Early Bird Immersions

Explore our Early Bird Immersion opportunities.

Early Bird Immersions Header

Sign-Ups for Early Bird Immersions in September 2024 will go live on July 1, 2024!

Read below to learn about our Early Bird Immersion opportunities.

Students can only participate in one Early Bird Immersion. The deadline to sign up for Early Bird Immersions is Friday, August 9, 2024. Spots will be limited and may fill up before the deadline.

Questions? Email us at orientation@seattleu.edu

Early Bird Immersions are optional early arrival programs that offer new students the opportunity to come to campus a few days before Fall Welcome and connect with other new students who share your passions and interests. Each experience focuses on a different theme, such as outdoor adventure, community service, identity exploration, and academic success.

Participating in an early arrival program is an opportunity to make new friends with similar interests, move into your residence hall early (if living on-campus), and get settled into life at Seattle University a few days before the start of Fall Welcome.

Some programs have a fee and others have no cost. Program fees will cover the cost of meals and program supplies and activities.

Starting July 1, you will be able to sign up for an Early Bird Immersion in your Orientation Portal.

Students living in on-campus residence halls will be approved to move in early for their Immersion program. Your move-in date and time will depend on which Immersion you sign up for. Early move-in dates and times will be noted on the sign-up form for each Immersion. After your attendance is confirmed, detailed move-in instructions will be emailed to your Seattle University email from Housing and Residence Life. Students attending an Immersion Program will not need to sign up for a move-in appointment on the Housing Portal. There is no additional cost for early move-in.

  • RSVPs for Early Bird Immersions close Friday, August 9, 2024.
  • Cancellations can be made at any time, however, may not include a refund. If you need to cancel your RSVP, please email orientation@seattleu.edu.
  • If you must cancel your RSVP, a refund (minus transaction fee, approximately 2.3% plus $0.30 per transaction) will be provided up to two weeks (14 calendar days) before the start date of the event.
  • Refunds will not be provided after two weeks before the start date of the event.
  • Refunds are not provided for no-shows.

2024 Early Bird Immersions

Click each Early Bird Immersion below to learn more!

Host: College of Nursing
Date: Thursday, September 19, 2024
Early Move-In
: Wednesday, September 18, 2024 (9:00am-11:30am)  
Cost
: Free

Who is this program for?: First-Year and Transfer students majoring in the College of Nursing.

Program Description: Join nursing advisors, faculty, and current students at the Clinical Performance Lab to learn more about the College of Nursing. Students will be able to watch a nursing simulation, learn a nursing assessment skill, meet with current students, and learn more about their upcoming program of study.

Questions: Please contact Jamie Navetta, Interim Associate Dean & Assistant Clinical Professor, at navettaj@seattleu.edu.

Host: Sundborg Center for Community Engagement (CCE) and Campus Ministry
Dates: Wednesday, September 18, 2024
Early Move-In
: Wednesday, September 18, 2024 (9:00am-11:30am)  
Cost
: $15 (includes catered lunch)

Who is this program for?: First-Year and Transfer students.

Program Description: Part-pilgrimage, part-immersion, part-retreat! Gather with fellow new Redhawks and campus leaders from CCE and Campus Ministry on a walking tour of the neighborhoods and community partners in Seattle University's backyard. You will learn about local social justice issues, explore opportunities to make a positive impact on the local community, and deepen your understanding of community engagement while reflecting on a commitment to justice in the Jesuit tradition. Lunch is included with the cost of the program.

Questions: Please contact Nick Stubbs, Associate Director of Community Partnerships, at nstubbs1@seattlu.edu.

Host: The MOSAIC Center 
Dates: Wednesday, September 18, 2024 – Thursday, September 15, 2024
Early Move-In
: Tuesday, September 17, 2024 (9:00am-11:30am)  
Cost: $25 (includes catered meals, snacks, and activities on and off campus). Limited full fee waivers will be available to request when you sign up for this program, and will be provided based on need.

Who is this program for?: First-Year and Transfer Students who identify as BIPOC and/or First-Generation

Program Description:
The Connections Leadership Program Plus (CLP+) is dedicated for students of color and first-generation college students who are interested in:

  • Developing a community on campus and finding peer support
  • Becoming aware of opportunities for engagement and campus resources that can support their success
  • Understanding concepts around social justice, while also finding strategies to navigate these systems
  • Cultivating eadership skills and an awareness of personal values

Questions: Please contact AshLee Day, Assistant Director of The MOSAIC Center, at aday@seattleu.edu.

Host: College of Science and Engineering
Dates: Wednesday, September 18, 2024 - Thursday, September 19, 2024
Early Move-In
: Tuesday, September 17, 2024 (9:00am-11:30am)  
Cost: $25 (includes catered meals, snacks, and activities on and off campus). Limited full fee waivers will be available to request when you sign up for this program, and will be provided based on need.


Who is this program for?: First-Year and Transfer students majoring in the College of Science and Engineering.

Program Description: LEAP into the school year with our college's program!  Incoming College of Science and Engineering (CSE) students will be immersed into a community of fellow scientists and engineers before orientation begins, starting at 12:00pm on Sept. 18th and ending at 5:00pm on Sept. 19th. You will cultivate connections with CSE students and faculty, participate in social and investigative activities on campus, experience the local neighborhoods, and learn approaches for succeeding academically, developing social networks, and pursuing future exploration in our disciplines and the University.

Questions: Please contact Michelle DuBois, Professor and Associate Chair of Biology, at mdubois@seattleu.edu.

Host: UREC (University Recreation)
Dates: Tuesday, September 17, 2024 - Wednesday, September 18, 2024
Early Move-In
: Monday, September 16, 2024 (9:00am-11:30am)  
Cost
: Free

Who is this program for?: First-Year and Transfer students. This outdoor trip does not offer ADA accessibility.

Program Description: Join fellow new Redhawks and campus leaders from UREC on a classic Seattle hike! The Pete Lake trail is a mild-mannered path with something to offer for hikers, campers, children, birders, wildlife enthusiasts, and aquaphiles. This even-tempered route follows the Cooper River 4.5 miles to its headwater, passing through a diverse old-growth forest and terminating at an alpine lake sitting in the shadows of Big Summit Chief and Chimney Rock. Trip leadership, vehicle costs, and trail and parking permits are included. For more details about Pete Lake, click here.

Questions: Please contact Kevin Sutton, Assistant Director of University Recration, at ksutton1@seattleu.edu.

Host: UREC (University Recreation)
Dates: Wednesday, September 18, 2024
Early Move-In
: Wednesday, September 18, 2024 (9:00am-11:30am)  
Cost
: Free

Who is this program for?: First-Year and Transfer students. This outdoor trip does not offer ADA accessibility.

Program Description: Join fellow new Redhawks and campus leaders from UREC on a classic Seattle hike at Little Si! We will meet on campus, then drive out to a small rocky bluff that is a moderately graded 3.7 mile trail with a gain of 1,300 feet. Although relatively steep inclines bookend this hike, this primarily north to south route is perfect for beginners. Trip leadership, vehicle costs, trail and parking permits, and light snacks are included. For more details about Little Si, click here.

Questions: Please contact Kevin Sutton, Assistant Director of University Recration, at ksutton1@seattleu.edu.

Host: UREC (University Recreation)
Dates: Thursday, September 19, 2024
Early Move-In
: Thursday, September 19, 2024 (9:00am-11:30am)  
Cost
: Free

Who is this program for?: First-Year and Transfer students. This outdoor trip does not offer ADA accessibility.

Program Description: Join fellow new Redhawks and campus leaders from UREC on a classic Seattle hike! Get a workout and experience rock work completed by Department of Natural Resources and WTA volunteer crews on this hike. Your reward is a rocky overlook from which you can marvel at Mount Kent, McClellan Butte, and Mount Washington, the behemoths forming the south rim of the west entrance to Snoqualmie Pass. Trip leadership, vehicle costs, trail and parking permits, and light snacks are included. For more details about Dirty Harry's Balcony, click here.

Questions: Please contact Kevin Sutton, Assistant Director of University Recration, at ksutton1@seattleu.edu.