New Student Orientation
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 Friday, August 13 when you move into your residence hall. There will be some key offices available to serve you throughout the weekend, as well as suggestions for family activities and several events within your residence hall. NSO will officially start on Saturday, August 14 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 email@example.com or call us at (423) 614-8623 if you have any additional questions about your first semester at Lee.
Starting July 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!
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Schedule for New Student Orientation
It all begins Friday, August 13 with New Student Orientation (NSO) Check-In and Move-In! Residential Life & Housing will be in communication regarding an appointment time to move into your residence hall. After moving in, you’ll meet the orientation staff at the Science & Math Complex (the corner of North Ocoee Street and Billy Graham Avenue) 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. Commuter students can check in at the Science & Math Complex at any time during check-in.
That evening, all new students and family members are invited to attend the Service of Dedication at the Conn Center. The Service of Dedication is a tradition in which Lee’s faculty and staff come together to welcome new students and their families to Lee. The service will also be livestreamed. There will be a reception immediately following the service, and of course, it’s free!
Please note that due to COVID-19, various events and on-campus activities may be limited. 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 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 and with their Gateway classes and transfer groups.
NSO is just getting started! On Saturday morning, new students are invited to attend the New Student Opening Session in the Conn Center. Following the session, all freshman and transfer students will spend time 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 with their Transfer Leaders and participate in a session about their transition to Lee. During this time, parents are invited to attend several parent orientation sessions, beginning with a main session in the Conn Center.
After all the information sessions have ended, everyone is invited to join us for a free cookout in Alumni Park. In the afternoon, you can also swing by the Student Services Fair in the Science & Math Complex to speak with various campus representatives and offices who seek to support students.
Most parents leave on Saturday, and students living on campus have the opportunity to spend the evening with their residence hall learning more about what it will be like to live in this new community.
Calling all new transfer students! On Tuesday evening, join us in the John D. Nichols Room (underneath the stone Chapel) for a transfer student open house! Several student support offices will be there to help guide you through the transition to life at Lee, as well as your Transfer Leaders! Connect with them one-on-one and be a part of the transfer student community. Free coffee and snacks will be provided!
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. When you move your student in, we encourage you to take in all that our campus has to offer.
We encourage you to check out our Parent Page for additional information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at (423) 614-8623.
If you are not able to attend New Student Orientation, please be sure to contact the Office of First-Year Programs prior to NSO Weekend. You can reach us by email at email@example.com or by phone at (423) 614-8623.