Published on August 13th, 2021 | by University Communications


Get ready to welcome our new, returning students to campus for 2021-2022!

The Saint Leo community will welcome more than 1,000 new students—as well as our returning students—to University Campus next week. New Student Orientation used a different format this year, with students participating in Pounce into the Pride virtual sessions, a Welcome to the Pride in-person session in June, and Super Saturday on July 17.

International students will begin moving to campus on Wednesday, August 25, and will continue arriving on campus throughout the week.

Members of the Class of 2025, transfer students, and other new students will move to Saint Leo on Saturday, August 28. Check-in for students begins at 9 a.m. in the parking garage and then they will proceed to their residence halls. Volunteers are needed! For details, see Community story.

Several departments will have office hours on this day so that students can handle last-minute details. These include Student Financial Services, Student Success, and Accessibility Services.

Tours will take place so be sure to say “hello” to our new students and their families. Please point them in the right direction if they need assistance. A family “respite” area will be set up on the first floor of the Tapia College of Business building offering those moving in a cool drink, a snack, and a breather.

In the evening of August 28, students can get to know each other during “glow” activities outside including volleyball, miniature golf, and more games.

Returning students—some of whom have never set foot on campus because they utilized the Connected Classroom option last academic year—will move in on Sunday, August 29. Volunteer helpers are needed for this day, too.

On Monday, August 30, last-minute advising will take place as well as orientation for new biology and honors students.

Academic Year Begins

Classes begin for Fall Semester 2021 at University Campus on Tuesday, August 31. There will be an information tent to assist newcomers and breakfast bags will be available for our commuter students.

Everyone can enjoy the music of Lucas Nocera, music minister for University Ministry, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Benedict’s Coffeehouse, and Career Services will host a virtual Leo Great Challenge.

The first day of classes will be capped off by “Aloha, Leo,” which is sponsored by the Campus Activities Board (CAB). Dr. Cynthia Selph will be joined by the Chamber Singers and music faculty to present some tunes at 5:30 p.m. at the Lakeside Patio of the Student Community Center. The GoldRush Dancers will perform and there will be a special performance—including fire dancers—by Polynesian dancers.

Students can take a turn at riding the mechanical shark and catching a wave on the surf simulator. There will be treats from Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffee & Smoothies and Kona Ice snow cones.

This new academic year will be an exciting one for Saint Leo University. As faculty and staff, let’s do our best to represent the university.

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