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  • New Student Orientation

    We cannot wait to welcome you to your #LeeUArrival! We have prepared a week full of fun and informative events to help you get a strong start here at Lee. When you come by the NSO Check-In on Friday, August 14, you will receive a complete Event Guide and 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!


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

    Friday – NSO Check-In & Move-In Day

    It all begins on Friday, August 14, with the New Student Orientation (NSO) Check-In and Move-In Day! Make sure to come see First-Year Programs at the NSO Check-In between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 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 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 14. There is no certain order you have to follow, and you have all day to come see us in the SMC, so feel free to get settled into your new room first thing.

    You also have the opportunity to stop by Alumni Park on Friday afternoon to learn about many different Cleveland businesses, churches, and restaurants at the Community Showcase. On Friday evening, you and your family are invited to the Family Cookout, 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, & Service of Dedication

    Starting on Saturday morning, you will 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 LEEU-101 instructors and Peer Leaders. Transfer students will head to the School of Religion (SOR) to meet with their Transfer Student Leaders and receive information tailored specifically to them.

    During this time, parents and families are invited to attend optional sessions about the Cleveland area or alumni updates, followed by a session with Lee University’s President, Dr. Paul Conn. After everyone eats 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, the Voices of Lee, and President Paul Conn, as we celebrate this meaningful milestone in your life. Following the ceremony, you are invited to a stand-up buffet in the Walker Arena.

    Do you like to sing? At 9:00 p.m. on Saturday night, you can head back to the Conn Center to join the rehearsal for the New Student Choir. This group will perform at the first U-Church of the semester the next evening. 

    Sunday – Deke Day & 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 1:00 p.m. with an opening rally 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.


    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 through your attendance, we hope that you will choose to engage in this meaningful time with us.

    Social Events 

    We have many opportunities for you to meet fellow students and get plugged in to our campus. Below is a brief overview of some of the events that you can attend this first week at Lee. Have fun!


    o Lee Student Mixer – Come meet current and new students!
    o Rec & Sports Activities – Come out to the Rec Center for table tennis, racquetball, spikeball, and sand volleyball tournaments, plus free fitness class demos and more!
    o Upsilon Xi Block Party – Eat, hang out, and enjoy free entertainment.
    o Student Leadership Council (SLC) Party – Find out how to get plugged in at Lee through leadership and service opportunities.
    o Campus Game Night – Join the fun and listen to some live music while playing games at the Squires Library!
    o SmallGroup Kick-Off – Learn what SmallGroup is and how it can impact your time at Lee.
    o Alpha Gamma Chi Cookout – Get some food off of the grill and enjoy a relaxed night with your peers.
    o Club Lee – Get more information on the 50+ student clubs and organizations that exist at Lee.
    o Theta Delta Kappa’s H2Oak – Huge Slip 'N Slide. Enough said.
    o Pi Kappa Pi's Welcome Back Party – Giveaways, free food, and a DJ make for a fun evening.

    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 or call us at 423.614.8623423.614.8623 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 or 423-614-8623423-614-8623.