Freshmen Orientation

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June 11-12, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Freshmen Orientation?
Freshman Orientation is designed for you and your family to have a successful college experience. You’ll meet fellow class members, interact with key faculty and staff, register for fall classes, buy books, get your student ID, and finalize your enrollment plans for August. These two days have been planned to give you insightful information to help you prepare for your freshman year It also gives you the opportunity of spending the night with your roommate and connecting with others in the freshman class.

See highlights from past Orientation Days.

When will it be?
The date is set for Thursday and Friday, June 11-12, 2020. Registration will begin at 11:00am in the Billy Kim International Center (see campus map).

Who should attend?
All freshmen 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.

Will meals be provided?
Yes!  Dinner on Thursday and continental breakfast and lunch on Friday will be provided for students and parents.

Is there a cost?
There is no cost for Freshmen Orientation. We even cover the cost of food. However, please make sure you have paid your enrollment and housing deposits before you arrive.

How do I register?
Register today! Please contact the Office of Admission at 800-960-5940 to register.
Be sure to include what you plan to major in, even if it is “undecided.” We will assign you an advisor based on your intended major.

What should I bring with me to Freshmen Orientation?

  • Casual clothes
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Toiletries (towel, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc)
  • Bedding (sleeping bag or sheets and pillow)
  • Spending money (to purchase your books that might be available & other Belhaven paraphernalia)
  • Sweater or jacket (just in case)
  • Your Belhaven T-shirt (if you have one already)
  • Your official final high school transcript with graduation date (if you haven't sent it to us already)
  • Vehicle information (if you plan to have a car on campus when you move-in in August)
  • A smiley face (for your Belhaven ID)

Can I spend the night on campus?
Yes!  We strongly encourage students to spend the night in the residence halls so that you can get to know your roommate and others in the freshmen class.  However, parents will be responsible for their own lodging. These hotels below offer a special rate for Belhaven family and friends.

What if I cannot attend Freshmen Orientation?

We strongly encourage students to attend. This is a student’s time to interact with other incoming freshmen and sit down with their advisor to map out their fall schedule of classes. However, if you cannot, please fill out the online form (coming soon!)and select “will not attend”. In the weeks following Freshmen Orientation, your admission counselor will make sure you are registered for classes and direct you to your Blazenet to view your schedule.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, June 11
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Orientation Check-in – Billy Kim International Center
During this time, students have the opportunity to get official student ID, register your vehicle, and check-in the residence hall. The Bookstore, Shoe Bird (coffee shop), Dining Commons, and Financial Aid and Student Accounts offices will be open during this time. Resident Life staff will be available in the Student Center.
1:00 p.m. Welcome to BU Session – Billy Kim International Center
1:30 p.m. Students: Orientation Groups breakout (“O Groups”)
Meet with key faculty and student leaders to begin making Belhaven connections through insightful information that will ensure you have a successful Freshman year and beyond.

Parents: Campus Introductions
This “can’t miss” session is designed specifically for parents to get important information from key leaders and administrators from a variety of Belhaven divisions.
3:00 p.m. Scoops at the U
Enjoy an ice cream treat with all the toppings as you take a quick breather during the afternoon!
3:30 p.m. Blazer Rounds
Choose 3 twenty minute sessions to get an inside scoop on all things Belhaven! Sessions consist of hearing from parents of Belhaven students, Res Life expectations, financial aid/business office, campus jobs/internships, studying abroad, and so much more!
5:30 p.m. Break
6:00 p.m. President’s Dinner
Enjoy a banquet style dinner and hear from Dr. Roger Parrott, Belhaven University President.
*For seating purposes, we ask that only the student and parents attend this dinner.
8:00 p.m. Students: Night at the U                        
A night of fun activities, games, music, late night food, and prizes! You do not want to miss out on this!
10:30 p.m. Students: Head back to assigned residence hall for the night
Friday, June 12
8:00 a.m. Grab-N-Go Breakfast – Dining Commons
8:30 a.m. Honors College Info Session
Students interested in Honors College will have the chance to meet the Dean of the Honors College, Dr. Melissa Thorson and Associate Dean, Dr. Jonathan Koefed to learn more.
9:00 a.m. Student Athletes: Team Meetings with Coaches
9:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Students: Advising and Registration
At check-in on Thursday, students will be given an assigned time and location to meet one-on-one with your faculty advisor to register for fall classes.
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Residence Halls Open House
Each residence hall will have an open room so students can measure, review, and tour. Tours begin at 10am, 11am, and 12pm. Also, take this time to get to know your Resident Director!
10:00 a.m. Residence Hall Check-Out
Be sure to check out of your residence hall room no later than 10am!
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch 
Dining Commons – Student Center
The Dining Commons will be open for lunch, so feel free to eat when you’re able! You won’t meet a stranger! 
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. These campus departments will be open:
Financial Aid and Student Accounts
Admission Advocates by Appointment
Shoe Bird
Office of Admission