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Pirate Adventure 2016

Pirate Adventure

Seton Hall welcomes members of the Class of 2024 as they visit campus during the month of June for Freshman Orientation. Pirate Adventure

Welcome – Admitted Fall Freshmen

Congratulations on your acceptance to Seton Hall University! We are delighted to count you among an elite group of students accepted into the Class of 2024. Below is a helpful checklist of items you need to complete to enroll at Seton Hall University. If you have questions about the enrollment process, please contact us at 1-800-THE-HALL (843-4255) or

1. Confirm Your Enrollment
Confirm your intent to enroll at Seton Hall by submitting your $250 tuition deposit by May 1 (non-refundable). To make your deposit online, you will need your student ID number found at the top of your acceptance letter.
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Beginning in early February, if you have deposited, you will receive your login credentials for PirateNet.

2. Submit Your Housing Deposit
If you plan to live in University housing, make your $375 housing deposit as soon as possible (non-refundable after May 1). Housing will only be guaranteed for the first 1,150 students with both a tuition deposit and a housing deposit on file. If you prefer to pay by check or money order, enclose it with your tuition deposit (we suggest using separate checks).

Starting in March, if we have received your tuition and housing deposits, you will also be able to complete a roommate survey once you receive your PirateNet login credentials. Complete the Roommate Survey for a review of your Housing License Agreement, to select a meal plan, and to indicate living style preferences for roommate matching. You will be notified of your room assignment in mid-July.

3. Pirate Preview
Join us at our exclusive admitted student event on Saturday, April 4. At Pirate Preview, you will be able to attend an academic presentation, connect with accomplished professors, tour our close-knit campus, learn about your next steps, and meet future classmates. View the agenda.
Register for Pirate Preview »

4. Helpful Guide for Parents
As a parent, you may have some questions about yours and your child’s next steps. We’ve put together a helpful guide exclusively for parents that addresses the most common questions that parents have.

Parent's Guide » Parent's Guide (Spanish Version) »

5. File the FAFSA
If you haven't already submitted the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you should do so as soon as possible to receive consideration for need-based aid, as well as federal work study and student and parent loans. Be sure to list Seton Hall's federal school code (002632). Financial Aid Awards are mailed beginning in mid-February to all students who filed the FAFSA.

Once you receive your financial aid package (i.e. award letter), you may have questions and need help understanding the awards and your next steps. We have put together a helpful video to provide you a step-by-step walk through of your award letter and address many of the most important things you should know.

When you received your award letter in the mail, there were also some additional documents and a loan worksheet included with this mailing. These documents provide important answers to your most frequently asked questions as well as a list of important terms and definitions, and helpful guidance on your next steps.

If you have any questions about your financial aid awards, your first point of contact is your
admissions counselor. His/her name and contact information is provided in your admission letter, as well as at the bottom of your award letter.

Please note that if any changes or updates are made to your financial aid awards, you will not be mailed a new package. However, this information will be available online using PirateNet if you have already deposited and received your credentials, or using the applicant portal if you do not have PirateNet credentials at this time.

6. Make New Friends
Join our Freshman Accepted Students Facebook group, the official online community for newly admitted students. You can meet other accepted students, ask questions of current students, and talk to admissions counselors.
Join Class of 2024 on Facebook »

7. Access PirateNet
PirateNet is Seton Hall's online portal and your access to your placement tests, financial aid, bills, registration and more. To access the portal, visit and enter your user name and password. You will be sent your username and password in your Pirate Adventure invitation, which will be sent to you in early February if you have submitted your tuition deposit.

8. Take Your Placement Tests
Some students need to take placement tests in English, math and/or foreign language in order to be placed in the correct course level. These tests must be taken by June 1. Students who fail to take their placement tests may not be able to register for fall classes during Pirate Adventure.

Beginning on March 1, log in at to identify the placement tests you need to take. If you do not need to take any placement tests, none will appear. Your PirateNet login information will be mailed to you in early February if you have paid your tuition deposit. Testing is based upon your SAT or ACT score as well as your major. If a foreign language placement test appears, you only need to take it if you plan on continuing a language from high school or spoken at home. Anyone planning on taking a new language does not need to take the language placement test.

Questions about placement testing? Contact Jacqueline Galler at 973-275-2762 or

If you are a student with a disability in need of accommodations on your placement test, please contact the office of Disability Support Services at (973) 313-6003 or at least two weeks prior to registering for your placement tests.

9. Confirm Your Pirate Adventure Attendance
Beginning in early February, once you login to PirateNet, you can confirm your attendance at Pirate Adventure, the mandatory overnight program for all freshmen. Your Pirate Adventure date can be found in your acceptance letter. Commuters and resident students will stay overnight during Pirate Adventure, which begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 12:45 p.m. the following day. 

Visit the Freshman Studies Pirate Adventure page for more information about Pirate Adventure, including a schedule of events and a schedule for Freshman Orientation Weekend in August.

If you cannot attend the Pirate Adventure date assigned to you, please contact Freshman Studies at (973) 761-9740 or

Please note: When flying into the area, the closest airport is Newark Liberty International Airport.
View our Visit Page for a list of local hotels.

During Pirate Adventure you will:

  • meet fellow new and current students;
  • meet your mentor (academic adviser);
  • pick up your student ID card;
  • receive your laptop;
  • register for classes; and
  • become acquainted with student resources, services and activities

Packing list for Pirate Adventure:

  • sheets
  • blanket
  • pillow
  • towels
  • alarm clock
  • toiletries
  • spending money
  • jacket/sweater (rooms are air conditioned)

10. Choose Your Laptop
As part of the tuition and fees, all students are given a laptop which ensures they have the tools they need to succeed. Incoming Fall freshmen can choose between two different laptop options. Learn more about the specifications of each computer here. When you're ready, you can select your laptop by visiting the Selection Page. The laptop selection deadline has been extended to May 31st, and the corresponding laptop forms are due June 10 for students attending June Pirate Adventure.
Choose your laptop »

You can also follow Seton Hall Admissions on Instagram to learn more about your next steps to becoming a Pirate!
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In addition to following Undergraduate Admissions, follow everything #SetonHall on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

11. Submit your AP or IB Scores
Submit AP and IB scores and we will grant you college-level credit for AP exam scores of 4 or above and higher-level IB scores above a grade 6. If you have taken college-level courses for credit, we will grant credit for non-remedial, non-vocational courses in which you have earned a C or better. Incoming freshman can be awarded a maximum of 45 college-level credits with 30 of those credits being from test scores (ex: AP or IB).

View the AP Credit Equivalencies Chart »

You must submit AP and IB credits prior to enrolling at Seton Hall. Any student submitting AP or IB scores later than the end of the first semester of enrollment at Seton Hall University may be ineligible to have these credits evaluated and applied towards their degree at Seton Hall.

AP scores may be sent via the College Board. Mail official copies of your IB scores to:
Office of Admissions
Seton Hall University
400 South Orange Ave.
South Orange, NJ 07079

12. Submit Health Information
Log in to the Student Health Portal and submit the required health information to Health Services. This also includes submitting your immunization records. This information is required by law, if we do not receive your health information, this could jeopardize your ability to enroll.

13. Submit Health Insurance Waiver
Seton Hall automatically provides a group health insurance plan which is charged to your bill. If you already have health insurance and do not want the Seton Hall plan, you must complete the insurance waiver form at before the start of classes to avoid automatic enrollment in the Seton Hall plan and a non-refundable charge to your bill. The waiver will be available beginning late-June.

If you do not submit your health waiver before classes begin, you will be enrolled and billed for the Seton Hall insurance plan. Cancellations and refunds will not be possible.
Learn more about Seton Hall's plan »

14. Accept Your Financial Aid Awards
Financial Aid Awards are mailed beginning in February to all students who filed the FAFSA. They are sent along with important supplemental information to address many of your questions. Also visit our step by step video to help you understand your Financial Aid award. Students who have received their Financial Aid Awards need to review and accept their awards.

To accept your awards follow these steps:

  • Log in at Your login information will be sent to you in early February if you have paid your tuition deposit.
  • Go to the Profile & Finances tab to view your Financial Aid award. You must select the award year (2020-21) then click on the Award Overview tab.
  • Accept your awards by clicking on the Accept Award Offer tab and accept or decline each award.
  • View your requirements. Some students are selected for a process called verification by the government. If you are selected, you will have additional documents to submit such as federal tax transcript or proof of citizenship. You must return these documents as soon as possible and no later than June 1 to the Office of Financial Aid. You will not receive your financial aid awards if you do not complete this process.
  • Complete entrance counseling and your Master Promissory Note at if you accepted your Federal Stafford Subsidized or Unsubsidized Loans.
  • Apply for the Federal PLUS loan or Alternative Loans. To apply for the PLUS Loan visit Please note you must also have a FAFSA on file to apply. We suggest you start applying in early June. If you'd like to choose an alternative loan visit

Please Note: Your financial aid will not be disbursed and deducted from your bill until after the Add/Drop period and after the faculty members for all of your courses have verified your initial attendance. 

15. Campus Employment
Many departments on campus seek students to work in their departments by posting positions in the student employment database. To view and apply for jobs visit You must also submit your Employment Eligibility Verification (I-9) form and original supporting documents. To get a jump start, bring these to Pirate Adventure in June and turn them in to the Office of Financial Aid. For more information on how to find a job on campus, view our Work Study Guidelines flyer »

16. Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
You and your parents should be aware that for students 18 years or older there are federal regulations that limit the ability of parents to access information about their child’s records once he/she enrolls at Seton Hall. These regulations are called FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act). This law means that parents do not have the right to view their child’s grades, transcripts or any other educational records without the student's consent. Parents also do not have the right to call and inquire about their child’s status or activities without this written consent. We encourage you to discuss this with your parents in advance to determine if you will complete the on-line consent form. If you wish to grant such consent to your parents, you will find the on-line FERPA Authorization Form in PirateNet under the Academics tab in the FERPA section.

17. Plan What to Pack for College
Deciding what to bring when you move on to campus can be tough. To make things easier we have compiled a list of recommended items/suggestions as well as those items that you should not bring to campus.

If you forget to bring something, no need to worry.  Every year during the first week after Move-In Day, we host a trip to Target or a similar store so students can purchase needed items.

18. Save the Dates: Freshman Orientation, Move-in Day and First Day of Class
All students must attend the mandatory Freshman Orientation/Pirate Weekend, August 22-25. If you are living in University housing, Move-in Day will be August 21. Move-in Day and room assignment information will be emailed to you by Housing and Residence Life in mid-July. Don't forget classes will begin on August 26.

Visit the Pirate Adventure page for more information about Freshman Orientation Weekend, including a schedule of events.

View the full academic calendar here!

19. Pay Your Bill
All invoices are sent electronically to your student SHU e-mail address and the e-mail addresses of any Authorized Users and can be viewed at The first electronic invoice will be available on July 7 and the balance, after financial aid and scholarships, is due August 2. We encourage you to ensure the bill is paid timely so you can move in, if applicable, and participate in the opening ceremonies and events.

If you would like to allow someone, like your parents, to receive your billing notices and/or pay your bill, you must add an "authorized user". An authorized user is any individual granted access by the student to receive billing notifications. For more information about authorized users, please visit the Bursar FAQ.

Here is a helpful resource from the Bursar Office to help you navigate a number of issues in regards to your bill. For more information on billing and payments, please visit the Bursar Website or send an email to

If you have questions about Financial Aid, payment options or your bill, please contact the Student Financial Services Help Desk at 1-800-222-7183.

Please Note: Your financial aid will not be disbursed and deducted from your bill until after the Add/Drop period and after the faculty members for all of your courses have verified your initial attendance. 

20. Payment Plans
Seton Hall offers interest-free internal payment plans on various schedules that students can use to pay their bill. Payment plans are not loans and are processed through the Seton Hall TouchNet payment portal.

To view and set-up the payment plans, log into PirateNet. From there, select the Profiles & Finances tab, and then the View & Make a Payment link. For additional questions, please visit the Bursar FAQ.

21. Disability Support Services
You can request services from Disability Support Services (DSS) as soon as you are admitted to Seton Hall University or, if you are already enrolled in classes, as soon as you are diagnosed with a disability. While we recommend starting this process before the beginning of the semester, you may request assistance at any time during the year. Please note, however, that accommodations are effective beginning on the date the professor is notified via the accommodation letter; accommodations are not retroactive.

View more information on Disability Support Services and how to complete the necessary forms here!

Learning More about Seton Hall
You might have a lot of questions about attending Seton Hall — how financial aid works, what scholarships are available, what is Freshmen Studies and what do my parents need to know. Don't worry, we've got answers! Take a look at these resources:

Scholarships »
Office of Financial Aid »
Freshman Studies »
Parents »

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