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We are excited to have you on campus as a part of the Bear Family. This page serves as a hub for all the tools and resources you need since you are #LRbound.


Orientation Date: August 17-20

Congratulations and Welcome to the Bear Family. We are excited you have chosen to attend Lenoir-Rhyne University. New Student Orientation is designed to prepare college students for the personal, social, and academic opportunities ahead. You will learn valuable tips and resources from orientation leaders and professional staff, who will serve as your guides and mentors at LRU.

What to Expect at New Student Orientation:
  • Engage in the First Year Experience (FYE) Program
  • Learn Lenoir-Rhyne Traditions
  • Explore Clubs and Organizations
  • Connect with academic support
  • Insightful discussions about the Campus Read book
  • Mindfulness for Health & Wellness
  • Learn about living on campus and safety tips
  • Discover resources for commuter, transfer, international, and first year students
  • Participate in fun late night events

Come ready with questions about campus life and what it means to be an LR Bear. Also, we can’t forget to mention the wonderful experiences of meeting other incoming LRU students. Be prepared to make friends with fellow Bears. The Orientation Staff looks forward to meeting you on August 18.

Facebook Page: LR Orientation
Twitter: @LRUOrientation
Instagram: lr_orientation
Snapchat: LR_Orientation

Questions? Contact us at lr.orientation@lr.edu or 828.328.7016

Chantelle Tickles

Student Activities, Coordinator

First Year Advising & Academic Support

Visit our Office of Student Success page to learn more about academic advising, academic coaching, and probation and academic recovery.

Teresa Swan Tuite

Director of Student Success & Retention, Assistant Professor, Religious Studies

Alyssa Stewart

Assistant Registrar

Teena Brooks

Student Success Specialist

First Year Experience (FYE)

FYE 191-192: First Year Experience

The purpose of FYE is to help students make the transition from high school to college, to prepare them to be successful in their college careers and beyond. In more concrete terms, this includes fostering the academic skills and professional behavior required in college and introducing students to the rigors of college in general and to the unique educational culture of Lenoir-Rhyne in particular. Each section of FYE has a specific content area, so students should select courses based on their interest in the subject matter; in all sections, however, students should expect to be challenged by the reading, writing, researching, thinking, and discussing involved. This is a two-semester course, with three credit hours in the fall and three in the spring.

Campus Read
Freshman students will read The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead and participate in several dialogues that explore the themes of slavery, race, community, and the continuing fight for justice and equality. To learn more about this book and to access resources, visit the Visiting Writers Series page.
* All students are expected to complete the Campus Read prior to their arrival for Orientation.

Dr. Julie Voss

Dr. Julie Voss

Associate Professor of English, Director of General Education

Residence Life

Visit our Residence Life page to learn more about housing options and the services we provide.

Jonathan Rink

Jonathan Rink

Director, Residence Life

Additional Student Support Services