New Student Orientation

For Undergraduate Students

Schedule of Events for First-Year Students

The transition to college is one of the biggest steps you will take in life and New Student Orientation has been created to make this transition as stress-free as possible. New Student Orientation is all about you getting settled in a new environment, planning for a year full of academic and social growth, and getting to know new people.

Friday is move-in day for students living on campus. If you will not be living on campus, you do not need to arrive until Saturday.

Friday, Aug. 28
8:00am - 4:00pm

International Seminar

All new international students are required to attend the International Student Seminar held at the beginning of each fall and spring semester or term (for some graduate programs). Information necessary to maintain international student status is presented along with needed information about campus resources, policies, and activities. Please remember to bring all of your travel documents with you to orientation (I-20, I-94, Passport, Visa).

Richter/ Overton Hall
8:00am - 12:00pm

Orientation Check-in and Residential Hall Move-In

The time has finally come to check-in to your room and meet your roommates!

Kingsmen Park (Gazebo Side)

Library Open

Come visit the library and check out all the studying materials and areas that are available to you!

Pearson Library

ID Cards and Parking Permit

Come pick up your ID card and parking permit in Ullman Commons 101.

Ullman Commons 100/101
4:30 - 5:15pm

Commuter Campus

Peer Advisors give tours of the campus to Commuter Students.

Kingsmen Park (Shakespeare Side)
4:30 - 5:30pm

Residential Student Mandatory Hall Meeting

Meet with your residence hall staff to learn about living on campus.

Residential Halls
5:45 - 6:30pm

President's Welcome

Come and get your first welcome to the Cal Lutheran family by the President!

GSFC (Arena)
6:30 - 7:45pm

Cal Lutheran Family Dinner

First year and transfer families are invited to join us for great food and entertainment.

Kingsmen Park (Both Sides)
9:00 - 11:00pm

Residence Hall Evening Fun and Activities

See what fun activites your residence hall has planned for you!

Residential Halls
Saturday, Aug. 29

ID Cards and Parking Permit

Come pick up your ID card and parking permit in Lundring Events Center.

GSFC (Lundring Events Center)
8:30 - 9:00am

Students Meet Mentor Teams

Students meet with their Peer Advisor, Faculty and Staff mentor teams.

Designated Classrooms
9:15 - 10:15am

Lutheran Higher Education


GSFC (Arena)
10:15- 10:45am


Learn more about the law that states that no one outside of the institution will have access to your educational records, and how it affects you as a college student.

GSFC (Soiland)
11:00am- 12:00pm

English Placement Testing

English Placement Test to determine what English class will be taken.

Designated Classrooms
11:00am - 12:00pm

English Placement Testing for Students with Disabilities

English Placement Test to determine what English class will be taken.


Swenson 209
12:00- 1:30pm

Community Connection and Lunch

Come and meet different Cal Lutheran offices and vendors that offer useful resources for you. Enjoy Lunch!


Kingsmen Park
1:30 - 2:30pm

Title IX Program

Sexual assault can be prevented.This session will start the conversation with facts regarding sexual assault and how Cal Lutheran aims to educate all students about campus sexual violence. Campus sexual violence includes stalking, domestic violence, dating violence, and sexual assault. Cal Lutheran’s programming efforts aim to educate students on awareness, prevention, bystander intervention, resources, and University policies and procedures.

GSFC (Soiland)
3:30 - 4:15pm

Disability Support Services

Learn about resources available to you inside and outside the classroom.

Ullman Commons 100
3:30 - 4:15pm

GI Bill & Yellow Ribbon 101

Informational meeting for veteran students and military families.

Ullman Commons 101
4:00 - 5:30pm

President's Reception and Family Send-Off

Grab a snack and meet Cal Lutheran's very own President!

President's Patio
5:30 - 7:00pm

First Year Dinner

Have a delicious dinner with your peers and get to know each other!

Kingsmen Park
7:00 - 9:00pm


This event tends to be the highlight of orientation so come and decide for yourself!

GSFC (Arena)
Sunday, Aug. 30

Breakfast at the Commons

Ullman Commons

ID Cards and Parking Permit

Come pick up your ID card and parking permit in the Campus Safety Office.

Campus Safety Office
8:30 - 10:00am

Language Placement Testing (sign-up here)

Need to find out your level placement for a foreign language? Take the exam and find out!

Swenson 110/111 and 106
9:00 - 11:00am

Various Campus Workshops

Attend the different workshops to get to know the campus offices and the resources they offer.

Various Classrooms




10:00 - 11:00am

11:15am- 12:15pm

Math Placement Testing (sign-up here)

Students who are in majors that have a math requirement, or whose math SAT or ACT scores just missed the cut off, should consider taking the Math Placement Exam.

Overton Hall

12:00 - 2:00pm

Bring It Back Bash

Come out for Sunday Funday activites and yummy food!

Kingsmen Park (Both sides)
2:15 - 3:15pm

Four-to-Finish Session

This session will provide a brief introduction to 4 to Finish Program, Cal Lutheran's four year graduation guarantee.  

Preus Brandt Forum
3:15 - 4:00pm

Athletic Spirit Event

Learn Cal Lutheran's sporting traditions and meet the captains of the Fall sports. Come down and get ready to show your Cal Lutheran Spirit!

GSFC (Arena)
4:00 - 5:00pm

Paint the Rocks.

The offices of the Cal Lutheran Annual Fund and Student Life invite new students to participate in starting a new and continuing with an old tradition at Cal Lutheran. Join us in front of the William Rolland Stadium for a special tree dedication honoring the Class of 2019. Afterward, join in on Cal Lutheran’s oldest tradition and hike up to the cross to paint the Cal Lutheran rocks. You do not want to miss out on either of these traditions!

GSFC Patio/ Mt. Clef Ridge

TBD Dinner at the Commons Ullman Commons


Monday, Aug. 31

Breakfast at the Commons

Ullman Commons

Peer Advisor Meets Up with Students

Peer Advisor meets with students in their designated classrooms.

Designated Classrooms
9:00 - 9:15am

Travel to Convocation

Students along with their Peer Advisor travel to Convocation.

9:30 - 10:45am

Opening Convocation

This is a time to officially welcome new faculty and students.

GSFC (Arena)
11:00 - 11:30am

Freshmen Seminar Faculty Talk

Faculty talks to First Year Students about Freshmen Seminar.

GSFC (Soiland)

ID Cards and Parking Permit

Come pick up your ID card and parking permit at the Campus Safety Office.

Campus Safety Office
11:45am - 12:45pm

Seminar Lunch

Lunch with your peer group, peer advisor, and faculty advisor!

Designated Classrooms
12:45 - 1:15pm

Freshman Seminar

Attend your first freshmen seminar class! Learn more about what you will be doing for the fall semester in this class.

Designated Classrooms
1:30 - 4:30pm

FY Advising

First Year students meet with faculty advisor to go over classes.

Faculty Offices


GFSC (Soiland)
2:00 - 4:00pm

Job Fair

Come down to the job fair to apply for and interview for on-campus jobs.

GFSC (Soiland)

Dinner at the Commons

Ullman Commons
8:00 - 10:00pm

Diversity Event

GSFC (Arena)
Tuesday, Sept. 1
TBD Breakfast at the Commons Ullman Commons
9:45 - 10:15am

You Got Served Introduction

An introduction into the service project we will be doing and the importance of this event.

GFSC (Arena)
10:15 - 10:30am

Snack Time and Load Buses

Grab a snack and prepare to head out for You Got Served in Ventura County.

GFSC Patio
10:30 - 1:30pm

You Got Served

A service project that gives back to our surrounding communities.

Ventura County
TBD Lunch at the Commons Ullman Commons

Dinner at the Commons

Ullman Commons
7:30 - 10:00pm

Leadership Session Jason Jaggard


Wednesday, Sep. 2
Classes Begin

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