Can't Wait to Get Here?

F&M offers domestic first-year students four exciting pre-orientation (Pre-O!) programs for those interested in the outdoors, sustainability, civic engagement and musical arts.

These programs bring students to campus a few days early and provide an opportunity to connect with peers around a common interest.

All international first-year students participate in a concurrent early arrival program conducted by the Office of International programs.

FOOT

The First-Year Outdoor Orientation Trip (FOOT) is a pre-orientation program for students who are interested in becoming leaders in sustainability, environmental education, and those who have a love for the outdoors. It is a four-day, three-night backpacking trip on a section of the Appalachian Trail through Pennsylvania’s beautiful, rolling hills.

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Music

This program, sponsored by the Music Department and Music Honor Society, helps new students engage with sophomores, juniors and seniors at F&M, music faculty, and the Lancaster arts community before the semester begins. You don't have to be an intended music major to participate.

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CURB-UP

CURB-Up Pre-Orientation is an exploration of your home for the next four years. With F&M student mentors by your side, you’ll enjoy a walking tour in our home city of Lancaster, a hiking and creek stomping exploration, an experience participating in The United Way Day of Service doing some grounds maintenance at Leg-Up Farm, and many other...

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PIT

Putting It Together (PIT) in the Community is a first-year pre-orientation program for students who have been involved in community service, leadership development and civic engagement initiatives in high school and wish to continue these pursuits  at F&M. PIT is a great way to bond with other first-year students who share a passion for community...

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