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Admitted Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University! We are proud to welcome you to our professional community. Below is important information for newly admitted Diplomacy graduate students that will help you navigate the next steps for enrollment. For your convenience, Daniel Kristo, Assistant Dean, your first semester advisor, will serve as a primary point of contact for your graduate onboarding with us.

CONFIRM YOUR SEAT IN THE PROGRAM

We recognize the importance of making an informed decision regarding the host institution for your graduate studies – to this end, feel free to request an appointment with your advisor to discuss your options with us further.  Once you have reached a decision, please fill out the ‘intend to enroll' form under the application portal to confirm your seat in our program within four weeks of receiving your admissions offer. This action is accompanied with a $500 non-refundable deposit payment, which is applied toward your first semester tuition statement.  Under unique circumstances, requests for deposit waivers can be sent to diplomat@shu.edu.  

NEW STUDENT QUICK CHECKLIST 

  1. View the academic calendar, among others, to confirm the first day of classes and the last day to add/drop courses under your semester schedule. 
  2. Access PirateNet, your all-things-Seton Hall intranet student platform, including your Seton Hall official email address.  Technology resources can be accessed here.
  3. Collaborate with your first semester advisor regarding course registration and other aspects of enrollment.
    - Utilize the advising page/program worksheets and excel course schedule shared separately with your registration PIN (for confirmed students)
    - Track Blackboard for course updates posted by the professor
  4. Interested in reading/research materials?  Check out the following:
    - Diplomacy recommendations
    - Library Resources
    - Diplomacy library liaison: Lisa DeLuca | lisa.deluca@shu.edu 
  5. Accept your financial aid awards and/or FAFSA (if applicable). Contact the diplomacy liaison at the Office of Financial Aid: Gary Thomas, gary.thomas@shu.edu. For military/veteran benefits contact Garland Foster, garland.foster@shu.edu
  6. Check your PirateNet account for billing statements and review payment options through the Bursar's Office, bursar@shu.edu. Diplomacy scholarship funds will be posted directly into your account by the add/drop date.  
  7. Review Seton Hall Health Insurance policies for full-time students; waiver requests must be received by the deadline listed here
  8. Review Seton Hall Immunization Requirements (for students under 31)
  9. Obtain a student campus ID or parking permit
  10. International students must coordinate visa status questions with the Office of International Programs via oip@shu.edu.  

In addition, you may find the following resource quick links useful:

ADVISING/REGISTRATION AND ORIENTATION

Once you have confirmed your seat in the program and the registration period has begun, a registration PIN will be shared with you via email along with the graduate course schedule for the upcoming semester.  We recommend that you always use the program worksheet as a point of reference to track your progress. This form will be used to clear your final graduation application as well.  For additional information about advising and registration, including the electronic program worksheet, you may visit our advising page.

Below there is a list of related events for graduate students. You are encouraged to schedule an individual appointment with your first semester adviser for personalized feedback.

Saturday, March 27, 11AM-1PM ET
Meet Our Community, A Diplomacy Graduate Online Signature Event – View Recording

This is a great opportunity to meet our community members, including: deans, faculty representatives, director of career development, current students, and alumni.  The program agenda includes graduate programs and specializations, internship and career opportunities, financial aid, student life and more.

Thursday, April 8, 4-7PM ET
Graduate Student Virtual Open Advising Session

As part of annual advising effort, Dean Kristo will facilitate a graduate-specific open advising session on a first come, first serve basis – offering students an opportunity to review and offer feedback on individual program worksheets in preparation for Fall 2021 course registration.

Friday, April 16, 12-1PM ET
Diplomacy Pre-boarding e-Orientation

First semester advisor, Assistant Dean, Daniel Kristo, leads a pre-boarding session regarding registration considerations for your first semester and other details for successful enrollment. Event details will be shared with you directly via email.

Monday, August 30, 12-2PM ET
Diplomacy Graduate Mandatory Orientation/Online Launching Event

A mandatory new cohort launching event will be held the first day of classes.  This is a great opportunity to meet your colleagues, deans, faculty, director of career development, student organizations' representatives and more.  Event details will be shared with you directly via email.

DIPLOMACY RECOMMENDED READING LIST

Our alumni have suggested that introductory readings are helpful preparation for the first semester of graduate coursework and beyond. Accordingly, our faculty has compiled a list of works from which you can make your own selection.View recommended reading list »

PIRATENET - STUDENT PORTAL ACCESS

PirateNet is Seton Hall University's web portal which serves as the single access point for most University information and transactions. Through Piratenet, you can access your email, register for courses, review and accept your financial aid package, view/pay your tuition bill, access the library and Blackboard, the University's online classroom. PirateNet also allows you to update your personal information, and access academic transcripts and other important University information.  You should have received a separate Seton Hall e-mail with your log-in credentials.   

If you are unable to access PirateNet please contact (make sure to use your student ID as a reference number for all inquiries):
Seton Hall's Department of Information Technology
Phone: (973) 275-2222 | servicedesk@shu.edu | Corrigan Hall

If unable to resolve the issue through the aforementioned office, please contact:
School of Diplomacy's Office of Graduate Admissions
Phone:  (973) 275-2514 | diplomat@shu.edu | McQuaid Hall, Room 116

GET INVOLVED/STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

Clubs and organizations are not only great resources to students in building a sense of community and camaraderie; they are opportunities for enhancing intellectual pursuits and developing professional skills as well.  Once you begin your studies, we encourage you to participate in School-specific organizations or other university-wide organizations. Every semester there is a campus-wide fair where you may meet with various organizations' representatives.

As a new incoming graduate student, you are automatically a member of the Graduate Diplomacy Council (GDC).  GDC develops and coordinates events, seminars, educational programs, and provides avenues for students to socialize and collaborate on projects.  To get involved, or for more information, contact GDC directly.  You may also request to join the GDC Facebook Group.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

International students who require a visa to study in the U.S. must complete the necessary documentation in coordination with the Office of International Programs at Seton Hall.  Visit the Office of International Programs website for more information »

BILLING AND FINANCIAL AID

Students may view their bill online after accessing PirateNet, the main student portal. Billing-related questions can be address through the Bursar Office.  

A limited number of scholarships is available through the School of Diplomacy; you will be notified via separate e-mail if selected for a Diplomacy scholarship.  Most students take advantage of loans to help fund their education.  Several private, state, and federal student loan programs are available. US citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for FAFSA (it takes about two weeks to receive a benefits notice.)  To learn more, contact the University's Financial Aid Office, located in Bayley Hall, at (800) 222-7183 or you may contact diplomacy liaison, Gary Thomas via gary.thomas@shu.edu.   

Additional educational benefits may be available to veterans and their dependents; to learn, visit the Veterans Education Benefits page or contact the Financial Aid Office via Garland Foster, garland.foster@shu.edu

SETON HALL EMAIL ACCOUNT

Every Seton Hall student is assigned a Seton Hall email address.  All official University announcements, including messages from your professors, will be sent to your Seton Hall student email address, so it will be important for you to check this account as often as possible.  Your unique Seton Hall email address is listed on the Main Deck tab in the PirateNet portal.  For more information about your e-mail account, please click here. The short version of your Seton Hall email is username@shu.edu.

BLACKBOARD

Blackboard is Seton Hall University's online learning management system which contains information for each of your courses and allows you to communicate with your classmates and instructors. Some professors also use Blackboard for online discussions, to post course materials, to submit course assignments and to post your grades for assignments throughout the semester.  For more information about Blackboard, including student tutorials, please click here.

HEALTH INSURANCE AND IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS

New Jersey state law requires that all full-time students be covered by health insurance. To ensure that all of our students are in compliance with this requirement, Seton Hall University provides group health insurance plans for full-time graduate students, and you will automatically billed for the health insurance plan. However, you are eligible to submit a waiver through the PirateNet portal if you are already covered by another health insurance plan that is compliant with Seton Hall requirements.  If you do not waive the plan, you must activate your policy via: www.firststudent.com. Once you have created your account, you will have access to your cards and any other information you need. There is also a smartphone app.  Please visit Health Services for more information regarding student health insurance.

In addition, all students under the age of 31 are required to submit a health history and proof of immunizations. This data is entered online in the Student Health Portal. Login with your PirateNet credentials.  Instructions are provided within the portal and additional instruction is available here.
Health Services Office
Phone: (973) 761-9175 | 303 Centre Street, South Orange, NJ 07079 (across the street from the main university gates)

STUDENT ID CARDS

Once you have registered for courses, you must obtain a Seton Hall ID card. This card will provide you with access to the University's gates and buildings, and it is used for all transactions through your Pirate's Gold account. You can add money to your Pirate's Gold account via the PirateNet portal, and these funds can be used for the bookstore, vending machines, the cafeteria and at several off-campus locations in the South Orange area.

Seton Hall ID cards are distributed through the Campus ID Office which is located in Duffy Hall, Room 63.  Please visit the Campus ID Office for more information.  Online students may inquiry about card issuance remotely (contact one of the staff members for more information). 

PURCHASING BOOKS

Once you have registered for courses, you can purchase your books through our University bookstore, which is located on the bottom level of Duffy Hall - learn more here. Students often purchase books (new or used) using outside online sources, or you may also get books using the inter-library borrowing service at the library.

TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING PERMITS

Seton Hall provides two main transportation services:

If you plan to park your car on campus, you must obtain a parking pass. The Parking Services Office is located in Duffy Hall, Room 63. Please visit Parking Services for more information.

The South Orange train station is located within walking distance to main campus. Students may utilize public transit via NJ Transit trains and buses to travel to New York City or other areas. Full-time college students can save 25% on New Jersey Transit monthly passes.

ABOUT SOUTH ORANGE, NJ

Seton Hall University is located in South Orange, NJ.  To learn more about South Orange and related government offices please visit the official township website.
 
Village Hall: (973) 378-7715
Public Works: (973) 378-7741
Library: (973) 762-0230
Recreation & Cultural Affairs: (973) 762-0359
Police Department: (973) 763-3000
Fire Department: (973) 378-7751