Fall Orientation Schedule

The Main Event - Sunday, August 16

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

9:00 a.m.-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, Information Technology (IT), 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.

6:00 p.m.

Welcome Party, Taylor Circle

New Student Orientation

Sunday, August 16

9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

The Main Event, Iles P.E. Center

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

Parent Information Sessions, Hulsey Amphitheater

6:00 p.m.

Welcome Party, Taylor Circle

Monday, August 17

Orientation Sessions: 9:00 a.m., 1:00, 3:30 p.m.

Starting Off Right: Southern's History: Your Future, Academic Administration, McKee Library, Disability Support Services, First Year Experience & Student Success Center, Lynn Wood Hall Chapel

Academic Support: Online Campus, Information Technology, Southern Scholars, Adventists Colleges Abroad, and Christian Service, Mabel Wood Hall

Campus Ministries, Student Center

12:00 p.m.

Transfer Student Luncheon, Presidential Banquet Room

Tuesday, August 18

Orientation Sessions: 9:00 a.m., 1:00, 3:30 p.m.

Campus Safety, Thatcher Chapel

Title IX, Lynn Wood Hall Chapel

University Church, Collegedale Church

Wednesday, August 19

Orientation Sessions: 9:00 a.m., 1:00, 3:30 p.m.

Student Development: Career Services, Counseling, Student Life, Health Services, and Intramurals, Lynn Wood Hall Chapel

Enrollment Services: Campus Employment, Financial Aid, Meal Plans, and Risk Management, Mabel Wood Hall

Fresh Assess, An assessment to aid faculty in addressing current issues and needs of SAU students, Hulsey Wellness Center

12:00 p.m.

Public School/Commuter/Homeschool Student Orientation, Presidential Banquet Room

6:00 p.m.

Pre-Med/Pre-Dent/Pre-Pharmacy Majors Orientation, Hickman Science Center (Room 1311)

Thursday, August 20

9:00 a.m.

New Student School/Department Orientation, Individual Schools/Departments

11:30 a.m.

Freshmen Service Day, Iles P.E. Center

7:00 p.m.

New Student Thatcher Residence Orientation, Thatcher Chapel

10:00 p.m.

New Student Talge Residence Orientation, Talge Chapel

Friday, August 21

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

Sunday, August 23

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

Thursday, August 27

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