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).

8:00am - 6:00pm

ID Cards and Parking Pass

Come pick up your ID Cards and Parking Pass at the Welcome Center.

Welcome Center
10:00pm - 2:00pm

New Student Orientation and Residential Move-in

The time has finally come to Check-In to your dorm and meet your roommates!

Residential Halls
3:30pm - 4:30pm

Resource Fair

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


Residential Student Mandatory Hall Meeting

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

Residential Halls

Family Residential Meeting

If your student is living on campus, this meeting will give you all the helpful information you need.


Cal Lutheran Family Dinner

Come out and enjoy a great meal while connecting with peers and their families!

Kingsmen Park

Residence Hall Evening Fun and Activity

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/ Office Resources

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

Any questions please come talk to all our office representatives.

Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center Patio
8:00am - 4:00pm

ID Cards and Parking Pass

Come pick up your ID Cards and Parking Pass in Alumni 112 & 113

Alumni 112 & 113
9:00am- 11:00am

Forest Fitness Center Tours

Come and see out the resources we have to help you live a healthy life!

Forrest Fitness Center
10:00am - 10:30am

President's Welcome

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

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

Students Meet their Peer Advisors

Start making connections by meeting other new students and your Peer Advisor.

Seminar Room on Name Tag
10:15am - 4:45pm

Library Open

Come Visit the Library and check out all the studying materials and areas that are available to you!

Pearson Library
11:30am - 12:30pm

English Placement Exam

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

Seminar Room on Name Tag
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 CLU offices and vendors that offer useful resources for you. Enjoy lunch!

Kingsmen Park
2:00pm - 2:30pm


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

Sexual Assault Session

Description TBA

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

Mentor Team Meeting

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

Seminar Room on Name Tag
4:45pm - 5:15pm

Resources for Student with Disabilities

Learn about resources available to you inside and outside the classroom

Nygreen 1
4:45pm - 5:15pm

Veteran Students and Military Families

Informational meeting with Veteran students and Military Families.

Alumni Hall 128
5:00pm - 6:30pm

President's Reception and Family Send-Off

Grab a snack and meet CLU’s very own President!

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

Class of 2017 Dinner

Come and eat dinner with your peers and get the chance to win awesome prizes!

Kingsmen Park
7:30pm - 9:00pm


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


Ullman Commons
8:00am- 6:00pm

ID Cards and Parking Pass

Come pick up your ID Cards and Parking Pass at the Welcome Center.

Allumni 112 & 113
9:00am - 10:00am

10:00am - 11:00am

Math Placement Testing (Sign Up)

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 - 11:00am Workshops (More Info)  
11:15pm - 1:30pm

Party Lunch in Kingsmen Park

Lunch time with your new CLU family in the Park.

Kingsmen Park
9:00pm - 4:30pm

Library Open House

Join Pearson Library staff for refreshments. Meet your librarians, pick up some tips and swag, and enter a raffle to win a fabulous gift card!

Pearson Library
1:45pm - 3:45pm

Language Placement Testing (Sign Up / More Info)

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

Swenson 105
1:30pm - 2:00pm

Four-to-Finish Session I

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

2:00pm - 2:30pm

Four-to-Finish Session II

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

3:30pm - 4:40pm

Painting of the Rocks

This is an NSO tradition… join other new students in painting the CLU rocks and letting the paint fly!

Mt. Clef Ridge

5:00pm - 7:00pm Dinner Ullman Commons
8:00pm - 10:00pm

The Naked Roommate

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

Monday, Sep. 1
7:00am - 8:30am


Ullman Commons
12:00pm - 12:30pm

Freshman Seminar faculty talk

Have a chance to get to know your faculty advisor!

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Seminar Lunch @ classrooms

Lunch with your Peer group, Peer Advisor, and faculty advisor!

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Transfer faculty lunch

Come have lunch with your Faculty advisors Transfer students!

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.

Seminar Room on Name Tag
1:30pm - 2:00pm

Transfer Career Connection

Hear from Career Services about the services they offer. Also, hear from students about how they have used these services successfully.

2:00pm - 5:00pm


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!

Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center Arena
5:00pm - 5:30pm

Athletic Pep Rally

Come learn CLU's sporting traditions and meet the captains of the Fall sports.

5:45pm - 6:15pm

Talk About God

This event will look at the many voices and faces of faith on campus.

6:30pm - 7:30pm

Dinner at Commons

Ullman Commons
8:00pm - 10:00pm


Stay tuned to find out more about our guest speaker! Food will be available.

Tuesday, Sep. 2
7:30am - 9:00am Breakfast Cafeteria

Peer Advisor Meets with Students

Meet up with your Peer Advisor in your agreed location to walk together for Convocation.

Seminar Room on Name Tag

Travel to Convocation

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

9:30am - 10:45am

Opening Convocation

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

Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center Arena
11:45am - 4:30pm

You Got Served

A service project that gives back to our surrounding communities.

Santa Clara
5:00pm - 7:00pm Dinner Cafeteria
8:00pm - 9:30pm

Thousand Oaks Outing

Get off campus for a night of fun and relaxation with your peer group before classes start!

Thousand Oaks


Wednesday, Sep. 3
Classes Begin

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