Moving In & Orientation

Welcome!

Moving in to your new residence hall can be a tiring experience for you and your family, which is why we do our best to keep it as fun and stress-free as possible! If you are moving into Dayton Hall, we invite you to join us for The Big Move, a designated time during which we’ll have staff, faculty and current students available to help you carry things to your room.

Move-in Dates

  • Volleyball & Football – August 2
  • Soccer & Cross Country – August 6
  • Golf & Cheer – August 9
  • International Pre-Orientation – August 18
  • Big Move – August 19 & 20
  • Returning Students – August 21
  • NSO (New Student Orientation) – August 20-22
  • Classes Begin – August 23

New Student Orientation Schedule

Thursday, August 19

  • 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. – Move-In - Students with Last Name O-Z (Dayton Loop)
    • NSO team will carry everything to your room
    • Tip: approach Dayton from the south via Norway Street
  • 11 a.m. – Welcome to DWU (Sherman Center)
  • 11:30 a.m. – Finalization Stations (Sherman Center)
    • Meet with the various offices for finalization
  • 12 p.m. – Lunch
    • Food Court will be open for all
  • 12:30 p.m. – Parents Depart
    • Parents, please use this time to take care of final preparations and to say goodbye
  • 1 p.m. – Move-ln- Students with Last Name H-N (Dayton Loop)
    • NSO team will carry everything to your room
    • Tip: approach Dayton from the south via Norway Street
  • 3 p.m. – Welcome to DWU (Sherman Center)
  • 3:30 p.m. – Finalization Stations (Sherman Center)
    • Meet with the various offices for finalization
  • 4 p.m. – Parents Depart
    • Parents, please use this time to take care of final preparations and to say goodbye.
  • 5 p.m. – Free Time/Supper
    • Settling into your room, meet your RA's, get to know your floormates
    • Food Court will be open for supper
  • 7 p.m. – Games & Activities (Dayton Lawn)

Friday, August 20

  • 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. – Move-In - Students with Last Name A-G (Dayton Loop)
    • NSO team will carry everything to your room
    • Tip: approach Dayton from the south via Norway Street
  • 11 a.m. – Welcome to DWU (Sherman Center)
  • 11:30 a.m. – Finalization Stations (Sherman Center)
    • Meet with the various offices for finalization
  • 12:00 p.m. – Lunch
    • Food Court will be open for all
  • 12:30 p.m. – Parents Depart
    • Parents, please use this time to take care of final preparations and to say goodbye
  • 1:30 p.m. – NSO Begins (Sherman Center)
    • Students will receive NSO shirts and meet NSO groups
  • 2 p.m. – NSO Activities Begin
    • Meet your UNI groups at your first station
  • 5 p.m. – Picnic (Jackson Plaza)
  • 6:30 p.m. – Football Scrimmage (Behind the DWU/Avera Sports and Wellness Complex) & Games and Activities (Dayton Lawn)
    • Come out and watch the DWIJ Football Scrimmage and participate in lawn games!
  • 9 p.m. – Floor Meeting
    • Meet with your RA
    • **Required for all Dayton residents

Saturday, August 21

  • 8 a.m. – Breakfast (Food Court)
  • 9:30 a.m. – Teams Assemble (Jackson Plaza)
    • All new students
  • 10 a.m. – NSO Activities (Campus)
    • Students will receive their schedules from their NSO leaders on more precise locations.
  • 12 p.m. – Lunch (Food Court)
  • 1 p.m. – NSO Activities (Campus)
    • Students will receive their schedules from their NSO leaders on more precise locations.
  • 3 p.m. – Free Time
    • Prepare for classes to begin, nap, plan your schedule
  • 5 p.m. – Dinner (Food Court)

Sunday, August 22

  • 10 a.m. – Fusion Church (Sherman Center)
    • *Optional
  • 11 a.m. – Lunch (Food Court)
    • Fusion Church providing treats near Dayton lawn
  • 12:30 p.m. – Food Drive (Sherman Center)
    • Wear the official NSO T-shirt
  • 5 p.m. – Dinner (Food Court)
    • Winners of GooseChase announced in the Food Court

Questions?

We’re here to make your DWU transition as smooth and simple as possible. Give us a call at 800-333-8506, or contact us online with any questions you might have.

Tom Hoek

Tom Hoek

Director of Student Life


Phone: (605) 995-2160

Dustin Wheeler

Dustin Wheeler

Director of Residence Life


Phone: (605) 995-2944

Ryan Chase

Ryan Chase

Resident Director


Phone: (605) 995-2943