Summer Orientation Schedule

Main Event - Sunday, July 22

*Attendance is required at all applicable events for new students and transfer students.


9:00-2:00 p.m.

Check-In Events, Iles PE Center

This is when you can pick up your student ID card, receive calendars, schedules, and important documents, take care of finances, and other enrollment requirements. All academic departments and majors will be represented. Please note that you are required to present photo ID when you pick up your student ID card.

Parent Information Sessions, Hulsey Wellness Center

Parents: Come learn how to adjust to your child's first year at college. Discover what they will need from you and how you can support them from home.

The parent orientation sessions will be held concurrently at 9:30 a.m., *11 a.m., and 1 p.m. The sessions will be covering the topics listed below:

  • Student Development, Academic Administration, and Health Services

  • Finances, Tax Credits, Meal Plan, Student Employment

  • Campus Safety, IS, Risk Management

*the 11 o'clock session will cover Finances, Tax Credits, Meal Plan, and Student Employment in-depth. This session will not include the other topics listed.

7:00 p.m.

Welcome to Rez Life Party, Taylor Circle



New Student Orientation

Sunday, July 15

9:00-11:00 a.m.
Early SmartStart Sciences, Cafeteria

11:00-2:00 p.m.
Enrollment activities, Wright Hall

5:00 p.m.
Jump Start Activities, Hulsey Amphitheater

6:00 p.m.
Welcome Party, Student Center

Sunday, July 22

9:00-2:00 p.m.
The Main Event, Iles P.E. Center

9:30, 11:00 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.

Parent Information Sessions, Hulsey Amphitheater

7:00 p.m.
Welcome to Rez Life Party, Taylor Circle

Monday, July 23

7:00 p.m.
New student Thatcher Residence Orientation, Thatcher Chapel

10:00 p.m.

New student Talge Residence Orientation, Talge Chapel

Wednesday, July 25

7:00 p.m.
Starting Off Right: An Overview of Southern's History, Academic Administration, McKee Library, Disability Support Services, and First Year Experience, Lynn Wood Hall Chapel

Thursday, July 26

11:00 a.m.
Academic Support: Online Campus, Information Technology, Southern Scholars, and Christian Service, Lynn Wood Hall Chapel

Monday, July 30

7:00 p.m.
Title IX, Lynn Wood Hall Chapel

Wednesday, August 1

7:00 p.m.
Campus Safety, Lynn Wood Hall Chapel

Thursday, August 2

11:00 a.m.
Enrollment Services: Campus Employment, Financial Aid, Meal Plans, and Risk Mangagement, Lynn Wood Hall Chapel

Monday, August 6

7:00 p.m.
Student Development: Career Services, Counseling, Student Life, Camps Ministries, and Health Services, Lynn Wood Hall Chapel

Wednesday, August 8

7:00 p.m.
University Church Introduction, Lynn Wood Hall Chapel

Thursday, August 9

11:00 a.m.
New student School/Department Orientation, Individual Schools/Departments

Wednesday, August 15

12:00 p.m.
Transfer Student Luncheon, Presidential Banquet Room

6:00 p.m.
Pre-Med/Pre-Dent/Pre-Pharmacy Majors Orientation, Hickman Science Center Room 1311

Thursday, August 16

12:00 p.m.
Public School/Commuter/Homeschool Student Orientation, Presidential Banquet Room

Friday, August 17

9:00-5:00 p.m.
International Student Orientation, Lynn Wood Hall Chapel 

Sunday, August 19

4:30-6:30 p.m.
Organization Showcase, Iles P.E. Center

Monday, August 20


6:00 p.m.
New Student School/Department Parties, Individual Schools/Departments

Thursday, August 23

11:00 a.m.
President's New Student Dedication, Collegedale Church