New Students

Fall Orientation: August 25 - 27, 2019

Undergraduate Orientation
BFA - New & Transfer Students
Graduate Orientation
MFA & Post-Bacc Students

Parent and Family Orientation - August 25 only

Before You Arrive


May 1National Deposit Deadline
June 1Begin submitting requests for disability accommodations
June 25Health Insurance enrollment/waiver period begins
June 30*Complete "Let Us Get to Know You" Questionnaire for Stiles Hall


July 1*Submit I-20 applications (International Students only)
July 6*Deadline to complete Digital Literacy Survey
July 9*Activate PAFA email address (Logins available 6/15/18)
July 12Preview New Student Orientation Schedule
July 16Stiles Hall roommates announced (tentative)
July 16View Fall bill in Student Portal
July 30Fall Course Schedules Released - View in Student Portal


August 1*Deadline to submit final transcripts and test scores to Admissions Office
August 1*Deadline to pay tuition bill or enroll in payment plan
August 1*Deadline to submit Immunization Form for Stiles Hall
August 1*Deadline to submit ID photo for PAFA ID card and Stiles Hall ID card
August 15Health Insurance coverage beings for 2018-19
August 18International Student Move-In Begins at Stiles Hall
August 20

Deadline to complete Incoming Student survey

August 20Login to Canvas Course Management System
August 22International Student Pre-Orientation session
August 24Stiles Hall Move-In Day
August 25-27New Student Orientation
August 25Parent and Family Orientation
August 28Fall Classes Begin (Monday schedule)


September 4Convocation
September 6Health Insurance waiver/enrollment period ends

September 20

Loan Refund Checks available for pick up

October 1

FAFSA application open for 2019-20


*As soon as possible or by this deadline
**Not all items are applicable for every student

PAFA Email & G-Suite Account

All enrolled PAFA students will be assigned an email address. Information about setting up your new email address will be sent to the email address that was on your application to PAFA.  Be sure to set up your account before arriving at PAFA. Using this account you will have access to Google apps including Hangouts, Drive and Calendar to connect with people in the PAFA community.  

Your email address is the only email address that we will use to communicate with you about official PAFA information/business, so make sure you are able to log on, know how it works, and check it daily.  

For those who want to simplify, you can easily forward your PAFA email to any other personal email account you may have by following the steps through Google/Gmail Help. 

If you have any questions about your PAFA Email, contact Kevin Martin at

Health Insurance

All PAFA students are required to have health insurance. Students who already have comparable insurance coverage may be eligible to waive enrollment in the PAFA Student Health Insurance Plan by completing the waiver form.

PAFA’s university-sponsored Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan is administered by First Risk Advisors and is underwritten by the UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company. Health insurance allows students to take the greatest advantage of health and counseling services through PAFA's partner providers at Jefferson Family Medicine Associates and Penn Behavioral Health.

Look for an email in your account for your student ID number and more details about the enrollment and waiver site.

To enroll, submit a waiver, or get more information about the coverage including costs, benefits, exclusions, reductions, and limitations, and terms, visit

Disability Services

PAFA is committed to assuring equal educational opportunity and full participation for all students. Disclosure of a disability is voluntary, and a student’s responsibility. A student with a documented disability may be eligible to receive assistance through the Office of Student Services. Eligibility for reasonable accommodations is determined on a case-by-case basis after comprehensive documentation is reviewed.

Documentation must be current (within the last 3 years) and directly submitted by a qualified practitioner who is not related to the student. It must consist of a comprehensive assessment and include evidence of substantial impairment of a major life activity. Treatments and services currently utilized to minimize the impact of the condition should be described, as well as recommendations for accommodations in a post-secondary setting.

To submit documentation and request accommodations, visit the Office of Student Services on the third floor of the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building, or contact