New Student Orientation

OrientationWe're excited for you to participate in our three-part orientation experience for Fall 2024, Ready, Set, Griffins!

Part One: Griffin Ready

At Griffin Ready Days, you'll spend time with current and future Griffins on campus as you learn about GMercyU student resources, opportunities, and more. You'll also register for classes with the support and guidance of an academic advisor.

Families are very welcome at Griffin Ready Days! We have a special schedule just for those who will be joining you. Save the dates below; registration opens soon. Please note: You only have to attend one Griffin Ready day, and they may be major/program specific.

First-Year Student dates: June 25, 27; July 15, 18
Transfer Student dates: June 5 and July 17

Contact your admissions counselor or admissions@gmercyu.edu with any questions!

Part Two: Griffin Set

After attending a Griffin Ready day, you will receive an invitation via email to our Griffin Set Canvas site. In Canvas, you will find online resources and additional to-do items prior to your first day of classes.

Part Three: Griffin Orientation

Griffin Ready and Griffin Set have led to this final step ... welcome to Griffin Nation!

Orientation will prepare you for academic success, foster positive relationships with all members of our community, connect you to supportive resources and strengthen GMercyU’s mission and core values. Save the date for our upcoming orientation programs; registration opens soon:

Transfer Orientation: August 14, 2024 (one-day program)
First-Year Orientation: August 23-24, 2024 (two-day program)

If you have any questions, please reach out to orientation@gmercyu.edu.

Mission

Orientation prepares students for academic success, fosters positive relationships with all members of our community, connects students to supportive resources and instills in students the GMercyU mission and core values. Our Orientation Leaders are excited to meet you at Griffin Ready days and welcome you back at Orientation! Get ready to join #GriffinNation! Meet your Orientation Leaders below!

Frequently Asked Questions (Fall)

Griffin Ready Days and Orientation are required.

Transfer Orientation is for anyone that holds 24 credits or more from their previous institution. It is highly recommended, but not required.  If you are a resident transfer student, you are required to attend the First-Year Orientation.

Feel free to reach out to us if you have questions about either event! Contact admissions@gmercyu.edu about Griffin Ready Days and orientation@gmercyu.edu about Orientation.

 

Please note Orientation is for students only. 

Families are encouraged to attend the Griffin Ready Days where they will join our faculty, staff, and administration as we show you our version of “Mercy Hospitality” and welcome you and your family to our Gwynedd Mercy University community. At this session, you will hear about some of the resources we offer to keep students healthy, engaged, and active participants in campus life.

Housing assignment letters will be mailed home the first week in July and will share your building, room, and roommate contact information.  

The August 2024 move-in date will be posted soon!

GMercyU's move-in date is Thursday, August 24, 2023 for first-year residents and transfer residents with 24 credits or more. Your housing assignment letter will include the specific time and location of resident student check-in.

If you are a student-athlete participating in a fall sport, please refer to the move-in schedule provided to you by your coach and Residence Life.

For more questions and information for living on campus, please reach out to reslife@gmercyu.edu. 

Transfer Student Orientation is highly recommended. It will introduce you to the culture, traditions, and expectations of Gwynedd Mercy University and prepare you for your first semester.

You will also receive the information and resources you need to be successful in your college experience. 

Orientation will introduce you to the culture, traditions, and expectations of Gwynedd Mercy University and prepare you for your first semester. You will also receive the information and resources you need to be successful in your college experience.

The weekend includes fun activities to help you bond with other new Griffins, a service project, prizes, and tons of info sessions and activities. You will also officially be inducted into Griffin Nation at our Griffin Nation Celebration!    

Orientation is mandatory for all first-year and resident transfer students.

If you have any questions, please contact orientation@gmercyu.edu.

Please see GMercyU's campus map to find the parking lot closest most convenient for you.

We're happy to answer any questions you have! Please reach out to orientation@gmercyu.edu or call 215-646-7300, ext. 21020.

If you have Griffin Ready questions, please contact admissions@gmercyu.edu

You can also follow us on Instagram @gmercyustudentengagement

Meet Your Fall 2023 Orientation Team Leaders!

Orientation Leader
Karam Aldarwich '24
About Me: Senior, Biology major, Resident
Fun Fact: "I was born and raised in the Middle East and moved to America when I was 10 years old."
What I Love About GMercyU: "The great community and habit of pushing each other to be successful in our lives."

  

Orientation Leader

 
Maya Campbell '26
About Me: Sophomore, Social Work major, Commuter
Fun Fact: "I love corgis, and I was on a competitive swim team for about 8 years or even longer."
What I Love About GMercyU: "Everyone is so welcoming, and helpful. They set up a lot of events between classes occasionally."

 

Orientation Leader

 
James Davey '25
About Me: Junior, History and Secondary Education major, Honors Program, Commuter
Fun Fact: "I own an accordion."
What I Love About GMercyU: "The school has a fantastic mix of commuter-focused classes."

  

Orientation Leader

 
Samanta Disha '26
About Me: Sophomore, University Studies major (intended for Nursing),  Commuter
Fun Fact: "I can crack the entirety of my spine very loudly. I'm basically my own chiropractor."
What I Love About GMercyU: "One thing I love about Gwynedd is that a lot of my friends are from different programs like Radiation Therapy, X-ray, Respiratory Therapy, and Psychology, but we are still taking the same general requirements. We hope to work in the same hospital or unit in the future. Ultimately, I am surrounded by health professions, and I love it." 

Orientation Leader

 
Alexis Erazmus '26
About Me: Sophmore, Nursing major, Resident
Fun Fact: "I love the beach!"
What I Love About GMercyU: "The small, friendly, community and being able to see everyone on campus!"

 

 

Orientation Leader

 
Alyssa Fortunato '24
About Me: Senior, Nursing major, Commuter
Fun Fact: "I spent three weeks in Ireland last summer with Gwynedd’s nursing study abroad program."
What I Love About GMercyU: "The community of people. I have made so many amazing friends through Gwynedd, and this school really feels like my second home."

  

Orientation Leader

 
Bri Godwin '26
About Me: Sophomore, Early Education and Special Education, Resident
Fun fact: "I'm on the lacrosse team!"
What I Love About GMercyU: "Everyone here is so willing to help you." 

 
 

Orientation Leader

 
Justin Hartranft
About Me: Junior, Public Health major, Commuter
Fun fact: "I play guitar in a band on campus."
What I Love About GMercyU: "I love walking around and exploring different trails."

 

 

Orientation Leader

 
Sydney Hertzog '24 (for BHS) and '25 (for MSOT)
About Me: Senior, Occupational Therapy major, Commuter
Fun Fact: "I love hiking and exploring new places."
What I Love About GMercyU: "The ability to personally connect and bond with faculty and staff."

 

 

Orientation Leader

 
Patrick Hinckle '26 (but may be able to graduate a year early)
About Me: Sophomore, Computer Information Science (Web Design) major, Resident
Fun Fact: "I like to play video games in my spare time, and I enjoy going on nighttime walks."
What I Love About GMercyU: "The community is accepting of others."

 

Orientation Leader

 
Erin Huggard '25
About Me: Junior Social Work major, Resident
Fun Fact: "I love country music."
What I Love About GMercyU: "One thing I love about Gwynedd is the community. I love how all of the staff in Gwynedd is ready to help students whenever they need it. It is always nice to see friendly faces around campus as well!"   

Orientation Leader

 
Cari Jones '26
About Me: Junior, Public Health major, Resident
Fun Fact: "I love, desire, and strive to encourage other people."
What I Love About GMercyU: "What I love about GMercyU is the people and the clubs the university has to offer. I love how, especially upon living on campus, one is enable to get to know other people and become friends all while getting used to life on-campus."

Orientation Leader

 
Elisabeth (Liz) Kerper '24
About Me: Senior, Gerontology major, Commuter
Fun Fact: "I have been to Alternative Spring Break with Gwynedd Mercy University twice!"
What I Love About GMercyU: "The community and all the people that I have met!"

Orientation Leaders


Joshua Kolasa '25
About Me: Junior, Biology major, Commuter
Fun Fact: "I want to use my degree to pursue ecology with a focus on parasitology."
What I Love About GMercyU: "The great community around campus, especially between the teachers and students."


Orientation Leaders


Emma Larsson '25

About Me: Junior, Early Education and Special Education major, Commuter
Fun Fact: "I have a learning disability."
What I Love About GMercyU: "That everyone makes me feel like family."   


Orientation Leaders
Cheyanne Looby '24

About Me: Senior, Nursing major, Psychology minor, Resident
Fun Fact: "I love all things art and have been drawing since the second grade."
What I Love About GMercyU: "The welcoming community and friendships that are made meeting new people."

 

Orientation Leader


Lada Melius '24

About Me: Senior, Nursing major, Resident
Fun Fact: "I am the captain of the cheer team!"
What I Love About GMercyU: "The beautiful campus and close relationships."

 

 

Orientation Leader

 
Shyanne McGonigle '26
About Me: Junior, Biology and Philosophy major, Commuter
Fun Fact: "I am allergic to watermelon!"
What I Love About GMercyU: "One thing that I love about Gwynedd Mercy is how easy it is to network and make connections."

 

 

Orientation Leader


Ines Monsalve '26

About Me: Sophomore, History with Secondary Education major, Commuter
Fun Fact: "I love to bake, especially pumpkin bread!"
What I Love About GMercyU: "The campus in the fall!"

 

  

Orientation Leader

 
Joseph O'Malley '25
About Me: Junior, Occupational Science major, Resident
Fun Fact: "I have my boating license."
What I Love About GMercyU: "The community."

 

 

Orientation Leader
Samantha Peralte '25

About Me: Junior, Nursing major, Resident
Fun Fact: "I used to play three sports!"
What I Love About GMercyU: "How close everyone is with each other." 

 


Orientation Leader
Toni Robinson '26
About Me: Sophomore, Early Education and Special Education major, Resident
Fun Fact: "I have a food blog on instagram because I love to go out and enjoy new experiences!"
What I Love About GMercyU: "The moment my foot touched the soil on campus for my Saturday visit tour, I was truly taken back by the everlasting welcome and kindness that was present. I was intrigued to learn Gwynedd Mercy provides hands-on student teaching opportunities. Considering I’ve been student teaching since 10th grade, getting back in the class room was a must. Overall, Gwynedd Mercy University seems to accept not just me but everyone in society no matter the race, religion, style, sex, or grades. I’m honored to be a participant in sharing and spreading the Mercy values this university has."

Orientation Leader

 
Maya Scheuerman '26
About Me: Sophomore, Nursing major, Resident
Fun Fact: "I've canoed from the Perkiomen Creek in Schwenksville to the Delaware River just by Fort Mifflin / the airport."
What I Love About GMercyU: "I love that there are so many opportunities to learn and help others." 

 

 

Orientation Leader

 
Annie Wenrich '26
About Me: Sophomore, Nursing major, Resident
Fun Fact: "I have an Emotional Support Animal on campus; she is a cat named Dottie."
What I Love About GMercyU: "The community atmosphere."

  

Orientation Leader

 

Ethan Wharton '25
About Me: Junior, Nursing major, Resident
Fun Fact: "I can solve a Rubix Cube!"
What I Love About GMercyU: "The clubs."

Preview

Wondering what New Student Orientation is like? Here's a sneak peek!