Newman in the know: your back-to-school checklist

Aug 04, 2023
students eagerly walk onto campus in Newman University gear.

Whether you’re a first-year or a returning, living on campus or commuting — here are some tips to know for all things back-to-school.

Are you a new student? Make sure you’re registered for orientation Saturday, Aug. 19. Click to register or view the orientation schedule for fall 2023.

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Important dates

Wednesday, Aug. 9

Saturday, Aug. 12

Volunteers help unload a car during new student move-in day.
Volunteers help unload a car during new student move-in day.

Monday, Aug. 14

Tuesday, Aug. 15

Wednesday, Aug. 16

Thursday, Aug. 17

Friday, Aug. 18

Students play basketball outdoors during the Back to School Bash
Students play basketball outdoors during the Back to School Bash

Saturday, Aug. 19

Sunday, Aug. 20

Newman University new student orientation
Newman University new student orientation

Back to school week – Aug. 21-25

  • Monday Muffins – Students, staff and faculty can enjoy a muffin to start the first day of the semester. This event is 7:45 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21 at various buildings on campus. This event is sponsored by the Office of Admissions.
  • Tie-Dye Tuesday – Students can create their own tie-dye shirt and enjoy refreshments. This event takes place 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22 outdoors at the Fugate Student Activity Center Patio.
  • Wellness Wednesday – Students can enjoy healthy snacks and fellowship from 2-3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 23 in the Fugate Student Activity Center.
  • Thursday, Aug. 24 – Matriculation Mass and indoor picnic
  • Jet Friday Fun – Starting Friday, Aug. 25, join us for donuts every Friday from 8:30-10 a.m. in the Fugate Student Activity Center. This event is sponsored by the Student Life Office.
Matriculation Mass
Mass of the Holy Spirit and Matriculation ceremony

Dugan Library Center
Dugan Library Center

Class schedules & books

Log into Jetstream to review your course schedule, make payments and more. 

Required course materials and class textbooks can be viewed and ordered through the online bookstore.

Find more information on enrollment, academic schedules and logging into online courses.

Campus buildings

Whether you have class in a building you’ve never stepped foot in or you just want a refresher of the layout of campus, here’s where you can find the map or take a virtual tour of Newman.

Aerial view of Newman University campus
Aerial view of Newman University campus

Residence halls

Returning students can fall back into the familiar rhythm of campus life after moving into the Beata and Fugate halls on move-in day (Thursday, Aug. 17). If you’re in need of ideas on how to spruce up your space, view this list.

Newman athletes and volunteers will assist new students on move-in day (Friday, Aug. 18) and welcome you with open arms — to help carry items into the residence halls, that is. Be sure to review the residence hall move-in guide to know exactly what you can and can’t bring.

Carrocci Hall at Newman University
Carrocci Hall at Newman University

Mabee Dining Center

The Newman dining staff prepares an assortment of meal options to accommodate the active, busy life of a Newman student. The Mabee Dining Center is open seven days a week during the semester. 

Weekday hours of operation

  • Breakfast from 7:30-8:45 a.m., continental breakfast from 8:45-9 a.m.
  • Lunch from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Dinner from 5:30-7 p.m.

Saturday, Sunday and holiday hours of operation

  • Brunch from noon-1 p.m.
  • Dinner from 5-6 p.m.

Learn more about meal plans, dietary accommodations and a calendar of rotating menu items.

Newman gear

Nothing says Jet Pride like fresh Newman swag. Explore the online collection of hoodies, hats, bags and other back-to-school essentials in the online store. Now through Aug. 31, 2023, enjoy 20% off everyday essentials.

Student resources


The Navigator program is a student’s GPS (Guide to Personal Success) to help them meet education and career goals. The program matches each student with a leadership sponsor, community mentor and academic adviser to explore careers, career shadowing or internship opportunities as well as create a professional portfolio. Learn more about Navigator.

Career Services

At Newman, the Career Services office invites you to explore resources we’ve cultivated especially for you to maximize your professional potential. No matter where you are on your career journey, Newman’s Career Services has the tools and resources to help you.

Runway Learning Center

This is where you can find all things encompassing academic assistance, tutoring, career advice and more. Visit the Runway Learning Center in Sacred Heart Hall 301 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

University news

The Newman Today news site is the hub for all the latest news and human interest stories, upcoming events and opportunities. Sign up for the weekly newsletter, delivered directly to your inbox each Thursday afternoon.

Students receiving one-on-one advisory, studying in the Runway Learning Center, celebrating in the gymnasium, and looking through microscopes in the lab.

Mental health services

Students can request appointments through the Virtual Care Group mental health services and speak to a licensed therapist about conditions such as depression and anxiety, bipolar disorders, eating disorders, grief and loss, life changes, panic disorders, stress, relationship issues, trauma, PTSD and more.

Jet Resource Hub

The Jets Resource Hub is a resource center that is available free of cost to students of Newman University. It was established by the Student Government Association and the Bachelor of Social Work program at Newman. It not only provides non-perishable meals and snacks, but also provides resources such as over-the-counter medicines and toiletries, like soaps, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, toilet paper, etc. All students are welcome to its resources, located in McNeill Hall room 123.

Shuttle bus

This year, a shuttle bus is offered by Residence Life as well as Student Life to help students on campus who may have no transportation to be able to have access to transport to get to and from stores and malls for their essential needs.

Prayer/quiet spaces

Everyone needs a moment of quiet and solitude now and again. Prayer and quiet spaces are located on the Newman campus in the following areas:

  • St. John’s Chapel
  • Carrocci Hall, room 314 and McNeill Hall, room 215
  • Shrines of Mary and St. Joseph north of Sacred Heart Hall
Newman University students attend a showcase in the Steckline Gallery.
Newman University students attend a showcase in the Steckline Gallery.

Musical practice rooms

Musical practice rooms are open to all and located on the second floor of De Mattias Hall. Bring your own instrument or use one of the pianos in each of the six practice rooms.

Steckline Gallery

Every month, the Steckline Gallery features a new exhibition. Join us in the Steckline Gallery for Art for Lunch every first Thursday of the month at noon. Hear directly from the artist about his/her artwork, enjoy a pizza lunch or bring your own lunch, and participate in a Q & A with the artist. First Fridays are held from 5 to 8 p.m. on the first Friday of the month.

Newman Jets Athletics app

Follow your favorite teams and be in the know about upcoming games, stats and more through the Newman Jets Athletics app. Click here to download.

Ways to get involved

Campus clubs and organizations

From the Gardening Club and Disc Golf Club to Newman Medical Professional Club and the Multicultural Leadership Organization, the Newman community provides several opportunities for students to promote awareness of issues, develop professionally, engage socially and much more. Explore all the clubs Newman has to offer. Students can also engage in multiple academic groups that span several fields of study.

Multicultural Leadership Organization annual Cultural Extravaganza
Multicultural Leadership Organization’s annual Cultural Extravaganza

Campus Ministry 

Campus Ministry is a way for members of the Newman community to deepen their understanding of the faith. Through speaker series, spiritual direction, Bible studies and retreats, students can be a part of a thriving theological discussion.

Intramural sports

This program allows students to actively participate in sports such as softball, kickball, basketball, ultimate frisbee, volleyball and dodgeball. Learn more about Intramural Sports at Newman. 

Steven Nguyen plays disc golf on the Newman University campus.
Steven Nguyen plays disc golf on the Newman University campus. Courtesy photo, Facebook

Theater and music

You don’t have to major in theater or music to audition or work behind the scenes for productions at Newman. However, if you do enroll in either field of study, be sure to look into available theater and music scholarships.

Volunteer opportunities

Newman University fosters a culture of service among all its community members. As a student, you’ll learn of several opportunities for volunteer service, which not only benefit the organizations served but also allow for personal growth and development.

Newman production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Newman production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

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