• Your journey at Lee starts with your #LeeUArrival and New Student Orientation beginning in August! A week full of fun and informative events will help you get a strong start here at Lee. When you arrive at the Science and Math Complex for NSO Check-In on Friday, August 19, you will be given an Event Guide and a packet with information about the week's activities. Make sure to check out the information below to see what you can expect during your first week on campus. We are so excited to help you with your #LeeUArrival!

    You can also follow the Office of First-Year Programs on Twitter at @LeeUFirstYear and use the hashtag #LeeUArrival to share your experiences!


    View the New Student Orientation Schedule 

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

    Friday – Move-In Day & NSO Check-In 

    It all begins on Friday, August 19, with New Student Orientation (NSO) Check-In and Move-In Day! Be sure to visit First-Year Programs at NSO Check-In between 8 a.m. and 6 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 Deke Day 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 19. There is no certain order you have to follow, and you have until 6 p.m. to come see us in the SMC, so feel free to get settled into your new room as soon as you arrive.

    You also have the opportunity to stop by Alumni Park on Friday afternoon for the Community Showcase to learn about several of Cleveland's different businesses, churches, and restaurants. 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, & the Service of Dedication

    Starting Saturday morning, you'll 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 the LEEU-101 instructors and Peer Leaders. Transfer students will leave the Conn Center and head to the School of Religion (SOR) to meet with their Transfer Student Leaders and participate in sessions about their transition to Lee University.

    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 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 p.m. on Saturday night, you can head back to the Conn Center to participate in a one-time 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 p.m. with an opening rally in the Conn Center. From there, you will hop on a bus with an instructor and your peers to go and spend time with residents at various elderly care facilities in the Cleveland area. Our goal is for you to begin gaining 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 reflects on the experience. Not only will this be a highlight of your first semester, but you will receive your first service-learning credits toward your graduation requirement.

    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 simply through your attendance, we hope that you will be able to share in this meaningful time with us.
    Social Events

    We know that it can be hard to begin at a university in the middle of the school year, so we have designed several events to help you connect with students who are both new to Lee’s campus and who have already spent some time here.

      • Club Lee – Check out the clubs and organizations Lee has to offer.  
      • Lee Student Mixer – Come meet current and new students.
      • Athletic Games - Cheer on the Flames basketball teams!  
      • Campus Game Night – Join the fun and listen to some live music while playing games at the Squires Library.  

    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 firstyear@leeuniversity.edu or call us at 423.614.8623 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 this is a time of transition for you as well, so we hope that you will be able to join us for the New Student Orientation (NSO) weekend.

    On the NSO schedule, you will see that we have prepared some sessions just for you. We are thankful when parents and family members are able to visit our campus. We always appreciate the opportunity to share about Lee and the Cleveland community with you.

    The two most frequently asked questions from family members 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 on campus Friday morning. We encourage families to join us for various NSO events on Friday and Saturday, including the Service of Dedication event on Saturday evening. After these two days of helping students get settled in, most families will 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 firstyear@leeuniversity.edu or 423.614.8623.


    Contact Information

    Office of First Year Programs
    890 North Ocoee Street
    PO Box 3450
    Cleveland, TN 37320-3450

    Phone: 423.614.8623
    Email: firstyear@leeuniversity.edu
    Monday - Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST

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