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A required extended orientation program to get your Salem State journey started off right

Sunday, September 1, 2019

The required time frame for Sunday, September 1 is 12-3:30 pm.

Viking Plunge Week Welcome and Registration

12 pm | Twohig Gym, O'Keefe Center
(Parking available for commuters in O'Keefe parking lot)

This is required for first-year students. 

Diversity University

Twohig Gym, O'Keefe Center

Slam poetry and role-playing delivered by a powerful team of engaging speakers who cover topics related to being you at SSU. 

This is required for first-year students.

Vikings Care: Empowering U to Make Informed Decision

Twohig Gym, O’Keefe Center

A presentation about making healthy choices, alcohol and other drugs and sexual assault prevention, and how to be a prosocial bystander.

This is required for first-year students.

Dining Options

Marsh Anytime Dining 24/7 (Marsh Hall, Central Campus)
*Students should eat brunch before arriving at O’Keefe Center.

Movie on the Quad

8:30 pm, Marsh Hall Quad, Central Campus

Join residence life as we bring the big screen under the night sky with a screening of Disney's Aladdin (2019). Ice cream trucks will also make a magical appearance!

Monday, September 2, 2019

The required time frame for Monday, September 2 is 10 am-1:30 pm.

10 am | Registration at Twohig Gym, O'Keefe Center 
(Parking available for commuters in O'Keefe parking lot)

This is required for first-year students

Piece Project

Twohig Gym, O’Keefe Center

An engaging experience that creates connections through meaningful conversations and interactive exercises leaving excited and empowered to contribute to your new community

This is required for first-year students.

Your Safety on Campus

Twohig Gym, O'Keefe Center

Learn about the RAVE App, campus shuttle services and university police resources.

This is required for first-year students.

Dining Options

Marsh Dining Hall, Central Campus

Marsh Anytime Dining 24/7*
*Students should eat breakfast before arriving at O’Keefe Center.

Food Truck Palooza

5:30 pm | Marsh Hall Quad, Central Campus

You just moved in, so you're hungry, right? We thought so! Join Residence Life and Campus Life and Recreation for a Food Truck Palooza, play a variety of outdoor games and participate in Dance Mania from 6-7pm!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The required time frame for Tuesday, September 3 is from 10 am-3 pm.

Convocation Ceremony

10:30 am | Twohig Gym, O'Keefe Center
(Parking available for commuters in O'Keefe parking lot)

First-Year Students will be officially welcomed to the university by the University President. Arrive early and grab your free t-shirt.

This is required for first-year students.

First Year Student Welcome Picnic

11:45 am | North Campus Quad

This is required for first-year students.

Class of 2023 Photo

12:25 pm | North Campus Quad

This is required for first-year students.

First-Year Reading Experience (FYRE) Discussion Groups with Faculty

12:45-2 pm | TBA/Various North Campus Locations 

Individual classroom assignments for the FYRE discussions will be posted the weekend prior to the event on our website.

This is required for first-year students.

First-Year Student Ice Cream Social

2-3 pm | North Campus Quad

Enjoy ice cream with fellow first-year students and David Silva, Provost/Academic Vice-President. First-year students will receive their free FYE academic planner at this event.

This is required for first-year students. 

The Power of Yoga

5:30-6:30 pm | McKeown Plaza, North Campus

Come learn the benefits and power of yoga to help manage stress and find balance in your daily life.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

BEES (Bold. Educated. Empowered. Sisters.) and Brotherhood Kick-Off Meeting

3-5 pm | Petrowski Room, Marsh Hall (Marsh Dining Second Floor) Central Campus

Come learn, engage, and build community with the Bold Empowered Educated Sisters (BEES) and the Brotherhood. Refreshments will be served.

Superfan Tailgate

5-9 pm | O'Keefe Center 

Join us for novelties, activities, a vendor fair, and food before supporting our women’s soccer team with game kick-off at 7 pm.

Women’s Soccer vs. Rivier University

7 pm | Alumni Field, O’Keefe Center

Show your Viking Spirit and support our women's soccer team!

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Student Employment Fair

3-5 pm | Ellison Campus Center

Looking for a work-study position, local part-time job, internship or volunteer opportunity? Join us and learn about numerous on-campus and off-campus opportunities!

Field Hockey vs Anna Maria College

4 pm | Alumni Field, O’Keefe Center

Show your Viking Spirit and support the Field Hockey Team!

Friday, September 6, 2019

First Friday ECC After Dark Edition

7-10 pm | Ellison Campus Center (ECC)

Kick-off the first full weekend at Salem State University with food, fun and good times at first Fridays Ellison Campus Center (ECC) After Dark Edition.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Viking Block Party

4-7 pm | McKeown Plaza, North Campus

Show your Viking Pride with a fun-filled block party where residence life will help you celebrate life on campus!

Monday, September 9, 2019 

Student Organization Fair

11:30 am-1 pm McKeown Plaza, North Campus

Come discover the many Student Organizations and meet some of the members.

Campus Map

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When 11:59pm
Lauren Hubacheck

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