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

Aug 05, 2021
students eagerly walk onto campus in Newman University gear.

Whether you’re a first-year student, a returner, living on-campus in the residence halls or commuting each day, here are some tips to know for all things back-to-school.

Students smile with a shopping cart for Newman University move-in day.
Newman University move-in day

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Important dates

Monday, Aug. 16

Thursday, Aug. 19

  • New student move-in day starts at 8 a.m.

Friday, Aug. 20

  • Returning student move-in day starts at 8 a.m. 
  • Mass (optional) in St. John’s Chapel at 8:30 a.m.
  • New student orientation begins at 9 a.m.

Learn more or view the orientation schedule for fall 2021 Jet Days.

Saturday, Aug. 21

Monday, Aug. 23

  • First day of fall semester

Thursday, Aug. 26

Friday, Aug. 27

  • Last day to add a semester class
Students gather in the Fugate gym for New Student Orientation.
New Student Orientation

Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

The health and safety of the Newman community remains the university’s top priority. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Newman has continued to evaluate and update its plans based on guidance from local and state health department officials along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Due to current CDC recommendation, beginning Aug. 13 all students and employees will be required to wear masks while indoors on campus. University officials will evaluate the local pandemic risks to its community members on a weekly basis and make adjustments to protocols as needed. It will provide regular updates on its Together We Soar webpage. Students are encouraged to bookmark and regularly refer to the page.

As students return for the fall semester, the university expects all members of the community and all visitors to campus to protect themselves and our community. The university strongly encourages students and employees to be vaccinated since nearly all severe cases and deaths from COVID are currently occurring in non-vaccinated populations.

Dugan Library Center
Dugan Library Center

Class schedules & books

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

All class textbooks can be 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.

An aerial view of Newman University campus.
Aerial view of Newman University campus

Residence halls

For new students, the Student Organization Leadership team will assist on move-in day (Thursday, Aug. 19) 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 along.

Returning students can fall back into the familiar rhythm of campus life after moving into the Beata and Fugate halls on move-in day (Friday, Aug. 20). If you’re in need of ideas on how to spruce up your space, view this list.

Carrocci Hall is the freshman residence hall at Newman.
Carrocci Hall

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 5-7 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, 2021, enjoy 15% off online orders of everyday essentials like pens, chargers, earbuds and more.

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.

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.

Ways to get involved

Campus clubs and organizations

From the Black Student Union and Justice League clubs to gardening, swing dance 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 the 30-plus clubs Newman has to offer. Students can also engage in multiple academic groups that span across several fields of study.

Multicultural Leadership Organization annual Extravaganza
Multicultural Leadership Organization annual 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. 

Students sit in the pews before the 2019 Matriculation Mass.
Matriculation Mass, 2019

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.

Production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Still searching for answers?

This list of frequently asked questions covers everything from financial aid, on-campus jobs and advising questions to useful contact numbers and quick links.

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