First-Year Student Orientation

Postcard invitations for the 2019 season will be mailed beginning in early December to new first-year students approximately one week after the $90 enrollment deposit is received and processed by Undergraduate Admissions. Watch your SRU email for an advertisement confirming that your postcard is on its way.

Seven sessions are offered to new first-year students during the Spring semester and in the month of June. All programs feature the same agenda and equal access to courses and services. The sessions in June include an optional overnight experience the evening before the full-day event for both students and guests.


Session 1

Saturday, April 6

Session 2

Saturday, April 27


Session 3

Saturday, May 4



Session 4

June 17 & 18
(Tuesday the 18th is the program.)

Session 5

June 20 & 21
(Friday the 21nd is the program.)


Session 6

June 24 & 25
(Tuesday the 25th is the program.)


Session 7

June 27 & 28
(Friday the 28th is the program.)


(check-in begins at 8 a.m. in the Smith Student Center/ program concludes at approximately 4:30 p.m.)

Optional Overnight Experience in June

The overnight Orientation session is a great way for students and families to make connections with current 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. Join us for a tour of campus and town on our very own Happy Bus, a buffet dinner, an energizing scavenger hunt and free access to our award-winning recreation center.  Check out the full evening agenda!

SRU student guests (parents, relatives, etc.) over the age of 18 will be assessed a fee of $10.25 for their room in Watson Hall; new SRU students do not pay this fee. The $10.25 accommodations fee will be collected upon check-in when you arrive on campus for Orientation. Please do not submit this fee prior to your visit. 

Parents and guests will be given separate room arrangements.  Please pack individually. 

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

Sheets and bedding are not provided!  (extra-long twin bedding is recommended)

  • 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)