Sample Schedule: Orientation 2015

These Orientation events have been designed to inform and encourage new students and introduce them to important contacts among faculty, staff, and students. Note that some events are for new students, some are specifically for transfer students, others are part of a program for parents and guests, and others for everyone.

Check out last year’s 2015 Orientation schedule below as an example of previous events. Then check back for the 2016 Orientation schedule later this summer. Note that programming is subject to change, so be sure to come back for updates.

For 2016, here are some initial dates and times to be aware of (subject to change):

  • Check-in/Move-inStudents living on campus will be assigned check-in/move-in times later in the summer between 1–6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21. Off-campus students will be able to check in on Wednesday, September 21, or the morning of Thursday, September 22, before the program begins.
  • Parents and guests are invited to join us for the check-in/move-in process and then for programming on Thursday, September 22.  Parent/guest programming officially concludes at 5 p.m. on Thursday after New Student Convocation.
  • Student programming will run Thursday through Sunday, September 22–25.
  • Transfer Express, a condensed orientation for transfer students who cannot attend the full orientation program, will be held on Sunday, September 25 (time to be decided). After the program concludes, students and guests are invited to attend Big Party, a free dinner and community event hosted by the Student Union Board (STUB), and Involve-O-Rama, where students can learn more about clubs and activities on campus.

Sample Wednesday Schedule

All  All Student Events   |   Transfer Transfer Specific Events   |   Parents & Guest Parent/Guest Events

3–8:30 p.m.

New Residential Student Check-in/Move-in

Arnett, Ashton, Emerson, Hill, and Moyer Halls: Check-in at the main lobby of your assigned building.

Campus Apartments: Check-in at Orientation Central (located at Unicom on the first floor of the Student Union Building (Building 24 on the campus map, PDF).

Commuter Students are still expected to attend the full Orientation program, but do not need to check-in until Thursday, September 24 from 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. at Orientation Central (located at Unicom on the first floor of the Student Union Building (Building 24 on the campus map, PDF). Feel free to join us for the open houses throughout the afternoon.

Looking for dinner? Check out the food-truck options brought in just for you.

3–8:30 p.m.

All  Sea Pac Pass Pictures (All Students)
University Services

Did you register by phone or at an off-site session? Then you probably didn’t get your picture taken for your Sea Pac Pass. University Services is open for you to get this very important piece of business taken care of today.

3–6 p.m.

All  Computer Network Hookup (All Students)
Lower Marston Hall

Computer and Information Systems (CIS) staff will be available to assist you in the “Get Connected” program. If you need assistance or have any questions, visit, call CIS at 206-281-2982, or stop by the HelpDesk in Lower Marston Hall (M–F 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.).

3–4 p.m.

Student Counseling and Health Services Open House
Watson Hall

Take this opportunity to meet staff members from the Student Counseling Center and Health Services in Watson Hall and ask any questions you might have about their services.

5:00 p.m.

Campus Tour
Meet at the Undergraduate Admissions Office (Demaray Hall 120)

One-hour campus tours will be offered for those arriving to campus for the first time.

5:30–7 p.m.

Legacy Family Dinner: Alumni and Their New Students
Ross Parking Lot

Alumni parents of incoming students and their families are invited to connect with fellow legacy families. Enjoy time to connect with old and new friends, peruse yearbooks from your days on campus, and share favorite SPU stories. RSVP to

6–7 p.m.

Parents & Guest  Special Presentation for Parents of Pre-Health Science Students (Parents/Guests)
Eaton Hall 112

As a parent of a student interested in health sciences, you can do several things to help your student. Come find out how to be supportive and what to expect as your student embarks on the health sciences journey.

6:30–8:30 p.m.

SPU Bookstore – VIP Event

The SPU Bookstore will be hosting a VIP Event exclusively for all new SPU students. Swing by for cookies, coffee, music, and prizes. We will also be offering an event exclusive discount of 25 percent off one SPU apparel item for each new student! Our friendly staff will also be available to answer any textbook questions you and your student may have.

9–10 p.m.

All  Campus Residence Halls and Apartments Community Meetings (All Students)
Residence Hall Floor Lounges; Campus Houses and Apartments — Check with RA for location

At this required residential student gathering, meet your neighbors and floor-mates, receive important information about your housing area, and learn more about what you can expect and what is expected of you while living in community.