New Student Orientation

Welcome to Southwestern Seminary

All new students at the Fort Worth campus are required to attend New Student Orientation. Orientation for all new undergraduate students (those seeking a bachelor’s degree) will be on Monday, January 16 in the Riley Center and orientation for graduate students (those seeking a master’s or doctoral degree) will be on Tuesday, January 17 in the Riley Center. Orientation for international students will be on January 10-11. Contact International Student Services for more information.

The goal of new student orientation is to help you get a head start as a student at Southwestern. During orientation, you will have the opportunity to meet Southwestern faculty and staff, get to know other students, and accomplish many of the tasks that will help you make the transition to a Southwestern student. Admission Ambassadors will be available to assist you with your student ID card, parking decals, payment arrangements and campus technology.

Orientation for all undergraduate (bachelor’s) students will begin at 8:30am on Monday, January 16. All graduate (master’s and doctoral) students will begin at 10:30am on Tuesday, January 17. See schedule below for details.

We strongly encourage all new students to receive academic advising and register for classes before New Student Orientation. In order to be advised, please contact the Office of Admissions at 1.800.SWBTS.01, and an admissions ambassador will be happy to assist you. If you are unable to be advised before New Student Orientation, an advising session will be available following lunch.

Below is the orientation packet that contains information and forms that will guide you throughout the orientation process.

 Orientation Packet


  • Monday, January 16 Undergraduate Students Only
    8:30-9:00am Registration (South Riley)
    9:00-10:00am General Session (Riley 150)
    10:00-10:30am Concurrent Session 1
    10:30-11:00am Concurrent Session 2
    11:00-11:45pm Lunch with Faculty
    11:45-12:15pm A Word from Dr. Patterson
    12:15-1:00pm Split Session for Men and Women
    1:00-1:30pm Concurrent Session 3
    1:30-2:00pm Concurrent Session 4
    2:00-2:15pm Break
    2:15-2:45pm Concurrent Session 5
    2:45-5:00pm Academic Advising, New Student Checklist
    Tuesday, January 17 Graduate Students Only
    10:30-11:15am Registration and Exhibitors (South Riley)
    11:15-12:45pm Lunch and Main Session (Riley 150)
    1:15-2:00pm School Breakout Sessions
    2:00-5:00pm Optional Breakouts/New Student Checklist

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