New Student Orientation
Summer Orientation - including a special overnight experience for new students — is a time for you to learn more about life at Stetson and begin to feel comfortable with the transition to college life. During the program, students and their guests will learn more about the academic expectations of college life, along with co-curricular opportunities, and begin to develop relationships with the rest of Hatter Nation. Plus, students can complete their New Hatter Checklist and begin Academic Advising. This is a two-day summer session that new Hatters won't want to miss in preparation of move-in and FOCUS Week! The new student orientation dates for summer 2023 are:
- June 5-6 - Registration Closed
- June 22-23
- June 26-27
- July 13-14
It is expected that all new first-year Hatters attend one Summer Orientation session. You must be a deposited student to attend.
"Orientation was the true embodiment of the doors to my future opening. I immediately felt welcomed into the Stetson community throughout the program. I saw the opportunity to grow into who I had always wanted to be, both academically and personally, and belong to something larger than myself."
Alexis Trapp, Class of '23
Day 1 Schedule
Track A = Students | Track B = Guests
|1 - 1:45 p.m.||Track A + B||Check-in/Student Move-in at Residence Hall|
|2 - 3:15 p.m.||Track A + B||Welcome & Opening Presentation|
|3:15 - 4:30 p.m.||Track A||Orientation Group Meetings|
|3:15 - 4:30 p.m.||Track B||Information Session|
|4:45 - 5:45 p.m.||Track A + B||Meet the Faculty from your College/School|
|6 - 7:30 p.m.||Track A||Dinner|
|8 - 9:30 p.m.||Track A||Evening Activities|
|10 p.m.||Track A||Return to Residence Halls for Evening - Games and Activities|
Day 2 Schedule
Track A = Students | Track B = Guests
|7:30 a.m.||Track A||Wake up/Pack Belongings|
|8 a.m.||Track A||Student Breakfast|
|9 - 10 a.m.||Track A + B||Academics at Stetson Presentation|
|10 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.||Track A + B||Curbside Advising, Financial Aid and New Hatter Checklist Offices Open|
|10:15 - 11 a.m.||Track A + B||Information Sessions 1|
|11:15 a.m. - noon||Track A + B||Information Sessions 2|
|12:15 p.m.||Track A + B||Closing|
|12:30 p.m.||Track A + B||Students check out of residence hall. Campus entities open for exploration.|
- First Year and Transition Programs
- Spring Incoming Students
- Parents and Families
- Accepted Students
- Commuter Student Services
- Campus Vibrancy Resources
- Off-Campus Housing
- Orientation Brochure
Frequently Asked Questions
For your overnight stay:
- Twin extra long sheet
- Blanket or sleeping bag
- Bath towel
- Comfortable clothes for both days
- Toiletries and personal hygiene items (shampoo, soap/body wash, etc.)
- Any medication you need
- Bathing suit
- Cell phone charger
- Water bottle
- Small snacks for late night
- State-issued photo ID or passport
- Forms you haven't yet submitted to campus offices
- A hoodie, jacket or sweater (students often get cold inside)
- Spending money (if you want to buy SU gear at the Bookstore)
- An umbrella
We highly encourage students to experience the entire program, which includes staying overnight in one of our residence halls. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis by emailing [email protected].
If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled Orientation sessions, please contact the New Student Orientation office at [email protected] for assistance.
If you need to switch your summer orientation session, please follow the steps below:
- Locate the confirmation email you received for your original summer orientation session registration.
- Inside the email, you will see the prompt "If you need to update your registration, please click here. Click on the link.
- The link will take you to a registration page. Select "cancel registration."
- You will then need to resubmit the original summer orientation form to re-register for a different session.
If you need any assistance, please contact [email protected]
Summer orientation is held during June and July and will cover important information about your academic experience on campus, information about arrival process for move-in/check-in, and help you feel prepared to start off strong when you arrive in August. FOCUS begins with move-in/check-in on Saturday, August 19, and runs for the 5 days. During FOCUS Week, you’ll have the opportunity to get to know your FSEM peers and start your FSEM course, learn more about our campus community, and have plenty of opportunities to get to know other Hatters on campus. Your FOCUS Orientation Leader will begin reaching out to you in July and will give you all the details you need! It is expected that all new students participate in both Summer Orientation and FOCUS.
Transfer students do not need to attend summer orientation. Special transfer specific sessions will be held during FOCUS Week in August.
Guests will not be provided rooms in our residence halls and will need to secure their own accommodations off campus. There are many hotels and other types accommodations in DeLand and the surrounding area. Stetson University has curated a list of hotels in the surrounding area to help you find the best option for you.