Getting started with the First-Year Dashboard

Welcome Class of 2027!

The information in the next few paragraphs is critical to your success in using our online pre-orientation program. From this point forward, the online pre-orientation program will be referred to as the First-Year Dashboard.

This secure system is a way for you to provide Gettysburg good information about YOU so that we can be ready for you when you arrive. You will be asked to provide information about your academic interests, any credits you are bringing with you from previous study, health insurance, housing preferences, etc. In addition to providing information, you will be asked to take the appropriate language placement test(s) and complete information regarding financial authorizations and responsibilities.

Once you follow the detailed instructions provided, you will be able to access the Dashboard at any time and anywhere in the world as long as you have an internet connection; please refer to the tips section for suitable browsers. You can begin the program and come back to it as many times as you would like until the deadline.

In order to successfully access the First-Year Dashboard, you will need your username, which is found in your student portal and the password provided in the email you received from your Student Portal.

Please follow the directions provided, as well as tips for a smooth experience with our system.

  1. Visit your Student Portal
  2. Click on the link for the First-Year Dashboard and you should see a login box.
  3. Enter your username provided in your Student Portal.
  4. You should be prompted to enter a password. Enter the password you received in the email from your Student Portal.
  5. You should then be prompted to change your password. Please change the password using the password guidelines. Make note of the new password you just created.
  6. Once your password has been successfully changed, you will be able to log in to the First-Year Dashboard.
  7. The first (and initially only) items you will see will be for College Email and Account Management and First-Year Seminars. Here you will perform your initial configuration for your college email account, set up your MFA (Multi-Factor Authentication) and password recovery options, and choose your First-Year Seminar preferences before being placed.
  8. Once you are finished with your email and MFA/password recovery setup, return to the First-Year Dashboard.
  9. You may need to log in again. Please do so with the username provided in your Student Portal and the password you created previously.
  10. Begin completing the various components of the First-Year Dashboard. For each item in the First-Year Dashboard that you complete, you should receive a green check mark. If a green check mark does not appear when you believe it should appear, try using the REFRESH button; the green check should appear.
    *Please note that the health history items may require 24 hours before green check marks appear.
  11. When all items are marked complete, you have completed the Dashboard and you will receive a congratulations message on your screen.

Tips for successful completion of the First-Year Dashboard

  • When creating your new password, please make careful note of it! You will be able to set up password recovery options through your access to your college email.
  • If you forget your password, return to the College Email website to reset your password. Enter your username followed by "" (so it should appear as and click Next. Follow the instructions to reset your password.
  • It is recommended to use either Chrome or Firefox.
  • Please DO NOT use mobile devices to complete the Dashboard. While work has been done to make as much of First-Year Dashboard mobile-friendly as possible, there are still unfortunately many items that will not consistently work correctly on a mobile device.
  • Please ensure your browser is set to use English. While most of the First-Year Dashboard should work correctly regardless, there are some items where you will encounter issues if attempts are made to complete them while a browser is not set to use English. We apologize in advance to our international students for this unfortunate addition of complexity to this process.
  • Questions?
    • Please email
    • Additional information will be forthcoming regarding drop-in Zoom hours -- please check your email for more information.