Preview Day - November 10

Located in South Carolina, Southern Wesleyan University is a Christ-centered, student-focused learning community dedicated to transforming lives.

Professors provide one-on-one mentoring outside the classroom at Southern Wesleyan University

The faith-filled community at SWU is comprised of students, faculty and staff who are passionate about learning and growing, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Fine Arts Events at SWU

Whether you come for a campus visit, fine arts program, or athletic event, SWU seeks to provide educational and cultural opportunities not just to our campus community but to the greater community around us.

Orientation Schedule

New and Transfer Student Orientation

Friday, August 18, 2017

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. — Arrive on Campus

Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center 

Opens at 8:00 a.m. — Blue Hill Coffee and Tea Co.

Jennings Campus Life Center

Located on the main level of the Campus Life Center, the Blue Hill Coffee and Tea Co. is the hub of student life on campus. Come and enjoy some of their popular specialty drinks. If in a hurry to get to your next session, bring your own mug and receive free fresh brew all day long. Also, all specialty drinks are 10% off Thursday and Friday.

Opens at 8:00 a.m. — Warrior Zone

Jennings Campus Life Center

The Warrior Zone is the store that has it all, right here on campus. Located on the main floor of the Campus Life Center, the Warrior Zone has available for purchase all of the latest in SWU gear. Need a pen for class? They also carry an assortment of school supplies.

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. — New Student Picture Booth Open

Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center

Celebrate your first day at Southern Wesleyan with a commemorative photo. Photos will be uploaded to the SWU page on Facebook for easy download.

9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. — Kick-off: Welcome to SWU

Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center

New students and families should attend, as members of the SWU Community welcome you to Southern Wesleyan and we kick off Fall Orientation!

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. — Enrollment Services Center

University Dining Commons

The Enrollment Services Center is where to go for all of your enrollment needs. If you need to finish the admissions process, submit enrollment paperwork, obtain financial aid information, pay your bill, receive a copy of your schedule, or just simply talk to someone about the enrollment process, all of our helpful staff in these areas will be here to assist you. Communications from Admissions and Orientation should indicate if you need to visit the Enrollment Center.

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. — Residence Halls Open

University Housing

The residence halls are open for all new students who have completed a New Student Registration Day. Volunteers will be available to assist you at the new residence hall and Mullinax Hall. Please pull your vehicle up to the designated drop-off location. Drivers please do not leave your vehicle. Once your vehicle is unloaded by our volunteers, please return your vehicle to the proper parking location.

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. — IT Computer Support

Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center

Our expert Information Technology staff will be on hand to assist you with any computing needs. They will be there to answer questions concerning campus technology, help you set up your computer, or access your email from your mobile device.

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. — Welcome: One Warrior

Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center

One Warrior Body, with the help of SuperFanU, is your connection to the SWU experience. This mobile app (available in both the iPhone App Store and Google Play) allows you to see all that SWU has to offer on any given day. Earn points for attending different events and obtain rewards. Just by participating in orientation, you will be able to achieve your first reward. Download, check-in, engage and win! This app is available to both students and parents.

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. — Welcome: Information Parents Can View Online

Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center

The parent portal will be a valuable tool for all parents to use. Learn how to use the parent portal to access student grade and account information. Also, staff from the Financial Aid office will be available to answer any lingering questions concerning Financial Aid including work study information.

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. — Welcome: Accessing Grades and Assignments

Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center

CANVAS is an online learning management system that all of our faculty use to grade assignments and post due dates for assignments. Students are also required to submit assignments through CANVAS. In this session, learn how to utilize CANVAS so you are prepared on the first day of classes. Also, Ms. Martha Mishoe, Coordinator of Student Success, will discuss services available through The Learning Center to help you have a successful first year.

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. — Welcome: Morning Warm-Up

Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center

This time of activities will serve as the launching point for establishing lifelong friendships. You, with the guidance of the orientation staff, will experience a time of energizing activities that will kick off the orientation weekend!

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. — Welcome: Student Engagement

Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center

Coming to SWU is all about connection. In this session, you will get a crash course in all of the ways that you can connect to Southern Wesleyan. Whether it is through a mentoring relationship, a student activity, or a discipleship group, there is something for everyone here. Matthew Thorpe, Coordinator for Campus Activities will help you along your path towards self-discovery.

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. — Welcome: SWU Career Link

Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center

Waiting until senior year is too late to start preparing for your job search. Ellen Pate, Director of Career Services, will talk about using your college experiences as training for your desired career path. Learn how to display college fun as experiential learning on your resumes. Also, learn about the services available at the Career Center to help you on your journey.

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. — Welcome: Campus Safety

Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center

Safety is of the utmost importance at Southern Wesleyan. In light of this, Brad Bowen, the director of campus safety, will be discussing the safety protocols of SWU, as well as provide resources to ensure you are comfortable and safe during your time here.

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. — Freshman Connect

Jennings Campus Life Center

Ready to get involved? Meet representatives from campus organizations, local churches, and area vendors as we officially welcome you to SWU. Stop by the different booths to pick up freebies and learn more about different ways to get connected to the community.

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. — Warrior Drop-In Lunch

University Dining Commons

Stop in our Dining Commons and pick up a quick bite to eat. You can grab a table and rest for a while, or you can get a to-go box in our express line and return to setting up your living space.

3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. — SWU Community Meeting: Athletes and Parents

Folger Auditorium

There are responsibilities for all athletes at Southern Wesleyan. Chris Williams, Athletic Director for Southern Wesleyan, will discuss what it means to be part of the Southern Wesleyan Athletic Community. He will also outline the standards of conduct that all student athletes will need to abide by.

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. — SWU Community Meeting: Residents and Parents

Alive Chapel in Nicholson-Mitchell Christian Ministry Center

Living on campus comes with huge responsibility. Jason Tegen, Residential Director of Southern Wesleyan, will discuss what it means to be part of the Southern Wesleyan Residential Community. He will also outline the standards of conduct that all residential students will need to know to have a happy and healthy residential experience.

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. — SWU Community Meeting: Commuters and Parents

Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center

With commuting, comes great responsibility. It is easy to feel disconnected from the SWU Community. Emily Bloxdorf, Director of Retention, will discuss what it means to be part of the Southern Wesleyan Community, especially as a commuter student. She will also outline the standards of conduct that all commuter students will need to know to feel connected to the overall community and have a happy college experience.

4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. — The Southern Wesleyan Community

Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center

By now, you will be fully aware that there are significant responsibilities for all members that make up the SWU community. Dr. Joe Brockinton, Vice President for Student Life, will reconvene all of the various student groups, and discuss what it means to be part of the Southern Wesleyan Community as a student and a member of the SWU family. He will also outline the standards of conduct that all students need to abide by.

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. — Welcome Dinner: Let's Make A Deal

University Dining Commons

Pioneer College Caterers will be providing another stellar dining experience. Come meet other members of the community as we dine together. Bring some random items with you as you have a chance to Make a Deal for some great SWU gear.

7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. — Students Only Challenge I: Meet Your Orientation Leader

Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center

Our Orientation Leader Staff will be helping you to adjust to life at SWU throughout the orientation weekend and into your first year. Every student that attends all seven challenges this weekend will receive a special gift from your Orientation Leader.

7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. — Parents Only: President's Coffee with Parents

Blue Hill Coffee and Tea Co.

University President Dr. Todd Voss, along with other members of the SWU community, would like to celebrate your student’s transition for you as well as offer one last opportunity to ask questions about Southern Wesleyan. Enjoy dessert, coffee, and tea as you fellowship with faculty and staff.

8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. — For the Fun of It!

Jennings Campus Life Center

"I am at college and I don’t know anybody!" For the Fun of It is a series of icebreakers and challenges to help you meet other people on campus. Attended by freshman and returning SWU students, this is a great opportunity to embrace the SWU community. Come out and enjoy some games just for the fun of it!


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Opens at 8:00 a.m. — Blue Hill Coffee and Tea Co.

Jennings Campus Life Center

Located on the main level of the Campus Life Center, the Blue Hill Coffee and Tea Company is the hub of student life on campus. Come and enjoy some of their popular specialty drinks. If in a hurry to get to your next session, bring your own mug and receive free fresh brew all day long. Also, all specialty drinks are 10% off Thursday and Friday.

Opens at 8:00 a.m. — Warrior Zone

Jennings Campus Life Center

The Warrior Zone is the store that has it all, right here on campus. Located on the main floor of the Campus Life Center, the Warrior Zone has available for purchase all of the latest in SWU gear. Need a pen for class? They also carry an assortment of school supplies.

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. — Challenge II: Get to Know Your Other Group Members

TBD by Orientation Leader

You probably met members of your orientation group briefly last night. Enjoy a morning warm to get you thinking and help you know a little more about the people you will be spending the weekend with. This is challenge 2 out of 7.

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. — Group Breakfast

University Dining Commons

The Dining Commons is open for breakfast at this time. Travel with your orientation group and have breakfast together.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. — Passing the Mantle

Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center

Passing the Mantle is our signature orientation event! This is a worship service celebrating times of transition. It is the perfect opportunity to express words of encouragement, have a family prayer time, offer words of wisdom, and/or share a funny story.

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. — SWU Community Lunch

University Dining Commons

The Dining Commons is open for lunch.

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. — Challenge III: Let's Talk About Campus Life

Classrooms in Newton Hobson and Folger

Meet with your orientation leader and group as you discuss the top things you need to know about coming to SWU. This is a time to ask questions about the campus environment, the SWU culture, and campus safety.

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. — Don't Be a Bystander...Be an Upstander

Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center

The Pickens County Advocacy Center provides victim’s advocacy services to residents of Pickens County who are survivors of sexual assault. This organization provides victim’s advocacy services to the SWU campus as well. We all can advocate for our friends that are hurting. That is what being an upstander is about. In this loving and caring community, learn more about loving and caring for our friends.

5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. — Dinner and then a Show

Celebration Amphitheater

Enjoy BBQ with your friends and claim your spot at the Dupin Celebration Amphitheater ahead of our show.

8:00 p.m. – Midnight — The Wizard of Odd: Adam Arcana

Celebration Amphitheater

Adam has been a full time performer since 2004. He has worked as a Corporate, Theatrical, and Nightclub entertainer performing his unique mix of comedy, grand illusion, and death-defying sideshow stunts for a decade. Adam trained under Todd Robbins at Coney Island's "Sideshow by the Seashore" He went on to tour with industry legends Ward Hall & C.M. Christ's "World of Wonders Sideshow" One of the last authentic carnival sideshows left in the United States. He has also worked in the college campus/university market. In 2011 he (along with business partner Rachel Rampage) framed up his own national touring show called Doppelganger Circus Sideshow. They have completed three national tours, opened for numerous national acts, and appeared on TV programs including The Soup & Americas Got Talent.


Sunday, August 20, 2017

7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. — Breakfast

University Dining Commons

The Dining Commons is open for continental breakfast at this time.

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. — Shuttles to Alive Wesleyan Church

Rickman Library Square

Need a ride to Alive Wesleyan Church? Shuttle service from campus to Alive will be available at this time. If you need a ride back to campus, shuttles will run from 12:45-2:30pm.

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. — Alive Wesleyan Church Worship Service

ALIVE Wesleyan Church

“ALIVE is a church reaching spiritually hungry people and introducing them to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and an active role in Christian community.” A great partner to SWU, Alive welcomes all new and returning students for their contemporary worship time. There will also be free stuff and contests.

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. — Brunch

University Dining Commons

After worship, shuttles will be waiting in the parking lot to take you back to SWU for brunch in the Dining Commons. Brunch is provided by Pioneer College Caterers.

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. — Time Management in College

Alive Chapel in Nicholson-Mitchell Christian Ministry Center

College is hard. We get it. It’s stressful. It’s overwhelming. It can be downright difficult. Aside from the classes and the schoolwork, there’s the balance of a social life between family and friends, and chapel. Never forget chapel. Martha Mishoe, student success coordinator, will be discussing ways to effectively manage your time when it seems like there is none. This seminar will give you an advantage over the semester.

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. — Challenge IV: SWU Adventures

Alive Chapel in Nicholson-Mitchell Christian Ministry Center

Your orientation leader will be your guide on the wildest scavenger hunt in SWU history. As you pair up in teams, see if you can discover all the hidden secrets of Southern Wesleyan.

4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. — Blue Hill Coffee and Tea Co.

Jennings Campus Life Center

Located on the main level of the Campus Life Center, the Blue Hill Coffee and Tea Company is the hub of student life on campus. Come and enjoy some of their popular specialty drinks. If in a hurry to get to your next session, bring your own mug and receive free fresh brew all day long. Also, all specialty drinks are 10% off Thursday and Friday.

4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. — University Game Room

Jennings Campus Life Center

The University Game Room features the top games from the WiiU system, a billiard lounge, and ping pong table. Located at the top of the CLC, the Game Room is the ultimate campus location for the true gamers.

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. — Q&A with SGA

Game Room in Jennings Campus Life Center

The Student Government Association is an important organization for you to know about seeing as though, this group represents the student body. This is an opportunity to meet SGA president, Caleb Harding, and hear his vision for the future of SWU.

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. — Dinner in the Campus Life Center

Jennings Campus Life Center

8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. – Back to College Event

Central Walmart

The Central Walmart wants to welcome you to college or welcome back to college. You will have opportunities to win games and prizes as well as sample a lot of items.


Monday, August 21, 2017

Opens at 8:00 a.m. — Warrior Zone

Jennings Campus Life Center

The Warrior Zone is the store that has it all, right here on campus. Located on the main floor of the Campus Life Center, the Warrior Zone has available for purchase all of the latest in SWU gear. Need a pen for class? They also carry an assortment of school supplies.

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. — Challenge V: Breakfast Together

University Dining Commons

It’s Monday...you’ve had a long weekend, but the fun won’t end just yet. The Dining Commons will be open for meals during normal operating hours. Make sure to meet up with your orientation leader, enjoy a morning wake-up session, eat, and be prepare to serve our community today.

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. — How to Annoy Your Professors

Alive Chapel in Nicholson-Mitchell Christian Ministry Center

Perhaps doing well and impressing your professors is not for you. For some students, you really want to learn how to annoy your professors. Professor Keaton (History) will be here to show you a how-to guide on doing just that. If you want to do well, this is also a good session to learn the pitfalls to avoid.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. — Challenge VI: Meet Your Advisor

Various Locations

The relationship with your faculty advisor will be one of the most important relationships you create at college. This session is an opportunity to meet your advisor and other faculty from your discipline. The faculty will inform you about your major and core classes for graduation, and offer you an opportunity to ask questions.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. — Dining Commons Open

University Dining Commons

The Dining Commons is open for lunch.

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. — Challenge VII: Solar Eclipse Viewing

Gilbert Track and Field Complex

The Great American Solar Eclipse is expected to showcase itself in full force, starting just after 1pm with the total solar eclipse starting at 2:37 p.m.! Southern Wesleyan has the privilege of being directly in the center of the “path of totality”. Learn more about the Eclipse Over SWU.

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. — Dining Commons Open

University Dining Commons

The Dining Commons is open for normal dinner service.

7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. — Warrior Night

Jennings Campus Life Center

Come to the Campus Life Center and enjoy prizes and giveaways sponsored by the Warrior Zone. Blue Hill will be offering drink specials and free samples. The Warrior Lounge will also be providing food samples and giveaways. Food, Freebies, and a lot of Fun!