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Orientation Schedule

New Student Orientation 2021

We’ve designed Orientation and First Engagements to help ease your academic and social transition to college. Faculty, staff and student leaders are ready to help you learn all there is to know about being a Transylvania Pioneer.

Orientation is a great time to ask questions, get involved, and, most importantly, have fun as you prepare for the coming school year. If you live on campus, you’ll also have time to settle into your room and learn your way around. After orientation, you’ll continue to meet with your group throughout the year.

Phone Directory

OfficePhone Number
Athletics233-8270
College Bookstore281-3570
Computing Help Desk281-3593
Counseling Services281-3682
Dean of Students233-8215
Department of Public Safety233-8118
Dining Services233-8217
Disability Services233-8806
Health Services233-8127
Library233-8225
Mail Room233-8137
Registrar’s Office233-8116
Residence Life233-8498
Campus and Community Engagement233-8182
Student Crimson Card233-8154
Student Financial Aid233-8239

Friday, August 20

New Student Move-In

8 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Transylvania community will be available to assist you as you create your home away from home. Please follow the detailed move-in instructions provided by the Office of Housing and Residence Life reslife@transy.edu.

Offices Open to Assist You

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

After check-in, you may want to visit with representatives from different departments and programs who will answer questions and describe their services. Consider visiting the first floor of Old Morrison for student support services, or the second floor of the Campus Center for student life! Don’t forget our bookstore in the Campus Center! Need guidance? Ask at the move in table!

Lunch available in the Main Dining Hall

11 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Great Hall, William T. Young Campus Center

Students on a meal plan will use their Crimson Card. Students not on a meal plan or other guests may purchase lunch at the door. Credit cards only.

Vaccination Clinic

12 p.m.-5p.m.

William T. Young Campus Center 149

Alumni Legacy Lunch (By invitation)

Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Graham Cottage

PARENTS: Meeting for parents/guardians of minors

3-4 p.m.

Pioneer rooms AB, William T. Young Campus Center

Members of the student life staff will be available to answer questions about your student’s experience at Transylvania if they are under 18.

Dinner

5-8 p.m.

The Great Hall, William T. Young Campus Center

Students on a meal plan will use their Crimson Card. Students not on a meal plan or other guests or guests may purchase dinner at the door. Credit cards only.

PARENTS: Dessert with the Deans

7-8 p.m.

Pioneer rooms ABCD, William T. Young Campus Center

Parents (only) are invited to a short presentation and welcome reception hosted by the academic and student life deans.

First Hall Meeting for Residential Students

7:30-8:30 p.m.

Students will be able to meet the residence hall staff, suitemates and new friends in their home away from home.

Commuter Student Meeting

7:30-8:30 p.m.

William T. Young Campus Center 118

Commuter students are invited to attend an information session with student leaders and fellow commuter students.

Movie Night

9-10:30 p.m.

Back Circle (Rain location: Campus Center)

Come join your classmates for a blockbuster movie and free snacks.
Showing: “Freaky,” starring Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton

Saturday, August 21

PARENTS: Information Session

9-10 a.m.

Pioneer Rooms ABCD, William T. Young Campus Center

Let us tell you how we can support your students! Representatives from student life, public safety, and CAPE will be on hand to answer questions about the student experience. 

First Engagements

Sections 1-9

Arganbright, Bauman, Brown, Deaton, Gohde, Hauman, Jenkins, Johnson, Kaufman

STUDENTS: First Engagements Scholar meeting

9:30-10 a.m.

Students will meet their First Engagements Scholar at their assigned location.

First Year Induction Ceremony

10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Haggin Auditorium, Mitchell Fine Arts Center

Parents and family members are invited to attend the class of 2025’s official inauguration into the Transylvania community. Dressy casual attire is encouraged for students. The ceremony will be conducted twice to help limit group size. A livestream will also be available at transy.edu/live

Sections 10-18

LeVan, Lin, Parekh, Partain, Ribovich, Schnitzenbaumer, Todorova, Tompkins, Wallace

STUDENTS: First Engagements Scholar meeting

11 a.m-11:30 a.m.

Students will meet their First Engagements Scholar at their assigned location.

First Year Induction Ceremony

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Haggin Auditorium, Mitchell Fine Arts Center

Parents and family members are invited to attend the class of 2025’s official inauguration into the Transylvania community. Dressy casual attire is encouraged for students. The ceremony will be conducted twice to help limit group size. A livestream will also be available at transy.edu/live

PARENTS: Meetings with First Engagement Faculty

10 a.m.-1 p.m. see below for exact times

Parents will have an opportunity to meet their student’s First Engagements instructor and academic adviser.

First Engagement Faculty Meeting Times:

Brunch

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Great Hall, William T. Young Campus Center

Students on a meal plan will use their Crimson Card. Students not on a meal plan or other guests may purchase brunch at the door. Credit cards only. Parents depart after brunch.

Education Session Rotation I

All incoming students are required to attend with their First Engagement scholar. Questions or concerns? Email studentwellbeing@transy.edu.

Sections 1-9
Session A – Think Your Drink/Alcohol Education

2-3 p.m.

Great Hall, William T. Young Campus Center

Does everyone drink at college? What if I don’t? What if I do? This interactive program discusses alcohol trends, decision-making and Transylvania’s policy.

Session B – Campus Policies and Campus Safety

3-4 p.m.

Haggin Auditorium, Mitchell Fine Arts Center

Safety first! Be in the know about expectations for your conduct as a student, as well as what you can expect from the Department of Public Safety who keeps our campus safe. 

Sections 10-18
Session B – Campus Policies and Campus Safety

2-3 p.m.

Haggin Auditorium, Mitchell Fine Arts Center

Safety first! Be in the know about expectations for your conduct as a student, as well as what you can expect from the Department of Public Safety who keeps our campus safe. 

Session A – Think Your Drink/Alcohol Education

3-4 p.m.

Great Hall, William T. Young Campus Center

Does everyone drink at college? What if I don’t? What if I do? This interactive program discusses alcohol trends, decision-making and Transylvania’s policy.

Dinner

5-7:30 p.m.

Students on meal plan will use their Crimson Card. Students not on a meal plan may purchase dinner at the door.

Hall Meet-ups

6:30 p.m.

Walk to Social Event

Class of 2025 Social Event

7 p.m.

Beck Center, followed by ice cream social in Back Circle

Sunday, August 22

Lexington Area Worship Services

A full list of services is posted online and available in the Campus Center.

Brunch

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Great Hall, William T. Young Campus Center

Students on a meal plan will use their Crimson Card. Students not on a meal plan may purchase brunch at the door.

Foreign language placement exams

11 a.m.-1 p.m. (except Spanish, see below)

The following languages will have an in-person placement exam from 11-1 in the following rooms:

  • French- Campus Center, Pioneer Rooms (~60 expected)
  • Latin- Carpenter Academic Center, Room 104 (~ 8 expected)
  • Chinese- Carpenter Academic Center, Room 102 (~10 expected)
  • German-Carpenter Academic Center, Room 110 (~14 expected)
  • Spanish-Exam will be given online via Canvas
    Students need to accept an invitation from Canvas in order to access the test
    • Group 1 (A-L) 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
    • Group 2 (M-Z) 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Education Session Rotation II

All incoming students are required to attend with their First Engagement scholar. Questions or concerns? Email studentwellbeing@transy.edu 

Sections 1-9
Session A – Understanding Title IX and the University Equal Opportunity Policy

2-3 p.m.

Haggin Auditorium, Mitchell Fine Arts Center

This session will educate students about discrimination (gender and otherwise) under the university’s equal opportunity policy and provide information about student rights and the resolution process.

Session B – Green Dot: Direct, Distract, Delegate 

3-4 p.m.

Great Hall, William T. Young Campus Center

Learn about a preventive strategy with the premise that engaging the bystander can reduce violence. No one has to do everything, but everyone has to do something. 

Sections 10-18
Session B – Green Dot: Direct, Distract, Delegate 

2-3 p.m.

Great Hall, William T. Young Campus Center

Learn about a preventive strategy with the premise that engaging the bystander can reduce violence. No one has to do everything, but everyone has to do something. 

Session A – Understanding Title IX and the University Equal Opportunity Policy

3-4 p.m.

Haggin Auditorium, Mitchell Fine Arts Center

This session will educate students about discrimination (gender and otherwise) under the university’s equal opportunity policy and provide information about student rights and the resolution process.

Campus Cheer, Greet Line and Class Picture

4-6 p.m.

Old Morrison Steps

Participate in a long-standing tradition where you can meet more of your classmates and learn to cheer on the Pioneers. See your FE scholar for meeting location and details.

Dinner

5-7:30 p.m.

The Great Hall, William T. Young Campus Center

Students on a meal plan will use their Crimson Card. Students not on a meal plan may purchase dinner at the door.

Late Night Social Event

8-10 p.m.

Aug. 23-26

First Engagements