New Student Orientation

For Traditional Undergraduates

Schedule of Events

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, August 25th
8:00am - 2:00pm
International Seminar

All new international students are required to attend the International Student Seminar held at the beginning of each fall and sping 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 Hall/ Patio
Saturday, August 26th
8:00am - 9:30pm
Residential Check In

Residential students, be sure to check-in for Orientation early in order to receive your room key to move-in!

Kingsmen Room (Gazebo Side)
8:00am - 5:00pm
ID Cards and Parking Passes

Come pick up your ID card and parking permit in Ullman Commons 100/101.

Ullman Commons 100/101
9:30am - 3:00pm
Residential Move In

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

Residential Halls
10:00am - 6:00pm
Cal Lutheran Bookstore Open

Stop by the Campus Store to purchase your textbooks. 

Campus Store
10:00am - 11:00am
Commuter Check In

Commuter students can check-in later later, following a complementary lunch for you and your families! 

Kingsmen Park (Gazebo Side)
11:00am - 5:30pm
Info Tent

Come to the Info Tent with any questions or for late check-in. 

11:30am - 1:00pm
Commuter Lunch

Commuter students are invited to the Student Union for food, fun and more as they learn about different resources available to them as Cal Lutheran Students!

Student Union Patio
3:30pm - 4:15pm
President's Welcome

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

Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center
4:30pm - 5:15pm
Students Meet Your Mentor Team

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

Designated Classrooms
5:15pm - 5:45pm
First Year Families Meet Faculty

First-Year Families meet faculty mentors of their student.

Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Residence Life Student Hall Meetings

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

Residence Halls
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Cal Lutheran Community Dinner

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

Kingsmen Park (Both Sides)
8:00pm - 9:00pm
College 101 for First Generation
GSFC (Arena)
9:00pm - 11:00pm
Residence Hall Activities

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

Residence Halls
9:00pm - 11:00pm
Commuter Movie Night

Come meet fellow Commuter students and enjoy your first movie night together!

Student Union
Sunday, August 27th
8:00am - 1:00pm
Info Tent

Come to the Info Tent with any questions or for late check-in.

8:15am - 8:45am
Students Meet Peer Advisor

Go to the designated location on your name tag to meet your Peer Advisor, get a healthy morning snack, and travel to Lutheran Higher Education together.

Designated Classrooms
9:00am - 9:30am
Lutheran Higher Education

Do you have a middle name? We do too. Students and staff share their thoughts on who we are and what makes us distinctive.

GSFC (Arena)
9:30am - 10:30am
Get Involved

Want to get involved? Come learn about all the opportunities and immerse yourself into the Cal Lutheran campus life! 

GSFC (Arena)
9:45am - 10:45am
Opportunities for Undergraduate Research & Creative Scholarship Workshop

Are you curious about what it’s like to be involved in research here at Cal Lutheran? Do you want to know how you can get started? Stop by our workshop! Several advanced students from various disciplines will share their experiences, offer tips, and answer questions.

Nygreen Hall 2
9:45am - 10:45am
GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon 101

Informational meeting for veteran students and military families.

Student Union - Kingsmen Room
10:30am - 12:00pm
President's Brunch and Family Send-Off

Meet President Chris Kimball and enjoy some refreshments.

Kingsmen Park (Shakespeare Side)
11:00am - 4:00pm
Cal Lutheran Bookstore Open

Stop by the Campus Store to purchase your textbooks.

Campus Store
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Math Placement Testing

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.

Richter Hall
3:30pm - 5:00pm
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 2020. 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!

Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center Patio/Mt. Clef Ridge
6:00pm - 7:00pm
First Year Dinner

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

Kingsmen Park
7:30pm - 9:30pm

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

Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center
10:00pm - 11:55pm
Student Union Game Night

Discover all that the brand new Student Union has to offer during your time at Cal Lutheran.  Meet new friends, enjoy some refreshments, and play Foosball, Shuffleboard, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii, or any of the board games. The Student Union has lockers you can use, spare chargers, and a lot of meeting space. Find out what the Student Union can offer to you! The Student Union is home to your student government, ASCLUG, as well as Student Life, and a number of other offices. There are also 3 vending machines, a kitchenette, and some awesome patio furniture.

Student Union
Monday, August 28th
7:00am - 8:00am
Breakfast at the Commons

Breakfast will be available in Ullman Commons. Be sure to bring your meal ticket!

Ullman Commons
8:00am - 8:30am
Students Meet Peer Advisor

Peer Advisor meets with students in their designated classrooms.

Designated Classrooms
8:00am - 5:00pm
ID Cards and Parking Passes

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

Ullman Commons 100/101
8:45am - 9:15am

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

Samuelson Chapel
9:45am - 11:00am
Opening Convocation

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

Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center