all aspects of life at YU, whether it’s “How do I find a chavrusa?” “What is the shuttle schedule?” or “Where do I share a new idea?”

4. Orientation Info Stations

Throughout Orientation, centrally located information stations on both campuses will offer comprehensive assistance regarding Orientation sessions, registration and community resources. Ask Student Guides questions about the day’s schedule and more. On the Israel Henry Beren Campus, this station will be located in the lobby of Stanton Hall at 245 Lexington Avenue; on the Wilf Campus, it will be in front of the Danciger Quadrangle on 185th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.

5. The Seforim Sale, Vendors’ Fairs and YU Store

Looking to stock up on seforim? Need new notebooks or a school sweatshirt? The Fall Seforim Sale, held in the Student Life Center on the Wilf Campus throughout Orientation, will carry a wide range of offerings. Vendors’ Fairs on each campus will also enable students to stock up on school supplies and show their YU pride with merchandise from the YU Store.

6. The Events Calendar

With hundreds of on-campus events and activities each semester, there’s always something happening at YU. Whether it’s a film festival, lecture, philosophical debate, sporting event or concert, there’s something for everyone. Visit the Events Calendar to see what’s scheduled this week.

7. YU social media

Keep up with the latest University news and announcements throughout the year by visiting the YUNews blog (right here!). You can also connect with the University’s official social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram and Snapchat to keep in-the-know about great new programs and initiatives and learn more about your fellow students, our brilliant faculty and other ways to make the most of your undergraduate years.

Orientation Week Highlights

28691212694_b412231652_kOn both the Wilf and Israel Henry Beren Campuses, Orientation week is jam-packed with exciting opportunities to explore academic, extracurricular and residential life at YU. Below are some of our favorite activities day-by-day, but make sure to check out the full schedule at yu.edu/orientation before you arrive to see everything the week has to offer!

Sunday, August 27

(Beren Campus) Trip to Chelsea, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., buses leave from outside of Stanton Hall, 245 Lexington Avenue. For your convenience, buses will travel between Stanton Hall and Chelsea (an NYC neighborhood about 15 minutes away) to visit Bed Bath and Beyond, the Container Store, Barnes and Noble and Staples to help you stock up on your dorm room needs.

(Wilf Campus) Get to Know Your Neighborhood: Choose Your Own Adventure, 2 to 3:15 p.m., groups will depart from Danciger Quadrangle on 185th Street and Amsterdam Avenue. Take a leisurely stroll through Highbridge Park, one of several beautiful parks near campus, and learn about the history of the High Bridge, the oldest bridge in NYC, now a pedestrian walkway spanning the Harlem River; learn how to navigate Washington Heights like a pro, from subway stations to Starbucks locations, from Natan Beinstock, student life coordinator; or get some fresh air as you jog through the Heights and view the three bridges within two miles of campus with a Torah Studies administrator.

(Beren Campus) Fondue Fun, 7:40 p.m., at the 36th Street Dorm Back Lounge, 150 East 36th Street, between Lexington and 3rd Avenue. Relax after a long day over some fondue dessert and board games.

Monday, August 28

(Wilf Campus) Exploring Academics: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., second floor, Furst Hall, 500 West 185th Street. Enjoy presentations by faculty about exciting opportunities for study in their academic departments and in their fields, followed by informal conversation with instructors. Each session will be presented twice. Class options include English and writing; music and philosophy; chemistry and careers in the health professions; Jewish studies; and business intelligence and marketing analytics, among many others.

(Beren Campus) Explore the Classes, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m., 215 Lexington Avenue. Hear from a selection of department professors about the various exciting academic classes available to you. Choose from two repeated sessions at 1:15 and 2:15 p.m. to open your mind to interesting new topics and classes in fields that range from studio art to allied health and Jewish education.

(Wilf Campus) YU Student Success Fair, 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., Belfer Hall, 12th floor, Sky Café. Walk through our dynamic fair and speak with staff and students about resources on campus dedicated to your academic and personal success at YU. Ask questions, get important information, and connect with the YU campus community.

(Wilf Campus) Dinner on the Hudson, 6 p.m., buses depart from 186th Street & Amsterdam Avenue at 5 p.m. and return at 10 p.m. Enjoy dinner and a boat cruise on the Hudson River with your rebbeim, mashgichim, shiur assistants, student leaders and fellow students in a casual setting while you enjoy dinner and a view of the NYC skyline. You will be joining Rabbi Kenneth Brander, vice president of university and community life; Rabbi Menachem Penner, The Max and Marion Grill Dean of YU-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary; and Dr. Chaim Nissel, dean of students, among many other special guests.

(Beren Campus) Magical Shmooze on a Cruise, buses leave from outside Stanton Hall, 245 Lexington Avenue, at 7 p.m. Don’t miss out on an unforgettable nighttime dinner cruise. Enjoy views of the Manhattan skyline while being wowed by Chris Deleo, renowned illusionist and mentalist.

Tuesday, August 29

(Beren Campus) Breakfast with your Student Leaders, 9 to 9:45 a.m., Koch Auditorium, Stanton Hall, 245 Lexington Avenue. Over breakfast, speak with your Student Council representatives to hear about how you can get involved on campus and make the most of your extracurricular time.

(Wilf Campus) Breakfast, Activity, and Relaxed Learning in New Jersey; buses depart at 9:15 a.m. from 186th Street and Amsterdam Avenue. Join your friends for breakfast and an interactive learning activity at the homes of Rabbis Yaakov Neuberger, Zev Reichman, and Moshe Tzvi Weinberg. Check your email for your bus assignment.

(Beren Campus) Environmental Responsibility: Truth, Torah and Justice, 1 to 2 p.m., 215 Lexington Avenue, Yagoda Commons. Join Rabbi Saul Berman, professor of Jewish studies; Dr. Moses Pava, Alvin Einbender University Professor of Business Ethics; and Dr. Herb Leventer, adjunct assistant professor of philosophy, for a discussion about the world’s environmental challenges from three distinct perspectives. How do we know what is true in what we hear and read? What might God expect of us in reacting to environmental threats? How do environmental issues relate to concerns with economic justice? These questions are vital for us as Jews, citizens and humans.

(Wilf Campus) Campus scavenger hunt with great prizes, 4 to 5:15 p.m., beginning at the Amsterdam Plaza. Become a Wilf Campus expert, meet new friends and test your abilities with team-building exercises, physical challenges and other tasks.

(Beren Campus) Movie Night, 7 to 9 p.m., 245 Lexington Avenue, Koch Auditorium. Relax and unwind before the first day of classes while watching a movie and enjoying some movie snacks.

(Wilf Campus) Shiur Peticha with Rav Hershel Schachter, 9 to 10 p.m., Jacob and Dreizel Glueck Center for Jewish Study. Start your semester of learning off on the right foot with this introduction to Masechet Sukkah, the focus of this year’s study, from a celebrated Torah scholar.

Friday, September 1

(Both campuses) Meet Your City: Trip to the Museum of the City of New York. Join your peers for a trip to the Upper East Side, where you can enjoy a guided tour of the popular exhibit, “New York at its Core” at the Museum of the City of New York, displaying 400 years of NYC history. Explore the museum’s other exhibits as well as surrounding attractions including Central Park’s Conservatory Gardens, Untermeyer Fountain, and the Jewish Museum. Sign up at https://goo.gl/z6bEXR.

Shabbat, September 2

(Both campuses) Don’t miss out on the chance to bond with your fellow new students and enjoy engaging spiritual and intellectual programming that draw on the University’s talented faculty and staff at your first Shabbat on campus. Explore your new campus and enjoy delicious Shabbat meals with great company, including new YU President Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman on the Beren Campus and roshei yeshiva such as Rabbi Herschel Schachter, Nathan and Vivian Fink Distinguished Professorial Chair in Talmud; Rabbi Meir Goldwicht, Joel and Maria Finkle z’’l Visiting Israeli Professors in Talmud; and Rabbi Penner on the Wilf Campus.