•  Your journey at Lee starts with your #LeeUArrival and New Student Orientation (NSO)! We look forward to helping you get a strong start here at Lee. Your #LeeUArrival will begin Saturday, January 9 when you move into your residence hall. We will have some key offices available to serve you throughout the weekend, as well as some suggestions for family activities and events within your residence hall. NSO will officially start on Saturday, January 9 when you meet your Gateway class or transfer group.

    We hope that you are as excited about your #LeeUArrival as we are! We know that it can be a nerve-wracking process, but we are always here to help. Feel free to email firstyear@leeuniversity.edu or call us at (423) 614-8623 if you have any additional questions about your first week at Lee.

    Starting December 1, you will have access to a required pre-orientation course through our Moodle platform. This course will offer some key information tailored to your needs as a new student at Lee University! Be on the lookout for information from the Office of First-Year Programs to access and complete this required course. 

    You can download the Lee University app from the App Store or Google Play to find further details about your arrival as we approach orientation. The Lee mobile app is your one-stop shop for all you will need throughout your Lee experience and NSO weekend. This resource features the health screening tool, interactive schedules, information about our campus, access to Portico and Moodle, and more!

    Follow the Office of First-Year Programs on Instagram at @LeeUFirstYear and use the hashtag #LeeUArrival to share your experiences!


    Saturday - NSO Check-In and Move-In Day

    It all begins Saturday, January 9 with New Student Orientation (NSO) Check-In and Move-In! You will receive key information from the Housing Office regarding your move-in day and time. When you arrive at your residence hall at your scheduled time, you will check in with your residence hall staff and move into your room. After moving in, you’ll meet the orientation staff at the Dixon Center to check in and receive key information detailing the rest of the weekend’s activities, a free shirt, and instructions to complete any final steps in the registration process. If you are living on campus, watch for emails from the Residential Life & Housing staff with information about your move-in day and time.


    Please note that due to COVID-19, we are limiting every student to bring only two guests to help move into the residence halls. If you and your family want to further explore Cleveland, we can help connect you with several family activities in the Cleveland community including hiking on trails or walking on the Greenway, dining at some of our local restaurants, and more. We encourage you to check out our parent resource guide, The Nest, for more information. After family farewells are made, students can connect with each other with activities in the residence halls.

    Saturday – Info Sessions and Service of Dedication

    After checking in with the First-Year Programs staff, you and your family will attend a New Student Opening Session. There, you’ll hear from the Director of First-Year Programs, as well as other key faculty and staff, who each want to welcome you to the Lee family. Promptly after the session ends, all freshman and transfer students will then spend the afternoon getting to know their Gateway and transfer groups. Freshman students will connect with their Gateway groups and meet their LEEU-101 Instructors for the first time. Transfer students will meet again with their Transfer Leaders and participate in a session about their transition to Lee.


    On Saturday evening, everyone is invited to join us for a free dinner buffet at 5:00pm in the Science & Math Complex Great Room, which houses plenty of space for social distancing. Immediately following the dinner, you are invited to attend the Service of Dedication. The Service of Dedication is a tradition in which Lee’s faculty and administrators come together to welcome new students and their families to Lee. Students and their guests can attend the Service of Dedication in the beautiful Lee University Chapel. The service will also be livestreamed.

    Sunday – Deke Day

    "Deke" is short for diakoneo, a Greek word which means, “to serve.” You will soon see that service is a core value of Lee University. Appropriately, all new students begin their time as a student by participating in "Deke Day: A Day of Service."

    The event begins on Monday at 1:00pm with a rally with your Gateway and transfer groups. There, you will learn about Deke Day and Lee's commitment to redemptive service throughout our community. You will learn about a local assisted-living facility that is specially assigned to your class and then write hundreds of letters to the residents of that facility with your group, LEEU-101 Instructor, Peer Leader, and/or Transfer Leader. Our goal is for you to begin gaining a deeper understanding of the community’s needs, the meaning of service, and the impact that you can have as a student. Not only will this be a highlight of your first semester, but you will receive your first service-learning credits toward your graduation requirement.

    Monday - Campus Connections
     Monday evening, you will join your Gateway or transfer group again for a session called Campus Connections. This panel will offer key perspectives from current student leaders about the countless opportunities for engagement across Lee's campus.

     Social Events

    There will be many opportunities for you to meet fellow students and get plugged in here at Lee. During your first week at Lee, Welcome Week, student clubs and residence halls host (socially distanced) events with food, games, and music! All these social events are optional, but we encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities to connect.

    We hope that you are as excited about your #LeeUArrival as we are! This transition can be a nerve-wracking process, but we are always here to help. Feel free to email firstyear@leeuniversity.edu or call us at 423.614.8623 if you have any additional questions about beginning your Lee journey.

    Parent Info

    We are so excited that your student has chosen to attend Lee University! We know that this is a time of transition for you as well, so we hope that you will be able to join us for New Student Orientation virtually. When you move your student in, we encourage you to take in all that our campus has to offer. However, due to COVID-19, we are unable to host our full parent orientation in person.

    Instead, we are hard at work developing and adjusting all of our parent resources into an online format that you can access at any time. In addition, we will have several opportunities to engage with your student's #LeeUArrival through social media and livestream, including the Service of Dedication. Come back to this page for up-to-date information on accessing these resources August 2nd!

    The Office of First-Year Programs is here to help answer any questions you may have about New Student Orientation, so feel free to contact us at firstyear@leeuniversity.edu or at 423.614.8623.

    Frequently Asked Questions
    What is New Student Orientation? Do I have to attend?

    New Student Orientation (NSO) is required for all incoming students. NSO is an introduction to life as a Lee University student. During NSO, you will have the opportunity to move into your residence hall, check in with the Office of First-Year Programs, finalize your registration, confirm enrollment, and learn about all of the resources and opportunities Lee has to offer new students. NSO is a great opportunity to meet new and returning students, faculty, staff, and student leaders. Join us Saturday, January 9 for your #LeeUArrival!

    Do I need to register for New Student Orientation?

    No, there is no separate registration needed for NSO. When your student moves in to his or her residence hall, we will also have a booth to check in for NSO weekend.

    What if I have scheduling conflicts?

    If it is not possible for you to attend New Student Orientation, please make sure to contact the First-Year Programs Office prior to NSO Weekend. We can be reached by email at firstyear@leeuniversity.edu or by phone at 423.614.8623.

    Can I bring a guest to New Student Orientation?

    We encourage students to bring family members with them to assist with such a significant transition. Due to COVID-19, however, students will be limited to bringing only two guests with them to move into the residence hall. Other guests are welcome throughout the weekend and outdoors on campus.

    Will I meet with an advisor and finalize my class schedule during New Student Orientation?

    If you have not completed early class selection prior to NSO, you will be given an appointment card at NSO Check-In for a time to meet with an advisor and finalize your class schedule on Monday during the registration period. If you have a class schedule, but still need to confirm enrollment, you will be able to do so when you arrive.