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 Overnight Program 




The overnight Orientation experience is a great way for students and families to make connections with SRU students and interact with SRU faculty and staff. Your evening stay will involve fun activities and social experiences in a very relaxed environment. We encourage you to take part in this wonderful opportunity.

SRU student guests (parents, relatives, etc.) over the age of 18 will be assessed a fee of $10 for their room in Watson Hall; new SRU students do not pay this fee.  The $10 accommodations fee will be collected upon check-in when you arrive on campus.  Please do not submit this fee prior to your visit.  

Parents and guests will be given housing arrangements separate from SRU students.  Please pack individually.

Prefer to stay off-campus?  Local Accommodations     

   What to bring for your stay in Watson Hall...

Sheets and bedding are not provided!
  (extra long twin bedding is recommended)
  • Your Social Security Number
  • Alarm clock
  • Soap and personal items
  • Towels and washcloth
  • Athletic shoes and attire
  • Pillow, sheet-set, blanket, etc.
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Robe and shower shoes
  • Casual clothes
  • Umbrella (optional)

(June 16, 19, 23, 26)

4:30 - 7 p.m. Check-In, Residential Suites, Watson Hall
Make sure you receive your room key, meal ticket, and agendas for the Orientation program. After unloading your luggage, please park in the Resident parking spaces or lots (labeled with orange circles) surrounding the Residential Suites.

5:30 - 7 p.m. Bus Tours of Campus and Community
Orientation Ambassadors will be available to show you around your new home! Get on board our official "Happy Bus" and enjoy an air-conditioned tour of campus and the surrounding Slippery Rock area, leaving from the front of Watson Hall approximately every half hour starting at 5:30 p.m. The final tour will depart at 7:00 p.m.

6 - 8 p.m. Dinner, Rocky's Grille, Student Center
Enjoy a complimentary buffet with SRU faculty, administration, staff and the Orientation Ambassadors!

8 - 9 p.m. Who Wants to be a Rock Star, Watson Hall
How much do you know about SRU?  Come test your knowledge and win amazing prizes!  This fun and informative game show activity is for students and parents and is designed to help you learn about campus resources, determine where to find important departments and offices and prepare you for a successful transition to your new home.  Your hosts, our very own Orientation Ambassadors, will share their insight and tips to ensure you have what it takes to Rock & roll!

8 - 10 p.m. Rock the ARC!                                      
This is a great time to meet new friends and have fun at the Aebersold Student Recreation Center.  Climb the wall, play basketball, enjoy a students vs parents volleyball game, challenge an Orientation Ambassador at badminton or just relax in the lounge! Wear your athletic attire and enjoy the many activities available at the ARC!

9:15 p.m. Movie, Great Room-Watson Hall
If you are interested in a quieter end to your evening, please join us for light refreshments and a movie.

10:30 p.m. Evening Wrap-up for Students
All students residing in Watson Hall for the evening are required to attend this brief meeting in the lobby. Orientation Ambassadors will be taking roll and preparing students for tomorrow's Orientation program.

Morning of Orientation

7 - 8 a.m. Morning Check-Out, Watson Hall Lobby
Please remember to return your room card to the Residence Life staff prior to reporting for the program in the Student Center! Your vehicle should then be relocated to the University Union parking lot for your convenience.

8 - 9 a.m. Breakfast, ID Photos, Information Tables, Student Center       
As a part of the program, a continental breakfast of fresh fruit, bagels, pastries and beverages will be available during the Information Tables session. At this time, students and family members can visit with representatives from major campus offices, student clubs and organizations, and local churches and banks. Students can also pick up their room/roommate assignments at the Residence Life table and get their student ID photos taken.

Please be sure to bring the materials (nametag, agenda, meal tickets) that you received at check-in the previous evening.


Office Staff

Orientation Ambassadors

Freshmen Programs

August Program

Our Orientation programs are designed for new students who have submitted their $90 enrollment deposit to confirm their commitment to attend.  Interested in a recruitment visit, open-house or campus tour?  Please contact Undergraduate Admissions at 1-800-929-4778.