Early Connections FAQ

What is Early Connections?

Early Connections is a registration-based early Orientation and ongoing program. It starts with Early Connections orientation September 8–9 and activities will continue throughout the 2020–21 academic year.

Who can attend Early Connections?

Students who satisfy the program’s criteria by answering “yes” to at least two of these questions:

  • Did you attend an ethnically diverse high school, or live in an ethnically diverse neighborhood? 
  • Are you the first in your family to go to a four-year college?
  • Are you part of an ethnic or racial background that is traditionally underrepresented in higher education?

How was I chosen to attend Early Connections?

After talking with incoming students and their families, undergraduate admissions counselors recommend students for this unique program. Likewise, admissions counselors are familiar with high schools and have relationships with school counselors, as well as community organizations and leaders.

How much does Early Connections cost?

Early Connections is FREE, with no cost to participating students. However, Early Connections is by invitation only, and once invited, students must register in order to attend.

Why will Early Connections be held remotely in 2020?

Because of COVID-19, we want to honor the safety of our students, families, and represented communities, as well as make this opportunity accessible to more students. Students will still be actively involved in this process! Early Connections participants will receive an Early Connections Orientation package and will take part in an interactive virtual time of connection and fun!

What if I can’t attend Early Connections Orientation?

Don’t worry! Students can get connected to Early Connections in a few ways:

Is Early Connections only for students who’ll live on campus?

No. Students who live off-campus will also receive an invitation to Early Connections, as long as they satisfy the program’s criteria.

Can EC students living on campus move in earlier than September 10 or 11? Will they be able to eat in Gwinn?

Because Early Connections is virtual this year we will not be providing early arrival move in. All students will move in during New Student Orientation on either Thursday, September 10, or Friday, September 11. Check-in will be held in Upper Gwinn for all residential halls and apartments. These times will be communicated later in the summer, following housing assignments.

What time does Early Connections start? When will it end?

The Welcome Session for Early Connections students and their families starts on Tuesday, September 8, at 2 p.m. Students are welcome to join the welcoming session with guests (e.g., parents, mentors, siblings, and friends). Early Connections Orientation activities end Wednesday, September 9, at 4 p.m. See the EC schedule here.

If I’m registered for Early Connections, am I automatically registered for Orientation?

No. Registration for Early Connections was through a specific EC link included on the EC email invitation (sent in early July). Registration instructions for Orientation are on the Orientation website.

What happens once Early Connections is over?

After Early Connections, students will transition to Seattle Pacific University’s New Student Orientation. Once the year begins, students will have continued support and ongoing connection with EC student leaders and Multi-Ethnic Programs staff through 1:1 mentorship, resource connection, academic support, leadership development, and community building through quarterly activities such as family dinners, study breaks, workshops, and service learning.

Does SPU provide transportation from the airport, train, or bus station?

We are unable to offer transportation. We recommend using Shuttle Express for convenient transportation to and from SeaTac International Airport, or your favorite ride share program like Uber and Lyft. You can find driving directions and bus routes to campus on the SPU website.

Demaray Hall Clock Tower

EC schedule

See the schedule for the 2020 Early Connections Orientation, September 8–9.