Fall Welcome at SLU: Your First Days at Saint Louis University
Welcome to SLU
Packed with activities, Saint Louis University’s Fall Welcome is a great way to meet new people and make new friends. It's also a great chance
to have fun and relax before you get into the classroom.
"Fall Welcome is the best week of your life, there's just no way around it," said
Nebu, a public health major from Arlington Heights, Illinois. "It's all the fun of
being a college student, without actually having to go to class."
Moving into Your Residence Hall
The first thing most students will do after arriving on campus with their families
is unload the car and start unpacking into their new room. An impossible-to-miss SLU
student group called Oriflamme actually does most of the heavy lifting for you and your family, leaving you free
to pick up your room keys, meet your roommates and start settling in.
Families park their cars in the designated lot and are almost immediately surrounded
by enthusiastic upperclassmen in bright orange shirts.
"I think blinked once," recalled one student, "and all my stuff was in my room."
Move-in still tends to be hectic, but for most students, it is also a very rewarding
experience. When it's finally time for families to say goodbye, it hits home with
a thrill. One student described the feeling as, "Wow! This is actually college. This
is real life."
Getting to Know SLU
One Fall Welcome favorite is a square dance held on the top floor of Olive Compton
parking garage. Students get to let loose, dance and have fun while getting to know
their new classmates.
"You come to Fall Welcome and it's impossible to not make friends," said Alex, from
Alton, Illinois. "Everyone is in the same boat and excited to be on campus and see
what it’s all about. A lot of the friends I made at Fall Welcome are still my friends
Alex said his favorite event from SLU's annual welcome schedule is the spirit competition
at the Billiken men's soccer game. "They have a contest to see which floor can be
the loudest and most spirited. So everyone has their bodies painted and is decked
out in blue and going crazy."
"It's a great way to start showing your school spirit," said Becca, from Chicago,
who sees the whole experience as a chance to learn about the people you will be living
with for the next year.
After the soccer game, a live street fair and concert adjacent to the SLU campus is
a chance for many students to feel really independent for the first time in their
This week is just the first of many opportunities to learn about St. Louis and the
University, so that you'll be better able to navigate the neighborhood after coming
to SLU and have a better idea where the hot spots are around campus.