Before You Arrive

Different Modes of Orientation

While Orientation is a mandatory program, this Autumn Quarter, we are adjusting students’ options to fulfill their attendance requirements. These options include:

  1. Students living on campus (including Transfers) are expected to participate in all online and in-person sessions with their orientation groups.
  2. Students living on campus who cannot attend in-person sessions due to health/other concerns will be asked to participate in all sessions online with their orientation group. Please note, students may be asked about their circumstances in order to provide appropriate support during Orientation. Please email us if you're unable to participate via in-person sessions, so that we can work to create other supports and opportunities for you.
  3. Off-campus/commuting students are expected to participate in orientation online. If students would like to participate in-person with their orientation group, please select the "in-person" option in your registration form. Please note - students will be asked to choose 1 modality for participation for the entirety of orientation in order to allow us to provide for student safety and wellness; and are advised to review the new orientation schedule to be aware of gaps/breaks during the day where limited campus spaces may be open.We advise only local students to consider this option.
  4. Transfer students who are not living on campus and choose to not participate in full Orientation as outlined in point three, can participate in Transfer Express. Transfer Express students will be asked to participate in Orientation online throughout the week, or via pre-recorded sessions, and asked to join us for a 2-hour zoom session on Sunday, September 13th to hear from a transfer panel, SPU staff and faculty, and get any last minute questions answered before starting classes on Monday.

In your SPU Portal Orientation registration, please indicate which of the above you will be opting into!

Student Self Quarantine

We Are In This Together: The choices that each of us make can have lasting impacts on the people we encounter, connect with, join for classes, and live alongside. Students are expected to work together for the health and safety of the whole academic community.

As a part of our efforts to ensure that all members of our campus are safe, residential students and those taking classes on campus are asked to self-quarantine for ten days (and ideally up to 14 days) immediately prior to arriving to the University. This should include the following:

  • Limiting contact with others and staying home as much as possible, as well as following recommendations for physical distancing and facial coverage if outside the home during this time.
  • Monitoring your health each day, being sure to note any unusual symptoms that cannot be attributed to another health condition. As you may be aware, the symptoms of Covid-19/Coronavirus can include the following:
    • New cough
    • New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fever over 100.4
    • Chills
    • Muscle pain
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

If students test positive for COVID 19 or experience COVID-19 symptoms within the TEN days prior to coming to campus or are in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the 14 days prior to coming to campus, students are asked to not come to campus and contact Health Services to discuss a plan for next steps.

Other Details

  • Falcon Cards are our SPU Identification Cards that give you access to buildings, printing, meal plants, Falcon Funds, student discounts, and more!
    • Before you arrive to campus, you must submit a photo for your ID card by August 24th. Find more information here about how to take and upload a photo.
    • If you upload a photo by August 24th, you’ll be able to get your Falcon Card when you check in for Orientation.
    • If you will not be attending Orientation in person, you can schedule a time to pick up your Falcon Card.
    • Reach out to with any questions you have.
  • New students who move in prior to Thursday, September 10 (i.e., international students, and dining services employees, other student employees) must still go through the Orientation check-in line in Upper Gwinn on Thursday or Friday. They do not, however, need to select a move-in time.