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New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation will take place from August 26-August 29, 2021. Students will be assigned to a peer Orientation Leader based on their major and First Year Seminar class. The New Student Orientation program aims to help new students get connected with each other and to the University through small group discussions, fun social events, and memorable educational sessions. Some meetings will take place virtually through Blue Jeans, and some sessions will be in small groups in person. Safety is still our priority as we plan New Student Orientation this year. One to two weeks prior to New Student Orientation, each new student will receive an e-mail indicating who their Orientation Leader is with additional information about the weekend. If you have any questions, feel free to email . We are so excited to welcome you to the Mustang family!

Pre-Orientation 2021
August 23-25, 2021

The goal of Pre-Orientation is to help students become familiar with campus and meet new friends before classes and Orientation begin. Pre-Orientation programs help students bond over a common interest and have fun. Students who live on campus will have the opportunity to move in early. Students who are athletes, in marching band, Scholars Pre-Orientation, or any other programs that have activities August 23-25 will not be able to participate.

Diversity & Inclusion Pre-O Program (DIPP) 

Come DIPP your toe in the water before the semester starts!  Participating in our pre-orientation program is a great way to make like-minded friends before orientation and the semester even get started.  We will explore topics of diversity and inclusion through cultural dining experiences, a closer look at Baltimore through a social justice lens, and a community service activity.  All this while making new friends, getting acquainted with campus, and meeting upperclassmen and staff that can enhance your transition to college. 

Fashion & Design 

Baltimore has served as home to companies like Under Armour, South Moon Under, Christopher Shaefer Clothing, Treason Toting Company, and more. Over two days, students will visit fashion retailers, meet store managers, and tour stores in distinct shopping areas. Students will be introduced to Baltimore neighborhoods and provided with resources for retail offerings. 

Freshmen Adventures 

The incoming class of 2025 is invited to participate in our Freshmen Adventures program. This will allow new students to meet peers, get acquainted with campus, have some fun and make memories before New Student Orientation begins. Space is limited and sign up is first-come, first serve. 

Sophomore & Transfer Adventures 

This program will help sophomore and transfer students get connected to each other and to the University through off-campus trips and on-campus activities. Participants will have the opportunity to meet more peers, learn about the campus experience, and have fun before classes begin. Space is limited and sign up is first-come, first serve. 

Sign up and cost information will be available beginning June 14, 2021. Please e-mail  with any questions.


All incoming first year students, including transfer and commuter students, are automatically enrolled in New Student Orientation. This program is FREE to all students. Residents will use their meal plans to eat throughout the weekend. Commuter students will receive a voucher for each meal throughout the program.

Participation in New Student Orientation is crucial to your success at Stevenson. If you have questions about New Student Orientation, contact us at

We look forward to seeing you!

Learning Outcomes

Learning takes place not only in the classroom, but outside of it as well, and we are here to facilitate that learning. As Student Activities staff members,

By the end of 2019 New Student Orientation, participants will be able to:

Academic Support

  • Identify at least two University support programs and resources intended to help achieve academic success

Campus Community & Engagement

  • Identify and explain SU’s core values
  • Identify at least one current student who can serve as a resource during New Student Orientation
  • Describe inclusive language and explain why it is important to the SU community
  • Find where classes are
  • Identify resources, programs, activities, and events to connect themselves with the community around them
  • Establish relationships with those around them Health & Safety
  • Understand the University’s policies, expectations, and resources regarding appropriate academic and social behavior
  • Understand how to talk with a partner about sexual health, identify resources for STI/HIV testing and prevention, and identify options for conception and protection
  • Explain the concept of consent
  • Identify on-campus resources related to sexual assault and describe Stevenson’s sexual assault policies
  • Explain SU’s drug and alcohol policy
  • Examine how drug and alcohol related decisions can impact their future at Stevenson and beyond
  • Identify at least two University resources intended to help maintain physical and emotional well-being and mental health

Personal Development

  • Describe their identity (racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, sexual orientation, ability, gender, etc.) and examine the ways in which it influences their experiences in the SU community

Career Exploration

  • List their career goals and identify what steps they need to take during their time at SU to achieve those goals
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