• 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. When you arrive on Friday, August 14, we will have some key offices in one central location during our orientation check-in process (Science and Math Complex Great Room). For students living on campus, you will also be able to move into your residence hall that day.
    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.
    You can download the LeeU Events app from the App Store or Google Play to find further details about your arrival as we approach orientation. LeeU Events is a mobile app that will help you navigate New Student Orientation and stay updated about events throughout the year. This resource features interactive schedules, directions, push notifications, information about our campus, and connections to some of our favorite spots in the Cleveland area!

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



    Friday - NSO Check-In and Move-In Day

    It all begins on Friday, August 14, with New Student Orientation (NSO) Check-In and Move-In Day! Be sure to visit First-Year Programs at NSO Check-In between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., located in the Science and Math Complex (SMC). You will receive an Event Guide detailing the rest of the week’s activities, a free shirt, and the opportunity 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 the move-in process on Friday, August 14. Please keep in mind that we will have some of our student athletes available to assist with moving you into your room until around noon. There is no certain order you have to follow in order to complete these two important steps.

    You also have the opportunity to stop by the Community Showcase on Friday to learn about several of Cleveland’s different businesses and restaurants. You might get a few free things in the process!

    On Friday evening, everyone is invited to join us for the Service of Dedication in the Conn Center. 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. Please join us as we celebrate this meaningful milestone. Following the ceremony, you are invited to a stand-up buffet in the Walker Arena. If you are in need of childcare during this service, email us at firstyear@leeuniversity.edu by Wednesday, August 12, at 5:00 p.m. 

    Saturday – Info Sessions, Student Services Fair, and Residence Hall Activities

    Starting Saturday morning, you'll spend the day in various sessions that will help you continue to learn how to navigate your first year at Lee. After our Opening Session in the Conn Center, freshman students will spend time meeting with the LEEU-101 Instructors and Peer Leaders. Transfer students will leave the Conn Center and head to the School of Religion (SOR) to meet with their Transfer Student Leaders and participate in a session about their transition to Lee.

    During this time, parents and families are invited to attend optional morning sessions followed by a session in the Conn Center with key administrators and current students sharing about this time of transition.

    Everyone is then invited to eat lunch together in Alumni Park. In the afternoon, you can swing by the Student Services Fair in the Science & Math Complex to speak with various campus representatives and offices who seek to support students or continue learning the campus by taking a tour with our Admissions staff. The Student Leadership Council is also hosting an event to give incoming students the chance to learn how to get involved in this organization that is focused on servant leadership on campus and in the community.

    Most parents will head out on Saturday, and students living on campus will spend the evening with their residence hall learning more about what it will be like to live in this new community.

    Sunday – LeeU Essentials and U-Church

    Lee’s Center for Student Success (aka “The Hub”) will be a great resource for you as you navigate college. On Sunday afternoon, students will attend sessions to continue learning about the “LeeU Essentials” that will help you be a successful student and know what it means to be a part of the Lee community.

    Do you like to sing? At 4:30 p.m. on Sunday evening, you have the option to head to the Conn Center to participate in a one-time rehearsal for the New Student Choir that will then be featured at the first U-Church of the semester at 7:30 p.m. that night! Whether you choose to participate as a member of the choir or simply through your attendance at the U-Church service, we hope that you will be able to share in this meaningful time with us.

    Afterwards, get ready for the tradition of Freshman Sundae on the Walker Arena Lawn. Trust us, it will make sense when you get there.

    Monday - Deke Day and Club Lee
    "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 an opening gathering in the Conn Center. From there, you will hop on a bus with your LEEU-101 Instructor or Transfer Leader to go and spend time with residents at various elderly care facilities in the area. 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.

    When you arrive back on campus, you will head to the Conn Center to participate in another new student tradition called the Welcome Walk. This will take you into Club Lee where all of the 50+ student clubs and organizations will all be in one place ready to help you get connected. It is a great chance to start learning about options to get involved, to look for clubs that pique your interest, or to get information on trying something new.

    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 host events with food, games, and music almost every night! All of 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. We are thankful when parents and families are able to come to campus and we look forward to sharing about this community with you.

    Two of the most frequently asked questions are: “When would you suggest that we arrive?” and, “How long should I plan to stay based on my student’s schedule?”

    Most families and new students arrive on campus Friday morning. We encourage families to join us for various NSO events throughout Friday and Saturday afternoon. Most families will leave sometime on Saturday as the events beginning that evening are catered specifically to students.

    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. Make plans to join us starting on Friday, August 14.

    Do I need to register for New Student Orientation?

    No, there is no separate registration needed for NSO. Everything begins on Friday, August 14! If you will have childcare needs during the Service of Dedication on Friday evening, please email us at firstyear@leeuniversity.edu or make sure to let us know when you check in with the orientation staff in the Science and Math Complex on Friday.

    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?

    Yes, guests are welcome to attend NSO with you. Many students are able to bring members of their immediate family with them to assist with the transition.

    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.