• We cannot wait to welcome you to your #LeeUArrival! We have prepared a weekend full of events to help you get a strong start here at Lee. When you come by the NSO Check-In on Saturday, January 9, you will receive a packet with information about the week’s activities. If you are curious now, you can read below for some information about what you can expect during your first week. Make sure to follow the Office of First-Year Programs on Twitter at @LeeUFirstYear and use the hashtag #LeeUArrival to share your experiences!


    New Student Orientation Schedule

    To see our updated schedule of events for New Student Orientation, click here.

    Saturday – Move-In Day & NSO Check-In 

    It all begins on Saturday, January 9, 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 your move-in to your Residence Hall on Saturday, January 9. After Move-In, make sure to come see First-Year Programs at NSO Check-In at 12:45 p.m., located in the Humanities Building. You will receive a packet detailing the rest of the week’s activities, a T-shirt to wear on Sunday, and several pieces of vital information regarding your next steps for completing the registration process.

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

    After NSO Check-In, you will spend the afternoon in various 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 Squires Recital Hall in the Humanities Building, freshman and transfer students will break off into a student-focused orientation session, while family members will remain in Squires Recital Hall for a parent/guardian session.

    On Saturday afternoon, between 2:30 and 4:00 p.m., spend some time meeting with representatives from different campus offices in the Humanities Building. 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 and Academic Services. The Admissions Office, Campus Safety, Academic Support, and the IT Help Desk will also be open during this time to assist you.

    On Saturday evening, everyone is invited to join us for the Service of Dedication in The 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, the Voices of Lee, and Lee’s administrative staff as we celebrate this meaningful milestone in your life. Following the ceremony, you are invited to a reception in the John Nichols Room in The Chapel.

    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 session in Squires Recital Hall in the Humanities Building. 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, we will have free pizza for you as your group processes the experience. 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.

      • Club Lee – Check out the clubs and organizations Lee has to offer.  
      • Lee Student Mixer – Come meet current and new students.
      • Athletic Games - Cheer on the Flames basketball teams!  
      • Campus Game Night – Join the fun and listen to some live music while playing games at the Squires Library.  

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

    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 weekend.

    On the NSO schedule, you will see that we have prepared some sessions just for you. We are thankful when parents and families are able to come to campus and look forward to sharing about this community with you.

    The two 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 various NSO events on Saturday, including the Service of Dedication event on Saturday evening. After helping their 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 about New Student Orientation, so feel free to contact us at firstyear@leeuniversity.edu or 423.614.8623.

    Contact Information

    Office of First Year Programs
    890 North Ocoee Street
    PO Box 3450
    Cleveland, TN 37320-3450

    Phone: 423.614.8623
    Email: firstyear@leeuniversity.edu
    Monday - Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST

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