Graduate and Degree Completion Student Welcome and Orientation

Welcome to Cairn University! We are committed to developing students who are biblically minded, well-educated, and professionally competent servants of the Lord Jesus Christ through their investments in the church, society, and the world.

It is our hope to provide you with the information necessary to make a successful transition into your education at Cairn. During the Student Orientation and Welcome, you will meet with faculty, staff and other students from your program. You will also have an opportunity to obtain your student ID card, a parking permit, finalize course registration, and make financial arrangements.

The Graduate and Degree Completion Student Orientation and Welcome marks the beginning of a rich and rewarding experience as a student at Cairn. We encourage you to join us as we equip you to walk a different path.

Next orientation:
Check back soon for Fall 2019 Orientation dates

Orientation Schedule

The purpose of Student Welcome and Orientation is to prepare new students to successfully begin their education at Cairn by familiarizing yourself with the culture of our institution. You will have an opportunity to accomplish this through the various events we have planned for the evening.

Please note that students in the M.S. in Counseling program will be following a slightly different schedule.

5:00 – 5:30 pm Check-in
Eastburn Gallery (in the Biblical Learning Center)
5:30 – 5:45 pm Welcome from the President
Holmes Hall (BLC 210)
Join faculty, staff, and fellow new students for  a message from University President Dr. Todd J. Williams.
5:45 – 6:00 pm Safe Campus Initiative
Holmes Hall (BLC 210)
Dean of Students, Adam Porcella, will discuss the value of a safe campus, addressing Title IX and other health and safety issues.
6:00 – 7:00 pm Overview of Online Resources and Registration Instructions
Holmes Hall (BLC 210)
7:00 – 7:45 pm Breakout Sessions
Various Locations
Meet with program faculty regarding academic expectations and guidelines.

  • Education Programs – Online*
  • Divinity Programs – BL 235
  • Business Programs – BL 132
  • Counseling Program – BL 210
  • Degree Completion – BL 131
7:00 – 8:30 pm Counseling Student Breakout Session
Holmes Hall (BLC 210)
5:00 – 9:00 pm Complete Orientation Checklist 
Eastburn Gallery
Obtain a student ID card, meet with financial aid, make tuition payments, and ask any remaining questions.

*Students enrolled in graduate Education programs will complete their orientation online. Please contact Kristina O’Connell, Admissions Counselor, at for more information

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should attend the Student Welcome and Orientation?

All new, first-time Cairn Graduate and Degree Completion students should plan to attend the orientation. If you enrolled in an earlier term but have not attended an orientation yet, you are encouraged to attend as well.

What if I am taking an online course?

Students taking online courses may participate in a web-based Student Welcome and Orientation.  A series of videos and other materials will guide you through everything you need to know to begin your time as a Cairn University student. You will receive all of the same information that is presented at our on-campus orientations.  Students are expected to complete your orientation before the first day of class.  Please contact your admissions counselor for more information on how to begin your online orientation.

What if I am unable to attend?

Please contact your admissions counselor to arrange and alternate time to obtain your student ID and learn about University resources.

Do I need to RSVP for Orientation?

Students attending the on-campus orientation must RSVP. This helps us know how to plan and who to expect. However, online students do not need to register.

Can I buy my books at Orientation?

The Campus Store does not keep books in stock, but you may pre-order them through the Campus Store’s website and pick them up during Orientation. Learn more.

Can I pay for my classes during Orientation?

Yes, the Business Services office will be available to assist you with tuition payment. You may pay via check or credit card (fees apply) or by setting up a payment plan. Learn more.


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