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New and Transfer Student Orientation

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Spring Orientation - January 7, 2017

Note: this new and transfer student orientation is for traditional program students. This is not for new evening or online students.

About Orientation

Transitioning from high school to college, or transferring to a new academic climate, is a significant life change. The purpose of New Student Orientation (NSO) is to assist with this transition and make life easier and more successful for you in your first year. We will help you get settled in your new living space, inform you of resources on campus that support student success, and connect you with advisors and mentors that will help you through your first year and beyond.

Challenge Accepted

The theme for orientation is Challenge Accepted! Your years in college can be a challenging time in your life. However, the rewards are great for those that accept the challenge of college and persevere to the end. Challenge leads to personal growth, and personal growth leads to personal success. We know you accept the challenge because that is why you are here!

Through small group sessions, informative discussions, and community building events, we hope to prepare you for all of the challenges that lie ahead. In addition, you will make friendships, have fun, and get to know SWU better. All of this is what makes the challenge fun!

Several things are going to happen during this training period:

  • You will have a chance to confirm your class schedule and conclude the registration process.
  • You will have an opportunity to move-in and set-up your residential living space. If you are a commuter, there will be several sessions to help you meet other commuter students.
  • You will learn about resources available on campus to assist you in your success.
  • You will meet other students, faculty, and staff committed to your ongoing success as a SWU student.
  • We will help you reduce the anxiety that occurs during the transition to college life
  • We will introduce you to the traditions and culture of our community.

Medical Release Form - must be completed and returned before class registration

Resident Check-In Schedules

8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Residential Arrival Period Residential Parking
8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Enrollment Services Open for Residential Students Dining Commons
10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Follow the Orientation Schedule
3:00 p.m. All Residential Floors Open for Check-In

Commuter Check-In Schedule

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Commuter Arrival Period Commuter Parking
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Enrollment Service Open for Commuting Students Dining Commons
10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Follow the Orientation Schedule

Orientation FAQ

Who can attend?

You, the student, should plan to be here. Orientation attendance is strongly encouraged as there will be a number of presentations made by campus personnel to help you gain an edge in being successful in the classroom and on campus.

Your parents and other family members may also attend. This is a family community and we want the family to be a part of this experience with you. There will come a time that we will ask for parents and other guests to depart, so that you may begin the transition to college life. However, up to that point, all are welcome.

Who do I contact with questions on my housing assignment?

Housing assignments are made through our Conference Services office. If you have any questions, or you would like to sign up for housing, you can contact them at 864-644-5191.

Who do I contact with financial aid questions?

Our financial aid staff is working hard to assist as many students as possible with their financial needs. If you have concerns or additional questions, you can contact them at 877-644-5556, or at .

Who do I contact if I or a family member has special needs?

You can contact the Office of Student Life if you have concerns at 864-644-5140. Please note any special accommodations or dietary needs during the online registration process. If you need to seek accommodations for a disability, you can contact Martha Mishoe, Coordinator of Student Learning Services at .

Where can visitors stay? Where are hotels located?

There is limited space on campus for visitors. Conference Services will be happy to work with your family to determine the best “fit” for a room in a local facility, make the reservations for you, and help you get directions. You can contact them at 864-644-5191.

How much are meals at orientation?

During spring orientation, SWU students do not have to pay for meals. Simply, show your student ID. For residential students, all meals are part of your meal plan. Commuter students have the cost of their meals covered through donations.

We invite families to come and share in this experience with their student(s). Lunch is provided for families, courtesy of the Student Life Office, for up to three guests for each student participating in orientation.

Any additional lunch tickets can be purchased for $6.00 each. If family members would like to eat breakfast on Saturday, they would pay $5.00 per person. Dinner will be $7.00 per person.

Our Dining Commons offers a wide variety of food options suitable for any palate or dietary need. From traditional Americana available on the grill, to specialty dinner nights such as Southern Favorites Wednesday, or Fiesta Fridays, you will be able to find what you are looking for and more.

For more information about campus dining, visit our Campus Dining page where you will find information about Pioneer College Caters, Dining Commons' hours, and guest prices.

Further Information

New and Transfer students can register here for Warrior Training orientation.

There are other resources available to you. If you look at the left sidebar, you will see links to the orientation schedule, orientation meal information, and a checklist of items that need to be completed during orientation. You should check back periodically as we will continue to update this information the closer we get to Warrior Training.

Campus Parking Map

Special Note to Parents

Parents and other family members are welcomed to join us. In fact, we have a very special lunch incorporated into the schedule. Meal tickets for parents and other guests for our Community Lunch may be purchased at the Student Life table during the check-in and registration period and right before the Community Lunch.


For even more updates and to learn what is happening on campus, follow us on Twitter at SWU_StudentLife.


We look forward to serving you and any additional guests this upcoming August. We thank you for your commitment to Southern Wesleyan University and appreciate the opportunity to welcome you as a member of the Warrior Nation.

If you have any questions leading up to Warrior Training, feel free to contact the Student Life Office at 864-644-5144. You can also contact our office via email at .

Interested in a backpacking experience with other new students?


Join us for Southern Wesleyan's Outdoor Orientation Program (SWOOP), a four-day backpacking experience on the Foothills Trail with other new students, faculty, and upperclassmen leaders.


Learn more about SWOOP