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Fall Welcome

All first-year and new transfer students begin their Saint Louis University experience with Fall Welcome, which begins five days before the start of classes and extends into September.

SLU's Fall Welcome is a great opportunity for students to meet new people and make new friends.

SLU's Fall Welcome is a great opportunity for students to meet new people and make new friends.

Fall Welcome is full of activities planned to help you meet new friends and connect with campus resources. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet with faculty, gain a sense of Billiken spirit and hear from SLU’s president at New Student Convocation and Family Welcome.

Look for the students in orange! Oriflamme leaders are a leadership position comprised of sophomore, junior and senior students here to help you move in and acclimate to your first several days on campus by answering questions and helping you get involved. 

Fall Welcome 2019

Fall Welcome starts August 22, 2019 and continues into the first week of September. A detailed schedule will be released in July and will be available on:

Click on the Fall Welcome icon in SLU's app to get event updates, fun facts about SLU and the latest on move-in and other important news.

There will also be print schedules available at check-in locations during Move-In 2019. These schedules will include events from August 22 - 26, and will feature a special section for parent and family activities.

Important Dates for Fall Welcome 2019

Wednesday, Aug. 21
Honors Program Early Move-In

New Honors Program students will arrive to campus, warmly welcomed by Oriflamme leaders, and Honors Program mentors and staff!

Thursday, Aug. 22
New Student Move-In

Arguably the most exciting day of the year for our Billiken family, Oriflamme leaders will be eagerly waiting to greet you and help with the heavy lifting as you get settled in your new home away from home.  Watch for additional details to come in your personalized housing mailing, where you will receive a designated move-in time and special instructions for the day. 

Learning Community Orientation and Dinner

4 p.m., BSC Wool Ballrooms
All Learning Community residents and guests are invited to this special orientation session designed to help you understand your obligations as a member of our Learning Community Program.

Students will break out to various locations with their individual Learning Communities at 5 p.m. and then reconvene for dinner in Grand Dining Hall at 6 p.m.

First Floor Meetings

8:30 – 9:30 p.m. in your residential community
Facilitated by your RAs and peer mentors and required for all new residential students, you will gather to meet your new neighbors and discuss community expectations and campus policies. 

Commuter and Transfer Meet-ups

6:30 p.m. Commuter Meet-up / 7:30 p.m. Transfer Meet-up
All commuters and transfers are invited to attend special welcome meetings in BSC room 253 A-D, sponsored by the Commuter Assistants and Transfer Mentors.

Following the meet and greet meetings, commuter and transfer students are invited to share an intimate community dinner from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. in the Saint Louis Room (3rd Floor BSC).

Parent and Family Jazz Reception

6:30 – 8 p.m., Lower level BSC and Amphitheater
Hosted by Dr. Kent Porterfield, Vice President of Student Development, and the Billiken Parent and Family Association.
Join fellow new Billiken families for a relaxing evening of music, food and drinks while your students continue to make connections with other SLU-dents!  Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with numerous University staff and administration, as well as some of SLU's resident Jesuits.

Fitz's First-Year Floats

9:30 p.m. on Grand Bicentennial Plaza
Wrap up your first official day as a Billiken by joining Oriflamme for ice cream floats, courtesy of Fitz's Soda, a St. Louis favorite!

Friday, Aug. 23
University Convocation

9 – 11 a.m. in Chaifetz Arena
You won’t want to miss the official kickoff to the academic year.  Members of the SLU community come together to celebrate new beginnings and new Billikens with a special processional ceremony, outstanding speakers and an inspirational message from SLU’s 33rd President, Dr. Fred Pestello. Families and guests are encouraged to attend. Families will enter Chaifetz via Gate C; students will enter with other students in Gate B at 8:30 a.m. Gate A will be closed.  All bags (camera bags, purses, backpacks, etc) will be subject to search upon entering Chaifetz Arena. See the convocation page for more details.

College and School Orientation Programs

11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Students and families will be invited to individual college and school orientations with a  brief programs immediately following Convocation. Lunch will be provided.  

Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business: Cook Hall
College of Arts & Sciences: Simon Recreation Center
College for Public Health & Social Justice: Sinquefield Stateroom (DuBourg Hall)
Doisy College of Health Sciences: Chaifetz Pavilion
Parks College of Engineering, Aviation & Technology: Wool Ballrooms (BSC)
School of Education: Pere Marquette (DuBourg)
School of Nursing: Saint Louis Room (BSC)

Biology: Hit the Ground Running

 For specific sections: BIOL 1240-04: Kelley Auditorium; BIOL 1240-05: Lee Auditorium; BIOL 1240-06: Tegeler Auditorium

12:45 - 1:45 p.m. 
Hit The Ground Running is an opportunity to meet your Principles of Biology instructor and fellow classmates, and to get some useful insights into the course before classes begin. You will hear advice based on experience and will take some practical steps to help you get a good start in biology. *Sections BIOL 1240-01, 02, 03 will meet on 8/25.

Parent and Family Workshops

1 - 4 p.m., Room locations TBD
Families have an opportunity to meet specific staff within our SLU community and learn more details about how Saint Louis University will help their student achieve success during their time on campus.   

Letting Go
Meet SLU's Dean of Students Office staff and learn about their commitment to your student’s personal and academic success.  They will also talk about how to trust the process, embrace the change to coaching your college student, and how to be a partner in your student's SLU experience.

What Would YOU Do?
Practical tips from SLU’s own faculty and staff who’ve navigated sending a child to college, and lived to tell about it!

The First Semester: The Family Experience
You've likely heard a lot about what your student's experience will be like at SLU, but what about the experience for our Billiken families?  Learn how to support your student through their transition on campus.

No Students Allowed!
Close out the afternoon with a chance to meet members of SLU's Billiken Parent and Family Association (BPFA) - without your students or other University staff.  This is strictly a time for families to share experiences and connect with the SLU family network.

Student Workshops

Students will attend special workshops of their own as they meet important campus administrators and staff and receive a special student welcome from SLU’s Student Government Association.  

2 - 2:30 p.m, Chaifetz Arena
Meet the Dean (of Students!)
Billikens, here's your chance to meet the folks from the Dean of Students Office, and receive some special SLU swag and hugs to start the year right!  [Swag while supplies last. Hugs unlimited.]

2:30 - 3:30 p.m., Chaifetz Arena
Live the Oath
How can we live as a community that lives in solidarity, and seeks and fights for justice, equity, and inclusivity for all?  What is our responsibility to one another? An Oath is defined as "a solemn promise, often invoking a divine promise, regarding one's future action or behavior."  Begin to learn about SLU’s Oath of Inclusion, it's herstory, why it was suspended, and why it has returned.  Join the Student Government Association as we dive into what it means to “Live the Oath.”

Life on Campus: Real Talk

3:30 - 5 p.m., Various locations
Spend some time with your Oriflamme leaders as you reflect about what it means to be a student at Saint Louis University.  You will be invited to share your reactions to SLU's Oath of Inclusion, learn about its connectedness to the University mission, and discuss ways to live a mission centered life on campus. Required for all new students.

Family First Kickoff

5:45 - 7 p.m., Center for Global Citizenship
Join The Center as we dare you to be you on SLU's campus! This celebration for New Students of Color and their families will be the first in the Family First series. Come and celebrate with us as we welcome you to SLU!

Family Farewell

7:00 p.m.
Before parents and families hit the road to return home, take a few minutes to hug your Billiken, offer well wishes or share last minute advice! Our Family Farewell is designed to be personal and private, so no formal program is planned. And it won’t be too long until families return to campus to celebrate Homecoming and Family Weekend 2019!

Paint SLU

8 – 11 p.m., Top level Olive-Compton Garage
PaintSLU, a favorite event from 2018, returns with a live DJ, dancing and neon colored fun!  Basically, PaintSLU is a cross between a live concert and a color run...with real paint! We recommend wearing clothes you don't mind getting wet from our biodegradable and water soluble paint.  There will be shower caps provided for those who wish to remain paint free, and alternative activities that don't involve paint or dancing.

Saturday, Aug. 24
New Student Day of Service

8 - 8:30 a.m.
Pre-Service Sendoff - text and locations

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Time to Serve 
As new students prepare to live SLU’s mission and go forth as true “men and women for others,” families and friends are invited to a special Sending Forth ceremony at Hermann Stadium. 

12 - 1 p.m. Return to Campus

Life on Campus: In the Classroom

2:30 - 4:30 p.m., Various Locations
During your second small group meeting, you will have the opportunity to share reactions to your service experience, and begin to dive deeper into the academic expectations of the University.  Make sure to bring your course schedule with you, as your Oriflamme leaders will also give you a campus classroom tour so you are prepared come Monday morning! Required for all new students.

Spirit Competition Prep

5:30 p.m., Residence hall floors
Get ready to show your Billiken Pride! In anticipation of SLU's annual Spirit Competition, join your hall community, RAs, PMs and Oriflamme Leaders on your floor as you get decked out in your new Billiken gear! Plan on an evening full of cheering, face-painting and sign-making as you show spirited support for Billiken Soccer!

Men’s Soccer/Spirit Competition

6 - 8 p.m. at Hermann Stadium
Show the most school spirit and Billiken Pride as the SLU men’s soccer team battles Missouri State.  There’s no time to let up the cheers as our secret spirit competition judges will be roaming throughout the game to recognize the group with the loudest and proudest school spirit. 

C U @ the Rec: Dance Extravaganza

8:30 – 11 p.m., Simon Rec
Join your fellow classmates for this one of a kind dance party!  Not only is it a showcase of SLU's own cultural dance teams, but it ends with a favorite Fall Welcome tradition...the SQUARE DANCE!  We'll bring the music, the dance instructors and fun...you bring your dancing shoes. Believe us when we say, "You don't want to miss this!" 

90s Late Night Kickback

10:30 p.m. -12:30 a.m., Center for Global Citizenship
Join The Center for a late night kickback to remember! Your favorite childhood cereals and snacks, lots of music videos and tunes, and fun and games will make for a night to remember. Did we mention there will be slime?!

Party on Grand!

10:30p.m. -12:30 a.m. on Grand Bicentennial Plaza
As the night winds down, head to Bicentennial Plaza outside Grand Dining Hall for more late night fun!  There will be Bingo callers, fun prizes, food, music, yard games and SLU’s very own rendition of Carpool Karaoke! 

Sunday, Aug. 25
Presidential Scholar Breakfast

9 - 10 a.m., Pere Marquette (DuBourg Hall)
An opportunity for SLU's Presidential Scholars to gather, build community and enjoy a special meal.

MLK Scholars First-Year Breakfast

9 - 10 a.m., Center for Global Citizenship
Join The Center as we welcome the 2019 cohort of MLK Scholars to SLU. This will be an introductory time for you all as a cohort to meet one another as well as interact with a few of our mentors. Come for breakfast and stay for the fun!

Yoga on the Quad

9:30 - 10:30 a.m., Simon Recreation Center
Join us on the quad between Pius Library and DuBourg Hall to start off the morning in a mindful, relaxing and beneficial way. *Limited mats provided, so please bring your own mat, if possible. Rain location: Simon Recreation Center gym courts

Biology: Hit the Ground Running

For specific sections: BIOL 1240-01: Kelley Auditorium; BIOL 1240-02: Lee Auditorium; BIOL 1240-03: Tegeler Auditorium

1 - 2 p.m.
Hit The Ground Running is an opportunity to meet your Principles of Biology instructor and fellow classmates, and to get some useful insights into the course, before classes begin. You will hear advice based on experience, and will take some practical steps to help you get a good start in biology.

Women's Soccer v. Indiana State

1 - 3 p.m., Hermann Stadium
Show your support for SLU's Women's Soccer team as they battle Indiana State!

Life on Campus: What Comes Next?

3 - 4 p.m., Residence Halls
As your first weekend on campus comes to a close, you will spend your third small group session talking about your move-in experience, what to expect once classes begin, and how to make the most of your time on campus.  This isn't an Oriflamme good-bye, but rather a "see you later" until your paths cross again! Required for all new students.

Residence Hall Floor Meetings

7:30 - 8:30 p.m., Residence Halls
A chance to make more connections with your new neighbors, and learn more about what it means to live on campus! Required for all residential students.

First 9 p.m. Mass

9 – 10 pm, St. Francis Xavier College Church
Join the SLU community for the first student liturgy of the academic year, followed by a cool taste of St. Louis!

Parent and Family Information

Each year, Fall Welcome features special events specifically for Billiken parents and family members, including the Family Hospitality Room and Family Jazz Reception.

If you will be flying to St. Louis and need a ride from the airport, consider using Go Best Express, which offers SLU community members a discounted rate for direct service to and from Lambert International Airport.

Maps and Directions to Campus

SLU's visitor parking garage is located near the intersection of Grand Boulevard and Laclede Avenue, at 3642 Laclede Ave, St. Louis, Mo., 63103.

Driving directions to SLU's visitor parking garage from nearby airports:

You can also take MetroLink, St. Louis' light-rail system, from Lambert International Airport to the Grand Station stop via the Red Line. From there, the University offers two transportation options to campus: the SLU Shuttle or SLU Ride.

Hotels near SLU

Saint Louis University is located in a thriving urban area filled with lodging options, from boutique to budget. There are a number of hotels that have been recommended by guests of Saint Louis University and that offer discounted rates for University visitors.

Parent and Family Programs

Parents and families are a vital part of the SLU community. We invite you to consider all the ways in which our parent and family initiatives can assist you in supporting your student and making the Saint Louis University experience rewarding and memorable.

Get Your SLU Spirit T-shirt

Don’t miss the Fall Welcome Billiken Spirit Competition. That’s where you’ll get a spirit shirt unique to your class. You’ll wear it to the men’s and women's soccer games that night and throughout your years at SLU to show your Billiken pride. Some alumni even wear their shirts when they return for Homecoming and Family Weekend.

Fall Welcome Goes Green

In an effort to leave a smaller carbon footprint on SLU and our environment, Fall Welcome has many components to encourage sustainability including reduced waste, a paperless schedule option, water-bottle filling stations across campus and recycling containers during move-in. We encourage you to think sustainably as you prepare your journey to SLU, by packing in reusable containers and bringing your own water bottles.