New Student Orientation


Congratulations on your acceptance to Hampton University!

As a new student at HU, we want you to feel right at home. We know that you are excited and will embrace that excitement. New Student Orientation is designed to help our newest students transition to college life. We anticipate that students, arriving on campus, will have lots of questions. Know that our staff is here to assist you in helping to uncover the answers to those questions. The Orientation will assist in providing you information about campus resources, programs and services.

The Orientation is an opportunity for you to learn how to navigate through campus, and will introduce you to the Pirate community. During New Student Orientation, students will be introduced to Faculty, Staff and other members of the Pirate family that will help you start your journey on the right path. Orientation introduces new students to many aspects of Hampton University, including student life, academic policies, and the student code of conduct.

Once you have completed orientation, you would have taken part in one of our long-standing traditions. On Friday, August 30, 2019 the New Student Orientation Week will culminate with a memorable "New Student Induction Ceremony." Young ladies will be required to wear white dresses or suits and young men must have dark suits with a dress shirt, tie and dress shoes. Once the Ceremony is concluded you will officially be on your way to becoming a Hamptonian!

Additionally, during New Student Orientation you will be paired with upperclassmen who are members of The Greer Dawson Wilson Student Leadership Program who will serve as your guides during your time at the HU. The Orientation and "SLP" will be around throughout your session, and, as current students, they are ready to answer your questions about life on campus. Come to the program with your questions about what it means to be a PIRATE!

New Student Orientation Schedule View Table of Contents (click here)

New Student Arrival & Check-in dates

Friday, August 23, 2019 Saturday, August, 24, 2019
Only students living in:
Virginia Cleveland Residence Hall, Kennedy, Virginia Cleveland Suites, Harkness Hall and McGrew Towers
Only students living in:
Twitchell, Kelsey, Moton, James Hall Suites
Check-in by first letter of last name:
8:00a.m. (A-D)
9:00 a.m. (E-J)
10:00 a.m. (K-R)
11:00 a.m. (S-Z)
Check–in by first letter of last name:
8:00a.m. (A-D)
9:00 a.m. (E-J)
10:00 a.m. (K-R)
11:00 a.m. (S-Z)

Freshman, First Year Student Miscellaneous Fees View Table of Contents (click here)

Onyx XII Class Dues of $60.00 (Cash Only) Includes Your Quintessence XI T-Shirt, and Freshmen Class Events:

Freshman Class Events

  • Homecoming Bazaar
  • Homecoming Float
  • Freshman Ball
  • Freshman Picnic
  • Freshman Week Activities
  • Freshman T-Shirt
  • Other Class Activities During the Academic Year

Residence Hall Dues $20 (cash only): This is an optional fee used for both educational and social programming in the residence halls; dues may be paid during your residence hall check-in date/time. Dues help to supplement activities such as:

  • Recognizing students of Excellence
  • Open House Receptions
  • Reading Day Breaks
  • Fire-Side Chats
  • Homecoming Decoration Contest
  • Super Bowl Party
  • Birth Day Acknowledgments
  • Pizza Parties
  • The James Hall Classic
  • Etc.

What Do I Need to Bring? View Table of Contents (click here)

Hampton University

Here is a recommended checklist for Incoming Freshman. Of course every student may have different needs, but this gives you a good start. Items we consider essential are starred (*).

Download the checklist (PDF) »

Bed and Bath

  • Mattress Pad *
  • Pillow(s) and Pillow Cases *
  • Extra-Long Twin Sheets *
  • Comforter *
  • Blanket *
  • Towels and Washcloths *
  • Shower Shoes/Flip Flops *
  • Shower Caddy
  • Hangers
  • Mirror-Full Length
  • Trash Can Liners (8 gal.)

Laundry Supplies

  • Detergent
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Drying Rack
  • Fabric Softener
  • Iron (auto shut-off)
  • Ironing Board
  • Laundry Bag/Basket

Hygiene Supplies

  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Ear Plugs
  • First Aid Kit
  • Thermometer
  • Personal Hygiene Products/Toiletries *
  • Soap/Shampoo
  • Hair Products/Hair Dryer
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  • Shaving Accessories
  • Makeup/Moisturizers
  • Prescription Medications *


  • ATM Card *
  • Checkbook *
  • Credit Cards *
  • Drivers License *
  • Insurance Cards *
  • Passport/Visa
  • Social Security Card
  • Lock Box


  • Alarm Clock
  • Camera
  • Cell Phone & Charger
  • Computer/Laptop
    Don't forget the laptop’s charger and locking cable.
  • Ethernet Cable
  • Power Strip w/Surge Protector (UL approved)
  • Printer & Ink Cartridges
  • Computer Paper


  • Backpack
  • School Supplies
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Scissors/Stapler
  • Spiral Notebooks
  • Tape/Post-its
  • Calculator
  • Dictionary/Thesaurus
  • Calendar
  • Message Board (Dry erase board)
  • Flashlight
  • Umbrella/Raingear
  • Sunglasses
  • Fan (large and/or clip)


Casual clothing: appropriate for the seasons
Business Attire: White Blouse(no ruffles, no deep necklines) Hosiery
Dresses, Business Suit

Casual clothing: appropriate for the seasons
Business Attire: Blazer (Brown, Gray, Dark Blue, or Beige) White Dress Shirt
Black Dress Shoes
Long Black Socks
Casual Slacks
Dark Suit

*Student's Attire Must Adhere To Hampton University’s Dress Code*


Early Arrivals View Table of Contents (click here)

If you plan to arrive early you may find it beneficial to make arrangements with an area hotel/motel for accommodations. We have provided a listing and contact information for area accommodation within 15 minutes travel to the University. The information can be found below in the 'Travel and Accomodations' section. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate early arrivals for check-in.


Insurance View Table of Contents (click here)

General statement to all resident students regarding insurance protection For your personal property:

Please be aware that Hampton University does not provide insurance coverage for your personal property while residing in residence halls. Please consult your Homeowner’s or Renter’s Insurance Company and arrange this coverage. Several companies provide suitable residence hall only personal property insurance.


Travel and Accommodations View Table of Contents (click here)

Driving Directions

To generate custom driving directions visit the Driving Directions page.


If You are Coming by Plane

There are two major airports within close driving distance of Hampton University, Norfolk International Airport (ORF) and Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF). Transportation options to the campus are available from each.

Area Hotels

All listed establishments are within fifteen minutes from Hampton University.

Additional lodging information is located on the page:

Crown Plaza Hampton Marina 757-727-9700
Ramada Inn at Hampton 757-827-7400
Hampton Inn & Suites 757-249-0001
LaQuinta Inn 757-827-8680
Holiday Inn Express 757-838-8484
Comfort Inn 757-827-5052
Courtyard by Marriott 757-838-3300
Red Roof Inn 757-838-1870
Candlewood Suites 757-766-8976
Embassy Suites 757-827-8200
Hilton Garden Hotel 757-310-6323
Spring Hill Suites 757-310-6333

Health Requirements View Table of Contents (click here)

The Office of the Health Center wishes to thank you for selecting Hampton University for your future career education and professional development. Every effort is being made by the University to make your admission and/or registration process proceed as smoothly as possible. All health requirements, in accordance with state law, should have been met by May 1, 2019. The Medical Records form you received in your admission packet must be completed in its' entirety (i.e. physical examination and immunization records, etc.). Please be advised that the meningitis vaccination is a mandatory health requirement for admission to this University. In addition, a parental signature is required on the form if the student is under eighteen (18) years of age. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in suspension of your registration process; subsequently your selection of classes and canceling of your housing request. Documentation should be mailed to:

Hampton University Health Center
132 William R. Harvey Way
Hampton, VA 23668

Please disregard this notice if you have already submitted the above mentioned documents.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter and we look forward to assisting you in any way possible.
If you have any questions, please call 757-727-5315.