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 or would like to be placed on the waitlist, contact the Office of 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.

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.

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 16, 2014

Performing Arts Experience

Learn about performing arts at Stevens and sample what New York City has to offer. Tour and perform at the famous Apollo Theater, attend Broadway shows, and work with professionals on stage and off. Attend workshops in acting, improvisation, music, dance and technical theater to work with fellow students to write, produce, and perform your own show at DeBaun Auditorium for the entire freshman class. No experience necessary.

*Performing Arts starts on Saturday, August 16, 2014.

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 17, 2014.

City Life Experience

Discover all the New York City has to offer! Students will take a guided tour through Hoboken and, various neighborhoods of New York City, visiting city landmarks including the Central Park, Rockefeller Center’s Top of the Rock, and city museums. Students will sample cuisine along the way while visiting Greenwich Village, Little Italy and Chinatown. We hope to familiarize students with Hoboken and NYC, two of the greatest cities in the northeast!

*City Life starts Sunday, August 17, 2014.

The cost to participate in any Pre-Orientation event is $275, which will be billed to your student account in late August. The deadline to register is Friday, July 11, 2014.

Registration Deadline

Friday, July 11, 2014

Registration is now closed and all of our trips are currently filled to capacity. If you have questions about Pre-Orientation or would like to be placed on a waitlist, contact the Office of Student Life at (201) 216-5699 or email


$275 - The cost of Pre-Orientation will be billed to your student account after you arrive for your Pre-Orientation.

Please Note

Students participating in Pre-Orientation arrive at Stevens between 8:00a.m.—11:00 a.m. on August 16 or 17, depending on which program they attend. Those living on campus in Fall 2014 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 at 11:00 am on Wednesday, August 20th, at which time Freshman Orientation will begin 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