• Your journey at Lee starts with your #LeeUArrival and New Student Orientation (NSO)! We have prepared a weekend of events that will help you get a strong start here at Lee. When you arrive on Saturday, January 11, we encourage you to begin in the Science & Math Complex for NSO Check-In. For students living on campus, you will also be able to move into your residence hall that day. Make sure to check out the schedule and information below to see what you can expect during your first week on campus.

    Follow the Office of First-Year Programs on Twitter and Instagram at @LeeUFirstYear and use the hashtag #LeeUArrival to share your experiences!

    You can also download the "LeeU Events" app from the App Store or Google Play for further details about your arrival. "LeeU Events" is a mobile app that will help you navigate New Student Orientation and stay connected to events on campus throughout the year. This resource features interactive schedules, turn-by-turn directions, push notifications, information about our campus, and highlights of some of our favorite spots in the Cleveland area!




    Saturday - NSO Check-In and Move-In Day

    It all begins on Saturday, January 11, with Move-In Day and New Student Orientation (NSO) Check-In! If you are living on campus, you should receive information from the Residential Life staff before you arrive regarding moving in to your Residence Hall. After you start getting settled, make sure to come see First-Year Programs at NSO Check-In located in the Science & Math Complex. You will receive a packet loaded with important information and a T-shirt to wear on Sunday for Deke Day. 

    Saturday – Orientation, Q&A with Campus Offices, and Service of Dedication 

    After NSO Check-In, you will spend the afternoon in sessions that will help you continue to learn how to navigate your first semester at Lee. After our Opening Session for all new students and families in the Science & Math Complex, freshman and transfer students will break off into a student-focused orientation session, while family members will remain in Walker Lecture Hall for a parent/guardian session.

    On Saturday afternoon, spend some time meeting with representatives from different campus offices to continue the registration process in the Science & Math Complex. You’ll be able to ask questions about billing and payments from Student Financial Services, visit Financial Aid, and stop by other campus resources including Residential Life & Housing, Center for Student Success, and Academic Services. The Admissions Office, Campus Security, and the IT Help Desk will also be open during this time to assist you from their respective locations.

    On Saturday evening, you are invited to join us for dinner in the Centenary Room right before the Service of Dedication in the Stone Chapel. 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. Please join us and Lee’s administrative staff as we celebrate this meaningful milestone. Following the ceremony, you are invited downstairs to a dessert reception in the John Nichols Room.

    Sunday – Deke Day

    “Deke” is short for diakoneo, a Greek word which means, “to serve, wait on, care for, see after, and provide for.” 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 1:00 p.m. with an opening rally in Walker Lecture Hall located in the Science & Math Complex. From there, you will hop on a bus with your peers to go to various elderly care facilities and spend time with residents. Our goal is for you to gain a deeper understanding of the community’s needs, the meaning of service, and the impact that you can have as a student. At the end of the day, you will join with your group and reflect on your experience over dinner. Not only will this be a highlight of your first semester, but you will receive service-learning credit toward your graduation requirements.

    Social Events

    We know that it can be hard to begin at a university in the middle of the school year, so we have designed several events to help you connect with students who are both new to Lee’s campus and who have already spent some time here.

    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 firstyear@leeuniversity.edu or call us at 423.614.8623 if you have any additional questions about beginning your Lee journey.

    Parent Info

    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. We are thankful when parents and families are able to come to campus and we look forward to sharing about this community with you.

    Two of the most frequently asked questions are: “When would you suggest that we arrive?” and, “How long should I plan to stay based on my student’s schedule?”

    Most families and new students arrive in Cleveland on Friday evening or Saturday morning. We encourage families to join us for the various events on Saturday, including the Service of Dedication on Saturday evening. After helping students get settled in, most families leave on Sunday morning before the student-only activities begin that afternoon.

    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 firstyear@leeuniversity.edu or at 423.614.8623.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is New Student Orientation? Do I have to attend?

    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 on Saturday, January 11.

    Do I need to register for New Student Orientation?

    No, there is no separate registration needed for NSO. Everything begins on Saturday, January 11!

    What if I have scheduling conflicts?

    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 firstyear@leeuniversity.edu or by phone at 423.614.8623.

    Can I bring a guest to New Student Orientation?

    Yes, guests are welcome to attend NSO with you. Many students are able to bring members of their immediate family with them to assist with the transition.

    Will I meet with an advisor and finalize my class schedule during New Student Orientation?

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