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Orientation Schedule

Wheaton is closely monitoring the global COVID-19 pandemic and is currently exploring how our orientation programs may need to shift to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved. If anything below changes, we’ll update this site as well as send personal communication to all new students and their parents.

Orientation 2020 - August 19-25

for 2020-21 year

 

Wednesday, August 19

12:00 - 5:00 pm
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Residence Halls Open - Early Arrivals Only
International students, Music Majors, and First Generation college students, move into your residence and check-in for Orientation.

4:00 - 8:00 pm
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Residence Halls Open - All First Year Students
Go to your residence hall first and check in.  


4:00 - 8:00 pm
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Residence Halls Open - All Transfers
All Transfers check in first at the tent on the north side of the Welcome Center.
Welcome Center, 301 N. Chase St.


5:00 - 7:00 pm 
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Music Major Meeting and Dinner
Enjoy a meal together, meet the faculty, learn more about ensembles, touring, and more.
Armerding Concert Hall

7:00 - 9:00 pm
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Cross-Cultural Chill Out
Join current and new international students for snacks and outdoor games!  Please bring your face covering.  Students may participate remotely using the livestream link found on the Orientation app.
Beamer Center, south entrance, Stupe Patio


 

Thursday, August 20 

9:00 - 5:00 pm
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Residence Halls Open - All First Year Students
Go to your residence hall first and check in.  

9:00 - 5:00 pm 
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Residence Halls Open - All Transfers
All Transfers check in first at the tent on the north side of the Welcome Center.
Welcome Center, 301 N. Chase St.

1:00 - 2:30 pm
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Hebrew Placement Test
Advance registration is required for Hebrew testing.
Wyngarden, Room 307


3:00 - 4:30 pm
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Greek and Latin Placement Test
Advance registration is required for Greek and Latin testing.
Wyngarden, Room 307


2:30 - 6:00 pm
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Passport to Wheaton 
Join the International Student Programs (ISP) team to learn about the opportunities and resources available for F-1 Visa/MK/TCK students throughout your time at Wheaton.  Meet your Ladder Leader while sharing dinner in small groups! Students may participate remotely using the livestream link accessed in the app.
Meeting locations determined by the first letter of your last name: A-L (Meyer Science Center 145, Lecture Hall) and M-Z (Billy Graham Center Classroom 130/132).

4:00 - 5:00 pm
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First-Generation College Student* Session
First-Generation college students gather to celebrate and share support for the college experience and helpful resources. This session will be in person. Enjoy dinner together after in small groups.
*A student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor's degree.
Billy Graham Center, Barrows Auditorium

7:30 - 8:30 pm
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OPENING WELCOME
A welcome and dedication program for new students, with administrators, the Orientation Committee and other guests. 

8:30 - 10:00 pm
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Floor Intro
Meet your floor-mates and RA in this interactive session including roommate activities, games, and important Residence Hall information. 

9:00 - 10:30 pm
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Transfer Kick-Off
Don't miss the chance to meet fellow transfers, build community, play games, and eat lots of ice cream! Res Hall transfers should come after connecting with their floors.
Meyer Science Center, Meyer 145

 

 

Friday, August 21

9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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O-Group Off-Campus Excursions


7:00 – 8:30 pm
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Bro-Sis-a-Palooza 
Be introduced to and have some fun with your new brother or sister floor.
Meet on your floor with your RA.

 

Saturday, August 22

9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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O-Group On-Campus Discussions
Learn how Wheaton is committed to your personal formation as a student, the liberal arts experience, student care, life outside the classroom, Christ-centered diversity, vocation and career, and beyond. Connecting with faculty will be a highlight of the day!

4:00 - 6:00 pm
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Transfer Scavenger Hunt/BBQ 
Connect with other transfers and explore Downtown Wheaton through an adventurous scavenger hunt ending with a barbecue at a campus house.
Meet at Meyer Science Center, South Terrace

6:45 - 9:00 pm  
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Game Night
Meet on your floor and head out together.


 

Sunday, August 23

5:30 pm
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Slice of Wheaton
Enjoy Chicago-style pizza for Sunday dinner.

5:30 – 7:00 pm
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Slice of Wheaton-Transfer Edition
Come meet and hear from veteran transfers!  Get to know the transfer experience from current students while sampling a local pizza favorite.  Bring your questions and appetite. 
Billy Graham Center, front steps & Barrows Auditorium

7:00 - 8:30 pm
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Behind the Scenes with ResLife
First Year students will learn the essentials of living in Wheaton's residence halls, get to know your RAs and senior staff, and find out why living in community is the Olympic training center of your Christian life. Transfers are expected to attend this session with fellow transfers, upperclass RAs and Transfer OC.

8:30 - 10:00 pm
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New Student Worship
McCully Field

 

Monday, August 24

9:30 - 10:30 am
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Pre-Professional Sessions
Education – Meyer 145
Law – Blanchard 339 
Health – Barrows Auditorium, BGC  
11:00 - 11:45 am
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Transfer Registration Policies and Procedures
Academic policies, special programs, and provisions for registration changes.

1:00 - 4:00 pm
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Academic Expo
Meet faculty and learn about their department's curriculum, programs, and general resources for students.
The Quad


1:00 - 4:00 pm
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Transfer Faculty Advisor Appointments
All new transfer students are required to meet with a faculty advisor.  Appointment times given in a late summer e-mail from the Transfer Analyst.
7:00 - 8:15 pm

DONUT SOCIAL (Distancing)
Stop by The Quad for a Stan's Donut and a refreshing drink!  All new students are welcome.  Sponsored by College Union.

 

Tuesday, August 25

9:00 - 9:45 am
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Accessibility Services Orientation
Join us for a live Q & A session over Zoom.  We'll talk about resources and the accommodations process for students with learning differences and medical and mental health conditions. We'll also discuss how to approach professors, differences between high school and college, self-advocacy, and much more.  


10:15 - 11:15 am
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Student Wellness 
Open for all new students interested in learning about the resources available for preventative care, physical & emotional health, and Wheaton’s commitment to encouraging students to live well.
Billy Graham Center, Barrows Auditorium


11:15 - 12:30 pm
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Insider's Tour of Downtown Wheaton
Join current international students on a walking tour of downtown Wheaton. There will be a short time available to enter and purchase groceries/supplies at the Mariano's grocery store (please bring your face covering).
Meeting locations are determined by the first letter of your last name:
A-H (Stupe Patio, south entrance, Beamer Center)
I-O (Edman Chapel entrance)
P-Z (Soderquist Plaza Tent, across from the Bookstore)
 


1:00 - 4:00 pm
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First-Year Faculty Advising Meetings
All new students are required to meet with a faculty advisor.


7:30 – 9:30 pm
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All-School 
All student worship and welcome 
McCully Field & Bean Stadium

 

Wednesday, August 26

All Day
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Classes begin today