New Student Orientation
Welcome Class of 2021!
Congratulations on your admittance to The University of the South! We are so excited that you may join us in August for New Student Orientation. You can now review the full schedule for the 2017 orientation program to see what Orientation looked like last year!
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 at 4:00pm on Saturday, August 26, 2017. 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 in the late afternoon of Saturday, August 26, 2017, and conclude around 2:00pm on Sunday, August 27, 2017.
- The Student portion of the Orientation program will continue for two more days and conclude on the evening of Tuesday, August 29, 2017.
- For more information about local hotel accommodations, please refer to the "Accommodations" section of the Admissions & Financial Aid page.
- 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! Please check back here in May to find more information about similar presentations for the summer of 2017.
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:
- How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success, by Julie Lythcott-Haims
- Don't Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money: The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years, by Helen E. Johnson and Christine Schelhas-Miller
- Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years, by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger
- You're On Your Own (But I'm Here if You Need Me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years, by Marjorie Savage
- Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, by Daniel J. Siegel
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.
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!