2023 Events for New Students

The following is a list of events and opportunities for new students to get acclimated with Susquehanna University. 

Virtual River Hawk Day

This virtual event was held on Saturday, June 24, 2023. Click below to see a recording from sessions offered during the event. 

Online Orientation

All incoming students are required to complete the online orientation module by Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023. This virtual, video-based program will take no more than two hours to complete and has a built-in memory function so you can move through the orientation at your own pace.

The link for online orientation is now live on your River Hawk Portal.

Students should only access the online orientation through your River Hawk Portal, as you will need to log in to have your progress tracked and register completion. Your checklist will reflect your completion within two business days.

Parents, families and supporters will be invited to access the orientation using a guest link.

Virtual Info Series

This virtual information series provides opportunities over the summer for you to connect with campus resources and get your questions answered. Live webinar sessions will be advertised via email and social media. They will also be recorded and shared here the following week for viewing.

The 2023 Virtual Info Series Schedule will be offered late-June through early-August. All webinars will be held on scheduled Thursdays at 6 p.m. (EDT).

June 22, 2023

TRiO Student Support Services Overview with TRiO SSS

The national collegiate program, TRiO student support services, offers comprehensive academic support to students who are first-generation, come from an income eligible household, or have a documented disability. Learn more about the program and how you can benefit from this community of students!

Click here to see webinar recording.

June 29, 2023

Families Supporting Student Success with Student Life

Learn more about how to best support your student academically, emotionally, and personally while they are away at college. With representatives from Student Life, Title IX, the Violence Intervention & Prevention Center, and Counseling and Psychological Services, this session will provide some helpful tips on the differences in communication, what the first six weeks may look like, and overall how to be a partner in your student’s successes!

Click here to see webinar recording.

July 13, 2023

Approaching College with Mindfulness with Counseling & Psychological Services

Learn more about how taking a mindfulness approach to your college experience can create a positive and enriching environment for you to succeed! Join staff from Counseling & Psychological Services to discuss the many options and resources that they provide to all students, and especially our new students.

Click here to see webinar recording.

July 20, 2023

Tips for Connecting with Your Roommate with Residence Life

Learn more about how best to connect with your roommate over the summer! You’ll hear great ideas for how to figure out who is bringing what to their room this fall, how to share your preferences for studying and sleeping, and how to get excited to be a River Hawk together this fall! Join staff from Residence Life to discuss great options and resources that the office and your future Resident Assistants (RAs) can provide.

Click here to see webinar recording.

July 27, 2023

Getting Involved: Student Clubs, Greek Life & Leadership with Leadership & Engagement

With over 150 student clubs there’s plenty to do – but how do you find it all? How do you join a club? When can you join a Greek chapter? How will you build leadership skills? All questions that can be answered with this session! Join staff from Leadership & Engagement to discuss all of the above and to provide suggestions for how to make the most of your life outside of the classroom.

Click here to see webinar recording.

August 3, 2023

Move-In & Take Flight Orientation with First-Year Experience

It’s time to get even more excited about our biggest welcome to SU there is! We’ll share more information about the Move-In Day schedule and what to expect, as well as give you a taste of what to expect from Take Flight Orientation where you’ll get four days to meet other members of your class, participate in some favorite orientation traditions, and feel ready to start classes on Monday, August 28th. Join staff from First-Year Experience and meet some orientation leaders who are excited to welcome and guide you through Take Flight Orientation.

Register Here

August 10, 2023

Staying Safe at SU with Campus Safety

Your safety is incredibly important to us! Learn more about the resources on campus that you can use to help keep yourself and your peers safe at SU, as well as learning what we have in place to ensure that you feel comfortable in your new environment. Join staff from Campus Safety to learn more about your SU ID’s, how to reach out for assistance if needed, and to overall be safe at SU.

Register Here

Take Flight: Orientation & Welcome Week

Take Flight: Orientation is a welcome program that begins Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023. After your family departs, you’ll attend information sessions and social activities, meet faculty and your academic advisor, participate in a day of volunteer service, connect with other students and more!

Welcome Week starts on your first day of classes, Monday, Aug. 28, 2023 and includes a variety of social and educational activities surrounding your classes during your first week at SU.

The 2023 Take Flight Orientation Schedule will be made available by early August.

Move-In Day

New students will arrive on campus on the following dates:

  • Sunday, Aug. 20, 2023 | Pre-Flight Participants Move-In
  • Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023 | Move-In Day for New Students

Expect to be greeted by members of the O-Team, sporting bright orange shirts, who will help you get checked in and guide you to your residence hall. Be sure to reference our Packing for College Checklist as you prep for move in!

Learn more about the Move-In day process by visiting the New Student Move-In Day webpage.

More detailed information will be available by August.


New students and your families are invited to attend an opening convocation, our annual ceremony to open the new academic year, and a welcome from the President, Provost, and members of the Board of Trustees.

  • Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023 | Convocation, 2 p.m. in the Robert I. Estill Field House, James W. Garrett Sports Complex

We’re Here to Help

Questions related to Move-In Day and housing-specific questions may be directed to Residence Life at 570-372-4133.

Questions related to Take Flight Orientation may be directed to the First-Year Experience at 570-372-4753.