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New Student Orientation is a high energy experience that will provide you with the opportunity to meet your classmates, faculty and staff. It is our goal that you leave New Student Orientation with the information necessary to be successful at McKendree University. There is a lot of information to keep in mind when it comes to planning for New Student Orientation.

1. When is Orientation?

New Student Orientation begins on Wednesday, August 16, 2023 and runs through Saturday, August 19 2023 . During the program you'll meet other new students, learn about college resources, meet with faculty and staff, and finalize the class registration process. Orientation sessions are mandatory for all new first-year students, with some evening commuter activities being optional.

2. Why is New Student Orientation Mandatory?

New Student Orientation is an integral part of first-year student development. This program is designed to be a foundation for the University 101 course for McKendree's First-Year Students and your participation serves as a significant portion of your grade for the course.

3. Student and Family Member Schedule

The 2023 New Student Orientation schedule is expected to be available in June.  You may view the 2022 schedule to get an idea on a past schedule and programming.

Click here for the 2022 New Student Orientation schedule


4. Overnight Accommodations

Family members may choose from the multitude of hotels in the Lebanon area. Some hotels do offer a special rate for family members of McKendree University students. Please refer to the following links when choosing hotels:

Area Hotel Listings

5. Directions and Parking - Move-In Date Instructions

Instructions for Move-In Dates will be available above and on the Office of Residence Life site.  Please click the link above.