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. 29
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 - 5:00pm

ID Cards and Parking Permit

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

Ullman Commons 101
8:15am - 6:45pm

Library Open

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

Pearson Library
10:00am - 2:00pm

New Student Orientation and Residential Move-In

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

Kingsmen Park
3:30pm - 4:30pm

Resource Fair

Come mingle and check out all the different offices and resources we have on campus!

Kingsmen Park
4:00pm - 5:00pm Regals Volleyball, Cross Country, Kingsmen Water Polo, and International Students Check-In Kingsmen Park
4:30pm - 5:15pm

Residential Student Mandatory Hall Meeting

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

Residential Halls
5:00pm

Regals Soccer Game

Show your support and cheer on the Regals as they play Pacific Lutheran University!

Rolland Stadium
5:30pm - 7:00pm

Cal Lutheran Family Luau

First year and transfer families are invited to join us for great food ("ono grinds") with some island flare, Hawaiian entertainment performed by Cal Lutheran students, and the perfect chance to meet other families in your geographic area. Come for an evening of Aloha!

Kingsmen Park
7:30pm

Kingsmen Soccer Game

Come cheer on the Kingsmen soccer team as they take on University of Puget Sound!

Rolland Stadium
9:00pm - 11:00pm

Residence Hall Evening Fun and Activities

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

Residential Halls
Saturday, Aug. 30
7:30am - 9:00am Breakfast Ullman Commons
8:00am - 9:45am

New Student Orientation Check-In and Office Resources

If you have not checked in prior to this time, please come check-in and pick up your orientation packet!

Our office representatives will be available to answer any questions you may have.

Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center Patio
8:00am - 6:00pm

ID Cards and Parking Permit

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

Ullman Commons 101
10:00am - 10:30am

President's Welcome

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

Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center Arena
10:15am - 6:45pm

Library Open

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

Pearson Library
10:45am - 11:15am

Students Meet their Peer Advisors

Start making connections by meeting other new students and your peer advisor.

Designated Classrooms
11:30am - 12:30pm

English Placement Exam

All new first-years will be required to take the English Placement Exam.

Designated Classrooms
11:30am - 12:30pm

English Placement Exam for Students with Disabilities

All new first-years will be required to take the English Placement Exam.

Swenson 209
12:00pm - 2:00pm

Lunch and Community Connection

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

Kingsmen Park
2:00pm - 2:30pm

FERPA

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.

Soiland Recreation Center
2:30pm - 3:00pm

You're Not Alone

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.

Soiland Recreation Center
3:15pm - 4:00pm

Mentor Team Meeting

Meet with your freshmen seminar team. This includes your peer advisor, administrative mentor, and faculty advisor.

Designated Classrooms
4:45pm - 5:15pm

Disability Support Services

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

Ullman Commons 100
4:45pm - 5:15pm

Veteran Students and Military Families

Informational meeting for veteran students and military families.

Ullman Commons 103
5:00pm - 6:30pm

President's Reception and Family Send-Off

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

President's Patio
6:30pm - 7:30pm

First Year Fiesta

Make your Saturday sizzle with the Class of 2018. Enjoy a taco bar dinner and entertainment in a fun fiesta atmosphere.

Kingsmen Park
7:30pm - 9:00pm

Playfair

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

Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center Arena
Sunday, Aug. 31
7:30am - 9:00am

Breakfast

Ullman Commons
8:00am- 6:00pm

ID Cards and Parking Permit

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

Ullman Commons 101
8:45am - 9:45am

10:00am - 11:00am

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

9:00am - 10:00am

1:40pm - 2:40pm

Campus Tours

Current students will be available to show new students where their classes are and other important locations on campus. Students are encouraged to bring their class schedules to the tour.

Outside Pearson Library
9:00am - 11:00am

Forrest Fitness Center Tours

Come and see the different resources we have to help you live a healthy lifestyle!

Forrest Fitness Center
9:00am - 11:00am Workshops (More Info) Various Classrooms
9:30am - 4:30pm

Library Open House

Join the Pearson Library staff for refreshments. Meet your librarians, pick up some tips and swag, and enter a raffle to win a fabulous gift card! The library will be open from 9:15am to 7:45pm.

Pearson Library
11:15am - 1:30pm

Sunday Funday

Good eats with new friends. Come choose from a unique selection of food and dessert trucks as you enjoy various activities, games, and prizes!

Kingsmen Park
1:45pm - 3:45pm

Language Placement Testing (sign-up here)

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

Swenson

1:30pm - 2:00pm

Four-to-Finish Session I

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

Preus Brandt Forum
2:00pm - 2:30pm

Four-to-Finish Session II

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

Preus Brandt Forum
3:00pm

Regals Soccer Game

Cheer on the Regals as they take on Willamette University!

Rolland Stadium
3:00pm - 4:30pm

Plant a Tree. 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 2018. 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!

William Rolland Stadium/ Mt. Clef Ridge

5:00pm - 7:00pm Dinner Ullman Commons
7:30pm

Kingsmen Soccer Game

Come support your Kingsmen as they play against Pacific Lutheran University!

Rolland Stadium
8:00pm - 10:00pm

Wellness Programs presents The Naked Roommate

Come learn about all the things they don’t teach you about in the classrooms.

Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center Arena
Monday, Sep. 1
7:30am - 8:30am

Breakfast

Ullman Commons
8:00am - 6:00pm

ID Cards and Parking Permit

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

Ullman Commons 101
9:15am - 4:45pm

Library Open

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

Pearson Library
11:15am - 11:45am

Who Cares: A Smart Phone Game Show with Fabulous Prizes

Bring your cell phone. Prizes.

Soiland Recreation Center
12:00pm - 12:30pm

Freshman Seminar Faculty Talk

Have a chance to get to know your faculty advisor!

Soiland Recreation Center
12:30pm - 1:30pm

Seminar Lunch

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

Designated Classrooms
1:30pm - 2:00pm

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
2:00pm - 5:00pm

First Year Advising

For any last minute questions or conversations that you need to have with your advisor before classes begin!

Faculty Offices
2:30pm - 4:30pm

Job Fair

Looking for a job on campus? Come meet with offices and be ready to interview!

Soiland Recreation Center
5:00pm - 5:30pm

How to be Cal Lutheran Kingsmen and Regals

Learn Cal Lutheran's sporting traditions and meet the captains of the Fall sports.

Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center Arena
5:45pm - 6:15pm

I'm A _____; What Are We?

Yeah, we're a different kind of religious school. We are a Lutheran University where people of many convictions live and learn together. All are welcome.

Samuelson Chapel
6:30pm - 7:30pm

Dinner

Ullman Commons
7:45pm - 10:00pm

Matt Glowacki: Diversity According to South Park & Family Guy

Matt Glowacki engages audiences in discussions on diversity and helps others to feel comfortable interacting regardless of differences. On Monday night, students will have the opportunity to hear Glowacki share his popular lecture, "Diversity According to South Park and Family Guy." Snacks will be provided.

Soiland Recreation Center
Tuesday, Sep. 2
7:00am - 10:30am Breakfast Ullman Commons
8:00am - 6:00pm

ID Cards and Parking Permit

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

Ullman Commons 101
8:45am

Peer Advisor Meets with Students

Meet up with your peer advisor in your agreed location to walk together for Convocation.

Designated Classrooms
9:00am

Travel to Convocation

Make your way over to the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center Arena for Cal Lutheran's offcial welcome!

Soiland Recreation Center
9:30am - 10:45am

Opening Convocation

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

Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center Arena
10:45am - 11:15am

You Got Served Introduction

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

Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center Arena
11:15am - 12:00pm Lunch Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center Patio
12:00pm - 4:30pm

You Got Served

A service project that gives back to our surrounding communities.

Ventura
4:45pm - 7:00pm Dinner Ullman Commons
7:30pm

Kingsmen Soccer Game

The Kingsmen will be going against UC Santa Cruz so come and cheer on your soccer team!

Rolland Stadium
8:00pm - 9:30pm

Taste of T.O.

Come enjoy what Thousand Oaks has to offer for FREE at local coffee, ice cream, and dessert places around the Thousand Oaks area.

Thousand Oaks Area

Wednesday, Sep. 3
Classes Begin


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