• Your journey at Lee starts with your #LeeUArrival and New Student Orientation (NSO)! We have prepared a weekend full of fun and informative events that will help you get a strong start here at Lee. When you arrive on Friday, August 18, we encourage you to begin in the Science and 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 information below to see what you can expect during your first week on campus.

    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.

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

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


    View the NSO Schedule

    Friday - NSO Check-In and Move-In Day

    It all begins on Friday, August 18, with New Student Orientation (NSO) Check-In and Move-In Day! Be sure to visit First-Year Programs at NSO Check-In between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., located in the Science and Math Complex (SMC). You will receive an Event Guide detailing the rest of the week’s activities, a Deke Day T-shirt to wear on Sunday, and several pieces of vital information regarding your next steps for completing the registration process. If you are living on campus, you should receive information from the Residential Life staff before you arrive regarding a scheduled time to move in to your Residence Hall on Friday, August 18. There is no certain order you have to follow, and you have until 6 p.m. to come see us in the SMC, so feel free to get settled into your new room as soon as you arrive.

    You also have the opportunity to stop by Alumni Park on Friday afternoon for the Community Showcase to learn about several of Cleveland’s different businesses, churches, and restaurants. On Friday evening, you and your family are invited to the Family BBQ, which will be held in the Pedestrian Mall outside of the dining hall. After a busy day of moving in, this will be a fun time for you to relax and enjoy a meal with your family.

    Saturday – Info Sessions, Student Services Fair, and the Service of Dedication

    Starting Saturday morning, you'll spend the day in various sessions that will help you continue to learn how to navigate your first year at Lee. After our Opening Session in the Conn Center, freshman students will spend time meeting with the LEEU-101 instructors and Peer Leaders. Transfer students will leave the Conn Center and head to the School of Religion (SOR) to meet with their Transfer Student Leaders and participate in sessions about their transition to Lee.

    During this time, parents and families are invited to attend optional sessions about the Cleveland area or about what you can expect from the next four years, followed by a session in the Conn Center with key administrators and current students sharing about this time of transition. After lunch, you can rejoin your family and spend the afternoon checking out the Student Services Fair, getting your ID card and car registration finalized, or taking a campus tour.

    On Saturday evening, everyone is invited to join us for the Service of Dedication in the Conn Center. 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 the Voices of Lee as we celebrate this meaningful milestone. Following the ceremony, you are invited to a stand-up buffet in the Walker Arena.

    Do you like to sing? At 8:30 p.m. on Saturday night, you can head to the Choral Rehearsal Room in the School of Music to participate in a one-time rehearsal for the New Student Choir. This group will perform at the first U-Church of the semester the next evening.

    Sunday – Deke Day and U-Church

    "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 p.m. with an opening rally in the Conn Center. From there, you will hop on a bus with an instructor and your peers to go and spend time with residents at various elderly care facilities in the Cleveland area. Our goal is for you to begin gaining 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 reflects on the experience. Not only will this be a highlight of your first semester, but you will receive your first service-learning credits toward your graduation requirement.

    Join us on Sunday night for the first U-Church of the fall semester, featuring a choir comprised of Lee’s new students! Whether you choose to participate as a member of the choir or simply through your attendance, we hope that you will be able to share in this meaningful time with us.

    Social Events
    There are many opportunities for you to meet fellow students and get plugged in here at Lee. During your first week at Lee, Welcome Week, student clubs host events with food, games, and music each night. Have fun!
    • Club Lee: Check out the 50+ student clubs and organizations Lee has to offer.
    • SLC Shindig: Grab free ice cream while getting to know our great student leaders.
    • Block Party: Eat, hang out, and enjoy free entertainment!
    • Rec & Sports Activities: Come out to the Rec Center for table tennis, racquetball, Spikeball, and sand volleyball tournaments!
    • Campus Game Night: Join the fun while playing games at the Squires Library.
    • Soccer Game: Hang out with new friends while you're cheering on the Lady Flames!
    • Chi Cookout: Get some food off the grill and enjoy a relaxed night with your peers.
    • Welcome Back Party: Enjoy free food and games with Pi Kappa Pi!
    • SmallGroup Kick-Off: Learn what SmallGroup is and how it can impact your time at Lee.
    • The Drive-In: Come watch a movie on the SMC lawn with your peers.
    • Freshman Fury: Grab a few friends and compete in 3-on-3 basketball in the Rec Center!
    Witness history with your peers at the Science & Math Complex lawn as a total solar eclipse crosses over Lee's campus! Snacks, drinks, and safety glasses will be provided for your viewing pleasure!
    Parent Info

    We are so excited that your student has chosen to attend Lee University! We know this is a time of transition for you as well, so we hope that you will be able to join us for the New Student Orientation (NSO) weekend.

    On the NSO schedule, you will see that we have prepared some sessions just for you. We are thankful when parents and family members are able to visit our campus. We always appreciate the opportunity to share about Lee and the Cleveland community with you.

    The two most frequently asked questions from family members 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 on campus Friday morning. We encourage families to join us for various NSO events on Friday and Saturday, including the Service of Dedication event on Saturday evening. After these two days of helping students get settled in, most families will 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.

    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 at the Science and Math Complex 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 Friday, August 18.
    Do I need to register for New Student Orientation?

    No, there is no separate registration needed for NSO. Everything begins on Friday, August 18!

    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. There will also be an orientation session for parents and guardians on Saturday, August 19.

    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 may be able to work with Academic Services to build your schedule on Friday during NSO Check-In in the Science and Math Complex. If you need to make changes to your schedule or are unable to confirm on Friday, you can finalize this process on Monday in the Science and Math Complex. If you have a class schedule, but still need to confirm enrollment, you will be able to do online prior to your arrival, during NSO Check-In on Friday, on Saturday during the Student Services Fair, or on Monday, August 21.

    Is there an orientation for parents and/or family members?

    The parent/family orientation session will be held on Saturday, August 19, in the Conn Center. Family members are also invited to attend several other events, including the Service of Dedication on Saturday evening.