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Orientation Experience


Our Orientation Experience is a mandatory event spanning three days: Thursday, August 27 through Saturday, August 29, 2020. Please note that events will also be taking place Friday early evening and Saturday evening/night.

Orientation provides an introduction to academic requirements, a thorough review of our instructional technology, intense team building and academic content. We cap off the experience with a panel of alumni who will share their insights on success in the program, followed by a celebratory dinner with significant others.

Our team building sessions are designed to provide the tools necessary for your study team to become a high performing work team as soon as possible in the program. We utilize our leadership development software, external speakers and exercises to achieve concrete results in our three-day program. Below is a general outline of the experience; the specific times are subject to change.

(Breakfast at 8:00;
Sessions at 8:30.
Events conclude around
5:00 p.m.)
(Breakfast at 8:00;
Sessions at 8:30.
Events conclude around
5:30 p.m.)
(Breakfast at 7:30;
Sessions at 8:00
Events conclude around
9:00 p.m.)
AM Academic Orientation IT and Team Building Class Session
PM Team Development Team Building Workshop
Social   Light Dinner, Team Assignment Dinner with Significant Others


Orientation Agenda (forthcoming)

Laptop Computer

Be sure to bring your laptop computer and IT credentials (NetID, Simon e-mail and passwords) to Orientation.  (Your one-on-one IT appointment should have taken place prior to Orientation.)

Photo Roster and Attire

Thursday, August 27:  Pictures will be taken for a photo roster. Please wear business attire. Business casual attire is appropriate for the remaining orientation activities.

Friday, August 28:  Team building events will include walking around campus. Please wear comfortable shoes.

Additional Program Information

At Orientation you will receive your academic calendar, student handbook, and information about your fellow students.

Location and Parking (Please note different locations!)

Thursday, August 27: Orientation takes place at the Century Club (566 East Avenue). The Century Club is across the street (Strathallan Park) from the Strathallan. Parking is available in the Strathallan parking lot.

Friday, August 28 and Saturday, August 29:  Most orientation activities will be held on the University of Rochester's River Campus, in Schlegel Hall, Room 103. Parking is in Zone 3 (south portion of Park Lot).  You must print out the Orientation Parking Pass (forthcoming) and display it on your dashboard during Friday Orientation.

Please refer to the campus map to see locate Park Lot and Schlegel Hall. Parking is "open" on Saturdays, meaning that you are not assigned to a specific lot; however, you should avoid the red "reserved" areas.

Please watch for signs for Zone 3 in the Park Lot for parking during Orientation and the academic year.  This is a different parking location than when you came in for your interview and IT appointment.


Breakfast, breaks, lunch and some dinners will be served. Most meals are served in the Executive Programs Lounge, Schlegel 101. The Orientation Agenda will show meal times.

Saturday Panel, Dinner and Overnight Stay

To help the class really get to know each other, on Saturday night we are featuring a class dinner with significant others and an overnight stay. A panel of current students and alumni – and their significant others – will speak before dinner regarding their experience in the EMBA Program.

Out-of-town students can have room reservations for Thursday and Friday nights as well; the room charges will be billed to the Simon School, with the exception of incidentals.

The hotel is the Strathallan, located at 550 East Avenue (Rochester, NY  14607).

Saturday dinner will take place at the Century Club, located at 566 East Avenue. The Century Club is across the street (Strathallan Park) from the Strathallan. Parking is available in the Strathallan parking lot.

Please fill out the Response Form a minimum of two weeks prior to Orientation.

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