Frequently Asked Questions About Orientation

Orientation 2014

Here are answers to the questions we are asked most frequently about Orientation at Seattle Pacific. If you don’t see the answer to your question, you can email

When is Orientation 2014?

Orientation 2014 will be held from Thursday, September 25, through Sunday, September 28, on SPU’s campus.

Your parents and guests are invited to attend the first two days — Thursday, September 25, and Friday, September 26.

Do I have to come to Orientation?

The question really should be, “Do I get to come to Orientation?” Yes, you do. (And, since you’re a new student, it’s also required.)

If you are a transfer student or a non-traditionally aged student, you should plan on attending Orientation as well. However, if you’re a transfer student and you can’t make it to Orientation, you should attend the Transfer Express session — a condensed, two-hour welcome program that is offered on Sunday, September 28.

How do I register for Orientation?

Register for Orientation through your Banner account (similar to how you registered for New Student Advising).

Parents and guests will receive an invitation to register once their student registers and lists them as a guest. (Be sure to register each guest only once, and guardians must register anyone under the age of 18.)

All students and guests are required to register for Orientation. If you need to make changes to your registration, email as soon as possible.

What do my parents and/or guests do while I’m at Orientation?

Don’t worry! Throughout the first two days of Orientation, we have special events for parents and guests to attend when they’re not joining you for shared events.

Feel free to explore the schedule to see the different options available, and note that the parent and guest programming ends on Friday afternoon, September 26. Please know that while siblings are welcome to attend, we do not have specific programs for them.

How many people can I bring to Orientation to help me?

This could be one of the easiest moves of your life, since we will have plenty of returning student leaders available to help. You don’t necessarily need to bring anyone to help you move.

But feel free to bring family members to experience the excitement of starting college at SPU. We ask only that you limit yourself to four guests.

When you register for Orientation, you will provide the names and emails of your guests, so we can contact them with an invitation to register separately for Orientation.

Are meals provided for students during Orientation? What about for parents and families?

All meal plans are provided for students, starting with dinner on Thursday, September 25. Note: Students and guests can purchase meals on campus during move-in or go to a local area restaurant. Dinner on Thursday, September 25, and lunch on Friday, September 26, will be provided free for all new students, parents, and guests. Student meal plans will go into effect Sunday, September 28, at breakfast.

When do parents and/or guests typically leave their students?

The parent and guest schedule concludes with New Student Convocation on Friday, September 26. This event ends around 5:00 p.m. We suggest that parents and guests leave shortly thereafter since students will continue to have scheduled activities through Sunday, September 28.

Jenny Kim

Transfer Students:
Welcome Home!

What makes SPU what it is? The community. I attended another university for my first two quarters, but then transferred to SPU for Spring Quarter, and I felt so welcomed!

Jenny Kim
SPU Senior
Nathan Strong

My Orientation Advantage

Getting to know the guys on my floor, a week before all of the [returning students] arrived, made me feel at home.

Nathan Strong
SPU Freshman
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