Orientation will be your exciting, engaging, and one-of-a-kind experiences that allow you to leap into campus life at Carson-Newman University. You will have so many opportunities to meet new friends and get involved on campus. Our Orientation Leaders are equipped with the knowledge to tackle any questions you may have. Incoming Freshman and Transfer Students are encouraged to participate in this uniquely Carson-Newman experience.


Friday, August 11 WELCOME EAGLES DAY 

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. — Check-in and Move-in! (Butler Lawn) Arrive on Butler Lawn at your assigned move-in time!

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. — Transfer Student Check-in and Move-in! Arrive on Butler Lawn to check-in!

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. — Commuter Check-in (Butler Lawn)

5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. — Welcome Dinner (Football Practice Field)

9:00 p.m. — Residence Hall Meetings (In your residence hall)

Saturday, August 12 TALON TAKEOVER DAY 

8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. — Orientation for New Military & VA Students

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Morning Welcome with Dr. Fowler (MSAC, Holt Gymnasium)  

10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Field Fest (Intramural Field) 

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch (MSAC 3-Gym)

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Welcome Ceremony and Prayer Walk (MSAC 3-Gym) 

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Soar Social (The Eyrie) – Enjoy a treat as you meet our faculty and staff!

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. — Orientation for New Military & VA Students (Thomas Recital Hall)

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. — Family Transition Time (On your own) – Parents and families, we appreciate all you do for our students, but now is the time to say, “see you later.” 

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Game/Hang Time on the Eyrie! Commuters, check out our student lounges! Student lounge in MSAC, Henderson 4th floor, Butler Blanc Gym Commuter Lounge, and Maples (see your map for locations)  

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. — Dinner with Orientation Group (Stokely Memorial Cafeteria) 

7:45 p.m. — Talon Time (Football Practice Field)

8:30 p.m. — Orientation Olympics (Burke-Tarr Stadium) Students, get ready for your first intramural competition! Win the first intramural t-shirt of the year!  

10:00 p.m. — Ice Cream and Music (The Eyrie

Sunday, August 13 EAGLES EXPLORE DAY 

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. — Breakfast (Stokely Memorial Cafeteria) 

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. — Worship Service (Gentry Auditorium in Henderson HallDress for your trips because you will be leaving for your adventure immediately following the service!

10:15 a.m. — Load up for trips! (Tarr Music Center) 

Monday, August 14 EAGLES ACADEMIC DAY 

1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. — Talon Time, Student Job Fair & Find Local Churches (Orientation Leaders will designate meet-up locations during Talon Time. The Job Fair will be held in the MSAC 3-Gym, and local church representatives will be available in the MSAC Grand Hall)

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. — Dinner with Orientation Group (Stokely Memorial Cafeteria)

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. — Dessert with Faculty & StaffYour leader and orientation group will enjoy dessert with a faculty or staff member at their home or a location on campus!

9:00 p.m. — Scavenger Hunt (Gentry Auditorium) Go on a scavenger hunt with your orientation leader for the win!

Tuesday, August 15 WELCOME WEEK BEGINS 

TBD — Service Learning Project with your Orientation Group

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. — Block Party (Ted Russell Courtyard) New students will meet with their orientation leaders to go to the picnic. Picnic, live music, games and fun for everyone!