Phoenix Rising

The Phoenix Rising pre-orientation is a special six-day program designed to assist first generation students and/or students with high financial need, adjust to both the academic and social aspects of attending a residential liberal-arts campus. Phoenix Rising first-year students arrive on campus six days prior to the start of orientation, and during the pre-orientation:

  • Sessions on writing designed to be an introduction to college writing and preparation
  • Sessions on research designed to introduce students to the research methods and resources in the library
  • Attend various workshops and information sessions
  • Attend events intended to familiarize themselves with campus
  • Cultural and social activities

If you are interested in attending the Phoenix Rising Pre-Orientation Program, please complete this application. The application is due by July 8 at 11:59 p.m.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is Phoenix Rising Pre-Orientation Program a residential program?

All students who are selected to participate will move directly into their assigned residential room six days before the rest of the first-year class moves in. For commuter students: You will be provided temporary on campus housing for the duration of the program.

How do I apply to participate in the program?

If you are a first-generation college student or a student with high financial need, please click here for the Phoenix Scholars program electronic application.

Do our family and friends stay with us for the duration of the program?


On move-in day, Sunday, August 11, 2019, you will be expected to arrive on campus between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Students will say goodbye to their families and friends at 5:00 p.m. The first official event of the program will begin at 5:30 p.m., an opening dinner for students. There will also be an evening meeting to discuss expectations for the program.

What is the schedule for the program?

The pre-orientation program takes place from Sunday, August 11 to Friday, August 16, 2019. Throughout the program, you have a variety of activities and workshops planned. If accepted, you will receive a detailed schedule.



Nicole J. Johnson
Interim Associate Dean of Students for Race, Equity, and Identity