Welcome Week

Welcome to the Drover Family!

We are so happy to welcome new students to their home at USAO. As we approach this exciting weekend, we will be sending emails to your university email account with important information, so be sure to keep an eye out for these emails. If you have any questions along the way, please feel free to reach out to Housing or Admissions.

Move-In Information

Things to note before move-in 
  • Follow the Housing Instagram (@usaohousing) to view residence hall videos, packing lists and other helpful things to know about move-in day.
  • Check your student email for housing notifications and roommate assignments.
  • Review the Housing Packing List before purchasing decorations and supplies.
  • Review all housing contracts in eRezLife.
Things to note on the day of move-in
  • Upon arrival, enter campus through the north entrance from Grand Ave.
  • If you have more than one car on move-in day, please only take one car through the check-in line. The student who is moving onto campus must be in the car that goes through the check-in line.
  • All students will need a form of ID ready at check-in.
    *This is a requirement to be checked in and receive keys. It can be a student or government ID.
  • Bring walking shoes.
  • We will make sure you know where to go once you get here.
  • Due to the heat, it will be a drive through check-in process. (There is no need to get out of your car!)
  • Once your check-in is complete, move-in!!

Download these instructions as a printable PDF   |   download a printable pdf of the campus map

Sparks Hall Parking

Map of move-in parking areas for Sparks Hall. One area is the North half of the campus oval, which you can access from 17th street. The other is to enter campus from Alabama Avenue and park directly North or South of Sparks Hall.If you live in Sparks, there are two different parking lots where you can unload your stuff. One is located  around the Oval and the other is behind Sparks Hall.







Lawson Hall Parking

Map of move-in parking areas for Lawson Hall. This area is made up of four buildings. From North to South, the first three are Lewis, the Clubhouse, and Shafer. The fourth building, Shackeford is to the east of both the Clubhouse and Shafer. Most parking is available next to Shackleford. There is some limited parking off of 17th street, on the other (West) side of the Lawson buildings. You can access the Shackeford parking by driving North on 17th Street, turning right onto Alabama, and then right again onto 16th Street.There is one main parking lot for all Lawson residents behind Shackleford. There is also parking along 17th street but it is limited.

Continue to check your USAO email account frequently for Housing and Move-In information.

Packing and Decorating

Moving to campus requires a lot of time and effort. Get ahead with some of our tips below to get ready for the big day. 

  1. Pack your belongings in easy to carry and labeled containers.
  2. Keep containers small to medium in size.
  3. Bring a dolly or cart to help make larger loads easier to carry from car to room; (We will have some around campus to help as available.)
  4. Stock up on poster putty, size 3d nails or thumbtacks to hang decorations.
  5. Don't stress. If you forgot anything, Walmart is less than a mile away from campus.
  6. Be patient. Lots of students will be moving in, accompanied by family and friends, so make sure to enjoy this time and getting to know other Drover Family members.

  • The use of an adhesives for decorations is prohibited (includes: command strips, 3m products, tape, etc.).
  • Please use size 3d nails and thumbtacks.
  • Limit door decorations to 20% of the surface area.
  • Limit wall decorations to 50%of surface area.
  • Only battery-operated fairy lights are allowed.
  • Glow in the dark stars, stickers, and decorative adhesives are not allowed.

Download a printable version of this list

  • Bedding
    • Sheets*
    • Comforter/Duvet*
    • Blankets
    • Mattress Pad & Cover*
    • Pillows & Pillowcases
  • Decor
    • Size 3d nails or
    • Photos/Poster
  • Miscellaneous
    • Surge Protector
    • Extension Cord
    • Seasonal Clothing
    • Hangers
    • Umbrella/Rain Gear
    • Flashlight
    • Mirror
    • Iron/Ironing Board
    • Storage Container
    • Wax Warmer or Oil Diffuser
  • Drover Card
  • Insurance Card
  • Medications
  • Social Security Card (Employment Purposes)
  • Backpack
  • Notetaking materials (notebooks/pens/pencils/highlighters OR tablet)
  • Laptop and Charger
  • Headphones/Ear Buds
  • Cell Phone and Charger
  • Desk Lamp
  • Stapler/Paper Clips/Etc.
  • All-Purpose Cleaners
  • Broom
  • Mop
  • Vacuum
  • Trash Can
  • Trash Bags
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner
  • Laundry Bag
  • Laundry Detergent
    (Pods or Liquid)
  • Dryer Sheets
  • General
    • Towels & Wash Cloths
    • First Aid
    • Storage Options
    • Bathrobe
    • Shower Caddy
    • Personal Care Items
  • Toiletries
    • Soap
    • Shampoo/Conditioner
    • Deodorant
    • Toothbrush/Toothpaste

We recommend talking with your roommates to determine who is bringing what for shared spaces so there aren't 2 of the same things.

  • Television
  • Coffee Maker
  • Rug
  • Microwave
  • Mini Fridge
  • Shower Curtain
  • Spark/Robertson
    • Single Twin XL Bed &Mattress
    • Dresser
    • Desk & Chair
    • Closet
  • Lawson
    • Full or Twin XL Bed & Mattress*
    • Dresser
    • Desk & Chair
    • Closet
    • Kitchen
      • Microwave
      • Oven
      • Stovetop
      • Dishwasher
    • Living Room
      • Table & Chairs
      • Couch
      • Chair
      • Coffee Table
      • Side Table
    • All beds have a mattress cover

*Check your USAO email to find out what size mattress you will have

After You've Unpacked

Now that you are on campus, get excited! Get ready for classes by purchasing your textbooks from the USAO Bookstore, along with the latest USAO swag to show your school spirit. Don’t forget to get your student ID and parking permit (Lawson Clubhouse 205) while you explore our beautiful campus! Be sure to plan your schedule from the Welcome Week calendar below!!

Orientation Information

We are excited to welcome all incoming freshman students to campus to participate in USAO Welcome Week!! This is a three-day event free to all freshman students that begins on Friday, August 25 (right after move-in), and runs through Sunday, August 27. The purpose of orientation is to help you successfully transition to the USAO community, get acquainted with campus resources, and find your place in our Drover Family!


Follow the Admissions Instagram (@usaobound) to meet the Orientation Leaders and find out what advice they have for you along with what to expect from Welcome Week! You can also DM our Instagram account to get answers to questions you may have. As the school semester is fast approaching, start getting excited for USAO Welcome Week 2023!

Please see the schedule below for details about what this exciting weekend will entail along with what to expect.

*Note: Transfer students are welcome to join in on USAO Welcome Week, but are not required to.

Move-in Day Meetings:


Date: 08/25/23
Time: 2 pm
Location: Te Ata Auditorium in Troutt Hall


Date: 08/25/23
Time: 2 PM
Location: Ballroom on the 2nd Floor of the Student Center

Full welcome week Schedule:

Day Time Event
August 25th
8 a.m. -
2 p.m.
Move In*
  2 p.m. -
3 p.m.
Housing Meeting- Te Ata Auditorium (Troutt Hall)*
  3:30 p.m. -
4:30 p.m.
Opening Ceremony- Te Ata Auditorium*+
  4:30 p.m. -
5:30 p.m.
First Drove Meeting*
  5:30 p.m. -
7 p.m. 
Alumni Dinner- Oval* 
  7 p.m. -
8 p.m.
  8 p.m. -
9 p.m.
Scavenger Hunt
  9 p.m. -
10:30 p.m.
Glow Party- Oval+
August 26th
7 a.m. -
9 a.m.
Breakfast (optional)  
  9 a.m. -
9:50 a.m.
Learn-a-latte- Oval
  10 a.m. - 
10:30 a.m.
Morning meeting- Te Ata Auditorium+
  10:30 a.m. - 
11 a.m.
Group team building- Oval 
  11:15 a.m. - 
1 p.m.
  1 p.m. - 
3 p.m.
Drove meeting
  3 p.m. - 
5:30 p.m.
Drover Cool Down- Oval
  5:30 p.m. -
6 p.m.
  6 p.m. - 
8:30 p.m.
Grady County Fair
August 27th
10:30 am - 
11 a.m.
Morning Meeting+ 
  11:15 a.m. - 
1 p.m.
  1 p.m. - 
3 p.m.
Drove meeting
  3 p.m. - 
4 p.m.
Classroom tour
  4 p.m. - 
5 p.m.
Last drove meeting
  5 p.m. - 
6 p.m.
Te Ata Auditorium
  6:15 p.m. - 
6:30 p.m.
Alma Mater
  6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Battle of the Boats & Ending Ceremony- Lawson Court


* parents are invited

+ flashing lights present for a short amount of time