Moundbuilder Check-In begins Aug. 3-4 as incoming first-year students will move into the residence halls at Southwestern College.

As students return, Builder Camp and Builder Fest will kick off the 2021-22 school year.

Southwestern will begin the academic year with an aggressive health plan in place. The college will offer exciting incentives to students who are vaccinated for COVID-19 at check-in and additionally will frequently offer vaccination clinics on-campus. Like last year, the college will also make ongoing COVID-19 testing available to the campus community, conducting contact tracing as needed. The college remains focused on promoting mutual respect and encourages personal judgment as individuals make decisions regarding their health and well-being.

New undergraduate students will be the first on campus. Registration begins at 8 a.m., followed by students moving into residence halls.

To help maintain social distancing of families, each student has been assigned a designated move-in day and time. Students have been sent an email with their individual check-in times and details.

With some modifications in place, first-year students will once again travel off-campus for Builder Camp, a three-day orientation to college life at Sky Ranch Cave Springs in Quapaw, Okla. Students will depart campus at 7 p.m. Aug. 4 and return Aug. 7.

Builder Fest is a schedule of community-based experiences introducing new students to the many aspects of Southwestern. The first event of Builder Fest is Aug. 8, the freshmen will participate in the annual Freshman Workday event sponsored by the Southwestern Leadership program.

Fall student-athletes (including transfers) will move in Aug. 7. All other transfer and returning students will move in Aug. 13.

Some of the Builder Fest activities include:

· Aug. 16 — classes begin for students.

· Aug. 17 — Rock painting party from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Wallingford lawn.

· Aug. 19 — annual Moundbuilding Ceremony at 7 p.m., at Cole Mound Plaza at the bottom of the 77 Steps.

· Aug. 20 — Opening Convocation at 11 a.m. in Richardson Performing Arts Center.

Friends of Southwestern College are invited to attend the Moundbuilding ceremony and opening convocation.

Other first semester highlights include:

· Sept. 6 — Labor Day, no classes.

· Oct. 11-12 — Fall Break, no classes.

· Oct. 29-31 — Homecoming.

· Nov. 6 — Explore More Day.

· Nov. 24-26 — Thanksgiving Break.

· Dec. 6-9 — final examinations.

For more information about Moundbuilder Check-In, visit online at or call the Southwestern office of admissions at (620) 229-6236.

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