Step One: RSVP for New Student Orientation
- Although New Student Orientation is required for new students and strongly encouraged for transfer students, we ask each student to RSVP so we know that you have received the New Student Orientation information.
- If you are having issues registering via Eventbrite, please contact First-Year Programs.
Step Two: Purchase Family Meals
- Meals are free for new students, but additional meals need to be purchased for each family member attending New Student Orientation.
Step Three: Work on the Logistics
- If you are a local student and didn’t get your ID at Admitted Student Preview Day, you can get your ID made at no charge upon registration at the Help Desk, located in the Library and Academic Resources Center (LARC). After New Student Orientation has ended, you will be able to get your student ID made in the lobby of the LARC during the academic year. The identification card is to be carried at all times. Students are required to present their ID cards at the request of all university and residence hall officials.
- You can begin to look up your textbook information on-line at the University Bookstore. Prior to ordering your books remember to have your schedule handy to speed up the searching process!
- Parking permits may be purchased from Pubic Safety and Security, located in the Spellmann Center. Prices and further information about parking on campus can be found on their website.
- There will also be opportunities to do all of these tasks during New Student Orientation for students who have not done so. The best time to complete these tasks is after check-in on Wednesday afternoon.
Step Four for Residential Students: Prepare for Move-In Day on August 21
- You may now start searching and accepting your roommates and picking a room for the fall! Please use the how-to guides on the Residence Life website to navigate the online housing application.
- After you accept your Housing assignment, make sure you connect with your new roommate. You should begin to discuss what you will be bringing for your room. Make sure to look at the “what to bring” list that the housing department provides.
- When you are packing, make sure you label your items with your name, building, and room number. This will help ease the move-in process during New Student Orientation.
Step Four for International Students: Prepare for Move-In Day
- Contact the International Admissions Office for support and guidance.
Step Five: Read all New Student Orientation information sent by First-Year Programs staff
- Be on the lookout for detailed information about NSO which will be sent to all new students in July. Please remember to read up on all pertinent information before arriving for New Student Orientation in August. This includes the schedule you will be using throughout the weekend.
Step Six: Arrive for New Student Orientation!
- Dress appropriately for the weather – late August in St. Charles tends to be hot. Although New Student Orientation sessions take place indoors, you may be outside frequently during residence hall move-in and in between New Student Orientation sessions.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes. Not all New Student Orientation sessions take place in the same location, and you may be walking around campus.
- If possible, leave purses and valuable items at home or in your dorm room. There will not be a secure place to store personal items during New Student Orientation.
- Make sure you know your allotted move-in time! Move-in is staggered this year based upon your last name. Click here to view a list of move-in times!
- Know where to go on move-in day! Our campus is fairly large so we hope the below NSO Directional Campus Map helps make move-in day more seamless for all new Lions!