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New Student Orientation

August 15-17, 2014

New Student Orientation (NSO) promises to be a fun-filled, information-packed three days. NSO is the first step to ensuring a successful academic and social transition to Methodist University. New students will have the opportunity to move in to their residence hall, meet fellow classmates and meet with their academic advisor for the first time. You must pay your enrollment deposit to participate in the orientation activities, get a course schedule and get a housing assignment. Check-in and move-in is scheduled for 8 am to Noon on Friday, August 15 in the Riddle Physical Activities Center. All new residential students (including residential transfer students) and commuting freshman are expected to participate in all NSO activities.  Parents are invited to participate in NSO activities on Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning. Housing will not be provided for Parents (click here for suggested hotels). Here are just a few of the Orientation highlights!

Fall 2013 NSO schedule highlights

Friday, August 16

  • Residence hall move in
  • Welcome and MU Pep Rally
  • Family Cookout on the quad
  • Parent Programs overview (parents)
  • Family Fun - Christopher Carter

Saturday, August 17 (Saturday will have a separate track for parents and students)

  • Breakfast at President's home (parents) and in the Cafe 1956 (students)
  • University Fair - Learn more about MU clubs, organizations, student life opportunities and academic programs at this campus-wide event
  • Division of Student Affairs overview
  • Dr. Delmas Crisp, Academic Dean (parents & students)
  • Dr. Ben Hancock, Jr., President of the University (parents)
  • Center for Student Success overview (parents & students)
  • Faculty and Advisor Introductions (students)
  • The New College Experience (parents)
  • Monarch Madness - Fun and games: You won't want to miss this!

Sunday, August 18

  • Chapel Service
  • Parents depart at 12:30
  • New Monarch Banquet - During this semi-formal banquet, you will be "inducted" into the Methodist University community, receive your MU Student Handbook and be inspired by a special guest speaker.
  • Residence Hall Socials

Monday, August 19 - Friday August 23 - Welcome Week

  • Classes begin Monday, August 19