As you embark on your college career at Stevens, you will meet new people, live away from home for the first time, and begin an intellectual journey that will lead you into your future. This time in your life is exciting and challenging, and we want you to begin that journey by spending it with people who share your interests beyond the classroom. Stevens offers Pre-Orientation experiences which allow new students to get to know classmates before classes even start, meet members of the Stevens faculty and administration, and take a new journey, all at the same time. There's something for everyone!


If you have questions about Pre-Orientation, please contact the Office of  Undergraduate Student Life at (201) 216-5699.


Outdoor Adventure

Spend four days and nights in the High Peaks region of Adirondack State Park, New York. Students attending this Pre-Orientation will choose one of four activities offered:

Canoeing - Explore Saranac Lake area, canoeing from lake to lake and camping on several islands. FILLED TO CAPACITY

Backpacking - Hike and camp in the area of Mt. Marcy, the highest peak in New York State and the northern most source of the Hudson River. FILLED TO CAPACITY

Mountain Biking - Bikes will be supplied during four days of riding for all levels of ability. Students will camp in a base-camp area and be transported to Mt. Van Hoevenberg Bike Center, which was also the home of the 1980 Olympic bobsled competition.

Rock Climbing - Learn basic climbing techniques and belay skills. For more experienced climbers, there are plenty of additional routes to provide a challenge. Students will stay in a base-camp area and be transported to the climbing area each day.

Download a list of supplies needed for Outdoor Adventure programs.

*Outdoor Adventure starts Saturday, August 22, 2015

Performing Arts Experience

Sample NYC’s bustling entertainment scene while learning about the performing arts at Stevens! Attend a Broadway show or two, go behind-the-scenes at historic arts venues, and take part in workshops led by theater professionals. On campus, learn more about the Stevens performing arts environment by being a part of workshops and activities, featuring acting, improvisation, music, dance and technical theater. Best of all, meet other freshmen with like interests before the first day of classes. No experience necessary.

*Performing Arts starts on Sunday, August 23, 2015.

Sports & Fitness

Sports & Fitness Pre-Orientation provides students with a multitude of heath and fitness programs. Participate in a Brooklyn Bridge workout, bike through NYC’s famous Central Park, tour large athletic venues and catch a professional game. This program also provides students with a first-hand look at fitness at Stevens.

*Sports and Fitness starts on Sunday, August 23, 2015 - FILLED TO CAPACITY

City Life Experience

Familiarize yourself with Hoboken and discover all that New York City has to offer! Students will take a guided tour through Hoboken and various neighborhoods of New York City, visiting popular landmarks including Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, the 9/11 Memorial, and various city museums. Students will also have a chance to watch the sunset from Rockefeller Center’s Top of the Rock!

*City Life starts Sunday, August 23, 2015.

Flavors of New York

Experience the history and culture that New York City and its surrounding boroughs have to offer by hitting the streets! Led by experienced guides, you will tour the world’s most diverse neighborhoods, such as Greenwich Village, Bushwick and Astoria, all while getting a taste of their food, music, art, history and culture. You’ll see 19th century row houses and cobbled streets in the neighborhoods where jazz, art, gay rights and culture thrived. Other highlights include tales of living history from long-time residents and getting an insider’s look at New York City and all it has to offer.

*Flavors of NY starts Sunday, August 23, 2015.

The cost to participate in any Pre-Orientation event is $375, with the exception of Outdoor Adventure which is $400.  The cost of Pre-Orientation will be billed to your account in late August. The deadline to register is Friday, July 10, 2015.




Registration Deadline

Registration for 2015 is now closed.

If you have questions about Pre-Orientation, contact the Office of  Undergraduate Student Life at (201) 216-5699 or email


$375 - City Life, Flavors of NY, Performing Arts, and Sports & Fitness

$400 - Outdoor Adventure

The cost of Pre-Orientation will be billed to your student account after you arrive for your Pre-Orientation.


Please note that any cancellations occuring after Friday August 7, 2015 are subject to full payment unless a doctors note or other comprable documentation is provided that requires a full withdrawal from the program. 

Please Note

Students participating in Pre-Orientation arrive at Stevens between 8:00a.m.—11:00 a.m. on August 22 or 23, depending on which program they attend. Those living on campus in Fall 2015 will move into their rooms after checking in. Pre-Orientation participants, with the exception of Outdoor Adventure, will reside on campus in their assigned Fall housing during Pre-Orientation, while commuter students will stay at their homes. Pre-Orientation activities end on Tuesday, August 25 in the evening.

For those not participating in Pre-Orientation, move-in day will be on Tuesday, August 25th. New Student Orientation will begin on Wednesday, August 26 for all incoming students.

Supplies Needed for Outdoor Adventure

  • Daypack
  • 30 degree Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Hiking boots
  • Rain gear (Gore-tex recommended)
  • Fleece jacket
  • Camp shoes
  • Insulated cup
  • Plate and Bowl
  • Spoon, fork and knife
  • Extra wool socks
  • Pants (no cotton)
  • Underwear
  • Shirts (no cotton)
  • Extra water bottles
  • Extra boot laces
  • Bandanna
  • Hat with sun visor
  • Liquid soap
  • Towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Tooth paste
  • Comb or brush
  • Toilet paper
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal medicine
  • Lighter and extra matches
  • Sunscreen
  • Headlamp