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Fall Welcome

Saint Louis University's fall 2021 campus welcome will be especially meaningful this year, as the gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions offers us the opportunity to again host many of our favorite events and campus traditions to mark the arrival of our new Billikens.

SLU's Fall Welcome is a great opportunity for students to meet new people and make new friends.

SLU's Fall Welcome is a great opportunity for students to meet new people and make new friends.

We await further guidance from both the City of St. Louis and the University as we cautiously plan Fall Welcome activities with optimism. With the University’s vaccine requirement, we are excited for the return of in person Fall Welcome events!

Watch for continued updates throughout the summer as our campus staff plan for new student move-in, Fall Welcome and special welcome back activities to engage our full campus community.

About Fall Welcome

Fall Welcome 2021 will be filled with some of our favorite programs and traditions, like University Convocation and our student-led "Live the Oath" presentation, mixed with an array of social programs to help students connect with one another and our great University. 

Look for the students in orange! Oriflamme leaders are a leadership position comprised of sophomore, junior and senior students here to help you move in and acclimate to your first several days on campus by answering questions and helping you get involved. 

Fall Welcome 2021: Schedule of Events

The student meal plan begins on Thursday, August 19. Looking for a location?  Check the campus map. 

Thursday, Aug. 19

New Student Move-In

8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Residence Halls
Saint Louis University is excited to welcome select communities to campus! Today's arrivals include residents from the following Learning Communities: Honors, Engineering, Ethical Leaders in Business, Diversity & Global Citizenship, Micah, and THRIVE. Your housing assignment message will share more details regarding your scheduled arrival and logistics. 

Visit Housing and Residence Life for more information on move-in

Honors Reception

4:30-8 p.m., Busch Student Center Amphitheater 
After a busy morning moving into your residence hall, join Honors Program staff and students for light St. Louis fare. We will serve appetizers and desserts and invite families to attend before or after their dinner plans for the evening. There is no set agenda – just a casual opportunity to meet staff and fellow honors families. In case of inclement weather, this event will be moved inside the BSC to the St. Louis Room.

Early Arrival Beach Bonanza

6-9 p.m. SLUruba/rain location: Wool Ballroom
Welcome to your first SLUau! This beach themed social event is specially hosted for our Thursday arrivals. Join us for cool refreshments and fun, while you mix and mingle with your residential community, RAs and Oriflamme leaders! SLUau attire is totally appropriate for this night of outdoor fun.

Friday, Aug. 20

New Student Move-In

8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Residence Halls
Welcome Home, new Billikens! Please consult with your housing assignment message to confirm your scheduled arrival time, as well as details regarding the University's move-in logistics!

Visit Housing and Residence Life for more information on move-in

Honors Program Orientation

8:30 - 11 a.m., Anheuser Busch Auditorium (Cook Hall),
This event is the culmination of the Honors Program early move-in schedule. Honors Program staff will share information about Honors Program requirements/expectations and new students will collaborate with their mentors on a team-building task. All incoming honors students are required to attend.

SLU Swag Tent Sale

9 a.m.-5 p.m., West Pine Mall Tent
Looking for some vintage SLU swag? Visit our special swag tent sale, where all proceeds benefit The Billiken Bounty, a free campus food pantry.

Billiken Parent and Family Association Hospitality Tent

9 a.m.-5 p.m., West Pine Mall Tent
Meet other Billiken friends and family at the BPFA hospitality tent! Grab a cool drink or a quick snack, meet some fellow Billikens, or make a donation to the Billiken Bounty Food Pantry!

Meet the Department of Public Safety (DPS)

9 a.m.-5 p.m., West Pine Mall Tent
Get to know SLU's Department of Public Safety! Officers will be on hand to answer questions and share some cool safety swag with new students and families.

Learning Community Orientation

2:30-4 p.m., Busch Student Center Wool Ballroom
Welcome to the LC SLUau! This beach themed orientation is intended for all learning community students to meet the Learning Community staff, learn about the program and requirements, and get to know their LC peer mentors. This will be a great chance for students to pick up their LC swag and get to know their fellow learning community students!

Commuter Student Check-In

3-6 p.m., Busch Student Center, Saint Louis Room 
All new commuter students are invited to the Busch Student Center to complete their own official check-in. Meet members of the Commuter Student Association, your Oriflamme leaders and wrap up any last minute business before classes officially begin. Commuter community dinner provided following check-in!

Parent and Family Reception

5-7 p.m., Quad
Hosted by the Billiken Parent and Family Association and Vice President for Student Development Sarah Cunningham, Ph.D. While your student is busy making new friends and meeting their Oriflamme leaders, we invite parents, guardians and siblings to join us for food, drink and fun.

First Floor Meeting

7:30-8:30 p.m., Residence Halls
Join your RAs, peer mentors and fellow Billikens for your first official floor meeting of the 2021-22 year! Required for all new residential students.

Outdoor Movie

9-11 p.m., Quad
Head out to the quad for a special viewing of Disney's "Soul." Grab a blanket and your new friends for a relaxing night of entertainment. Presented by SAB.

Saturday, Aug. 21


10-11 a.m., Chaifetz Arena
You won't want to miss the official kickoff to the academic year. Members of the SLU community come together to celebrate new beginnings and new Billikens with a special ceremony, outstanding speakers and an inspirational message from SLU's 33rd president, Fred Pestello, Ph.D. Families and guests are encouraged to attend.

Family Farewell

11 a.m-1:30 p.m., On Your Own
Following Convocation, we encourage families to spend some quality time with their Billiken - grabbing a quick meal, running last minute errands, or exchanging well wishes and hugs. The Fall Welcome schedule ramps up after lunchtime and your student will be busy making new friends, and learning what it means to Be a Billiken!

Live the Oath

2-3  p.m., Chaifetz Arena
How can we flourish as a community that lives in solidarity, and seeks and fights for justice, equity and inclusivity for all? What is our responsibility to one another? An oath is defined as "a solemn promise, often invoking a divine promise, regarding one's future action or behavior." Begin to learn about SLU’s Oath of Inclusion its herstory, why it was suspended, and why it has returned. Join the Student Government Association as we dive into what it means to “Live the Oath.”
*Required for all new students.

Life on Campus: Part I

3:15-3:45 p.m., Various Locations
Spend some time with your Oriflamme leaders as you reflect about what it means to be a student at Saint Louis University. You will be invited to share your reactions to SLU's Oath of Inclusion, learn about its connectedness to the University mission, and discuss ways to live a mission-centered life on campus.
*Required for all new students.

Community Conversation Space

3-5 p.m., Center for Global Citizenship (CGC)
Continue the learning and dialogue by visiting The Community Conversation space. Meet other members of the SLU campus community who share your identities, and explore ways in which they are celebrated all year long!

Spirit Competition Prep

5-6 p.m., Residence Halls
Get ready to show your Billiken Pride! In anticipation of SLU's annual Spirit Competition, join your hall community, RAs, PMs and Oriflamme leaders on your floor as you get decked out in your new Billiken gear! Plan on an evening full of cheering, face-painting and sign-making as you show spirited support for Billiken soccer!

Spirit Competition and Men's Soccer Game

6-8 p.m., Hermann Stadium
Join fellow Billikens as you cheer the SLU's men's soccer team to victory over Missouri State!

Parking Lot Party

8-11 p.m., Olive-Compton Garage
One parking lot, all of the fun! Visit the top of the Olive/Compton Garage for carpool karaoke, silent headphone disco, mini golf and bumper cars. Check out our vendors who can air brush personalized hats, henna tattoos or digital caricatures!

Sunday, Aug. 22

Yoga on the Quad

9-10 a.m., Quad (Rain location: Simon Recreation Center)
Join us on SLU's quad to start off the morning in a mindful, relaxing and beneficial way.
*Limited mats provided, so please bring your own mat if possible. 

Presidential Scholars Community Event

9:30-11:30 a.m., Pulitzer Arts Foundation (meet at Clock Tower)
Explore the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, a local museum and cultural center, with your fellow incoming Scholars and the instructor for your Presidential Scholars class. Meet at the Clock Tower at 9:30 a.m., then walk with your classmates to the museum, located just a few blocks from campus!

Women's Soccer Game

1 p.m., Hermann Stadium
Head back to Hermann Stadium to watch our women's soccer team battle the University of Iowa. 

Life on Campus: Part II

3 p.m., Various Locations
During your second small group meeting, you will begin to dive deeper into the academic expectations of the University. Make sure to bring your course schedule with you, as your Oriflamme leaders will also give you a campus classroom tour so you are prepared come Monday morning!
*Required for all new students.

Find Your Classes, Campus Tours

4 p.m., Various Locations
Lace up your walking shoes as you travel around campus with your Oriflamme leader and find your classes! Trust us, this will prove very helpful on Wednesday!

First Sunday Night Mass

8-9 p.m., St. Francis Xavier College Church
Join the SLU community for the first student liturgy of the academic year, followed by a cool taste of St. Louis and some awesome, free, new T-shirts!

Oriflamme's Game of Games Night

10 - 11 p.m., Quad
Come one, come all to a night of silly activities and games hosted by your wonderful Oriflamme leaders. Fun, laughter and new friends are guaranteed!

Monday, Aug. 23: General Events 

"Speak About It"

6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Busch Student Center, Wool Ballroom
"Speak About It!" uses theater and dialogue to empower students to give and get consent, build healthy relationships, and make change in their communities. Sexual assault prevention, as well as survivor stories, will be shared. New students will be divided into two groups to view this special event. When not watching SAI, students will have the opportunity to visit the Community Resource Fair.

Community Resource Fair

6-9 p.m., Busch Student Center
Learn about local partner organizations, city resources for survivors and support, SLU's Title IX office, ASAP and the University's wellness ambassadors.

Monday, Aug. 23: Academic Orientation Schedule

College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Advising: 1-2:30 p.m., Busch Student Center, Wool Ballroom
Orientation: 3-4:30 p.m., Busch Student Center, Wool Ballroom
Tech Teachings: 9:30-10:30 a.m., location determined by Oriflamme leader

College for Public Health and Social Justice

Academic Advising: 1-2:30 p.m., Center for Global Citizenship
Orientation: 3-4:30 p.m., Center for Global Citizenship
Tech Teachings: 10:30-11:30 a.m., location determined by Oriflamme leader

Doisy College of Health Science

Academic Advising: 10-11:30 a.m., Center for Global Citizenship
Orientation: 3-4:30 p.m.*, South Campus 
Tech Teachings: 1-2 p.m., location determined by Oriflamme leader

* Doisy College students will travel to south campus for their program orientation. Buses will be stated in the Fred Weber lot (Chaifetz Arena) by 2:30 p.m., departing by 2:45 p.m. They will also bring you back to north campus when orientation concludes.

Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology

Academic Advising: 1-2:30 p.m., Busch Student Center, Saint Louis Room 
Orientation: 3-4:30 p.m., Busch Student Center, Saint Louis Room 
Tech Teachings: 10:30-11:30 a.m., location determined by Oriflamme leader

Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business

Academic Advising: 1-2:30 p.m., Cook Hall, Anheuser Busch Auditorium
Orientation: 9-10:20 a.m.,* Cook Hall, Anheuser Busch Auditorium 
Tech Teachings: 3-4 p.m., location determined by Oriflamme leader

* Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business students enrolled in BIZ1000 or CORE 1500-01 will also have an introductory class session from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided in the Cook Hall Atrium.

School of Education

Academic Advising: 1-2:30 p.m., Tegeler Hall, Carlo Auditorium 
Orientation: 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m, Tegeler Hall, Carlo Auditorium (Lunch included)
Tech Teachings: 10-11 a.m., location determined by Oriflamme leader

Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing

Academic Advising: 1-2:30 p.m., DuBourg Hall, Sinquefield State Room 
Orientation: 9-10:30 a.m., DuBourg Hall, Sinquefield State Room 
Tech Teachings: 10:30-11:30 a.m., location determined by Oriflamme leader

Tuesday, Aug. 24

Hit the Ground Running: Introduction to General Biology Lecture Course

Hit the Ground Running is an opportunity to meet your General Biology instructor and fellow classmates, and to get some useful insights into the course, before classes begin. You will hear advice based on experience and will take some practical steps to help you get a good start in biology. Please see below to determine your personal schedule for the day. 

BIOL 1240-1

Instructor, Ben England: ISE 211, 8-8:50 a.m.

BIOL 1240-2

Instructors, Julie Thole/Alice Tipton: Lee LH, 9-9:50 a.m.

BIOL 1240-3

Instructor, Elena Bray Speth: ISE 211, 10-10:50 a.m.

BIOL 1240-4

Instructors, Julie Thole/Alice Tipton: Lee LH, 10-10:50 a.m.

BIOL 1240-5

Instructor, Ashley Milam: ISE 211, 11-11:50 a.m.

BIOL 1240-6

Instructor, Steve Blake: ISE 211, 12-12:50 a.m.

BIOL 1240-7

Instructor, TBA: ISE 211, 9-9:50 a.m.

Life on Campus: Part II

1-2 p.m., Various Locations
You've done all the things and met all the right people. You can find the dining hall and your classrooms. Hopefully, you've also made a few friends along the way. In your final small group dialogue, use this time with your Oriflamme leader to discuss how your Fall Welcome experience has prepared you to Be A Billiken! You will also learn about the many events scheduled for the upcoming weeks which will help you chart your path to campus involvement! Don't worry, this isn't a formal Oriflamme goodbye; you will still see your leaders at other campus events for the next few weeks!

Community Service Fair

2-5 p.m., West Pine Mall
It's never too early to start living out SLU's mission of service to humanity! Over 75 community organizations looking for volunteers will have booths set up on campus. Stop by and learn more about how you can get involved in serving our community! Sponsored by the Center for Service and Community Engagement.

Campus Ministry Fair

7-9 p.m., West Pine Mall
Join Campus Ministry and our affiliate non-Catholic partners on West Pine Mall outside of Campus Ministry for tasty treats and to learn about what we have to offer students of all faiths.

Thursday, Aug. 26

Student Success Center Open House

1-5 p.m., Busch Student Center, Room 331 
Kick off the start of your classes with the Department of Academic Support! Stop by to learn about tutoring, supplemental instruction, University Writing Services and student success coaching. Meet the success coach as well as some of the peer tutors, SI leaders and writing consultants! Find out how these resources can support you throughout the year and score some swag!

Friday, Aug. 27

Family First: A Celebration

5-7 p.m., Center for Global Citizenship (CGC)
Family First is a welcome ceremony for our Black and Brown Billikens. Come meet and interact with Black/Brown peers, faculty, and staff and get to know the community.

Paint SLU

8-11 p.m., Olive-Compton Garage
PaintSLU, a favorite event from 2019, returns with a live DJ, dancing and neon colored fun! Basically, PaintSLU is a cross between a live concert and a color run...with real paint! We recommend wearing clothes you don't mind getting wet from our biodegradable and water soluble paint. There will be shower caps provided for those who wish to remain paint free, and alternative activities that don't involve paint or dancing.

Saturday, Aug. 28

Involvement Fair

11 a.m.-2 p.m., West Pine Mall and Simon Recreation Center
Get the scoop on student involvement! Learn how to get involved in more than 200 co-curricular opportunities on campus while meeting fellow SLUdents and satisfying your sweet tooth!

C U @ the Rec

6-10 p.m., Simon Recreation Center
Join your fellow classmates for this one-of-a-kind Fall Welcome music and dance party! Not only is it a showcase of SLU's amazing a cappella  singing groups, but this event will also showcase SLU’s outstanding cultural dance teams. There will be food trucks and plenty of music, as well. Join us for our 10th year celebration of C U @ the Rec!

Sunday, Aug. 29

Taste of SLU Fair

1-5 p.m., West Pine Mall
You won't want to miss this opportunity to learn about some of the best hidden gems and food favorites the city has to offer! The sky is the limit with this fair. Get samples, coupons, student discounts or even information about off-campus jobs. You're going to be in St. Louis for a while, so let us introduce you to some SLU staples!

Mass of the Holy Spirit

8 -9 p.m., St. Francis Xavier College Church
Saint Louis University will mark the beginning of the new academic year with its traditional Mass of the Holy Spirit. This is a tradition at Jesuit schools and universities throughout the world. These celebrations date back to 1548, when the initial Mass was celebrated at the first Jesuit school in Messina, Sicily.

Monday, Aug. 30

NPHC 101

6:30 - 8 p.m., BSC 352/3
Interested in the history of National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) organizations, or curious about membership in a historically Black Greek chapter? Come to this event for a brief Q & A , and learn about SLU's community partnerships which form our local city-wide chapters.

Tuesday, Aug. 31

Panhellenic Council Meet and Greet

5:30 and 7 p.m., Saint Louis Room (BSC)
If you are interested in learning more about membership in a Panhellenic organization, you don't want to miss this meet and  greet! Each of SLU's seven groups will be showcased alongside a brief program from Panhellenic Council, one of four governing organizations for affiliated students.

SAB Bingo

7-9 p.m., Busch Student Center, Wool Ballrooms
Grab your friends and join SAB for a night of good clean fun, snacks and fun prizes. You don't want to miss the first bingo event of the year!

Wednesday, Sept. 1

Student Job/Part-Time Work Fair

3-5 p.m., Career Services Lobby (Griesedieck Hall 130)
Meet with employers seeking student workers and part-time staff. Includes on-campus, off-campus, federal work study and non-federal work study. Open to all SLU students!

Meet the Greeks

7-8 p.m., Center for Global Citizenship (CGC)
Here's your chance to learn about the various opportunities for fraternity or sorority membership at Saint Louis University! This special panel will feature members from all four of SLU's Greek Councils, and provide an intimate look into the life of an affiliated student.

National Pan-Hellenic Council Yard Show

8-9 p.m., Dr. Jonathan Smith Clock Tower Amphitheater
Immediately following the panel, join the entire SLU community at a Fall Welcome favorite: the NPHC Yard Show! Learn more about the culture of the Divine Nine organizations, and how Black culture influences a chapter's stepping and strolling tradition.

Thursday, Sept. 2

Pride Reception

3-5 p.m., Center for Global Citizenship (CGC)
The Pride Reception serves as a welcome and introduction to organizations and services at SLU for queer-identified students and those doing ally work within the queer community.

SGA Presents: Billiken Prom

7-10 p.m., Busch Student Center, Wool Ballroom
Dust off the formal wear, grab your friends, and join the Student Government Association for a prom celebration! We know that many students experienced a less-than-traditional prom event, so SGA is hosting the formal event of the year. Dancing, a deejay, prom photos and punch all included!

Friday, Sept. 3

SAB Presents: Hypnotist Michael C. Anthony

7-8:30 p.m., Busch Student Center, Wool Ballroom
Michael C. Anthony is an American stage hypnotist, best selling author, and body language expert You won't want to miss this fun and engaging show, and an opportunity to be hypnotized on stage!

Sunday, Sept. 5

Interfraternity Council Meet and Greet

DeMattias Hall Multi Purpose Room, 1 p.m.
Meet, mix and mingle with representatives from SLU's six Interfraternity Council chapters, and learn what it's like to be in a Greek letter organization on campus!

Monday, Sept. 6

Brothers & BBQ

DeMattias Hall Front Lawn, 12 p.m.
An opportunity for potential recruits to meet brothers from the Saint Louis University fraternal community, while enjoying some STL BBQ!

Fri.-Sun., Sept. 17-19

Fresh Look Retreat

Manresa Center
If you're new to SLU as a first-year student, this retreat is specifically created and designed for you. Through community building activities and story sharing, this retreat provides you a chance to take a fresh look at your life: who you have been, and who God desires you to be in your future. Within this retreat community, you will also explore the concept of gratitude, and the ways that you — through a variety of approaches to prayer — can encounter and converse with God in everyday life.

Register for the Fresh Look Retreat

Fall Welcome Program Goals and Outcomes

Provide experiences for students to live the University mission and gain a greater understanding of our Jesuit Catholic values, through meaningful programs and activities.

Students will:  identify the basic principles of the University mission through experiences and/or actions. 

How: Participate in two or more programs designed to promote connectedness to the University mission.

Events include: Convocation, Day of Service, reflection and discernment programs, U101 curriculum, Mass of the Holy Spirit.

Families will:  understand how basic principles of the University mission are lived through experiences and/or actions of their student. 

How: Participate in family focused University ceremonies and sponsored family programs. 

To revisit the academic expectations of Saint Louis University, each college/school, department and classroom instructors; and review relevant academic support programs.

Students will: develop an understanding of the academic requirements and expectations of their respective School or College.

How: Reunite with their academic advisor and participate in their college/school orientation program.

Events include: College/School orientation, meeting with academic advisors, meeting department faculty and/or mentor, engaging in academic training courses (i.e. Biology, BIZ1000)

Families will: explore the campus resources and services available to them and their student.

How: Participate in family focused University ceremonies and sponsored family programs.

Create a seamless physical, social and academic transition for students to matriculate at Saint Louis University, affirming their decision to “Be a Billiken.”

Students will: reaffirm one’s place and space within the Billiken community, where meaningful relationships can be cultivated.

How: Participation in activities which promote belonging and connectedness to a Billiken’s new home away from home; by identifying three people or services who provide a sense of community. 

Events include: all social programs, Spirit Competition, community meet and greet events, interactions with FYE leaders and University staff.

*Focus the execution of goal and outcomes among different identities.

Families will: develop a connection to the SLU community through interacting with fellow guests, faculty, staff, and student leaders.

How: Establish a connection with another Billiken family or the Billiken Parent & Family Association.

Attend University Convocation, the introduction to the Academy and the formal start to the academic year.

Assist students in navigating the physical campus environment and determine critical campus resources that will deepen their engagement with their communities.

Students will: articulate how engagement with one or more campus organizations and services can provide meaningful connections with others.

How: Through exploring membership in one or more student organizations; and through participation in the University’s various resource fairs.

Events included: SLU Fair, Ministry Fair, Service Fair, Employment Fair, sponsored Fall Welcome events, large and small group dialogue with student leaders.

Families will: discern how to support their Billiken as they learn how to be empowered self advocates for their own collegiate journey. 

How: Engagement with ongoing Facebook Live sessions, BPFA engagement programs, and through the University’s  HCFW activities.

For students to gain a greater understanding of their own personal values, expectations and identity by engaging in small group peer dialogue focused on topics centered around diversity, inclusion and equity.

Students will: articulate their role and responsibility in the creation of inclusive communities as a function of our mission.

How: Participate in large and small group dialogue to understand inclusive language; experience activities which teach one how to be a “person for and with others.”

Events included: Diversity, inclusion, and equity focused programs, “Live the Oath,” community standards conversations, U101 curriculum


Parent and Family Information

If you will be flying to St. Louis and need a ride from the airport, consider using Go Best Express, which offers SLU community members a discounted rate for direct service to and from Lambert International Airport.

Maps and Directions to Campus

SLU's visitor parking garage is located near the intersection of Grand Boulevard and Laclede Avenue, at 3642 Laclede Ave, St. Louis, Mo., 63103.

Driving directions to SLU's visitor parking garage from nearby airports:

You can also take MetroLink, St. Louis' light-rail system, from Lambert International Airport to the Grand Station stop via the Red Line. From there, the University offers two transportation options to campus: the SLU Shuttle or SLU Ride.

Hotels near SLU

Saint Louis University is located in a thriving urban area filled with lodging options, from boutique to budget. There are a number of hotels that have been recommended by guests of Saint Louis University and that offer discounted rates for University visitors.

Parent and Family Programs

Parents and families are a vital part of the SLU community. We invite you to consider all the ways in which our parent and family initiatives can assist you in supporting your student and making the Saint Louis University experience rewarding and memorable.

Keep up with Fall Welcome Activities

Follow the Student Involvement Center on social media (@SLUinvolvement) and watch for posters in campus facilities.