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Orientation Schedule

New Student Orientation Schedule

August 16, 2019

We are excited to welcome you to Southern Wesleyan University New Student Orientation on August 16, 2019. The purpose of New Student Orientation (NSO) and Welcome Events is to help you transition successfully to the Southern Wesleyan University community and get acquainted with campus resources and academics early in your college career. The NSO program contains welcome sessions, social activities, small group activities, SWU traditional events, advising and registration, and much more.  

Get ready for an amazing week you will never forget!

Friday August 16, 2019

9:00AM Welcome to SWU – Move In

It’s time to unpack and get settled into your room.  You will receive an orientation ticket prior to arriving on campus to let you know whether you are “cleared” or “not-cleared” to move in to the residence halls. 

Welcome, commuters!  We are so glad you signed up for orientation.  Commuter students arrive at 10:30am to finalize the registration process or show your cleared ticket to be directed to lunch. 

Cleared Students Move In -Show your orientation ticket upon arrival and you will be guided to move into your residence hall and meet other new students and families.  Receive your final ID card and room keys.

Un-Cleared Students- (Location: Founders Hall) Show your orientation ticket upon arrival and be guided to finish your registration process. 

  • Meet with financial aid and student account representatives to discuss scholarships, loans, and payment plan options
  • Complete final registration items
  • Receive your final student ID card

11:00AM Lunch served in Dining Commons

Come and go to lunch between 11am-1pm.  Lunch is included for students with ID cards and is $7.00 for guests or family members.

1:00PM Meet and Greet Reception – Newton Hobson Entrance

Meet faculty and advisors from your academic department.  Students still exploring majors can gain helpful information about career and major exploration.

2:00PM Welcome Session– Newton Hobson Auditorium

Leaders and students will help you learn what it means to be a part of the community life and culture of Southern Wesleyan University.  Have fun as your New Student Orientation (NSO) leaders guide you through orientation day!

3:30PM Breakout Sessions

Your NSO Leader will be your guide:

  • Commuters–(Library or Blue Hill) Learn how to get support, mentoring and engagement on campus.
  • Residential Students–(assigned residence halls) Learn the best parts of being a residential student
  • Parents—(Remain in Newton Hobson Auditorium) Hear from campus leaders about the key issues and questions most parents have, and have the opportunity for Q&A

4:15PM Student Athletes and Parents Meet with Athletic Director 

5:00PM Dinner served in Dining Commons

Parents and students meet back up to go to dinner between 5:00-7:00.  Dinner is included for students with ID cards and is $8.25 for guests or family members.

7:00PM Passing the Mantle Ceremony – Newton Hobson Auditorium

A special SWU tradition for families and new students that, will focus on the transition into a new educational and spiritual journey as an independent young adult.  Your new SWU community will be there to welcome you and pray for you.

8:30PM Student Warrior Welcome Party – Founders Hall

Time to have some fun!  Meet new friends and enjoy snacks and games together.  Get to know your New Student Orientation leaders (aka your new BFFs).

8:30PM Parent Ice Cream Social – Blue Hill Coffee & Tea Co.

Parents meet with University President Todd Voss and Cabinet Members for a question and answer time with desserts and a celebration of successfully navigating the first day Orientation. 

Saturday August 17, 2019

8:00AM Breakfast – Dining Commons

Breakfast with your orientation group and leader

9:30AM Morning Welcome Session

This is a mandatory session for all new students. In this session you will be given the information you need to succeed during your time at SWU.

11:30AM Lunch Served in Dining Commons

1:00PM Group Photo – Team SWU Lawn

1:30PM-2:45PM Continued Breakout Sessions

This is part 2 of the morning session and is mandatory for all new students.

3:30PM-4:30PM Connection at Blue Hill 

Wrap up the afternoon with a free drink at Blue Hill Coffee & Tea Co.  

5:00PM SWUAU LUAU – Warrior Pit

Dinner served at the Warrior Pit.  Join the party and meet new friends, as we celebrate your new adventure in college life at SWU.

Monday August 19, 2019

7:00AM - Breakfast served until 9:30AM

9:00AM - 12:00PM - Primary advisors are available to help finalize class details. Please consult campus map to find your advisor's building.