New Student Orientation Week

Virtual Programs - June 15-19, 2020

The past few months have brought us changes we have never expected to see in the way we live, work, gather, and learn. The Belhaven University New Student Orientation have also had to change with the current events…but we are going out of our way to develop a new student orientation that will leave you excited to come to Belhaven on August 21!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is New Student Orientation?
This years New Student Orientation will be totally virtual during the week of June 15-19. Each day we will hold highly relevant programs that will inform and engage you as you become a Blazer! We will begin at 1:00 pm (CST) every day and meet on important academic, student life, and BU Basics topics. Parents are welcome to any and all sessions (and there is even a parents only session on Thursday June 18). Don’t delay…complete your registration form today!

When will it be?
New Student Orientation will be held Monday, June 15, 2020 through Friday, June 19, 2020, beginning every day at 1:00 PM (CST). There will be multiple session through the week that students and parents may choose from.  Once registration is complete, a link for New Student Orientation will be emailed to you.

Who should attend?
All freshmen and transfer students that have been accepted for admission to the university, and their parents, are strongly encouraged to attend. There will be special information sessions just for parents.

Is there a cost?
There is no cost for New Student Orientation. However, please make sure you have paid your  enrollment and  housing deposits before you attend.

How do I register?
Register today!  Be sure to include what you plan to major in, even if it is “undecided”, as there will be a “Meet my Major” session on June 16.  If you are planning to double major, please choose the major you’d like to meet with most.

What if I cannot attend  Orientation?
We strongly encourage students to attend. This is a student’s time to interact with other incoming new students and hear from important areas to help them get connected and be a successful student. In the weeks following New Student Orientation, sessions will be available on our website.

Schedule of Events

Click the name of the session to view the video recoding of each session.

Monday, June 15 - Overview and BU Basics Part I
1:00 - 1:20 p.m. Welcome and Intro for the week
1:20 - 1:50 p.m. Welcome from the President – Dr. Roger Parrott
1:50 - 2:10 p.m. BU Basics - Part I
  • Registration (now and on-going) – Are you ready?
  • Blazenet
  • BU Mobile App
  • Social Media
2:10 - 2:30 p.m. Alumni Panel: Start with the end goal in mind!
Tuesday, June 16 - Academic Studies at BU
1:00 - 1:20 p.m. Welcome to BU learning: How to succeed!
1:20 - 1:40 p.m. What is Worldview and why is it important?
1:40 - 2:00 p.m. Our goal is your success: Office of Student Success
2:00 - 2:50 p.m. Meet my Major: Interact with professors and students in your major departments
2:50 - 3:00 p.m. Close out comments and drawings
Wednesday, June 17 - Getting Involved at BU
1:00 - 1:20 p.m. Getting Involved at BU and Athletics Blazer Overview
1:20 - 1:40 p.m. The Arts at BU: A World of Performance
1:40 - 2:00 p.m. A Student’s Life at BU
2:00 - 2:40 p.m. Student to Student Panel: The scoop on getting involved
2:40 - 3:00 p.m. Res Life at BU
3:00 p.m. Residence Hall Visits:Visit with RA’s in your residence hall of choice!
Commuter Breakout Session on how commuting students can best thrive at BU
Thursday, June 18 - BU Basics Part II
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Student Services…key things you need to know
2:00 - 2:40 p.m. Q & A with the President
2:40 - 3:30 p.m. Parent to Parent Panel: All the things you need to know! (Parents only)
Friday, June 19 - Getting Ready and What’s Next?
1:00 - 1:20 p.m. Week Recap and Final Details
1:20 - 1:30 p.m. Jackson: What’s up?
1:30 - 1:50 p.m. Welcome Week: Celebrating You!
1:50 - 2:10 p.m. BU 101 – touchstone class for all
2:10 - 2:30 p.m. Close out announcements, contests, and prizes