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 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 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!

Click here to download a pdf schedule of New Student Orientation.

Schedule for New Student Orientation

It all begins Saturday, January 9 with New Student Orientation (NSO) Check-In and Move-In! You will be able to check in to your residence hall between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. and move into your dorm 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.

After checking in with the First-Year Programs staff, you and your family will attend a New Student Opening Session starting at 1:00pm in the Dixon Center. 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. Simultaneously, parents will have a brief Parent Orientation as well.

On Saturday evening, everyone is invited to join us for a free dinner at 5:30pm 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.

"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 Sunday at 2:00pm with a rally with your Gateway and transfer groups in the Dixon Center. 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 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. This session will be held in the Dixon Center at 4:00pm.

There will be many opportunities for you to meet fellow students and get plugged in here at Lee. During your first week at Lee, you can meet virtually with dozens of Lee’s different clubs and organizations at the virtual Club Lee. For more information about how to get involved, connect with your Peer or Transfer Leader.

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 if you have any additional questions about beginning your Lee journey.

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 or at (423) 614-8623.

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 Saturday, January 9.
No, there is no separate registration needed for NSO. After moving into your residence hall on Saturday, we will also have a booth to check you in for the weekend.
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 or by phone at (423) 614-8623.

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 and attend New Student Orientation events.

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

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