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Early Arrival



We are continuously updating this page for the 2019-2020 academic year, if you have questions about your arrival time, please contact the Housing Office.  

Early Arrival Dates
Wednesday, July 31 Football Team
Athletic Trainers
Saturday, August 3 Resident Assistants 
Senior Staff Assistants 
Monday, August 7
Women's Soccer
Summer Conference Assistants
Summer Dining Managers
Dining Managers
Thursday, August 8
Men's Soccer
Friday, August 9 Senior Prowl Leaders/Debut Leaders
Saturday, August 10 Prowl Leaders
Desk Assistants 
Hall Council Executive Board Members 
International Students
Sunday, August 11 Panther Marching Band
Desk Assistants 
Hall Council Executive Board Members 
Prowl Leaders
International Students
Monday, August 12 Panther Marching Band
International Students
Tuesday, August 13 Cross Country Team
Daily Eastern News
Night Assistants
Panther Pals
International Students
Students with "approved" reasons
Wednesday, August 14 Panther Pals
STEP Program
Students with "approved" reasons


All arrival times have been designated as 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm. Students in Greek Court will report to the front desk in Building 8.

University Food Court and Java B&B

Getting to campus a little early this year? The residential dining centers are scheduled to open for the 2019 Fall Semester on Aug. 16. However, the University Food Court and Java Beanery & Bakery will open for business beginning Aug. 12 and will accept Dining Dollars. Find out more about our early dining options, including their hours of operation, below:

University Food Court

Java Beanery & Bakery

Martin Luther King, Jr. University Union

The staff of the Martin Luther King, Jr. University Union, from the bookstore to the bowling alley, have been patiently waiting for the academic year to begin and are excited that students will be back on campus soon. Check out MLK Union website for their pre-semester hours of operation.

Student Recreation Center


The Student Recreation Center will be open for early arrivals starting Aug. 7, Monday-Friday. Please refer to the Campus Recreation website for specific hours of operation. A Panther Card is required for entry.

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