A: The dates for Orientation are:
Session 1: Monday, July 9 - Tuesday, July 10
Session 2: Thursday, July 12 - Friday, July 13
Session 3: Monday, July 16 - Tuesday, July 17
Session 4: Thursday, July 19 - Friday, July 20
Session 5: Saturday, July 28 (in Honolulu, HI)
Session 1: Tuesday, September 18 (Concurrent Family Orientation)
Session 2: Wednesday, September 19 (for those age 25 and older; no Family Orientation)
Attending Orientation is mandatory. Programming during our Orientations are the same, so you only need to attend one session. You are encouraged to take full advantage of our Welcome Week activities, which will include new information and opportunities prior to the start of the quarter.
You are able to register for your Orientation by first, logging into the new student Canvas Course and reviewing the details about Orientation. Then, you'll check your SU email for an invitation to RSVP, and you'll complete that process online.
If you are unable to attend any of the Summer in Seattle dates, please email and let us know your reasoning. We do offer a make-up Orientation in September for those with legitimate conflicts.
Summer in Seattle will begin early in the morning on Day 1 and continue through the late afternoon on Day 2. Students are expected to stay on campus overnight, even if they are commuting during the academic year.
Students should bring:
Housing for families during Orientation sessions in July is offered, however, spaces are limited and therefore on a first-come, first-serve basis.
If you would like to set up on-campus housing please let Conference and Event Services know by registering here.
On May 7th you will be able to register for your desired orientation date. There is limited space for each session and it is first-come, first-served on registering for the sessions. After you register you will receive a confirmation email for the orientation session, this is now your assigned orientation session.
For first-year students and families, check-in begins at 10:30am on the first day and will wrap around 3:30pm on the second day.
For transfer students and families, on September 18th check-in begins at 9:00am and the day will end at 4:30pm. Adult learners will begin at 1:00pm and wrap up at 4:30pm
New first-year students are required to spend the night of Orientation on campus so that they may fully participate in the social opportunities offered, and have more time to meet new people and make new friends. Students will be assigned a room on campus for the evening, but due to summer camps and conferences, it will not be their exact room for Fall Quarter.
First-year students attending a Make-Up Orientation and Transfer students will be invited to move into their housing assignment the day prior to Orientation, and will be emailed instructions directly from Housing and Residence Life about the details.
Family members may not stay with their student at Orientation, but there is limited guest housing available on-campus for an economical rate compared to local hotels. Request Family Housing here.
There are a variety of ride-share options in the Seattle-area. You can check out Uber, Lyft, or taxis to get a direct ride from the airport to campus. Additionally, there are a variety of public transportation options available. You may want to use Google Maps or the King County Metro Transit websites to plan your trip in advance.
You can also consult the Admissions website for driving information and directions to campus.
All check-ins will take place in the Student Center lobby. For full-day Transfer Orientations, check-in begins at 8:30am. Consolidated Transfer Orientations, check-in begins at 12:30pm. Summer in Seattle Orientation sessions check-in will begin at 10:15am.
Our orientations in the summer are mandatory for all students. Throughout the two-day sessions we will be handing out important materials that students will use for the rest of the school year such as their ID Cards, while also going over important information that students and their families will need to know for fall. It is because of these reasons that we ask that students and families stay throughout the entire program.
Below are the times that our programming will begin and end:
Programming officially begins on Day 1 with check-in at 10:15-11am. However if your student has to take a placement exam they must be on-campus at 8:15am. There is also an optional campus tour given at 9:30am before check-in.
Programming ends at 3:30pm on Day 2.
Our orientations are mandatory for all students. Throughout the one day session we will be handing out important materials that you will use for the rest of the school year such as ID Cards, while also going over important information that you will need to know for fall. It is because of these reasons that we ask that students stay throughout the entire program.
Below are the times that our programming will begin and end:
Programming officially begins with check-in at 8:30am. Programming officially ends at 3:30pm, however, if you need to take care of any business on-campus plan to stay after.
When you arrive on campus, please check in to Bellarmine Hall located at 1111 East Columbia St, Seattle, WA 98122. Please visit our website for more information about what to expect when you arrive on campus, including directions on getting here and an SU Campus Map. A Conference Assistant will be available at the front desk to assist you with checking in. You may call the Bellarmine front desk at (206) 296-6280 if you have questions.
Check-in for Summer Sessions begins on Day 1 at 10:15am and ends at 11am. During check-in, students will have time to drop off bags in their assigned rooms and settle in.
Family members and guests of new students are asked to leave after Father Steve’s Farewell Address at 4pm. Welcome week programming is only for the new students and has been created with the intention of getting them acclimated to the campus, surrounding area, and acquainted with their peers.
New students are allowed to bring guests as long as they are registered for the session through RegOnline. There is a $75 fee per added guest that will cover a portion of the meals, materials, and staffing for both days. It is our policy that any guests that come with the new student stay on the family track. This is important since the student track has information especially important for new students and allows for them to meet their new peers.
Placement exams are optional, but recommended for some students based on your major and interests. If you are unsure if it is recommended please contact your college and they can assist you with the process. Placement exams offered are Spanish, French and Math (This test is offered online).
Language Placement Exams are offered as an add-on option at Orientation. They will begin at 3:30pm on Day 2, and take approximately one hour to complete. Students also have the opportunity to take these tests in Fall during Welcome Week. Their schedules can then be updated to reflect the language level they placed into.
Advisors are working to get current and new student schedules prepared by Fall. Advisors are also helping at all of our Orientation programs for both first-year and transfer students. Due to the large workload that they have, students will be able to meet with advisors and get their Fall schedules no earlier than summer orientation.
Move-in is scheduled for September 22nd starting at 9AM. New students will receive an e-mail from housing giving an exact check-in time. It is crucial that new students and those helping them move-in are at the front desk of the residence hall at the exact check-in time.
Move-in appointments end in the early afternoon, so that students and families have enough time to unpack and then make their way to the Redhawk Center for the Family Farewell with Fr. Steve at 3pm.
Family members should plan to depart after the Family Farewell, which will end about 4:15pm. This allows new students to reconnect with their Orientation Advisor and get started on the programming happening for Welcome Week.