First Year Students

Welcome to Seattle University! All new first-year students participate in our "Summer in Seattle" Orientation and Welcome Week to launch their educational careers at Seattle University. During Orientation, you will receive your first quarter class schedule, meet your Orientation Advisor, find out how to get involved on campus, learn about the special nature of a Jesuit education, meet your classmates and current students, and HAVE FUN!

Information for Parents & Family Members

Parents are not required to attend Orientation. However, about half of new students bring at least one family member or other guest with them. Parents typically feel much more confident in sending their student off to school in the fall having learned more about the resources and programs here on campus. Especially if this is your first child to go off to college, you would find the program really helpful.

During Orientation, students and families are together for some sessions, but then break out into sessions specific to new students or to families. Some of the key information we cover includes:

  • safety and security on campus
  • academic expectations/meeting with academic deans
  • what a Jesuit education means
  • career readiness and exploration
  • living on campus

Where do I check in?

Check-in for Summer in Seattle takes place on the ground floor of the Student Center. For more details about the program, please consult the Summer in Seattle schedule.  

What should I do if I can't attend?

All first-year students are expected to attend Summer in Seattle Orientation. International students, students who will be out of the country in July, and those for whom travel to Seattle would pose a significant financial hardship should contact us at to describe their circumstances. We will provide information about September in Seattle Orientation, a make-up session to be held prior to the start of the fall quarter. You are, however, still expected to complete the Canvas Course as soon as possible.


Due to restrictions in place to stop the spread of COVID-19, we moved our in-person orientation for new students this spring to an online program. The online orientation program is now available in Canvas. To access it, students should look in their Seattle U email inbox for a message from "Canvas at Seattle University." In the message, look for the blue button that says, "Get Started." Click on the button, enter your SU log-in information (your user name and password), and you're ready to go!

Please contact us at with any questions.