Family and Supporters

A student with their supporters during move in. We are excited that your student has chosen to become a Redhawk! This can be just as much of a transition for you as it is for your student.

While your student will participate in New Student Orientation you will have an opportunity to review our On Demand Content that is tuned into information and resources that are particularly helpful for families + supporters during this transition.

After your Redhawk gets settled in, you may have some more questions or need additional resources. Our Parent and Family Engagement Department will be happy to help and can be found HERE.

2022 Orientation Videos

Redhawk Launch

Helping Your Hawk Soar

Searching and Selecting Roommates

Wellness, Adjustment, and Transition with CAPS

 

Family and Supporter Orientation Timeline

The following virtual events are welcome for families and supporters to attend. Please mark your calendars to join us. All event times are PDT.

Students, please log in using your Admissions Portal information to sign up for events. 

Family and Supporter Specific Events

Families and supporters can sign up for the events below on their own. 

  • Wednesday, June 22

    • 5:30 - 6:30 pm PDT | Helping Your Hawk Soar -- Sign Up Here!
      • Transitioning to college is the next right of passage for your student. Learn how you can support your new Redhawk on this journey. 

June 2022

  • Tuesday, June 14

    • 5:00 - 6:00 pm PDT | Redhawk Launch (REQUIRED) -- View Recording Here
      • This welcome is a tradition you won’t want to miss – you’ll have your first shared experience with your incoming class and meet President Eduardo Peñalver!  If you are not able to attend, this will be recorded and available to be viewed on our website. However, we hope to greet as many of you there as possible.
  • Wednesday, June 15

    • 3:00 - 4:00 pm PDT | International Student Center Welcome -- EVENT PASSED
      • Learn about the International Student Center at Seattle University and find out about what they can do for you. Designed for our growing international student population, this informal session will introduce you to the team at the ISC and share information about the programs and services they offer and work with you during your time as a Redhawk, including the years after you graduate.
    • 4:00 - 5:00 pm PDT | Welcome from Campus Ministry -- WILL BE RESCHEDULED (Your student will need to log in and add you as a guest)
      • Join Campus Ministry as we welcome our new students to Seattle U! 
  • Thursday, June 16

    • 5:00 - 5:45 pm PDT | Student Athlete Family/Supporter Welcome -- EVENT PASSED
      • This welcome is for the families and supporters of incoming student athletes. This session will be led by the Student Athlete Services team. This program is designed to help the families and supporters connect with Seattle University.   
  • Monday, June 20

    • SU Closed in Observance of Juneteenth 
  • Tuesday, June 21

    • 12:00 - 1:00 pm PDT | How Careers Influence Choosing a Major  -- EVENT PASSED
      • In this session we hope to give you a foundation of tools for you to approach your academic and career journeys. We will discuss the role of discernment and reflection and discuss the myth of linear career paths. You'll learn about the Career Engagement Office (CEO) and how we can support you with 1:1 appointments, programs, and resources.
  • Wednesday, June 22

    • 2:00 - 3:00 pm PDT | Searching and Selecting Roommates -- EVENT PASSED
      • We are excited to welcome you to you new home here at Seattle U. During this session you will learn about the roommate selection process, which includes searching and selecting a roommate. You will also get some best practices when communicating with your roommate over the summer. 
    • 3:00 - 4:00 pm PDT | UCOR 101 -- EVENT PASSED
      • UCOR, or the University Core, is SU’s general education curriculum, which is taken by all students except those in University Honors and the Matteo Ricci Institute. This session will help you understand the Core requirements, learn more about the types of classes you can choose, and the opportunities you’ll have to enhance your learning and success. You will also get tips on how to navigate the Core successfully, preparing you for advising and registration for Fall Quarter and beyond. 
  • Thursday, June 23

    • 1:00 - 2:00 pm PDT | How will my Bill and Financial Aid Work -- Sign Up Here! (Your student will need to log in and add you as a guest)
      • Understanding the financial aspect of attending college is one of the most difficult processes. Come connect with our staff as we share helpful tips and tricks to help you feel more prepared for all things student financial services including, aid, billing, and payment.
    • 2:00 - 3:00 pm PDT | VA Education Benefits - Nuts and Bolts -- Sign Up Here! (Your student will need to log in and add you as a guest)
      • We are honored to support our veteran students and their families. This session is lead by our School Certifying Officials (SCOs) and will address using VA educational benefits to assist with paying for school, what you need to know, and how it works at Seattle University. Get information on SCO's, POC, billing and award letters. NOTE: audience is VA Education Benefit recipients and Families/Supporters
    • 4:00 - 5:00 pm PDT | Engaging Seattle: Pursuing a Just and Humane World -- Sign Up Here! (Your student will need to log in and add you as a guest)
      • Seattle, like all major metropolitan areas, is a bundle of contradictions.  Scenic beauty accompanies health and economic disparities, vibrant urban life accompanies homelessness, and tech innovation accompanies significant educational inequities. This session will explore an innovative two-unit course that provides you with an opportunity to explore these contradictions and to be introduced to the many ways that Seattle University faculty and students explore and address issues of justice. 
    • 5:30 - 6:30 pm PDT | Transition and Mental Health -- Sign Up Here! (Your student will need to log in and add you as a guest)
      • The transition to college can bring both excitement and stress. Sometimes it feels like smooth sailing, and other times more like a roller coaster! Join CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) to learn more about what to expect throughout your transition to college and how you can navigate it successfully!
  • Wednesday, June 29

    • 3:00 - 4:00 pm PDT | Searching and Selecting Roommates (through an identity-based lens) -- Sign Up Here! (Your student will need to log in and add you as a guest)
      • We are excited to welcome you to you new home here at Seattle U. During this session you will learn about the roommate selection process, which includes searching and selecting a roommate. You will also get some best practices when communicating with your roommate over the summer. 

July 2022

  • Monday, July 4

    • SU Closed in Observance of Independence Day
  • Wednesday, July 6

    • 10:00 - 11:00 am PDT | Transition to U.S. Culture and Visas -- Sign Up Here! (Your student will need to log in and add you as a guest)
      • Do you have to apply for an F-1 Visa? Join this session to learn about what is needed when you apply for a visa to study in the United States as an international student. We will also share information about adjusting to your time as a student of Seattle University and some tips for dealing with life in the United States.
    • 4:00 - 5:00 pm PDT | UCOR 101 -- Sign Up Here! (Your student will need to log in and add you as a guest)
      • UCOR, or the University Core, is SU’s general education curriculum, which is taken by all students except those in University Honors and the Matteo Ricci Institute. This session will help you understand the Core requirements, learn more about the types of classes you can choose, and the opportunities you’ll have to enhance your learning and success. You will also get tips on how to navigate the Core successfully, preparing you for advising and registration for Fall Quarter and beyond.
  • Thursday, July 7

    • 2:00 - 3:00 pm PDT | How to Healthcare as an Adult -- Sign Up Here! (Your student will need to log in and add you as a guest)
      • Learn about navigating healthcare as a college student in Seattle. 
    • 3:00 - 4:00 pm PDT | TimelyCare Introduction -- Sign Up Here! (Your student will need to log in and add you as a guest)
      • Did you know that students can have mental health support and on-demand medical appointments often within a matter of minutes anywhere in the 50 states and DC? Seattle University partnered with TimelyCare to supplement our existing campus counseling and health services with telecounseling and telehealth support. TimelyCare is funded through the student wellness fee and at no additional cost to students. Come learn about the full range of services during this session.
  • Friday, July 8

    • 1:00 - 2:00 pm PDT | Redhawks Abroad -- Sign Up Here! (Your student will need to log in and add you as a guest)
      • We see an education abroad as an opportunity for all our Seattle U students! Join the Education Abroad Office as we address some common myths about studying abroad, benefits of participating, and highlight different program types available! We're here to help you imagine and plan for programs abroad to enhance your Seattle U experience!
    • 2:00 - 3:00 pm PDT | How Careers Influence Choosing a Major -- Sign Up Here! (Your student will need to log in and add you as a guest)
      • In this session we hope to give you a foundation of tools for you to approach your academic and career journeys. We will discuss the role of discernment and reflection and discuss the myth of linear career paths. You'll learn about the Career Engagement Office (CEO) and how we can support you with 1:1 appointments, programs, and resources.
  • Monday, July 11

    • 4:00 - 5:30 pm PDT | Disability Services and Navigating your Transition to College -- Sign Up Here! (Your student will need to log in and add you as a guest)
      • Learn about resources and how to navigate Disability Services at Seattle U.
  • Thursday, July 14

    • 10:00 - 11:00 am PDT | How will my Bill and Financial Aid Work -- Sign Up Here! (Your student will need to log in and add you as a guest)
      • Understanding the financial aspect of attending college is one of the most difficult processes. Come connect with our staff as we share helpful tips and tricks to help you feel more prepared for all things student financial services including, aid, billing, and payment.
    • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT | VA Education Benefits - Nuts and Bolts -- Sign Up Here! (Your student will need to log in and add you as a guest)
      • Using VA educational benefits to assist with paying for school.  What you need to know and how it works at Seattle University. Get information on SCO's, POC, billing and award letters. NOTE: audience is VA Education Benefit recipients and Families/Supporters
  • Thursday, July 21

    • 1:00 - 2:00 pm PDT | How to Be Successful in College -- Sign Up Here! (Your student will need to log in and add you as a guest)
      • Description coming soon!
  • Tuesday, July 26

    • 1:00 - 2:00 pm PDT | How will my Bill and Financial Aid Work -- Sign Up Here! (Your student will need to log in and add you as a guest)
      • Understanding the financial aspect of attending college is one of the most difficult processes. Come connect with our staff as we share helpful tips and tricks to help you feel more prepared for all things student financial services including, aid, billing, and payment.
    • 2:00 - 3:00 pm PDT | Understanding Student Employment and How to Get an On-Campus Job -- Sign Up Here! (Your student will need to log in and add you as a guest)
      • Thinking about working on-campus? In this session, we'll cover the ins and outs of student employment, answer questions like "what is federal work study and do I need it?", and guide you through the process of finding and applying for on-campus jobs.

August 2022

  • Thursday, August 4

    • 2:00 - 3:00 pm PDT | Tools for Landing a Job While in School -- Sign Up Here! (Your student will need to log in and add you as a guest)
      • Join the Career Engagement Office to talk finding and applying to on- and off-campus job opportunities--and ultimately landing the best job for you! We'll discuss navigating Handshake, as well as putting together strong application materials such as resumes and cover letters.
  • Tuesday, August 9

    • 1:00 - 2:00 pm PDT | Center for Community Engagement (CCE) Student Employee Panel -- Sign Up Here! (Your student will need to log in and add you as a guest)
      • Looking for employment when you come to Seattle U?  Come learn about our Center for Community Engagement employment opportunities.  Talk with experienced students who have participated in our program and speak with program supervisors to ask any questions you may have about the programs.
  • Wednesday, August 10

    • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT | Benefits of Student Employment: Perspectives from On-Campus Employers & Student Employees -- Sign Up Here! (Your student will need to log in and add you as a guest)
      • Earning a paycheck, finding community, and building your resume are just some of the great reasons to work on campus. Join this session to meet on-campus employers and student employees are learn more! This is also a great chance to learn about the various types of on-campus jobs available to you!
  • Monday, August 15

    • 1:00 - 2:00 pm PDT | What to Pack - One Month to Go! -- Sign Up Here! (Your student will need to log in and add you as a guest)
      • Move-in is right around the corner and will be here before you know it! During this session we will discuss what you can expect during move-in, what you need to do before moving into your new home, and what you should and should not pack. 
  • Tuesday, August 16

    • 12:30 - 1:30 pm PDT | Meet your ISC Advisor -- Sign Up Here! (Your student will need to log in and add you as a guest)
      • As an international student you will have at least 2 advisors while at Seattle University. You will have an academic advisor and a Primary Immigration Advisor at the ISC. You will want to join this session to meet your Immigration Advisor so you can direct your questions to them.
  • Tuesday, August 23

    • 3:00 - 4:00 pm PDT | UREC Outdoors -- Sign Up Here! (Your student will need to log in and add you as a guest)
      • All about UREC Outdoors programming: offerings, skill levels needed, how to sign up, scholarships, newsletters, etc.
  • Thursday, August 25

    • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT | Student Financial Services: SU Bound Presentation -- Sign Up Here! (Your student will need to log in and add you as a guest)
      • Understanding the financial aspect of attending college is one of the most difficult processes. Come connect with our staff as we share helpful tips and tricks to help you feel more prepared for all things student financial services including, aid, billing, and payment. NOTE: The audience is SU Bound Scholars and Families/Supporters
  • Tuesday, August 30 

    • 3:00 - 4:00 pm PDT | Redhawks Abroad -- Sign Up Here! (Your student will need to log in and add you as a guest)
      • We see an education abroad as an opportunity for all our Seattle U students! Join the Education Abroad Office as we address some common myths about studying abroad, benefits of participating, and highlight different program types available! We're here to help you imagine and plan for programs abroad to enhance your Seattle U experience!

September 2022

  • Monday, September 5
    • SU Closed in Observance of Labor Day

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On Demand Content

The transition to college is often a big step for both new students and their families and supporters. Change is a process, and everyone needs support. Check out the resources below for more information and to help with this transition.

 

Academics

Academic Overview for First Year Parents and Supporters

2021 Academic and Wellness Resources Panel

College Transition Essentials for Students with Disabilities

Additional Resources from Disability Services

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student educational records and establishes rights for students relative to the disclosure of these records. Learn more here.

Giving a Supporter Access to Student Financial Information

Ask a Financial Aid Counselor

Coaching for Resilience

  •  Click here to learn more about Student Academic Persistence.

  

How Students Get involved

Involvement outside the classroom is vital to the Seattle U student experience and adds a dynamic element to the university’s core values of Academic Excellence, Diversity, Service, Leadership, Justice, and Faith. The Center for Student Involvement (CSI) supports over 100 student-led clubs and orgs and students can check out these opportunities and get involved through the CSI’s online platform ConnectSU. SU’s Sundborg Center for Community Engagement serves as the main entry point for students who want to engage in the local community. This includes service-learning opportunities, university-assisted community schools, direct service, community-based advocacy, and more.

Connect SU

Sundborg Center for Community Engagement

 

Transition Support 

Helping Your Hawk Soar

Health Care Resources

For questions about health care on campus, health insurance, immunization requirements, and more, please visit the Student Health Center web page. You may also contact the Center at studenthealthcenter@seattleu.edu and 206-296-6300.  

Healthcare in Seattle

We will share our 2022 video here after it is recorded. 

 Supporting Students’ Mental Health

First Generation College Student Life at SU

 

  • At Seattle University, we define first-generation students whose parents or guardians have not received a U.S. bachelor’s degree. Some first-generation college students may have siblings who have completed a bachelor’s degree. Click here to learn more about resources to support first-generation college students. 

Commuter Student Life at SU

  • Whether you drive from across the lake, take the LightRail from the south or trek in while getting some exercise, commuter students are an integral part of our campus. Click here to learn more about resources to support commuter students. 

Transfer Student Life at SU

  • Seattle U offers spaces and programs dedicated to transfer students such as the Reidy Collegium and the Tau Sigma Honor Society. Click here to learn more about resources to support transfer students.