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  • All roads lead to Loretto!  We are expecting nearly 450 new students with their parents (including siblings, grandparents, etc.) to come through the doors of the Stokes Athletics Center this year to officially check-in and begin their New Student Orientation.  During this intensively active four-day orientation you will meet new friends, get to know your surroundings, and get ready for success at SFU. 

    The New Student Orientation program is intentionally designed and proven effective in assisting new residential, commuter, and transfer students with their transition to SFU and to prepare for success both inside and outside the classroom!

  • The schedule below provides time for academic advising and success, a chance to meet with key administrators and academic faculty, and opportunities to begin your character formation and leadership development as a member of our SFU community. Additionally, during New Student Orientation, you will learn about our Catholic, Franciscan traditions and values, which you will use throughout your four years at Saint Francis University and throughout life as an engaged and ethical citizen.

    NOTE: The 2019 Undergraduate Check-In & New Student Orientation will take place Thursday, August 22 through Sunday, August 25.  The official schedule is currently under construction and will be available on this page in early August.  In the meantime, feel free to explore the schedule from last year as you prepare to begin your own journey to Become That Someone!

  • Get Started


    As a new student, you are expected to attend the New Student Orientation program scheduled for Thursday, August 22 through Sunday, August 25. Your first stop will be the Maurice Stokes Athletics Center where check-in is from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please be aware that there is no option for "early-bird" check-in. It is important that ALL new students arrive on campus to officially check-in NO EARLIER than Thursday, August 22 at 9:00 a.m.

    New Student Forms

    It's important to get all of your new student paperwork in as soon as possible. Completing the following forms before you arrive on campus will speed up your check-in process!

    All full-time undergraduate (12+ credits) students must have Health Insurance coverage:

    • Student Health information can be accessed via the University web portal at Click on the Future Students tab to complete the Student Health Form. 

    If the following Financial Aid criteria apply to you, be sure to complete these necessary steps:

    • Master Promissory Note and Loan Entrance Counseling - Completion is needed ONLY if you are borrowing through the Federal Loan programs. Both steps need to be complete before any Federal Loan Funds would be disbursed into your student account.
    • Financial Aid Verification Worksheet - Completion is needed ONLY if you have been selected for verification through the Department of Education. Prior notification would have been sent to your home address if this is necessary.

    Contact Us

    Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email us at We'll be happy to answer your questions and help to prepare you for your new life and your new family at SFU! Welcome to Saint Francis University!

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    Thursday, August 22, 2019




    7 a.m. – 9 a.m.Breakfast on your ownTorvian Dining Hall
    9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

    Resident Check-In

    All new resident students should report to Stokes to begin New Student Orientation and the school year. Everything a new student needs to get you started on your college career—all under one roof! Make sure you pick up your FREE Class of 2023 Spirit T-shirt to wear to the Bell Ceremony and President’s Welcome, compliments of your SFU Student Government Association!

    Stokes Athletics Center
    11 a.m. – 1 p.m.Lunch on your ownTorvian Dining Hall & Frankie's Campus Club
    12 p.m.MassImmaculate Conception Chapel
    1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

    Parent & Family Reception*

    Come on over to JFK, grab a seat, relax, and enjoy the air conditioning and a cool treat, courtesy of the SFU faculty, staff, and administration. Let us serve you while you get to know other parents and family members and celebrate the beginning of an exciting new chapter for your students and families!

    *Please note: This session will be offered again at 2:30 p.m.

    JFK Center Lounge
    2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Commuter Check-In*

    All new commuting students should report to Stokes to begin New Student Orientation and the school year. Everything a new student needs to get you started on your college career—all under one roof! Make sure you pick up your FREE Class of 2023 T-shirt to wear to the Bell Ceremony and President’s Welcome!

    *Reminder: Commuter Information Session in the JFK Lounge at 6:00 p.m. TONIGHT!

    Stokes Auxiliary Gym
    2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

    Parent & Family Reception*

    Come on over to JFK, grab a seat, relax, and enjoy the air conditioning and a cool treat, courtesy of the SFU faculty, staff, and administration. Let us serve you while you get to know other parents and family members and celebrate the beginning of an exciting new chapter for your students and families!

    *Please note: This is the same session offered at 1:00 p.m.

    JFK Center Lounge
    3:30 p.m.

    The Bell Tower Ceremony*

    All members of the Class of 2023 should meet at the Bell Tower wearing the new Saint Francis t-shirt you received at check-in. The Bell Tower is located directly across from Torvian Dining Hall. The Bell Tower Ceremony is a tradition at Saint Francis in which all students pay homage and respect to those who have come before them.

    *NOTE: the event is cancelled if there is inclimate weather.

    *NOTE: Parents can meet their students at DeGol Field for the President's Welcome address. 

    Campus Mall @ the Bell Tower
    4 p.m.

    President’s Welcome

    We invite all new students and their families to meet with Fr. Malachi Van Tassell, T.O.R., Ph.D., Saint Francis University President, and members of the University community for the official welcome and opening of New Student Orientation.

    DeGol Field (rain location: Stokes DeGol Arena)
    5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

    Family Time*

    Grab dinner, get unpacked, set-up your room, and say “See you later” to Mom and Dad, and the rest of your family, and begin your new independent life as a college student.  

    *NOTE: Parents, be sure to check out the dates and schedule of events for Family Weekend!


    Residence Halls
    6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

    Commuter Information Session

    Many commuter students make JFK their home while on campus or hang out at other locations. Learn about the services offered to commuter students. Also, plan to attend the Commuter Social at 8 p.m. tonight in the JFK Lounge!

    JFK Center Lounge
    7 p.m. – 7:50 p.m.

    Orientation Opening Session*

    The  Saint Francis University Orientation program can help you “Become that Someone...” and make your college experience everything you want it to be!  You’ll meet the Orientation Counselors (aka OCs) who will serve as your guides for the next four days as you begin your college journey as a member of the Class of 2023. We’ll introduce the New Student Orientation program and explain your group assignments.  There will also be time for questions. 

    *NOTE: Please bring your orientation folder (provided at check-in).

    JFK Auditorium
    8 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

    Residence Hall Meetings

    Meet your new neighbors and learn what it’s like to live in a residence hall. This initial floor meeting is an opportunity to meet the RAs and students on your floor, as well as to review residence hall policies and procedures.

    Residence Halls
    8 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

    Commuter Social

    Enjoy some refreshments compliments of the Student Government Association and meet your fellow commuter classmates.

    JFK Center Lounge
    9 p.m. – 9:50 p.m.

    Student Expectations as Members of the Saint Francis Community

    As a member of the Saint Francis University learning community, your new home comes with great expectations and responsibilities designed to keep you on the path to success.  Lynne Banks, Associate Dean of Students,  will review the Student Code of Conduct and share the keys to success at SFU!

    JFK Auditorium
    10 p.m. – 11 p.m.

    Professional Campus Speaker: Dr. Kevin Snyder

    Whether we are a new student in college or a corporate executive, there are times in life when the temptation to give up creeps into our minds and we begin to doubt ourselves. These are the most crucial moments when we need to develop grit, press onward, and break through the adversity we are facing. With the right type of mindset, our struggles can be used to develop our strengths and maximize our leadership development. This interactive presentation will reveal the amazing stories, leadership secrets and strategies from extraordinary leaders that Dr. Snyder discovered through his TEDx talk and has been shared with nearly 500,000 people in all 50 states. 

    JFK Auditorium
    11 p.m. - 12 a.m.

    Block Party and Pizza

    Join the Orientation Counselors at JFK for a block party, including free food, games, and music!

    JFK Center


    Friday, August 23, 2019

    Friday, August 23: Academic Day

    7 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.Breakfast on your ownTorvian Dining Hall
    9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

    First-Year Academic Convocation

    During this convocation, students will be welcomed into the academic community -- a community of scholars. 
    Watch for more information about the keynote speaker.

    JFK Auditorium
    10:00 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.

    Departmental Meetings (which include a staggered department-organized lunch)

    You will meet with faculty members of your department in the rooms listed below. It is extremely important that you bring your class schedule with you. All new students are required to attend.

      Shields School of Business - Dr. Randy Frye, Dean

      • Accounting - Schwab 106
      • Business Administration (Exploratory Business Majors) - Schwab 106
      • Communications - Schwab 106
      • Criminal Justice/Sociology - Schwab 106
      • Economics - Schwab 106
      • Finance - Schwab 106
      • Management - Schwab 106
      • Management Information Systems - Schwab 106
      • Marketing - Schwab 106

      School of Health Sciences & Education - Dr. Donald Walkovich, Dean

      • Education - Scotus 105
      • Exercise Physiology - Padua 111
      • Health Care Studies / Public Health - Library 206
      • Nursing - DiSepio 201
      • Occupational Therapy - Raymond 218
      • Physician Assistant Sciences - DiSepio 213/214
      • Physical Therapy - Stokes 221
      • Psychology - Library 205
      • Social Work - Library 203

      School of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Mathematics - Dr. Pete Skoner, Interim Dean

      • Biochemistry - Science Center 237
        (includes Pre-Medicine)
      • Biology - Science Center 101
        (includes Aquarium & Zoo Science, Ecology & Environmental Biology, Marine Biology, Medical Laboratory Science, Molecular Biology, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Pharmacy, Secondary Education)
      • Chemistry - Science Center 230
        (includes Environmental Chemistry, Forensics, Nanochemistry, Pre-Medicine, Pharmacy, and Secondary Education)
      • Environmental Studies - Scotus 207
        (includes Fermentation Arts)
      • History & Political Science - Scotus 210 
        (includes Government Service, International Studies,  Pre-Law, and Public Administration)
      • Literature & Languages - Scotus 206
        (includes American Studies, English, International Business and Modern Languages, Spanish, and Women's Studies)
      • Mathematics, Engineering, and Computer Sciences - Science Center 024
        (includes Actuarial Science, Aviation Concentration,  Cybersecurity, Environmental Engineering, General Engineering, Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, and 3-2 Engineering)

      Exploratory Majors - Dr. Renee Bernard, Associate Dean of Instruction

      • Exploratory Majors - JFK Lounge
      Please report to your assigned locations.
      11 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.

      Lunch with your Faculty

      Lunch Group A - 11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. - School of Health Sciences & Education
      Lunch Group B - 12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m. - Shields School of Business, School of STEAM, and Exploratory Majors

      Torvian Dining Hall
      11:15 a.m.ConfessionsImmaculate Conception Chapel
      12 p.m.MassImmaculate Conception Chapel
      1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

      Summer Reading Discussions

      We hope you did your homework!  Students will meet with their advisor to discuss the summer reading project.  The book for this year is Exit West by Mohsin Hamid.   Exit West follows two remarkable characters, Nadia and Saeed, living in a country teetering on the brink of civil war. When war erupts, familiar streets are turned into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts where violence escalates each day.  They hear whispers of doors - doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price.  Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice.  Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through. . . .They emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time. (Amazon) 


      Groups as assigned
      2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

      What is the True Cost of Underage Drinking?

      The true cost of underage drinking is much more than purchasing the alcohol, dealing with the hangover or paying for the damages you may have done. Hear straight from District Judge John Prebish Jr., Liquor Control Enforcement representative Denny Smolko, Associate Dean of Students, Lynne Banks, and Captain Eric Allen, as to what is truly at stake for you.

      JFK Auditorium
      4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

      Quantitative Literacy Pre-Test

      This exam is for all new students. VERY IMPORTANT!! 

      *IMPORTANT NOTE: Please remember to bring a calculator. Cell phone calculators are not permitted. 

      Groups as assigned
      5 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.Dinner on your ownTorvian Dining Hall
      7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


      The world’s largest icebreaker! PLAYFAIR is the most popular campus attraction in history for New Student Orientation Programs. PLAYFAIR is totally unlike anything else you have ever experienced. It’s entertainment! It’s fun! It’s the perfect way to make new campus friendships! And PLAYFAIR is more than just an entertainment event – it is a team-building experience that has a long-lasting effect on the campus community.

      Stokes DeGol Arena
      8:45 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

      Red Flash Rally!!!

      It is so awesome that here in the tiny town of Loretto, our University is recognized as one of the smallest NCAA Division-I athletics programs with a spectacular fan-base!  SFU is home to one of the most successful student-athlete programs in the country.  Any athletic team is only as good as the fan-support behind them...come learn more about your SFU #FlashFam and how you can show your #FlashFever to lead our teams to V-I-C-T-O-R-Y!!!

      DeGol Arena
      9:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. 

      The Red Zone Tailgate (student-athletes ONLY)

      The official welcome of SFU student-athletes by the Athletics department, this is a great opportunity for new student-athletes to meet many of their new teammates!

      Stokes - Auxiliary Gym 
      9:30 p.m. – 12 a.m.

      Bonfire and S’Mores

      We’re all meeting at Campus Ministry for hot dogs, mountain pies, and s’mores! Sponsored by Campus Ministry.

      Campus Ministry Center


      Saturday, August 24, 2019

      Saturday, August 24: Student Life Day




      9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

      Become that Someone...through Transformational Experiences

      Saint Francis University is inspired by the life and values of St. Francis of Assisi.  Because of this the University believes in educating the whole person, which means an SFU education will help you develop not only intellectually, but also socially, morally, and spiritually -- helping you to truly "become that someone" God is calling you to become.  A big way in which we help you grow outside of the classroom is through our 6 Transformational Experiences, which include Campus Ministry, Community Service, Internships, Leadership, Research, and Study Abroad.  Hear from various campus leaders about the opportunities that are available for you and learn about how the University will record your experiences for you to use after you graduate to help you secure placement in your top-choice graduate school or to secure the professional employment opportunities you are working hard to prepare for!

      JFK Auditorium
      10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

      Servant Leadership through ROTC

      SFU is proud to be recognized as a “Military Friendly Institution” for being in the top 15% of all colleges, universities, and trade schools nationwide for the certifications, programs, policies, and financial efforts it uses to recruit and retain military students.  One program in particular that supports our efforts is the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program that we are proud to participate in through the US Army.

      JFK Auditorium
      11 a.m. - 1 p.m.Brunch on your ownTorvian Dining Hall
      1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

      Campus Safety

      Safety is a top priority of the Saint Francis community. Discover how you can stay safe throughout your college experience by learning about campus policies, procedures, and other tips that promote a safe campus environment.  Captain Eric Allen, head of University Police, will address campus safety concerns and offer valuable advice about campus safety.  

      JFK Auditorium
      1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.

      A Culture of RESPECT: It is on US

      Being away at college should be a happy, fun, and memorable experience.   Saint Francis University prides itself on providing all students with fairness, advocacy, and respect...especially when it comes to promoting a safe and healthy social environment.  Join Lynne Banks, Associate Dean of Students & Title IX Coordinator, as he reviews important resources that are available to students. 

      JFK Auditorium
      2 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

      Ice Cream Social

      Join Eric Horell, Director of Alumni Engagement and members of the SFU National Alumni Association to enjoy a cool treat.

      JFK Lounge, Upper Level, JFK Center
      3 p.m.—4 p.m.

       Orientation Small Group Session

      Meet with your orientation group to review the Orientation sessions and clear up any questions you may have.

      JFK Center
      5 p.m. – 7 p.m.Dinner on your ownTorvian Dining Hall
      7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

      He Said, She Said

      This is your opportunity to get answers to all your questions regarding socialization and interaction with your new campus community. This open forum (where male students will meet with male staff members and female students meet with female staff members) includes discussions on creating and maintaining healthy relationships.

      Women: JFK Center Auditorium
      Men: Frankie's, JFK Center
      8:45 p.m. - 10 p.m. 

      Your Orientation Counselors present “SFU Student Life 101”

      Make these next few years the “best of your life” through smart and positive decisions.  There are many opportunities for fun and excitement at Saint Francis and in the surrounding area.  Learn about the many activities available and fun things to do from current Saint Francis students.  In their own unique way, the Orientation Counselors will have you rolling in the aisles while you learn more about the opportunities available to get you involved at SFU.



      JFK Center Auditorium

      10 p.m. - 1 a.m. Class of 2023 Dance!  JFK Lounge


      Sunday, August 26, 2019

      Sunday, August 26: Transition Day




      10 a.m.MassImmaculate Conception Chapel
      11 a.m. - 1 p.m.Brunch on your ownTorvian Dining Hall
      1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.Orientation Closing Ceremony

      Upperclassmen Student Leaders will guide you through the closing ceremony and challenge you to uphold the Franciscan Goals of Higher Education and truly live as members of the Saint Francis University community of student scholars.

      JFK Auditorium
      2 p.m. - 4 p.m.Orientation After Party
      Celebrate the conclusion of the New Student Orientation experience with food, music, games, and fellowship. Sponsored by Campus Ministry. 
      JFK Center Back Patio
      2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.Looking to get involved at SFU?!

      Are you interested in getting involved at SFU? This session will introduce you to clubs and organizations, leadership opportunities and ways to become a part of the SFU community.

      JFK Lounge
      3 p.m. – 7 p.m.Laptop U

      This is your ONLY opportunity to receive your new laptop and ask any questions about using the network.

      Groups as assigned
      4 p.m. - 6 p.m. 

      Transfer Student Welcome
      All Transfer Students are invited to this exclusive welcome and Q&A session.  An optional campus tour will be offered. 

      JFK Lounge 
      5 p.m. - 7 p.m.Dinner on your ownTorvian Dining Hall
      6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.Walmart Shopping Trips

      Forgot something? We’ll be taking a last-minute trip to the local Walmart in Ebensburg. Stock up on laundry supplies, H&B (health and beauty), or stuff for your room. Three trips will be offered:

      • 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
      • 7:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
      • 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

      Maximum 18 people per trip. Sign up at the JFK Information Desk.

      Departing from the JFK Lounge
      8 p.m. – 9 p.m.Student MassImmaculate Conception Chapel


      Thursday, August 29, 2019

      Thursday, August 29




      12:00 p.m.

      Mass of the Holy Spirit

      To mark the opening of the academic year, Saint Francis University celebrates its annual Mass of the Holy Spirit. The Mass will be celebrated by our university president, Fr. Malachi Van Tassell, T.O.R., Ph.D.  It will be held on the University mall in the center of campus, weather permitting. The Mass of the Holy Spirit gathers together the entire University family to invoke God's blessing for inspiration, guidance and wisdom on the new school year. It helps us to rededicate ourselves to our Catholic, Franciscan mission. This Mass is a time to renew friendships, welcome our new students to the University community, and voice our desire to be a spirit-filled community. The Mass of the Holy Spirit is open to all members of the SFU community.

      NOTE: Classes will operate on a compressed schedule for Thursday, August 29.


      Campus Mall (rain location: Immaculate Conception Chapel)
      Friday, August 30 - Saturday, August 31, 2019





      The 2019 Welcome Weekend Celebration!!!  

      The annual Welcome (Back) Weekend Celebration is the perfect way to begin a new school year with tons of games, food, activities, and prizes to help you enjoy an extra weekend of summer fun with all your classmates and #FlashFam!  Welcome Weekend is coordinated by the SFU Student Activities Organization (SAO).

      Watch for updates on OrgSync with details about the weekend’s events and activities!

      Wednesday, September 4, 2019

      Wednesday, September 4




      5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.Student Involvement Fair
      (CES Credit is Available)

      It's that time again - time for the annual STUDENT INVOLVEMENT FAIR!  The Involvement Fair is one of the best opportunities to get involved in campus life at SFU. Organization members will be available to share their experiences and invite you to join. The co-curricular experience is one of the most important parts of having a successful college career! You will make friends, learn all about SFU, and develop invaluable skills you will use in life beyond your years in Loretto. There are over 80 clubs, organizations, club sports, and special interest groups to choose from.  Wondering where to start YOUR SFU Student Life?  Start at the Involvement Fair! The Student Involvement Fair is sponsored by the Center for Student Engagement and the Saint Francis University Student Government Association.

      Campus Mall (rain location: JFK Lounge
      Friday, September 20 - Sunday, September 22, 2019

      The 2019 Family Weekend Celebration!!!

      The annual Family Weekend Celebration is one of SFU’s oldest traditions where parents, siblings, and other family members of our students can return to campus for a weekend full of fun and exciting activities and events for the whole family to enjoy together!  Family Weekend is coordinated by the SFU Student Activities Organization (SAO).

      Go to for more details or check for schedule updates on Engage!

      Thursday, October 24 - Saturday,October 26, 2019

      The 2019 Homecoming Celebration!!!

      Truly the event of the year!  #FlashFever will rise and all things S-F-U will get RED HOT!  Gear up, get out, and Go Red Flash!!!

      Go to for more details or check for schedule updates on Engage!

      Mission / Learning Objectives


      The mission/purpose of the Saint Francis University New Student Orientation program is described by the following:

      Saint Francis University believes in a holistic approach to the education and development of its students. As a Catholic, Franciscan institution we believe that the foundation for any program or service of quality is built upon the living Gospel message of our Lord, Jesus Christ as exemplified through our patron, St. Francis of Assisi and therefore incorporates the Franciscan Goals of Higher Education. As new students enter our university-community through the New Student Orientation program, our goal is to provide effective programming and rich experiences to assist them in their successful transition into the SFU learning community and to expose them to the many educational opportunities available through the curriculum and co-curriculum of Saint Francis University.

      Learning Objectives

      The learning objectives of the Saint Francis University New Student Orientation are qualified by the following:

      Upon completion of the Saint Francis University New Student Orientation program, new students will have gained a deeper understanding of the University's goals and expectations as well as have gained a sense of belonging within the SFU learning community through the following measures:

      • standards and expectations for academic success
      • standards and expectations for personal/social success
      • programs and services to support academic scholarship
      • programs and services to support personal/social development

      How long will it take me to get through Check-In?

      Once you reach the Registration table (Table #1), it should take you 30 to 45 minutes.

      What are the times of Check-In?

      Check-In is scheduled from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. You will be assigned a check-in time by Admissions.

      If you are arriving early for athletics training camps, band or cheerleading, your coach will provide information about when to report and what you need to have completed in order to begin your program.  Athletes must still complete the Check-In process on Thursday, August 22 and will report to Stokes at an assigned time along with your teammates.   

      When do international students check in?

      International students will check-in at 1:30 p.m.

      When do commuters check in?

      Commuters are scheduled to check in from 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.

      When can I move into my room?

      Once you have completed the check-in process, you can go to your residence hall.  RAs will be available to answer any housing questions and give you your room key.

      Do we have to stop at every table? We advise you to stop at all tables. Tables #2 through #23 are required stops. 

      Where can we get lunch?

      Lunch is available in Torvian Dining Hall from 10:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. Frankie’s in the JFK Center is open from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. The Cart in Padua Hall is open 7:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.  Adamucci’s in Schwab Hall will open on Sunday, August 28. Cost for lunch is $8.75 per person and cost for dinner is $10.75 and can be paid at the door. New students 

      What time is the Bell Tower Ceremony?  

      3:30 p.m. at the Bell Tower on the Campus Mall.  Students should arrive at 3:20 p.m.  The ceremony is canceled if it rains. Students should wear red or an SFU shirt to the ceremony.  New students receive a FREE t-shirt at Check-In compliments of the Student Government Association (RED Tables #30— #33). Parents can meet their students at DeGol Stadium for the President’s Welcome address.

      What time is the President’s Welcome?  

      4 p.m. at DeGol Field (Rain location: DeGol Arena)
      The President’s Welcome is the official welcome ceremony for new students and the first opportunity for Fr. Malachi VanTassell, T.O.R., PhD. to speak to new students and their families.

      What if I arrive late to campus and miss Check-In?

      Students who arrive after 3:30 p.m. should go to the JFK Information Desk to pick up their Check-In Packet and receive information.  Members of the Orientation team will be available to assist you.  There will be another opportunity to complete the Check-In process on Monday morning in Schwab Hall.

      What if I am a Transfer Student?

      Transfer students are asked to attend the normal Check-In and New Student Orientation programming along with new first-year students.  If you are unable to attend Check-In or Orientation, you will have another opportunity during  Sunday evening’s Transfer Welcome and Monday morning Check-In in Schwab Hall.