Fri/Sat, Aug. 14-15 • Move-In

Check in to Golden Eagle Welcome Week at one of the following locations. You should check into GEWW after you have checked into your residence hall and placed your belongings in your room. Need assistance? Call 601.266.6405

Friday, Aug. 14

  • Century Park South-Entire complex (map)
  • Hattiesburg Hall (map)
  • Mississippi Hall (map)
  • Wilber Hall (map)
  • 8-10 a.m., Floors 5 & higher; 10 a.m.-noon, Floors 1-4

GEWW CHECK-IN (Required) 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

  • Century Park South-Pavilion (map)
  • Wilber Hall-Lobby (map)
  • McLemore Hall-Room 207, for commuters and off-campus students (map)

Saturday, Aug. 15

  • Century Park North-Entire complex (map)
  • Hillcrest Hall (map)
  • McCarty Hall (map)
  • All floors at 8 a.m.

GEWW CHECK-IN (Required) 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

  • Century Park North-Courtyard (map)


5 p.m. - Your individual residence hall


6 - 7 p.m. - Fresh Food Company, Thad Cochran Center (map)

Moving Preparation

  • Label belongings with name, residence hall and room number to help Move-In Day volunteers get your belongings to the right place.
  • Contact your roommate to avoid duplicate items.
  • Consider purchasing items in Hattiesburg at nearby retail stores.
  • Remember you can pick up items on your next trip home, or have family/friends send packages to you.
  • Bring a dolly and be sure it's labeled with your name.
  • Dress comfortably for hot weather, and check the forecast.
  • Review residence hall floor plans and video tours.

Decorating Policy

The following are NOT permitted to be used on walls: tape, nails, staples, glue, permanent adhesives (double-sided masking tape, contact paper) and wall borders

Pushpins, thumbtacks and 3M poster/picture hanging strips (NO GENERIC) should be used to attach posters and pictures to the walls. Additional guidelines:

  • You may bring carpet and rug pads. Do NOT tape rug to floor.
  • All items must be removed from building at checkout.
  • Upholstered furniture must meet commercial fire codes.
  • Residence hall furniture must remain in the room.

Recommended Items to Bring

  • Bedding, including extra-long twin mattress sheets
  • Snack and breakfast foods, drinks, Keurig-style coffee makers
  • School supplies, personal organizer/calendar, computer, printer
  • Posters, photographs, area rug, lamp and bulbs
  • Bath towels and washcloths, hangers, clothes hamper/laundry bag, mirror, shower curtain (suite-style halls)
  • Shower caddy, shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, shower shoes/flip-flops, bathrobe, toilet paper (suite-style halls)
  • Trash can and bags, paper towels, cleaning/laundry supplies
  • TV and coaxial cable, mp3 players, power strip and surge protector, three-prong outlet adapters, batteries
  • Flashlight, sewing kit, first-aid kit, storage bins, dry-erase board and markers

Prohibited Items to Leave at Home

  • Open-coiled cooking appliances (toaster, hot plate) or cooking grills (George Foreman)
  • Coffee pots (Keurig-style single brewers are allowed.)
  • Refrigerator and microwave, which are provided in each room. Century Park South rooms have refrigerators/freezers. Microwaves are available in the kitchen lounges.
  • Space heaters, halogen lamps, candles/incense
  • Decorative alcohol containers
  • Extension cords of any kind (single or multi-plug)
  • Concrete/cinder blocks
  • All pets (except small fish and approved service animals)

When You Arrive

Volunteers will assist new families during Move-In. Be sure belongings are labeled with name, residence hall, and room number. These steps will guide you through the rest:

  • DROP-OFF: Be prepared to move quickly through the vehicle line. You will be directed to a traffic line and then instructed on when and where to unload your belongings, and where to park afterward.
  • CHECK-IN: Next you will check into your residence hall and receive room key/card access. Residence Life staff will greet you on the first floor of your hall.
  • GEWW: Then you will check in with First Year Initiative to register for Golden Eagle Welcome Week (GEWW). GEWW is a required event for freshmen; transfers are invited to participate but not required.
  • FLOOR MEETING: Each floor in every residence hall is assigned a resident assistant (RA). Your RA will have a mandatory floor meeting. The time and location will be posted on your floor.
  • PARKING: Before you go to bed, make sure your vehicle is parked in a residential zone. Remember, you can be ticketed or towed if you park in the wrong zone.


  • Early arrivals may be approved on a case-by-case basis. Contact Justin Long.
  • The Residence Life office is located on the first floor of Hickman Hall (map). Call 601.266.4783.
  • Information tents will be set up in the Century Park North (map) courtyard and in the Freshman Quad (map) during Move-In Days.
  • If you are dissatisfied with your room assignment or roommate, you may request a change. Requests cannot be guaranteed unless space availability permits, though Residence Life staff will do their best to accommodate your request.

Participate in the GEWW Social Media Challenge on Instagram using the hashtags #GEWWFIE and #(YourGroupNumber).

Sunday, Aug. 16 • GEWW


8 - 11 a.m. - Eat on your own. Use your meal plan at the Fresh Food Company. Optional Sunday worship services


11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Reed Green Coliseum (map)

Featuring Josh Davis, a triple gold medal-winning swimmer at the 1996 Olympics


2:15 - 5:15 p.m.

  • GEWW Small Group Meetings, various locations
  • Trail of Traditions and Campus Resource Tour - Bennett Auditorium (map)
  • Campus Resource Sessions, Thad Cochran Center (TCC) (map), R.C. Cook Union (map) and Athletic Center (map)

You must attend at least two of the following Campus Resource Sessions, each of which lasts approximately 25 minutes:

  • Greek Life 101, TCC, 3rd floor, Ballroom II
  • How to Take Notes in College....It's Different from High School!, TCC, 3rd floor, Ballroom I
  • Student Panel on What to Expect During the First Year, TCC, 218
  • Student Employment & Career Services, Union Room H
  • Safety & Security on Campus, Union, Hall of Honors
  • Student Counseling Center, TCC, 216
  • Student Health Services, TCC, 210
  • Community Service Opportunities, TCC, 214
  • Multicultural Affairs including Building Allies (LGBTQ), Union, Room A
  • Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Athletics Facilities, Athletic Center
  • Thinking about Learning In College, TCC, 3rd floor, Ballroom III
  • the Top!, Union, Room B. If you are interested in painting the Eagle Walk, you must attend this session.


5:30 - 7 p.m. - All new Golden Eagles have the opportunity to paint the walk gold!

Meet with your GEWW Crew leaders to walk to M.M. Roberts Stadium (map).

  • Groups 1-25, 5:15 - 6 p.m., meet on Centennial Green (map)
  • Groups 26-50, 5:45 - 6:30 p.m., meet on Weathersby Lawn (map)
  • Groups 51-80, 6:15 - 7 p.m., meet on Bennett Auditorium lawn (map)


7 - 7:45 p.m. - Dinner on your own. Use your meal plan at the Fresh Food Company.


8 - 9:30 p.m., Bennett Auditorium (map)

Boie, the self-proclaimed "Magician for Non-Believers," tours the country performing his unique form of magic.

Monday, Aug. 17 • GEWW


8 - 11:30 a.m., Thad Cochran Center, 210 (map)

Auditions are on a first-come, first-served basis.


11 a.m. Use your meal plan at the Fresh Food Company.


11 - 11:50 a.m., Luckyday Multipurpose Room (entrance behind the Frank Day Statue near Luckyday Citizenship Hall) (map)

Eat lunch with other students who are first in their immediate family to attend college, and gain a better understanding of what to expect during your first year at Southern Miss.


11:50 a.m.

  • Groups 1-25: Meet on Centennial Green (map)
  • Groups 26-50: Meet on Weathersby Lawn (map)
  • Groups 51-80: Meet on Bennett Auditorium Lawn (map)


Noon - 3 p.m.

  • GEWW Small-Group Meeting, various campus locations.
  • Find Your Classes for the Fall Semester, various campus locations
  • Academic Resource Fair, Cook Library (map)


3 - 5 p.m., Payne Center-Lobby (map)

Take a guided tour of the Hub City.

Dinner on your own

5 - 6:15 p.m. Use your meal plan at the Fresh Food Company.


6:30 - 8 p.m., Bennett Auditorium (map)

The Class of 2019 showcases its talent. Find out who won the Social Media Challenge.


8 -10 p.m., Payne Center (map).

A night of sports, exercise and fun. Don't forget your athletic attire.