SPU Bound

What You Need to Know this Summer

Welcome to Orientation 2017!

Ready to be here? Orientation is next week, and we can’t wait for you to finally be on campus! You’ll get to be a part of great SPU traditions, meet new friends, prepare for classes, learn more about SPU life, and discover ways to connect and get involved. All  new students are expected to attend orientation, so here’s some key information for you to know. Email version ends here with link to anchor link including following information:

·      Move-in day: Move-in starts Wednesday, September 20, at 1 pm. Move-in start times have been assigned by last name to improve efficiency. A-G starts at 1 p.m. H-P starts at 1:45 p.m. Q-Z starts at 2:30 p.m. Off-campus students check in on Wednesday, September 20, or the morning of Thursday, September 21, before the program begins.

·      Orientation programming: Orientation programming begins on Thursday, September 21, at 10 a.m. in Royal Brougham Pavilion. The full schedule is available here.

·      Parents and guests: Parents and guests are welcome at Orientation, and we will offer several parent-focused events. Parent and guest programming will conclude with New Student Convocation, being held on Thursday, September 21, at 4:15 p.m. in Royal Brougham Pavilion.

Want more information? Visit the Orientation website.

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