Orientation Schedule

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.

Wednesday, September 8

8:30 a.m.–8 p.m.

SPU Bookstore

Visit our website for all your course needs, with web-order pick-up available at the back door. Exploring the SPU Bookstore in person? Hand sanitizer is available for use, and please have your mask ready. Download the My College Bookstore app for a 20% off coupon for one clothing item. Bookstore hours this week are Thursday–Friday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.


9 a.m.–12 p.m.

New Residential Student Check-in/Move-in – Morning Block

Upper Gwinn Commons – Orientation Check-in

  • On-campus residential students: Check-in held in Upper Gwinn for all residential halls and apartments. Students will be able to sign up for a check-in window later in the summer, after housing assignments are released. Access to your residence hall will only be available starting at your scheduled check-in time, and not before.
  • Commuter students: Our commuter students are expected to attend the full Orientation program and can check-in Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to explore the campus and attend the Welcome Dinner in the evening, OR commuter students can check in on Thursday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Orientation Central.

10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Falcon Card Pictures

University Services

If you did not submit your photo online as directed by the Admitted Students Next Steps checklist, you must come to Falcon Card Services to get your Falcon Card picture taken.


12 p.m.–1:30 p.m.

Lunch

SPU Campus Dining

SPU’s many dining options are open for lunch this afternoon! Students and families are invited to explore Gwinn Commons, our campus dining hall, and other on-campus dining options. Additional costs for students and their guests apply.


11 a.m.

Campus Tours

Meet at the arch in Tiffany Loop

One-hour campus tours will be offered for those arriving to campus for the first time. Tours will leave from the arch in Tiffany Loop at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.


1–6:30 p.m.

Computer and Information Systems (CIS) Open House

Lower Marston Hall 

CIS staff will be available to assist you if you need any assistance, or if you have any questions, visit spu.edu/help, call 206-281-2982, or stop by the HelpDesk in Lower Marston Hall, Monday–Friday, 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

1–5 p.m.

New Residential Student Check-in/Move-in – Afternoon Block

Upper Gwinn Commons – Orientation Check-in

  • On-campus residential students: Check-in held in Upper Gwinn for all residential halls and apartments. Students will be able to sign up for a check-in window later in the summer, after housing assignments are released. Access to your residence hall will only be available during your scheduled check-in time, and not before.
  • Commuter students: Our commuter students are expected to attend the full Orientation program and can check-in Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to explore the campus and attend the Welcome Dinner in the evening, OR commuter students can check in on Thursday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

2 p.m.

Campus Tours

Meet at the arch in Tiffany Loop

One-hour campus tours will be offered for those arriving to campus for the first time. Tours will leave from the arch in Tiffany Loop at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.


3:30–4:30 p.m.

Student Counseling Open House

Watson Hall

Students and families are welcome to stop by the Student Counseling Center to learn about the services available, meet some of the staff and ask questions.


4–5 p.m.

Special Presentation for Parents and Families of Pre-Health Science Students

Demaray Hall 150

Is your student interested in pursuing studies in medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, or another health-science field? Learn more about how the Pre-Professional Health Sciences advising program works and find out what you can do to support your student.


4–5 p.m.

Special Presentation for Parents and Families of Nursing Students

School of Health Sciences 105, 6 Nickerson

Is your student interested in pursuing nursing? Come find out how to be supportive and what to expect as your student embarks on the nursing school journey. Hosted by the School of Health Sciences Nursing Leadership Team.


5–6:30 p.m.

Welcome Dinner, if you checked in 9 a.m.–12 p.m.

Tiffany Loop

Enjoy a complimentary locally catered dinner and connect with other new students and their families. Dinner times are assigned to students and their guests according to their check-in times. If you have a morning check-in time (9 a.m.–12 p.m.), you’ll be invited to join us for dinner from 5–6:30 p.m. Commuter students who check in on Thursday are also invited to dinner, and will be assigned a dinner time based on when they check in.


6:30–8 p.m.

Welcome Dinner, if you checked in 1–5 p.m.

Tiffany Loop

Enjoy a complimentary locally catered dinner and connect with other new students and their families. Dinner times are assigned to students and their guests according to their check-in times. If you have an afternoon check-in time (1–5p.m.), you’ll be invited to join us for dinner from 6:30–8 p.m. Commuter students who check in on Thursday are also invited to dinner, and will be assigned a dinner time based on when they check in.


8–10 p.m.

Residence Hall Floor Meetings

If you're living in a residential area on campus, mandatory floor meetings with your Resident Advisors are help this evening. Learn what it means to be living in community at SPU, and meet your neighbors!