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New Student Orientation

August 30 @ 8:30 am - September 10 @ 5:30 pm

high fives on a whitewater rafting and camping trip on the South Fork of the American River

Fall 2021 New Student Orientation Schedule

Updated 08.27.21

To protect everybody's health and safety, masks will be required for ALL participants in orientation and move-in activities on Monday August 30, both inside and outside buildings.

Schedule is subject to change due to smoke conditions from the California wildfires.

Monday August 30
8:30am-11:00am Admissions Check-In: Patterson Hall.
New students check in with Admissions to get their welcome packet.

  • IT Help Desk will be available for laptop connectivity and Henry Conover will be on hand for advising and registration questions.
  • All students who need advising, to register, or to take a placement exam should arrive promptly at 8:30 am.
  • If you are unsure if you will be taking a placement exam, please call the Admissions Office in advance.
8:30am-11:00am Residence Halls Open for Mandatory New and Transfer Student Move-In: Patterson Lobby.
**Due to COVID-19 and to keep our campus safe, a negative COVID test taken within the previous five days must be presented to housing staff before being allowed to move into campus housing.
11:00am-11:30am Student Account and Financial Aid Information Session for Parents: TCES 139/141
With Jackie Dontcho.
11:30am-12:00pm Welcome Address with UNR President Brian Sandoval, UNR Executive Vice President & Provost Jeff Thompson and SNU Executive Vice President & Provost Jill Heaton: Prim Library.
12:00pm-1:00pm Eagles Have Landed Lunch: Patterson Hall.
New students and their families are invited to enjoy a complimentary meal.
1:00pm-2:00pm New Student Orientation Sessions: TCES 139/141 Bring your laptop!

  • Session #1: ITS Connectivity, Email, and Printers with Forest Goodman
  • Session #2: Academic Policies with Jane Rainwater
  • Session #3: Financial Aid, Student Accounts, SNCSIS with Jackie Dontcho
  • Session #4: Textbooks and Campus Store with Kevin Schiesz
  • Session #5: Residence Life with Lizzie Thibodeau
2:00pm-10:00pm Sierra Nevada Orientation (SNO) Courses Begin: 

  • Mountain Campers Check-in inside TCES 139/141
  • River Campers Check-in inside Patterson Hall

Patterson Dining Hall Meal Times: Breakfast 7:00am-10:00am; Lunch 11:45am-2:00pm; Dinner 5:00pm-7:00pm


August 30 @ 8:30 am
September 10 @ 5:30 pm
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