SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Freshmen participated in a number of activities over the weekend and upperclassmen returned to campus in preparation for the start of the fall semester on Monday at Seton Hall University.
About 950 freshmen were expected to move into residence halls on Thursday, the traditional Freshman “Move-In Day.” In all, about 2,300 students will live on campus fall semester, according to the university’s website.
Friday and Saturday were set aside for Orientation and Pirate Weekend. New students were encouraged to wear blue Seton Hall T-shirts for “Blue Day” on Sunday. Freshman Convocation began at 4 p.m. in Walsh Gym, followed by the President’s Barbecue on the lawn behind the Bishop Dougherty Student Center. The evening finished with Sunday Mass at 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Although classroom tours were scheduled at 8 p.m. on Sunday, many freshmen wandered around campus buildings on their own in search of their classrooms. In their hands were smart phones displaying their schedules. Groups of students also ventured downtown over the weekend to check out what South Orange has to offer.
Faculty and students start classes at 8 a.m. on Monday, and some may already be counting the days until Fall Break in mid-October.
DISCLOSURE: Amy Kiste Nyberg is an associate professor of journalism at Seton Hall University.