New Student Orientation

Arrival Information | Parent & Family Suggested Reading List | Contact Us

Welcome Class of 2024!

Congratulations on your admission to the University of the South! We are so excited for you to join us in August for New Student Orientation. While we are still working on assembling the 2020 New Student Orientation schedule, we encourage you to review the full schedule for the 2019 orientation program to see an example of what awaits you at Orientation this year!

Arrival Information

After you check out the orientation schedule, the information below should be helpful as you make plans for your arrival in August.

  • New Student Orientation will begin by the early afternoon on Saturday, August 22, 2020. Please plan to have arrived on campus and moved into your residence hall room by that time.
  • The Parent & Family portion of the Orientation program will begin by the early afternoon on Saturday, August 22, 2020, and conclude around 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 23, 2020.
  • The Student portion of the Orientation program will continue for two more days and conclude on the evening of Tuesday, August 25, 2020.
  • For more information about local hotel accommodations, please refer to the "Accommodations" section here.
  • If you are interested in coming to campus early, check out our early arrival program options: FYP and PRE. Contact your program director for more details about your arrival on campus in August.
  • Review Orientation resources. The Division of Student Life held several online sessions for new students in the summer of 2016 - you can access those presentations here!


Parent & Family Suggested Reading List

To help prepare you for your student's arrival at Sewanee, staff members from Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at the University Wellness Center have compiled a list of recommended readings for parents and family members of incoming students. The college experience is one that is meant to be both challenging and rewarding for your student, and the readings on this list share research and guidance for how best to support your student through their first year and beyond. While none are required, we suggest checking out one or two (or more!) over the next month and through your student's first semester. We will address these topics at Orientation, but you may find that the selected books offer additional, valuable insight. The recommended readings include:

We also recommend reading Starting the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health, a guide that is intended to help families have important conversations about mental health before students leave for college. It explains the laws and rules around privacy and parental notification, and encourages discussion about how students can keep their parents informed.

You may also be interested in reading some letters crafted by Dr. Sherry Hamby, Research Professor of Psychology at the University of the South. In both a letter to her teenage daughter and a letter to her teenage son, Dr. Hamby reviews some important talking points and key research findings that can assist all parents in opening a conversation about sexual assault with their college-bound children.


Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns related to Orientation, please contact Bobby Silk, Assistant Director of Residential Life. You can also reach us by phone at 931.598.1446. We look forward to seeing you in August!