Class of 2021

Orientation Announcements

Things to Do:

Summer Reading Book

As a member of the Class of 2021, please read and be prepared to discuss the following book during orientation in August:

Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Between the World and Me”

As you're reading, mark passages that are particularly striking, or familiar from your own experience, or even those that feel uncomfortable, or confusing. After finishing the book, review these passages. Copy three sentences, or short sections, that you would be willing to read out loud, or discuss.​ Bring these (and your copy of the book) to the Friday afternoon academic session during Orientation weekend.



Muhlenberg College's Orientation Program is designed to:

  • Provide you with a deeper understanding of the purposes of higher education and the College's mission.
  • Help you to understand better your responsibilities at Muhlenberg.
  • Provide you with information about academic policies, procedures, requirements, and programs to help you make well-informed choices.
  • Help you become more familiar with the wide variety of services and programs available at Muhlenberg.
  • Help you become more familiar with the Muhlenberg campus and surrounding neighborhood, including downtown Allentown.
  • Provide you with opportunities to interact with faculty, staff and continuing students.
  • Provide you with information and opportunities for self-assessment.

Philosophy of the First Year Orientation Program

Orientation is a year-long process, beginning with June Advising and culminating in the end of the first academic year at Muhlenberg. Faculty, current students and staff, working collaboratively, develop a learning environment that balances challenge and support so every first-year student has an opportunity to succeed in the transition from high school to college life. Experiences in the Orientation year are intended to contribute to your intellectual, personal and social growth, and to your integration into a community committed to balanced and responsible engagement in academics, residential life, and extra-curricular activities. The College monitors that engagement and provides support through close work among faculty, staff and upperclass students who have been carefully selected and trained to assist you as a first-year student.

During Orientation Weekend, special emphasis will be placed on activities to promote the transition to life as a Muhlenberg College student: familiarity with the campus, its resources, and traditions; integration into small groups so friendships and a sense of commitment to self and others as members of a community may begin; awareness of skills and attitudes, including time management and the meeting of responsibilities on a syllabus, necessary for academic success; awareness of seeking assistance through professors, Faculty Advisors, Orientation Leaders, Resident Advisors, Writing Assistants, and professionals in offices such as Academic Resource Center and the Counseling Center; acknowledgement of the importance of diversity for a healthy community, including differences in religious, racial, and ethnic background, gender, cognitive or physical disabilities, sexual orientation, and academic disciplines; the importance of the student as active in weighing options and making responsible choices; and the importance of academic integrity.

Although the College is committed to assisting students in every way possible, we recognize that you must ultimately take responsibility for your education. The success of the years in college may ultimately be measured by the extent to which you have developed the capacity for responsible decision making.