Orientation Information

Welcome to Simpson University! Please click on the tab for your program to see Orientation dates and details.


Fall 2014

Resident Student Check-In: Aug. 29, 9 a.m.

Commuter Student Check-In: Aug. 29, 11 a.m.

Register Here*

*Fee: $20 per guest of incoming student (ages 13 and above).

Below is a partial look at the schedule of events for Fall Orientation. Please note: This is an incomplete schedule and is subject to change.

Friday, August 29

Residence Hall Move-In

9 - 11 a.m. Residential Check-In at the Welcome Center
Heritage Student Life Center
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Commuter Check-In at the Welcome Center
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Move into Residence Halls
Please come to the Welcome Center for check-in prior to move in

Campus tours will be offered at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Parent Oasis
Lawn area of Thompson-Mangham Residence Hall
Enjoy refreshing drinks, snacks and hospitality from the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations.
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Owen Student Services Center
Owen Student Services Center is open for business – SU Bookstore, Academic Advising, Student Financial Services, and much, much more
12 - 3 p.m. Commuter Student Lunch and Seminar
Humphries/Collord – Dining Center
12:30 - 2 p.m. Residential Student Lunch
Emeriti Dining Center

Afternoon and Evening Activities

3:30 p.m. First Year Experience (FYE & TraC) Student Connection
Students, let the orientation fun begin! This is your opportunity to spend time to connect with your FYE (freshman) or TraC (transfer) group
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Parent Connection Workshop and Parent Club
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Faculty Reception for Parents
5 - 6:45 p.m. Dinner
Emeriti Dining Center
7 p.m. Welcome Chapel and Red’s Welcome Rally
Heritage Student Life Center
9:30 p.m. New Students Residence Halls Meeting
Meet your Resident Director and hear about community life in the residence halls
Saturday, August 30
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Early Riser Student and Siblings Breakfast
Emeriti Dining Center
8:30 a.m. Parent Breakfast and Information Session
Heritage Student Life Center – Parents Only

Campus tours will be offered at 9:15 a.m. and 10 a.m.

10:45 - 11:15 a.m. Prayer Dedication
Residence Halls
Parents and students are encouraged to meet in the main lobby of their residence hall for a time of directed prayer for our students and the Simpson community.
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Owen Student Services Center
Owen Student Services Center – Open for business
Visit each floor and learn more about our community and all of the services within. Work on your class schedule with your Academic Advisor, then meet with a Student Financial Services Advisor to discuss your financial aid or to make a payment.
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Lunch
Emeriti Dining Center

Following lunch, we respectfully request that parents say goodbye and depart from campus. Your student’s journey at Simpson has begun and will continue this weekend with many activities that will help him or her transition to life at Simpson.

1:30 - 2 p.m. Commuter Student Prayer Dedication
Clock Tower
Please bring a photo of a loved one, your residence, your workplace and/or anything you want o pray over and dedicate to the Lord for this academic year.
2:30 - 4 p.m. FYE and TraC Student Success Seminars
4 - 6 p.m. FYE and TraC Groups Meetings
6 p.m. Simpson BBQ and Square Dance
Sunday, August 31
7 - 10 a.m. Continental Breakfast
Emeriti Dining Center
8:30 a.m. Worship at Local Churches
Residence Hall Main Lobbies
Connect with student leaders to carpool and caravan to local churches
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Brunch
Emeriti Dining Center
12 - 4 p.m. Redding Hot Spots and Hangouts
Get off campus to explore a couple of Redding’s favorite hangout locations.
4 - 5 p.m. FYE and TraC Group Meetings
5:30 - 7 p.m. Dinner
Emeriti Dining Center
7 - 9:30 p.m. FYE and TraC Games
Sun Oaks Health Club
It’s serious game time. This is an honored tradition of FYE & TraC orientation events. Scream, yell, chant, cheer, and play your way to the top to be crowned the winner of “The Games.”
Monday, September 1
7 - 9 a.m. Breakfast
Emeriti Dining Center
9 - 10 a.m. Math Placement Test (Optional)
10 - 11:30 a.m. Department Meetings by Major (Mandatory)
11:30 a.m. CSI Assessment
LaBaume-Rudat 204 (Mandatory)
12:30 - 2 p.m. Lunch
Emeriti Dining Center
1 - 3:30 p.m. Music Auditions
Heritage Student Life Center
Audition for various vocal and instrumental ensembles. Sign up in the Music department lobby and learn more about audition requirements.
2 p.m. English Placement Test (Optional)
3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Afternoon Workshops (Mandatory)
5:30 - 7 p.m. Dinner
Emeriti Dining Center

Your community here on campus is preparing for your arrival. We want you to have an amazing weekend!

During the weekend, we will be here to help with every step as you transition into life here at Simpson. Your SU student leaders are here to serve - you will meet your admissions counselor, resident life and first-year experience leaders. You will also meet your academic adviser, staff members, and professors who will walk with you on your journey throughout the academic year and beyond.

Orientation Weekend is about you, your fellow classmates and lifelong friendships. Hear what current students have to say about their Simpson experience.

Orientation Weekend is mandatory for all incoming students - first-time freshman and transferring students.


Orientation is a mandatory event. All accepted students are required to register in advance.

Fall 2014
If your major is online: Organizational Leadership or Psychology
Orientation Activities: August 4 - 17, 2014
If your major is on campus:
Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 6 p.m.
Owen Student Services Center Lobby - Please bring one form of current, valid identification

Please contact admissions at 530-226-4606 or email admissions@simpsonu.edu if you have any questions.

Fall 2014 - M.A. in Counseling Psychology

Friday, July 11, 2014
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Fall 2014 - M.A. in Organizational Leadership

Friday, August 8, 2014
1-6 p.m.

Fall 2014 - School of Education Student Teaching

Thursday, August 14, 2014
1-5 p.m.

Fall 2014 - School of Education Credential Program

Thursday, August 21, 2014
4:30-6:30 p.m.

Fall 2014 Registration Opens July 1, 2014

Spring 2015 Registration Opens November 3, 2014