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First Year Students

Sea Gull Start Up & First Flight – SU’s New Student Orientation Experience

All new first-year students must participate in both Sea Gull Start Up and First Flight. These experiences happen at different times, but complement one another.

Sea Gull Start Up will take place primarily in the month of June, as a way to help students:

  • Learn about academic expectations
  • Identify resources and information specific to your major and course selection
  • Find out about resources available at SU to support your success.

First Flight, Salisbury University’s multiple-day program facilitated by student leaders, will be held on the Thursday - Sunday prior to the first day of classes in August and the Saturday – Sunday prior to the first day of classes in January. First Flight will provide valuable information about becoming part of the SU community, making friends, getting involved and becoming comfortable at your new home. The following information is for both first year and transfer students; residential and commuter students – so please be sure to join us!

Important Dates

  • Sea Gull Start Up – for Spring 2022, will be heled virtually on Thursday, January 20th and Friday, January 21st
  • An abbreviated Sea Gull Start-Up in-person session will be held on Friday, January 28th in the afternoon following move-in, there will be a track for both students and families that afternoon
  • First Flight – Friday, January 28th (following dinner) – Sunday, January 30th

Sea Gull Start Up Online

Your Sea Gull Start Up Online experience will combine opportunities for real-time engagement with Salisbury University staff, Orientation Leaders, and Academic Advisers with a series of self-paced online modules.

The virtual orientation experience has combined some live/synchronous activities with self-paced asynchronous activities. We will begin to accept reservations for Sea Gull Start Up in November 2021. When you make a reservation for orientation, you should select a start date that allows you to complete all synchronous and asynchronous orientation activities within 2 days.

Our live/synchronous activities include:

  • A Welcome
  • Zoom Orientation Leader Small group session
  • Meeting with your academic adviser

Our self-paced activities include:

  • Sea Gull Start Up Online MyClasses Course

Your participation in the Sea Gull Start Up Online session with staff, orientation leaders, and academic adviser is required in order to gain access to additional self-paced module. You will be able to select from date and time options within our reservation system.

What’s your time commitment? We estimate it will take you about six hours to complete Sea Gull Start Up:

  • Welcome, Orientation Leader Small Group, and Academic Adviser Session: 1.5 hours
  • Self-paced online modules the next day: 3-4 hours
Welcome From President Wight

Welcome From President Wight

Salisbury University President Charles Wight welcomes new students and their families! He encourages incoming students to participate in activities designed to help them transition to college life. Learn more about orientation, transition and family programs offered by SU.