Orientation Schedule

Thursday, September 8


9 a.m.–12 p.m.

Check-in and Move-in

Upper Gwinn and Residential Areas

Students with last names A–L can move in between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. and those with last names M–Z can move in between 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

  • On-campus residential students: Check-in held in Upper Gwinn for all residential halls and apartments. Access to your residence hall will be available only 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 Thursday 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 Friday, Sept. 9, 8:30–10 a.m. at 3rd Weter.

9 a.m.–5 p.m.

OPEN HOUSES and OPTIONAL SESSIONS 

The following campus departments and resources will be available for drop in engagements, and campus tours will be hosted by the Undergraduate Admissions office.

  • SPU Bookstore
    • VIP Event: 6-8 p.m.
    • The Bookstore will be open for general business from 8:30am-8pm on this day.
    • Location: Campus Bookstore
    • 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% off one SPU apparel item for each new student! Our friendly staff will also be available to answer any textbook questions students may have.
  • Admissions Tours
    • Times: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (60- to 90-minute tours)
    • Meeting location: Martin Square (just north of the Ames Library) Undergraduate Admissions will provide tours geared towards families and guests of incoming students. Students will have the opportunity for personalized tours with their orientation groups throughout the weekend.
  • CIS Open House
    • Time: 1-6:30 p.m.
    • Location: 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 spu.edu/help, call CIS at 206-281-2982, or stop by the HelpDesk in Lower Marston Hall (regular business hours M–F 7:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.).
  • Student Counseling Open House
    • Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    • Location: Watson Hall (Bertona Street entrance) Students and families are welcome to stop by the Student Counseling & Health Services Center to learn about the services available, meet some of the staff, and ask questions.
  • Parent Presentation — Pre-professional health sciences
    • Time: 4-5 p.m.
    • Location: Demaray Hall 150
    • Parents and families can attend this session to learn how to be supportive of the students in the Pre-Professional Health Sciences (PPHS) program. This presentation will be hosted by PPHS faculty.
  • Parent Presentation — Nursing
    • Time: 4-5 p.m.
    • Location: 6 Nickerson Building (Health Sciences) 106 This presentation is for parents (not students) of School of Health Sciences intended majors (Nursing and Health & Human Performance majors). Come learn how to support your students as they prepare for entry into their chosen School of Health Sciences major. There will be an opportunity to tour the Nursing Clinical Learning Lab.

12–1 p.m.

Lunch Break

Gwinn Commons

(Gwinn open for families at additional costs)

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.

 

1–5 p.m.

Check-in and Move-in

Upper Gwinn and Residential Areas

Students with last names A–L can move in between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. and students with last names M–Z can move in between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

  • 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 Thursday 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 Friday, Sept. 9, 8:30–10 a.m. at 3rd Weter.

5:30–7 p.m.

Welcome Dinner

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 begin dinner at 4:30 p.m. If your student has an afternoon check-in time (1–5 p.m.), you’ll be invited to begin dinner at 6 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.

 

7–8 p.m.

Opening Welcome

Tiffany Loop

Words of welcome, introduction, and blessing from University leadership at the start of an exciting academic year.


8–10 p.m.

Residential Area Meetings

(Floor, Hall, Area)

Important information for residential students; these are held in the students’ living areas.