Fall Welcome Weekend: August 24-25, 2024

Aerial photo of students in the Class of 2027.

Fall Welcome is when The University of Scranton comes alive! This experience is centered on move-in, particularly first year student Move-In, and the formation of the Scranton community that has been eagerly awaiting its newest members, the Class of 2028, all summer. This year, Fall Welcome weekend is scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25, 2024.

Fall Welcome Weekend Sample Schedule

The Fall Welcome 2024 schedule is currently being developed. Please see below for the Fall Welcome 2023 schedule for an idea of what to expect.

Saturday, August 26, 2023

9:00 AM - 2:30 PM •  First-Year Move-In
Various Residence Halls
Students living on campus are invited to arrive to campus on Saturday, August 26. Please refer to your move-in packet for arrival times and procedures. Student volunteers will be on hand to assist students and families with moving their belongings into the residence halls.

11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
 • Lunch
Fresh Food Company • DeNaples Center 3rd Floor
Students and their guests are invited to enjoy lunch at the Fresh Food Company on the 3rd floor of the DeNaples Center.

12:30 PM - 3:30 PM • New Student Hospitality Tent
Dionne Green
All incoming students are invited to visit our hospitality tent on the Dionne Green to receive your Class of 2027 t-shirt and University of Scranton class pin! Additionally, new students are invited to commemorate the day in our Class of 2027 photo booth!

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM • Class of 2027 Welcome Mass
Byron Recreation Complex
Join the campus community for our official welcome of the Class of 2027. A special Mass will be offered for the members of the Class of 2027 with a special blessing for the academic year. All faith traditions are welcome!

6:00 PM • Final Parent/Guest Departure

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM • Class of 2026 Dinner
DeNaples Center Patio (Rain Location: Fresh Food Company • DeNaples Center 3rd Floor)
The Class of 2027 is invited to a picnic barbeque dinner on the DeNaples Center Patio. Students are invited to take their meals to the Dionne Green or a variety of other campus green spaces.

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM • First Floor Meetings
Various Residence Halls
Students living on campus will meet with their floors and Resident Assistants to become acclimated to living on campus and to review important information and policies.

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM • Commuter Student Social
DeNaples Center 405
Students commuting from home are invited to attend a social event just for commuter students. Students will meet other commuters and learn tips and tricks for navigating life at Scranton as a commuter student.

9:00 PM - 10:00 PM • Comedy Magician Nick Diffatte
McIhenny Ballroom
The University of Scranton Programming Board will kick off the year with magician Nick Diffatte. Nick’s unique brand of entertainment seamlessly blends dry humor, quick wit, and incredible skill.

Sunday, August 27, 2023

9:30 AM - 2:30 PM • Brunch
Fresh Food Company - DeNaples Center

11:00 AM - 12:45 PM • Mandatory Meetings 
College of Arts & Sciences - Byron Recreation Complex
Kania School of Management - Moskovitz Theater (DeNaples Center 4th Floor)
Panuska College of Professional Studies -McIlhenny Ballroom (DeNaples Center 4th Floor)

Dean's Meetings (REQUIRED)
All new students are required to attend this session to hear from your college’s Dean and learn more about your academic college’s expectations.

Emergency Response Training (REQUIRED)
All new students are required to attend this training session reviewing the safety protocols for the University of Scranton campus community.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM • Class of 2027 Photo and Meet & Greet
Dionne Green (Rain: John Long Center)
All incoming students are invited to gather with members of their class for an interactive experience that will allow students to make connections and new campus friendships! At the end of the activities, students will participate in a campus tradition of creating the number “27” for their class aerial photo!

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM • Classroom Tours
Linden Circle Flags
Need help finding your classroom? We have Orientation Assistants standing by to show you where to find your classrooms!

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM • Games on the Green
Dionne Green
Looking to meet some fellow Royals in a more casual setting? Stop by the Dionne Green for some lawn games and refreshments. Orientation Assistants will be available to answer any additional questions you have about the school year!

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM • Target/Walmart Shuttles
Linden Circle Flags
Need to pick up some last-minute items to get ready for the start of the semester? Shuttles will run to Target and Walmart. Last shuttle departs at 4:00 PM.

Please note, schedule is subject to change at any time.

Fall Move-In Volunteers

Any upper division student interested in helping out the University community and moving in a day early can volunteer to be a Fall Move-In Volunteer. Volunteers will be required to participate in a four-hour shift and will receive all meals until their meal plans are activated as well as access to their rooms early.

Unfortunately, first-year students moving in early are unable to participate.

Sign-ups for Fall Move-in Volunteers are will open in mid-late July 2024. This is a first come first served opportunity, so be sure to register as soon as you are able. If you have any questions, please contact orientation@scranton.edu.


If you have any questions about Fall Welcome or the Orientation program, do not hesitate to call the Center for Student Engagement or e-mail us at orientation@scranton.edu.

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