FAQs

Applications

How many students participate in POSP?

We typically admit 30-36 first year students and select some applicants as alternates.  The application process is competitive, so interested students should put the appropriate amount of time and effort into their applications.  There are 24 returning students on staff.

Does POSP conflict with any other activities that occur before orientation?

POSP occurs at the same time as some other activities.  Unfortunately, international students are not usually able to participate because their orientation coincides with POSP.  For other activities, like band camp or sports teams’ trainings, you should contact your coach/adviser for their attendance policy.  POSP participants MUST be present for and participate in the entire program.

How are camp placements determined?

Camp placements are determined by information provided by the application.  We consider previous volunteer, teamwork, and leadership experiences as well as any special skills.  Please note that the special skills asked for by the application (lifeguarding, CPR certification, etc.) only affect camp placement, not acceptance into POSP.   

Is there a cost associated with POSP?

A registration fee of $250 is due upon acceptance into the Pre-Orientation Service Program (POSP).  Your registration fee helps cover the cost of early move-in, food, transportation, and evening recreational activities.  All meals and activities during the week are included in this cost.  Registration fees are due by Friday, July 8, 2016.  Students who qualify for for financial aid may be eligible for a fee waiver.  Please make checks payable to Lafayette College with POSP in memo line.

Moving in Early

Where will I stay?  How does the early arrival process work?

POSP first year students move into the same residence hall and rooms they will be living in for the first semester (the Residence Hall room assigned by Residence Life).  Sometimes roommates end up participating in POSP together, and sometimes they don’t.  Participation in POSP does not affect residence hall or roommate assignments.  We arrange for POSP first year students to move-in mid-morning on Sunday, August 20th between 9:00 A.M. and 12:00 P.M.  With the help of returning leaders, participants have time to unload their belongings and get situated in their rooms.  A suggested packing list is included with the accepted POSP first year students’ materials.

An overview of College Housing at Lafayette is provided on the First-Year Enlightenment website.  You can also visit the Residence Life website for more detailed information.

How do I set up my computer for services at Lafayette?

Please visit the Technology Guide for New Students for all questions regarding Lafayette’s Information Technology Services.

Should my family members attend the parent orientation session on August 26th?

On August 26th, parents and families of new and transfer students will attend an orientation session in Colton Chapel. While students attend their first Orientation Meeting, parents and families attend presentations from Academics, Campus Life, and Parent Relations. Upper-level students will also offer advice for parents and families based on their experiences and recommend how parents can respond to issues that may confront a new student.

An audio file will be recorded and uploaded to the Lafayette Families website, which will be available to families who are unable to attend in person. Parents and families will receive a POINT email notifying them when the recording is available.

The Program

How many people are on staff?  Will there be other group on campus?

There are 24 returning students on staff and professional staff from the Lafayette College Landis Community Outreach Center present throughout the program.  Other people on campus include Public Safety officers, administrators, Resident Advisers, Orientation Leaders, and  students who have moved in early for various activities (sports teams, international students, some student leaders, etc.).  POSP is an entirely substance-free program for first-year students and returning leaders.  This policy is strictly enforced.

What kind of transportation does POSP require/use?

POSP members volunteering with the Firth Youth Center and West Ward Neighborhood Partnership will be transported by van to their respective service program. These vans are provided by the Landis Center and are driven by van-certified student drivers.  POSP members and the children in KIC and TIC Camps will be transported by bus to a local state park for a field trip on one day.  All other service programs take place on-campus or in nearby in the Easton community.  All activities taking place in Easton are close to the Lafayette College campus, and returning leaders will walk with POSP first year students to these locations.

What is the schedule like?  Are all activities mandatory?

See the page titled “Schedule” to view the schedule from last year.  POSP members MUST be present for and participate in the entire program.

If you have any additional questions, please contact us!