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Please see the Raider Orientation and Registration page for more information about ROAR.

If you are interested in moving to campus early and having an adventure with your fellow Raiders visit the Raider Wilderness Experience.

All Honors College students you are expected to move to campus early, be sure to find out all the details from your program coordinator!

Week Of Welcome begins September 25th!

All new first year students are expected to attend Week of Welcome. Move in day for the residence halls will be Thursday, September 25th. Parents and Family members are not required to attend but are welcome to stay for dinner and the opening session on the 25th and our Family Farewell Breakfast on Friday, September 26. Programming specifically designed to support students as they transition to SOU will run from Thursday evening through Sunday. There will be several specific programs throughout the four days and plenty of time to get settled and connect with other students. 

Highlights Schedule

Click on the tabs below to see an overview of Week of Welcome events. This is a tentative schedule; the full schedule will be posted here August 25.

Students, parents and family are welcome to participate in all Thursday activities. We also invite parents and family to join us for our Parent and Family Farewell Breakfast on Friday Morning.

Thursday, September 25th

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

First Year Student Move-in (Greensprings Lobby)

Check in to your residence hall room and take advantage of all the members of the SOU community who are ready to help you move in. Go to the Hawk for dinner or downtown Ashland with friends and family then head back to campus for the opening session and keynote speaker!

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (optional activity)

SOU Soccer vs The Evergreen State University

4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Welcome BBQ

7:00 PM

Opening Session: Keynote Speaker--Kevin Carroll

Friday, September 26th

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Parent and Family Farewell Breakfast

SOU President, Dr. Roy Saigo will be attending as we bid farewell to the family members who support our new students. 

**All remaining events are designed specifically for students.**

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM


PLAYFAIR is unlike anything else you have ever experienced. It's entertainment! It's fun! It's the perfect way to make new campus friendships! And PLAYFAIR is more than just an entertainment event – it is a team-building experience.

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM


2:00 PM -6:00 PM

Orientation Sessions 

Details to be announced at check-in.

7:00 PM -9:00 PM

SOU Volleyball vs Eastern Oregon University (McNeal Pavilion)

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Evening Programming

Details to be announced at check-in.

Saturday, September 27th


House Orientation

All students enrolled in a House Seminar are expected to attend. Details will be provided upon arrival. 


SOU loves ASHLAND! (Lithia Park)


SOU Volleyball vs College of Idaho (McNeal Pavilion)

11:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Fred Meyer Night

The biggest event of fall term--Join 2000 of your fellow students and head to the South Medford Fred Meyer store. Fred Meyer stays open late just for SOU Students and Staff. With sales and specials that can't be beat and a DJ hosting a dance party to round out the night, this is one event you can't miss. 

Buses will be running from Raider Village to Fred Meyer all night!

Sunday, September 28th

Sunday is all about getting comfortable and relaxing while you prepare for classes on Monday. 

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Open Gym (McNeal Pavilion)

Open Climb (SOU Climbing Wall)


Residence Hall Floor Meetings

Details will be provided by your Resident Advisor when you move in to your room.

Monday, September 29th

Classes Begin

Have a great first day of class!!!