Orientation Schedule

What's happening this year at Orientation? Watch greetings and informational videos here.


We are excited to welcome you into the Falcon Family! Please note that adjustments to the following schedule may occur due to shifting governmental and university policies concerning COVID-19. We are committed to your safety and complying with all Washington state and King County directives.

Thursday, September 10

Please note: Gwinn is not offering meal service on Thursday for students or guests. 

10 a.m.–6 p.m.

New Residential Student Check-in/Move-in — Day 1

Upper Gwinn – Orientation Check-in

On-Campus Residential Students: Check-in held in Upper Gwinn for all residential halls and apartments. To manage responsible distancing, students will be assigned to a time block for their move in. These times will be communicated later in the summer, following housing assignments. Access to your residence hall will only be available during your assigned move-in time, and not before.

Commuter Students: Our commuter students are invited to attend the full in-person Orientation program and can check-in on Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to explore the campus and come to the Welcome Dinner in the evening OR commuters can check-in on Saturday morning at the Commuter Student Check-In.


11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Student Financial Services Informational Session

Zoom Webinar - link emailed to registered guests and students

Led by our professional Student Services staff members, this webinar will share information about student financial accounts, and allow students and guests to submit questions during the live Q&A. If you can't make it to this live webinar, the recording will be made available following Orientation.


1–3 p.m.

Student Support Department Pop-Ups

Around Campus — see below

 SPU houses many departments that offer services and support to students. Come meet our fantastic staff at their outdoor pop-ups, get your questions answered, and make connections!

  • Student Counseling Center: 5th Avenue street-scape between upper and lower campus
  • Center for Career and Calling: Tiffany Loop
  • Center for Learning: 5th Avenue street-scape between upper and lower campus
  • University Ministries: between Eaton and the Student Union Building
  • Student Financial Services: outside Demaray Hall
  • Student Academic Services: outside Demaray Hall
  • Study Abroad Office: 5th Avenue street-scape between upper and lower campus



5–8 p.m.

Welcome Dinner

Tiffany Loop

Enjoy a free socially distanced, catered dinner and connect with other new students and their families. Dinner times are assigned to students and their guests according to their move in times, to ensure a safe, socially distanced event.