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.

Due to COVID-19, the College has made the difficult decision to suspend the traditional Pre-O programs for Fall 2020.  The fantastic and dedicated coordinators for these programs are working throughout the summer to transition the programs to new and unique offerings both before the start of classes or throughout the fall semester.  



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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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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 GROW (Gardening and Regeneration Orientation Week) is a pre-orientation program designed to introduce first-year students to the sustainability community at F&M through food. Participants get hands-on experience at local farms, learning about hydroponics, dairy farming, and the environmental impacts of food. 

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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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