Congratulations on your admission to Sewanee! We cannot wait to welcome you to the University for New Student Orientation from Saturday, August 20, to Tuesday, August 23, 2022.

Arrival Information

The information below should be helpful as you make plans for your arrival in August.

  • New Student Orientation will contain both virtual and in-person elements for 2022. Instructions for accessing the virtual content will be sent by mid-June. The in-person New Student Orientation activities will take place from Saturday, August 20, through Tuesday, August 23.
  • The Parent & Family portion of the Orientation program will occur primarily Saturday, August 20th. Please check back here in early August for details about accessing these virtual materials. For families who will travel to Sewanee to assist their student with move-in and see the campus, we have planned a few social events on Saturday, August 20, 2022. A schedule of planned activities and opportunities will be available in early August. As you make or update your travel plans, please note that these opportunities will occur in the early afternoon through the early evening of August 20.
  • New student move-in will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 20, 2022. New students should expect to begin Orientation activities around 3 p.m.
  • If you are interested in coming to campus early, check out our early arrival program options: FYP and PRE. New students participating in FYP, PRE, International Student Orientation, or in fall season varsity athletics will receive early move-in information directly from their program director or coach. 
Please see below for a tentative schedule of new student Orientation events. a final schedule will be provided to all students on saturday, august 20.
Sessions Marked "Families Welcome" are open to students and families to attend together. All others are intended only for students. Additional Family Orientation sessions will occur virtually. We anticipate sharing additional details about the virtual family orientation soon.
2022 New Student Orientation Schedule

The schedule below is intended for new students.

Saturday, August 20th, 2022

8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Fulford Porch
Orientation Information Pick-up
Students and families and pick up name badges and orientation schedules. You may do this before or after picking up keys.

8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Smith Hall, 2nd floor lobby
Check-in and Key Pick Up
All incoming students who did not check in during FYP or PRE will pick up their keys on the second floor of Smith Hall.

8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Residence Halls
New Students may move into their residence hall rooms, where Proctors will be on hand to assist new students and their families.

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., McClurg Dining Hall
Move-In Welcome Lunch
Come as you are and join Acting Vice-Chancellor Nancy Berner for a casual lunch at McClurg Dinning Hall. A light lunch will be provided at 11:30 am. Please join us for a chance to meet other students and families, along with some of our campus leadership.

11:30 a.m., McClurg Dining Hall
Welcome Blessing
The University Chaplain, Peter Gray, welcomes families and students and returns thanks for the meal and for the day.

12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m., McClurg Dining Hall
Welcome Address for Families and Students
Acting Vice-Chancellor Dr. Nancy Berner and SGA President Anna McCasland will bring official greetings to students and their families.

3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., Guerry Auditorium
The Office of the Dean of Students and Orientation Leader staff introduce themselves to new students.

3:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., Various Locations
Meet in Orientation Leader Groups
New students will meet to introduce their OL groups and an overview of the resources and opportunities available to them throughout the year.

6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., McClurg Dining Hall (optional)
YSR Picnic with remarks from Vice Provost for Student Success
Vice Provost for Student Success, Dr. Lisa Stephenson, will give welcome remarks.
Join us for a picnic in the McClurg Dining Hall to celebrate the beginning of a new school year.


7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., McClurg Dining Hall
Breakfast for students

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., All Saints Chapel
The University Chapel Service (optional)
The Rev. Peter Gray University Chaplain
All Saints' Chapel creates and supports students as they develop programming to meet a religiously diverse university's spiritual needs in close collaboration with the Interfaith Advisory Council. On most Sundays, All Saints' Chapel hosts Christian worship out of the Episcopal tradition at 8 a.m., 11 a.m., and 6:30 p.m.

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Convocation Hall
Interfaith Breakfast (optional)
Not interested in Christian worship? Students of diverse religious, spiritual, and secular traditions are invited to connect over coffee and snacks in Convocation Hall.

10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Various Locations
Bringing in the Bystander: Safe Community
Bringing in the Bystander is an evidence-based bystander intervention program. This training demonstrates foundational concepts key to developing a campus culture where we rigorously engage in inquiry about the quality and integrity of our relationships with one another, strive to build a respectful and safe community, flourish under shared responsibility for well being, and engage courageously in building a more just, equitable, and sustainable Sewanee.

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Main Quadrangle
Resource Fair for New Students
Hosted by the Wellness Center, Student Activities and Peter Gray
Students are invited to join in the fun with activities located on the Quad. Snacks, beverages, an inflatable obstacle course, and an opportunity to make memories with your fellow students are all included in attendance.

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., McClurg Dining Hall

1:00 p.m. to 1:20 p.m., (various locations)
Meet in your Orientation Groups.

1:30 p.m. to 1:50 p.m., Guerry Auditorium
Academic Experience: What are you doing here? Thoughts on How to Start your College Experience
University administrators and the Chair of the Honor Council will discuss the essential expectations for academics, honor, and personal behaviors within the Sewanee community.

2:00 p.m. to 5:50 p.m., Various Locations
Living with Integrity Rotation Sessions
Students will meet with their orientation groups and participate in four informational sessions.

Living with Integrity: The Honor Code, Various Locations
Members of the Honor council will meet with orientation groups to discuss expectations for living within the honor code.

Living with Integrity: Police & Safety, Various locations
Police and student firefighters will discuss safety and resources for living on the domain and in residency.

Living with Integrity: Community Standards, Blackman Auditorium
Members of the student conduct board who will meet with orientation leader groups to discuss expectations for living within the community and the EQB standards.

Living with Integrity: Dignity and Respect, Guerry Auditorium
The community at Sewanee is one of our greatest assets. We share a commitment to creating a campus climate that supports healthy relationships where we are all treated with respect and dignity. During this interactive session, students will explore what it means to promote a culture where all have their dignity honored and develop strategies to help create a culture of genuine relationships.

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., McClurg Dining Hall

10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Convocation Hall
Student Life will host an evening of stories for the Class of 2026, where they will learn all about Sewanee’s many traditions, legends, and even a few ghosts.


7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., McClurg Dining Hall

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Fowler Center (mandatory)
Fowler Fest with Sewanee Athletics
Sewanee Athletics Department
Join our Athletics staff in some fun activities and receive your surprise swag item!

11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Guerry
Inclusive Excellence
Rachel Fredericks & Sylvia Gray
Students will connect with the office of Diversity and Title IX for an interactive session on equity and inclusion.

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., McClurg Dining Hall
McClurg will be open for students to have lunch.

(Students will meet with their orientation groups and participate in three informational sessions. See your orientation leader for your specific schedule.)

1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
 New Student Afternoon Sessions
Join your orientation group for three different rotations with fun activities where you will meet local wildlife and learn more about your success as a Sewanee student living on the Domain.

Session A: Introduction to the Domain, Manigault Park
The Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability will share strategies for safely and positively enjoying the opportunities for learning and recreation on the Domain.

Session B: Design Your Sewanee Experience, Mary Sue Cushman
You can design your Sewanee experience in a multitude of ways to serve your collegiate and year-term goals. The Student Success & Career Readiness Coaching team will share strategies and resources to include in your plans.

Session C: Intentional Downtime, Main Quadrangle
Spend time with your group and play some games or have a tour of the campus.

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., McClurg Dining Hall

8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Spencer Lawn
Light up the Night
A fun event with a silent disco, music, and glow in the dark games to play, such as soccer and volleyball.


7 a.m. to 9 a.m., McClurg Dining Hall

9:15 a.m. to 9:40 a.m., All Saints’ Chapel
A picture of the Class of 2026 will be taken in front of All Saints’ Chapel. First year students and other new students will receive a picture as a gift from the Associated Alumni.
(In case of rain, the picture will be rescheduled)

9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., All Saints’ Chapel
Induction of new students to the University and personal commitment to our community of honor.

10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Main Quadrangle
Student organizations, departments, and offices will be on the Quad to let new students know all about how to get involved around campus! New students will get the opportunity to learn and sign up for different organizations that they are passionate about. This is organized and sponsored by the Office of Campus Activities.
Refreshments provided.

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., McClurg Dining Hall

1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Various Locations
Advisors will set up times to work with first years on their schedule and setting up their cohort for success

1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Carnegie Hall, First Floor Lobby

Center for Student Success & Flourishing | Integrated Advising & Career Readiness Open House

Drop by the Center for Student Success & Flourishing to get connected to your team of support. Our professional coaches, peer advocates, and tutors can help you to find academic support, discover your strengths, explore potential career paths, and connect to resources around campus. Grab some snacks and stickers, enter to win Domain Dollars, connect with your Student Success & Career Readiness Coach, get hands-on help navigating course registration, and ask any questions about your first year…and beyond!1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., 1st Floor of Carnegie, CA107, The Babson Center for Global Commerce

The Babson Center for Global Commerce Open House
Drop by the Babson Center for Global Commerce Open House that focuses on campus resources dedicated to the business challenges of our time, encouraging rigorous scholarship and applied practices.

1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., The Wellness Commons
Wellness Open House
Come join the wellness team where you can see our clinical and counseling spaces, workout rooms, and have resources for your time at Sewanee.

1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Guerry Auditorium/St. Luke's Chapel
Music Ensemble Placements and Piano Auditions
Auditions for lessons scholarships and for all musicians planning to join a campus choir, band, or orchestra. Please go to this website for more information:

1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., duPont Library
Library Open House
Drop by the duPont Library porch for some ice cream and learn about all the resources the library holds! Then maybe go inside our beautiful (and well-air conditioned) library building for a self-guided tour of library highlights: the Learning Commons, the Tech Help Desk, course books on reserve, study spaces, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions - Families

Am I required to attend Orientation with my student?

No, only students are required to attend and participate in Orientation activities. However, the office of alumni and families relations will have activates for families on Saturday evening. Should you be unable to visit us in August, we hope to meet you later in the year at Family Weekend or another event.

My student is moving in early for athletic practice, FYP, or PRE. Should I return to campus on August 20 for Orientation activities?

Each family should determine what is best for them personally and decide accordingly. We look forward to meeting all who join us on August 20, and hope to connect with those who cannot at another opportunity later in the year.

I am planning to attend the in-person activities on August 20. How do I register?

All Orientation guests must be registered by their student. This month, students will have an Orientation Registration form added to their Applicant Status Page checklist. This is the same portal students used through the admissions process and continue to utilize to complete pre-arrival forms. Be sure to check with your student that they have completed this item by early August.

Your Domain

Excited to begin your journey here on the Mountain? This is where you can make your enrollment deposit, register for an admitted student event, keep up with our Sewanee Sessions, and learn more about the people, places, and opportunities you will soon be acquainted with.

Recommended Readings

To help prepare you for your student's arrival at Sewanee, staff members from Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at the University Wellness Center have compiled a list of recommended readings for parents and family members of incoming students.


Office of orientation and First Year experience

Danielle Vosburgh

Bishops Common