FAQs

New Student Orientation Questions

  1. Is New Student Orientation Mandatory?
  2. How long is New Student Orientation?
  3. How Do I Register For New Student Orientation?
  4. How Much Does New Student Orientation Cost?
  5. Can My Family Attend New Student Orientation?
  6. What Should I Bring To New Student Orientation?
  7. Where Do Students Stay During New Student Orientation?
  8. I Received A Letter Notifying Me That I Need To Take A Reading Comprehension Test. What Does This Test Consist Of?
  9. I Must Take General Chemistry And Qualitative Analysis (che 111) For My Major. How Do I Schedule My Required Placement Test?
  10. Do I Need Proof Of Immunizations To Attend Barry?
  11. Am I Required To Have Insurance To Attend Classes At Barry University?
  12. Am I Required To Purchase The Primary Barry Sponsored Insurance Or Can I Use My Own Primary Insurance?
  13. What Insurance Options Are Available To Students?
  14. Is There A Health Fee At Barry University?
  15. Do I Have To Be Enrolled In The Student Insurance To Be Seen At The SHC For Medical Care?
  16. If I Get Sick While I Am At Barry, Where Do I Go?
  17. Where Do I Go When The Health Center Is Closed?
  18. When Do Classes Begin?

Answers

Is New Student Orientation Mandatory?

New Student Orientation is mandatory for all new students with less than 30 credit hours. Through a combination of virtual and on-campus components to choose from, students will receive important information that will prepare them for a smooth transition to their first semester.

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How Long Is New Student Orientation?

New Student Orientation takes place virtually throughout the summer. During this phase, undergraduate students will explore virtual sessions facilitated by faculty, staff, and Orientation Leaders, as well as view curated Orientation content on their own time. Students will also meet virtually with an academic advisor to plan their course schedule for the fall semester. They have the option to chat with an academic advisor if they have not done so already by making an appointment on the myBarry dashboard.

Resident students will move in August 24-26. You will receive an email from Housing and Residence Life when your Housing assignment and move-in date is set.

All incoming undergraduate students must register for New Student Orientation weekend on August 28-30 through the myBarry portal. Dr. Mike Allen, President of Barry University, will officially welcome you as you begin to explore our freshmen traditions and create fun memories with your fellow students.

Your First Year Experience will continue during Welcome Week (August 31-September 6) and throughout the year with special programs designed just for you!

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How Do I Register For New Student Orientation?

Please visit your myBarry dashboard to register for the New Student Orientation weekend on August 28-30. Virtual and hybrid components will also be available.

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How Much Does New Student Orientation Cost?

New Student Orientation is free for all new incoming students. However, registration is required and can be found on the myBarry dashboard.

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Can My Family Attend New Student Orientation?

Resident students are welcome to invite up to 2 guests to accompany them on their designated move-in date. All other components of Orientation are designed for the new student only. During this time, students will enjoy interactive activities, workshops, and information sessions designed to enhance their transition to Barry and learn what it means to Live a Barry Life!

A virtual parent and family panel with Q&A will take place on Wednesday, August 12, 2020. An email invitation link will be sent in advance and a recording will be available for those who cannot attend live.

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What Should I Bring To New Student Orientation?

If you will be joining us in person, we recommend that students wear comfortable clothing and shoes to New Student Orientation weekend. This includes shorts, t-shirts, sneakers, or sandals. We also recommend bringing an additional layer such as a sweatshirt or long sleeve shirt, just in case. Many sessions will take place indoors with air conditioning although some activities may include walking around campus and sitting outside on the grass. South Florida weather is often unpredictable so you might also want to have an umbrella with you.

We also recommend students be prepared with a QR code reader on their phone to scan in during check-in as well as the various activities planned throughout the weekend.

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Where Do Students Stay During New Student Orientation?

All new students who will be living on campus for the upcoming school year are expected to move in on the week of August 24-26. You will receive an email from Housing and Residence Life when your Housing assignment and move-in date is set.

Commuter students are invited to participate in all of the virtual or on-campus small group activities during Orientation Weekend on August 28-30. Parking is available for all commuter students. Welcome packets will be distributed at the breakfast and check-in on Friday, August 28 at 8am.

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I Received A Letter Notifying Me That I Need To Take A Reading Comprehension Test. What Does This Test Consist Of?

This 20-minute test consists of reading seven short passages and responding to 38 multiple-choice questions about the content of these passages.

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I must take general chemistry and qualitative analysis (che 111) for my major. How do i schedule my required placement test?

Students who enroll in CHE 111 are required to take a Chemistry Placement Test to determine their first Chemistry course placement. Please schedule an appointment with your academic advisor on the myBarry dashboard for more information.

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Do I Need Proof Of Immunizations To Attend Barry University?

All undergraduate students (excluding those enrolled in Extended Learning/PACE and fully online programs) and All graduate students residing in University housing or attending classes on an F-1 or J-1 visa are required to provide/complete the following information.

  • Proof of 2 MMR vaccines, 1 Tdap vaccine beginning 2010 or after and a Td booster every 10 years thereafter, 3 Hepatitis B vaccines or complete the Hep B waiver, and 1 MCV4 Meningitis vaccine taken at age 16 or older (this vaccine is only required if living in University provided housing),
  • Proof of private health insurance by completing a waiver or enroll in the Barry sponsored insurance plan,
  • Required Health Information record
  • Consent for Medical Treatment Form

Details on these requirements can be found on the web at www.barry.edu/health-services/

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Am I Required To Have Insurance To Attend Classes At Barry University?

All undergraduate students taking 9 or more credit hours and Graduate students taking 4 or more credit hours (excluding those enrolled in Extended Learning/Pace or fully online programs) are required to provide proof of health insurance. To assist with this process required students are automatically billed for the semester of the student health insurance plan at registration. Students who have private insurance may complete an insurance waiver to request to have their private insurance considered and the charge for the student insurance removed from their account. Complete details on the insurance requirements and waiver process can be found on the web at www.barry.edu/healthservices.

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Am I Required To Purchase The Primary Barry Sponsored Student Insurance Or Can I Use My Own Primary Insurance?

If you have a private primary insurance policy that is comparable to the student insurance plan sponsored by the university, and your insurance meets the waiver requirements, you are not required to keep the Barry Sponsored Student Insurance plan.

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What Insurance Options Are Available To Students?

Barry University offers a nationwide health insurance plan through United Healthcare, designed to cover 100% of the costs for services provided at the SHC, as well as 80% coverage to in-network off-campus providers.

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Is There A Health Fee At Barry University?

All Full-time undergraduate students attending class on the Barry University main campus (Miami Shores) and all graduate students residing in University provided housing will be billed once in the Fall and once in the Spring for a mandatory $95 Health Fee. This fee provides for primary care services at the Student Health Center through the Student Health Access Plan and coverage for up to $5000 for accident coverage through the Student Accident Plan. This fee cannot be waived and does not replace the need for a primary health insurance plan.

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Do I Have To Be Enrolled In The Student Insurance To Be Seen At The Shc For Medical Care?

All undergraduate students attending classes on main campus and graduate students residing in University provided housing, are covered under the health fee for an evaluation by a Registered Nurse, limited self-help medications and provider referral services, in-house diagnostic testing and evaluation and treatment (including medications where applicable), by a Board Certified Family Practice Nurse Practitioner (by appointment only). All other graduate students who wish to utilize the SHC for primary care, will be billed a $70.00 copay at their first visit which will cover services provided for the semester.

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If I Get Sick While I Am At Barry, Where Do I Go?

Student Health Services is located in Landon 104, and is open for appointments Monday through Friday from 9AM -5PM.

Barry University Student Health Services (SHS) is able to provide continued health care to our students through the use of telemedicine platform (Doxy.me) usually on the same day. SHS will see face to face patients by appointment only. To determine the type if appointment needed simply call 305 899-3750 and you will be able to schedule an appointment.

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Where Do I Go When The Health Center Is Closed?

During the Evenings and weekends students have access to telehealth services through Healthiest You. This service provides 24/7 access to board certified health care providers via telephone or Video chat. This service is free for students insured through the UHCSR student health insurance plan. For students with private insurance, check your insurance card for a similar service. If you do not have access to telehealth, you can utilize Healthiest You at a cost of $45 per service.

For off campus non-emergency medical needs go to the nearest Urgent Care Facility. For emergency services go to the nearest emergency room.

For on campus emergency contact Public Safety at 305-899-3333.

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When Do Classes Begin?

The majority of classes for Fall 2020 begin Monday, August 31, 2020 with a limited number of special programs beginning on August 24, 2020. Please review the academic calendar for additional details and dates or contact your academic advisor through the myBarry dashboard.

More Questions?

For more information, please contact New Student Orientation at orientation@barry.edu.

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