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Red & Black Day

First-Year Students

Information

We are confident you will excel at LR and benefit from the high-quality academic programs, experiential and service learning opportunities, as well as the numerous student life activities and organizations. To ensure you begin your journey fully prepared, we invite all students that plan on enrolling at Lenoir-Rhyne to attend one of our Red & Black Days.

At Red & Black Days, students will have the opportunity to:
  • Learn about LR’s curriculum and meet with an advisor
  • Register for your first semester classes
  • Hear from residence life and submit your housing preference
  • Learn how to get connected to our campus community

You can also attend an information session to learn more about programs that interest you such as study abroad, student life, fraternities and sororities, career and professional development, and campus ministries. Additional sessions are scheduled for parents and guests to provide valuable information about assisting your student during the transition to LR, including financial aid, campus security, and more.

If you have been unable to attend a Red & Black Day, contact Jessica Stewart, Assistant Director of Events & Campus Visits, at jessica.stewart@lr.edu or 828.328.7970. Students must submit their enrollment deposit before registering for classes.

DEPOSIT

Red & Black Day Documents

Registration Documents
In order to graduate from Lenoir-Rhyne, you will need to complete the requirements for an academic major and for the general education or Core Curriculum. The Core involves courses in many areas of study to help you develop the skills and gain the knowledge that you need in order to be successful—as college students, in your other classes, but also in life beyond college. The Core Curriculum Checklist outlines all the classes needed to satisfy the Core requirements. Don’t get overwhelmed when you look at it; you have four years to meet all of these requirements — and the requirements of your selected major.

Before you attend Red and Black Day, spend a little time thinking about what classes you should take in your first semester. Print the Registration Worksheet, fill it out as you select courses, and bring the worksheet to Red & Black Day. A faculty advisor will review it with you prior to registering for your classes. You will need to consult these documents while completing the worksheet: Core Curriculum Checklist, FYE Course Descriptions, Exploring Majors: First Course, and Course Selection Instructions.

Student Disclosure Form (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law which helps protect the privacy of student education records. The act provides eligible students the right to inspect and review their education records. An “eligible student” under FERPA is a student who is 18 years of age or older or one who attends a postsecondary institution. The intent of the legislation is to protect the rights of students and to ensure the privacy and accuracy of education records.

All LR students must have a student disclosure (FERPA) on file. You may complete a new FERPA at any point in time. Please print the FERPA, complete, and bring the disclosure to Red and Black Day.

Enrollment Checklist

Verify your LR account information and change your password (be sure to write it down!). This information will be MAILED to you after submitting your deposit.

If you have been unable to attend a Red & Black Day to register for classes, contact Jessica Stewart, Assistant Director of Events & Campus Visits, at jessica.stewart@lr.edu or 828.328.7970. Students must submit their enrollment deposit before registering for classes.

June 1 – LR housing application due. The application will be emailed to your LR email account. You should complete the LR housing application even if you plan on living off campus. Please view residency requirements here.

June 1 – First payment due for LR payment plan.

July 15 - Final enrollment documents are due to the Office of Admission, including final, official high school transcript and official SAT/ACT scores. High school transcripts must include a finalized graduation date. Submit any documentation related to advanced credit including Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or college coursework from an early/middle college or dual enrollment program. LR must receive a separate official transcript from the college(s) attended in order to grant college credit. Financial aid may be impacted if final transcripts and official test scores are not received.

Email: admission@lr.edu
Mail:
Office of Admission
PO Box 7227
Hickory, NC 28603

July 15 - Immunization and health records should be submitted before attending Red and Black Day. A completed health packet should be submitted no later than July 15.

August 1 - Financial aid paper work due including a completed FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and loan paperwork and verification if applicable. Be sure to include LR’s FAFSA code, 002941.

August 23 – Move In Day

August 23-25 – New First-Year Student Orientation

August 26 – First Day of Class


Transfer Students

Information

At Red & Black Days, students will have the opportunity to:
  • Learn about LR’s curriculum and meet with an advisor
  • Register for your first semester classes
  • Learn how to get connected to our campus community

Additional sessions are scheduled for parents and guests to provide valuable information about assisting your student during the transition to LR, including financial aid, campus security, and more.

Students must submit their enrollment deposit before attending Red & Black Day.

DEPOSIT REGISTER

Red & Black Day Documents

In order to graduate from Lenoir-Rhyne, you will need to complete the requirements for an academic major and for the general education or Core Curriculum. The Core involves courses in many areas of study to help you develop the skills and gain the knowledge that you need in order to be successful—as college students, in your other classes, but also in life beyond college. The Core Curriculum Checklist outlines all the classes needed to satisfy the Core requirements. Don’t get overwhelmed when you look at it; you have four years to meet all of these requirements — and the requirements of your selected major.

The Equivalency Guide lists the North Carolina Community College equivalent courses for the Core Curriculum. If you do not see a specific course included, please consult the Transfer Evaluation tool.

Student Disclosure Form (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law which helps protect the privacy of student education records.
The act provides eligible students the right to inspect and review their education records. An “eligible student” under FERPA is a student who is 18 years of age or older or one who attends a postsecondary institution. The intent of the legislation is to protect the rights of students and to ensure the privacy and accuracy of education records.

All LR students must have a student disclosure (FERPA) on file. You may complete a new FERPA at any point in time. Please print the FERPA, complete, and bring the disclosure to Red and Black Day.

Enrollment Checklist

Submit your enrollment deposit if you are #LRBound. Welcome to the Bear family!

Verify your LR account information and change your password (be sure to write it down!). This information will be MAILED to you after submitting your deposit.

Attend a Red and Black Day
June 17 – Fall Start

June 1 – LR Housing application will be emailed to your LR email account. You should complete the LR housing application even if you plan on living off campus. Please view residency requirements here.

June 1 – First payment due for LR payment plan.

July 15 - Final enrollment documents are due to the Office of Admission, including final, official high school transcript and official SAT/ACT scores. High school transcripts must include a finalized graduation date. Submit any documentation related to advanced credit including Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or college coursework from an early/middle college or dual enrollment program. LR must receive a separate official transcript from the college(s) attended in order to grant college credit. Financial aid may be impacted if final transcripts and official test scores are not received.

Email: admission@lr.edu
Mail:
Office of Admission
PO Box 7227
Hickory, NC 28603

July 15 - Immunization and health records should be submitted before attending Red and Black Day. A completed health packet should be submitted no later than July 15.

August 1 - Financial aid paper work due including a completed FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and loan paperwork and verification if applicable. Be sure to include LR’s FAFSA code, 002941.

August 23 – Move In Day

New Transfer Student Orientation

August 26 – First Day of Class

Orientation

Orientation Date: August 23-25

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 25.

Share with your friends and family that you're #LRbound by joining our Facebook Event.
Facebook Page: LR Orientation
Twitter: @LRUOrientation
Instagram: lr_orientation
Snapchat: LR_Orientation

Questions? Contact us at lr.orientation@lr.edu or 828.328.7249.

Orientation Schedules

Students

Friday, August 23

Residence Hall Move-In
8 am - 1 pm

LR Orientation Check-In
Shuford Gymnasium
9 am - 12:30 pm

Campus Resource Fair
Shuford Gymnasium
10 am - 12 pm

Lunch
Cromer Dining Hall
11 am - 12:30 pm

Welcome to Lenoir-Rhyne!
PE Monroe Auditorium
1 pm - 2 pm

Meet Your Bear Family (Orientation Group)
Various Locations
2 pm - 3:30 pm

Commuter Meeting
Fritz-Conrad Lounge
3 pm - 3:20 pm

A Jump-Start to Student Life
PE Monroe Auditorium
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Fraternity & Sorority Life Invitation
Belk Centrum & Lobby
4:45 pm - 5:30 pm

Dinner
Cromer Dining Hall
5:30 pm - 7 pm

Vespers
Moretz Sports Athletic Complex
Rain Location: Shuford Gymnasium
8 pm - 8:20 pm

LR Concert
PE Monroe Auditorium
8:30 pm - 10 pm

Saturday, August 24

Breakfast
Cromer Dining Hall
7:30 am - 9 am

Hands on Hickory
PE Monroe Auditorium & Various Locations
9 am - 12 pm

Lunch
Cromer Dining Hall
12 pm - 1:30 pm

Academic Expectations
Various Locations
2 pm - 3:15 pm

Get Your "Bear"ings
Grace Chapel, PE Monroe Auditorium, & Belk Centrum
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Dinner
Cromer Dining Hall
5:30 pm - 7 pm

What’s in your Backyard?
Russell Lawn
5:30 pm - 7 pm

Meet the Bears! Football Scrimmage
Moretz Stadium
7 pm - 9 pm

Sunday, August 25

Breakfast
Cromer Dining Hall
8 am - 9 am

Technology Check
9 am - 11 am
Mauney Hall, McCrorie Center, Rhyne Building, & Rudisill Library

Chapel
Grace Chapel
11 am - 11:30 am

Lunch
Cromer Dining Hall
11 am - 1 pm

International Student Orientation & Reception
*International Students Only
Cromer Seminar Room
11:30 am - 12:45 pm

Title IX
PE Monroe Auditorium
1 pm - 1:45 pm

Campus Security Meeting
PE Monroe Auditorium
2 pm - 2:45 pm

Class Picture
Moretz Stadium
3 pm - 3:30 pm

Break
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Bear Family Check-In
Various Locations
4:30 pm - 5 pm

Beginning the Journey: First Year Matriculation Ceremony
PE Monroe Auditorium
5 pm - 6 pm

President's Welcome Picnic
Shaw Plaza
6 pm - 8 pm

Family

Friday, August 23

Residence Hall Move-In
8 am - 1 pm

LR Orientation Check-In
Shuford Gymnasium
9 am - 12:30 pm

Campus Resource Fair
Shuford Gymnasium
10 am - 12 pm

Lunch
Cromer Dining Hall
11 am - 12:30 pm
*Payment taken at door

Welcome to Lenoir-Rhyne!
PE Monroe Auditorium
1 pm - 2 pm

Supporting Your Student: Transition from High School to College Panel Discussion
Belk Centrum
2 pm - 3:45 pm

Transfer

Sunday, August 25

Lunch & Check in
Cromer Dining Hall
11 am - 1 pm

International Student Orientation & Reception
*International Students Only
Cromer Seminar Room
11:30 am - 12:45 pm

Title IX
PE Monroe Auditorium
1 pm - 1:45 pm

Campus Security Meeting
PE Monroe Auditorium
2 pm - 2:45 pm

Academic Expectations
Rhyne 249
3 pm - 3:45 pm

Break
3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

Bear Family Check-In
Various Locations
4:30 pm - 5 pm

Beginning the Journey: First Year Matriculation Ceremony
PE Monroe Auditorium
5 pm - 6 pm

President's Welcome Picnic
Shaw Plaza
6 pm - 8 pm

Contact

Jillian Guinn

Director of Student Orientation and Fraternity & Sorority Life
Hickory Campus

First Year Advising & Student Success

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

Dr. Teresa Swan Tuite

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

Teena Brooks

First-Year Advisor

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.

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

Additional Student Opportunities

'Spirit of LR' Marching Band

The “Spirit of LR” Marching Band is a unique group of students from many majors on campus dedicated to entertainment and musical excellence. Not only will Marching Band help to hone your musical and performance skills, but it will introduce you to a close-knit community of students who will quickly become your friends.

Membership qualifies each student for the Marching Band Scholarship of $1,000 (within the LR scholarship guidelines - no student will be awarded scholarship monies over the cost of tuition).

Band Camp: Guard and Percussion - August 8-10 and Full Band - August 11-16.
Housing and meals are provided during camp. We have instruments of all kinds for students to use. Many of our large brass are still new, and our percussion battery and front ensemble instruments are top quality. Color guard equipment (flags/rifles) is provided for each member as well.

If you are interested, contact Neil Underwood, Associate Director of Bands/Director of Athletic Bands.

LRU Cheer & Dance Teams

General Information

Final Summer Tryout: Monday, June 18 at 2:30 pm, following Red & Black Day

If you are interested in registering or have additional questions, you may reach out to Head Coach Christy Creson.

Invitation Requirements

Cheer Bears
Co-Ed Cheer Squad; Tumbling skills are strongly encouraged, but not required, all one leg stunting skills (Lib, Stretch, Arabesque with full twist dismount).
We will also review more advanced skills (Switch Ups, Full Ups, and Back Tuck Baskets)

If you have a gymnastics background you do not have to have a cheerleading background to audition.
  • Must Possess strong game day skills in; Motions, Dance, Personality and Fitness
  • Interviews will be conducted with each potential cheerleader
  • Each Cheerleader is required to purchase; shoes, warm-ups , accessories and pay for NCA Camp ( This can be paid out of pocket or fundraised) and will move into school 2 weeks prior to school starting.

    Males do not require previous cheer experience.

Dance Team
Must have previous dance or cheerleading experience. We will be incorporating high kicks, pirouettes, straight leg turns and leaps into our routines.

  • Must possess strong game day presence in Motions, Dance.
  • Interviews will be conducted with each potential dancer.
  • Each Dancer is required to purchase practice wear, shoes, warm-ups and will move into school 2 weeks early and must fundraise or pay for NCA Camp.

Preview Day Attire

Cheer: Please wear LR colors (cardinal, black or white) and black shorts with white cheer shoes and hair pulled back with a bow. Please arrive with hair and makeup game day ready.

Dance: Please wear black leggings or pants and black top (crop or full length nothing loose fitting) with jazz shoes- Please arrive with hair and makeup performance ready.

You must pre-register by emailing us your information and fill out a waiver to attend preview day.

Honors Academy

Welcome First Year Honors Academy Members!

We are very excited to have you join our community! As you register for classes during Red and Black Days, please use this document to assure you are registering for the appropriate First Year Honors courses. Note: The most important item is to make sure you are registered for one of the two sections of FYE 191H.

To help you further prepare for life as an LR Honors student, we invite you to join us for early move in and the First Year Retreat. Please reserve Sunday, August 18 to Wednesday August 21 for these special events. Dr. Veronica McComb, the Director of the University Honors Academy, will be in touch via email throughout the summer with more information about these opportunities. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact Dr. McComb at veronica.mccomb@lr.edu.