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New Student
Orientation

Welcome to Saint Leo University. Your Journey Begins Here!

Fall 2021 New Student Orientation (NSO) will contain four key components to better prepare incoming students for a smooth and successful transition into the Saint Leo community. NSO includes a variety of programs and events that will set students on the path toward academic and personal success at Saint Leo University. Students entering the University for Fall 2021 can participate in virtual, online, and in-person activities throughout the summer. These experiences will acquaint students with our campus, support services, policies, faculty, and staff while allowing them to complete all Admitted Students Checklist items prior to the start of classes. NSO will also provide incoming students with the opportunity to build friendships before the semester. Please note that all incoming students (whether commuter, resident, first-time-in-college, or transfer) are highly encouraged to participate in as many components of New Student Orientation as possible.

Participating students and their families will learn about opportunities and responsibilities both in and out of the classroom. By exposing students to the key services and resources available to them, we hope to empower them to make well-informed decisions.

Please take a moment to review our helpful New Student Checklist to familiarize yourself with the various documents and tasks you will need to complete prior to your arrival here on campus for the semester.

New! Welcome To The Pride | In-Person Events

The in-person portion of your new student programming is designed to be your one-stop-shop for all of your Fall Semester needs. All Welcome to The Pride event dates have passed at this time.

New! Pounce Into The Pride | Virtual Programs

These Virtual Programs offer you the chance to meet your classmates, participate in interactive activities such as games, trivia, and karaoke with your peers, and learn more about our Saint Leo’s residence halls and degree programs before arriving on campus.

New! Online Orientation Course

This short course will cover important new student topics to prepare incoming Lions for a successful first semester.

Complete the New Student Orientation Online Course through OKTA. This online course is designed to introduce students to Courses, our D2L system, and the resources available to them at Saint Leo University. The course is accessible 24/7. The first lesson can be viewed by clicking here.

New! Weeks of Welcome | In-person Events

The Fall 2021 Weeks of Welcome at Saint Leo will include events such as new student move-in, our Fall 2021 Convocation, the start of classes, and a variety of activities designed to help students acclimate to campus life while connecting with their classmates.

See below for a detailed Welcome Weeks schedule.

Airport Shuttle Map

International students will receive a separate email with information about available transportation.

 

icon-new-yellow International Student Orientation: August 25 - 27

International Student Orientation Schedule

August 25 - 26

August 25: Check-In/Move-In

Check-in Location: Kirk Hall 123/124

*Shopping trip from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm departing from Campus Safety. Spaces will be limited.
 

August 26: Check-In/Move-In

Check-in Location: Kirk Hall 123/124

*Shopping trip from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm departing from Campus Safety. Spaces will be limited.
 

International Students: Please click below to submit your travel plans so that Saint Leo may best assist with your arrival.

 

August 27

August 27:International Orientation

A general International Orientation schedule can be found below. Additional details to follow soon.

Time Activity Location
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Breakfast Dining Hall
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Check-in & Welcome to Saint Leo University Kirk Hall Room
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM Immigration Session Kirk Hall Room
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Lunch Dining Hall
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM Crossing Cultures Session Kirk Hall Room
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Academic Session Kirk Hall Room
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM Safety Session Kirk Hall Room
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Bridge Program Session Kirk Hall Room
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Dinner Dining Hall
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Game Night & Meet Your New Classmates Apartment 5 Lobby
(Near the Fish Tank)

 

icon-new-yellow Welcome Week: August 28 - September 4

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View Week of Welcome Schedule

Saturday, August 28
Students & Parents/Families

Open daily: Benedict’s Coffeehouse: 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Time Activity Location
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast Dining Hall
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM New Student Check-In/Move-In Parking Garage
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Family Respite Area TCOB Lobby
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Appointments with Student Financial Services, Accessibility Services, & Student Success Various locations
10:00 AM University Ministry Freshman Retreat Participants Depart Saint Leo Abbey Church
10:00 AM Placement Exams CAVE, Kirk Hall
11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, & 3:00 PM Campus Tours SAB Clock Tower
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Lunch Dining Hall and 2nd Floor SCC Lobby
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Dinner Dining Hall
8:00 PM – 11:00 PM Glow Night & Club Leo SCC Lakeside Patio

Sunday, August 29
Students & Parents/Families

Open daily: Benedict’s Coffeehouse: 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Time Activity Location
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Returning Student Check-In/Move-In Parking Garage
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Continental Breakfast Dining Hall
10:00 AM Mass Saint Leo Abbey Church (limited in-person attendance) or virtually via Facebook
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Brunch Dining Hall
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Community Service Opportunity w/Kids Meals, Inc. SCC Lobby
2:00 PM The Great Leo Hunt Kirk Lawn
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM Dinner Dining Hall
6:00 PM New Student BINGO Kirk Lawn
7:00 PM Mass with University Ministry Saint Leo Abbey Church or online via Facebook

Monday, August 30
Student Advising and Registration

Open daily: Benedict’s Coffeehouse: 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Time Activity Location
7:30 AM – 10:00 AM Breakfast Dining Hall
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Complete New Student Checklist Items Various locations on campus (see below)
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM New Biology Student Orientation Selby Auditorium, Lewis Hall
10:00 AM – 4:30 PM Library Services: Hidden Treasures Game Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Vendor Marketplace SAB Loggia
11:00 AM – 2:30 PM Lunch Dining Hall
10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, & 12:00 PM Campus Tours SAB Clock Tower
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Honors Program Welcome Session Zoom: Meeting Link
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM First Class Experience Zoom: Meeting Link
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM Dinner Dining Hall
7:00 PM Women’s Group with University Ministry TECO Hall, Tapia College of Business
7:00 PM Men’s Group with University Ministry Room 122, Kirk Hall
8:00 PM Mandatory Floor Meeting All Residence Halls
9:00 PM Movie on the Lawn - Godzilla vs. Kong Kirk Lawn

Tuesday, August 31
First Day of Fall 2021 University Campus Classes – Mandatory attendance

Open daily: Benedict’s Coffeehouse: 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Time Activity Location
7:30 AM – 10:00 AM Breakfast Dining Hall
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM Information Tent and Commuter Student Welcome Breakfast Kirk Lawn
10:00 AM – 4:30 PM Library Services: Hidden Treasures Game Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library
11:00 AM – 2:30 PM Lunch Dining Hall
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Live Music with music minister Lucas Nocera Benedict’s Coffeehouse
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Leo Great Challenge with Career Services Zoom: Meeting Link
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM Dinner Dining Hall
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Eucharistic Adoration with Praise and Worship Music Saint Leo Abbey Church
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM Aloha Leo Welcome Back Event SCC Lakeside Patio

Wednesday, September 1

Open daily: Benedict’s Coffeehouse: 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Time Activity Location
7:30 AM – 10:00 AM Breakfast Dining Hall
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM Information Tent and Commuter Student Welcome Breakfast Kirk Lawn
10:00 AM – 4:30 PM Library Services: Hidden Treasures Game Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library
11:00 AM – 2:30 PM Lunch Dining Hall
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Career Services Tabling Event SAB Clock Tower
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Alumni Engagement Tabling Event SAB Clock Tower
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM “Before I Graduate” Wall and Ice Cream Social SAB Clock Tower
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM Dinner Dining Hall
7:00 PM Welcome Back BINGO Kirk Lawn

Thursday, September 2

Open daily: Benedict’s Coffeehouse: 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Time Activity Location
7:30 AM – 10:00 AM Breakfast Dining Hall
10:00 AM – 4:30 PM Library Services: Hidden Treasures Game Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library
11:00 AM – 2:30 PM Lunch Dining Hall
11:00 AM Mass of the Holy Spirit Saint Leo Abbey Church (limited attendance in person) or virtually via Facebook
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Meet the Dean, College of Health Professions Tabling Event SAB Clock Tower
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Career Services Open House SAB 203 or Zoom Meeting Link
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM Dinner Dining Hall
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Greek Life Informational Selby Auditorium, Lewis Hall
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Rec The Night (Recreation Event) University Turf Stadium

Friday, September 3

Open daily: Benedict’s Coffeehouse: 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Time Activity Location
7:30 AM – 10:00 AM Breakfast Dining Hall
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Puppy Play Kirk Lawn
10:00 AM – 4:30 PM Library Services: Hidden Treasures Game Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library
11:30 AM – 2:00 PM Lunch Dining Hall
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM Involvement Fair Kirk Lawn
4:00 PM – 6:30 PM Dinner Dining Hall
4:30 PM Women’s Soccer vs. Saint Anselm Saint Leo Soccer Field
7:00 PM Nerdology Trivia Zoom: Webinar ID- 819 8949 0787, Passcode- leo

Saturday, September 4

Open daily: Benedict’s Coffeehouse: 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Time Activity Location
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Continental Breakfast Dining Hall
10:00 AM – 4:30 PM Library Services: Hidden Treasures Game Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Brunch Dining Hall
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Lakefront Activities with Recreation Lake Jovita
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Slide & Splash Bash Bowman Activities Center Pool and Kirk Lawn
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM Dinner Dining Hall

 

 

icon-new-yellow Graduate Student Orientation Schedule: August 29 - August 30

Graduate Student Orientation Schedule - PDF

Sunday, August 29

Open daily: Benedict’s Coffeehouse: 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM

 

*If you are a graduate student in the Tapia College of Business or the School of Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Data Science, please click here to register for your 11:30 am orientation session on Sunday, August 29:

 

Time Activity Location
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Continental Breakfast Dining Hall
10:00 AM Mass Saint Leo Abbey Church (limited in person attendance) or virtually via Facebook
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Check-In and Orientation Luncheon - College of Business & School of Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Data Science Students Tapia College of Business Lobby
12:30 PM First Class Experience and Academic Integrity Tapia College of Business, TECO Hall
1:00 PM Professionalism and Panel Discussion Tapia College of Business, TECO Hall
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM Dinner Dining Hall
7:00 PM Mass with University Ministry Saint Leo Abbey Church or online via Facebook

Monday, August 30

Open daily: Benedict’s Coffeehouse: 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Time Activity Location
7:30 AM – 10:00 AM Breakfast Dining Hall
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Complete New Student Tasks Various locations on campus (see below)
10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, & 12:00 PM Campus Tours SAB Clock Tower
10:00 AM – 4:30 PM Library Services: Hidden Treasures Game Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library
11:00 AM – 2:30 PM Lunch Dining Hall
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Vendor Marketplace SAB Loggia
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM Dinner Dining Hall
7:00 PM Women’s Group with University Ministry TECO Hall, Tapia College of Business
7:00 PM Men’s Group with University Ministry Room 122, Kirk Hall
8:00 PM Mandatory Floor Meeting All Residence Halls
9:00 PM Movie on the Lawn - Godzilla vs. Kong Kirk Lawn

CDC Guidelines For New Student Orientation Events

The health and safety of our community and our guests remain our top priority.

All guests who are visiting the University are encouraged to review the newly-released Stage 3 Framework for Advancing the Pride regarding the safety protocols that remain in place at Saint Leo. Please note that the use of cloth face coverings or masks is required for all individuals while visiting campus, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. All of our tour guides and staff members will be wearing a mask for your protection as well.

*Please check back regularly for updates to these guidelines. Additional details will be posted regarding our Week of Welcome, student move-in, and student check-in taking place this August.

Contact Us

For questions regarding New Student Orientation, please contact orientation@saintleo.edu or call us at (352) 588-8499 or (352) 588-8992.

Dawn McElveen
Director of Student and Family Engagement
dawn.mcelveen@saintleo.edu | (352) 588-8499

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