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Orientation Schedule

 

New Student Orientation - August 19 - 24, 2021

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First Year
Students
Transfer
Students
International
Students*
*International (F-1 Visa/MK/TCK) Students

Information about Parent Orientation 2021 will be coming in the weeks ahead.  When it is available, it will be added to the Orientation schedule below and posted at wheaton.edu/parents.

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Thursday, August 19


When?What?Who?

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Residence Halls Open - Early Arrivals Only
International students, Music Majors, ROTC, and First Generation college students, move into your residence and check-in for Orientation. A Bookings link will be sent mid-summer for students to sign up for a specific move-in time.

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3:00 pm

Passage Student return
Passage students will arrive from HoneyRock around 3:00 pm. Parents can meet the buses outside of the Chrouser and join their student for move-in and Orientation.
Chrouser Sports Complex Lawn

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4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Residence Halls Open - All First Year Students
Go to your residence hall first and check in.

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4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Residence Halls Open - All Transfers
All Transfers check in first at the tent on the north side of the Welcome Center. A Bookings link will be sent mid-summer for transfers to sign up for a specific move-in time.
Welcome Center, 301 N. Chase St.

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6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Music Major Meeting and Dinner
Meet the faculty, learn more about ensembles, touring, and more. This session is required for all Music Majors.
Armerding Concert Hall

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7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Cross-Cultural Chill Out
Join current and new international students for snacks and outdoor games!  
Keul Patio, south end of Beamer Center

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Friday, August 20

When?What?Who?

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Residence Halls Open - All First Year Students
Go to your residence hall first and check in. A Bookings link will be sent mid-summer for students to sign up for a specific move-in time. 

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9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Residence Halls Open - All Transfers
All Transfers check in first at the tent on the north side of the Welcome Center. A Bookings link will be sent mid-summer for transfers to sign up for a specific move-in time.
Welcome Center, 301 N. Chase St.

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9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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. Come get to know other new students and meet your Ladder Leader!
Coray Gym, upper level Beamer Center 

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12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

First-Generation College Student* Session + Lunch
First-Generation college students gather to celebrate and share support for the college experience and helpful resources. Enjoy connecting over lunch with other First-Gen Wheaton students.
*A student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor's degree.
Meyer Science Center, 145 & First Floor Lobby

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Student Wellness
Open for all new students interested in learning about the resources available for preventative care, ongoing support for physical & emotional health, and Wheaton’s commitment to encouraging students to live well.  Parents are invited and encouraged to join their student for this informative session.
Armerding Center for the Performing Arts, Concert Hall

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4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Learning & Accessibility Services Orientation
Join us for an informational session where we'll discuss the Wheaton College experience for students with disabilities.  We will cover broad topics such as what is "disability" as well as the process for students requiring accommodations, how to approach professors, self-advocacy skills, and the biggest differences between high school and college.  We will also leave plenty of time for Q&A.  Parents are invited to attend.
Armerding Center for the Performing Arts, Concert Hall

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7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

OPENING WELCOME
A welcome and dedication program for new students, with administrators, the Orientation Committee and other guests.
Edman Memorial Chapel

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8:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Floor Intro
Meet your floor-mates and RA in this interactive session including roommate activities, games, and important Residence Hall information. 
Residence Halls

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8:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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.
Beamer Center, lower level, Phelps Room

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Saturday, August 21

When?What?Who?

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

O-Group Day
Meet your O-group outside of Traber or Fischer and head out to spend the day together building new friendships!

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5:00 pm - 8:00 pm 

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.
Beamer Center, lower level, Phelps Room

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7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Behind the Scenes with ResLife - First Year
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.
Meet on your floor with your RA

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8:00 pm - 10:00 pm 

Behind the Scenes with ResLife - Transfers
Transfers living in apartments, houses, and Mac are expected to attend this session with fellow transfers, upperclass RAs and Transfer OC.

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Sunday, August 22

When?What?Who?

Morning

Worship Together
Attend a local church of your choosing with your roommate, floor, or new firends.  A directory of churches is found on the Wheaton website. 

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5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Slice of Wheaton
Enjoy Chicago-style pizza for Sunday dinner with Discipleship Ministry (DM) leaders and coaches!

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5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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.
Beamer Center, lower level, Phelps Room 

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7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Bro-Sis-a-Palooza
Have some fun with your new brother and sister floor!

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8:30 pm - 10:00 pm

New Student Worship
Armerding Center for the Performing Arts, Concert Hall

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Monday, August 23

When?What?Who?

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Pre-Professional Sessions
Health – Meyer 145
Law – Blanchard 339 
Education – Armerding 132, Recital Hall  

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10:00 am - 11:00 am

Diversity | Inclusion | Belonging 
Join your O-group for this important session on living well and belonging within our community.
Armerding Center for the Performing Arts, Concert Hall

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11:00 am - 11:45 am

Transfer Registration Policies and Procedures
Academic policies, special programs, and provisions for registration changes. 
Armerding Center for the Performing Arts, Recital Hall

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1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Academic Fair
The Academic Fair provides a great opportunity to meet faculty and learn about their department's curriculum, programs, and general resources for students. Stop by any of the academic discipline locations, talk with a professor about a major, and grab a snack!
The Quad & Soderquist Plaza

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1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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 Learning & Teaching Collaborative.

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7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Rec Night
Meet on your floors and head out together! 

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9:00 pm - 10:15 pm

College Union Social
Stop by The Quad for a Stan's Donut and a refreshing drink!  All new students are welcome.  Sponsored by CU56.

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Tuesday, August 24

When?What?Who?

11:15 am - 12:30 pm

Insider's Tour of Downtown Wheaton
Join ISP student leaders on a walking tour of downtown Wheaton to learn about stores and shops near campus. Enjoy a gelato from Mariano's during the walk back!

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1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

First-Year Faculty Advising Meetings
All new students are required to meet with a faculty advisor.

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1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Transfer Service-Learning Day
Spend the afternoon serving in the local community and learning from a variety of campus partners.
Leave from Beamer Center, lower level, Phelps Room 

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5:00 pm

All School Rehearsal + Class Meeting
Hear from Student Government about getting involved on campus and practice your class song in preparation for singing together at All School tonight.
Edman Memorial Chapel

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7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

All-School Communion
All student worship and welcome 
Edman Memorial Chapel

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Wednesday, August 25

When?What?Who?

All Day

Classes begin today

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Saturday, August 28

When?What?Who?

9:30 am - 1:00 pm

International (F-1 Visa) Student Orientation Day
New F-1 Visa students must attend this mandatory orientation to learn how to maintain their F-1 visa status while studying in the U.S. The program will include a lunch with international faculty, staff and current F-1 students to support your transition to the campus community.  Please bring your 1-20 document and passport.
Beamer Center, lower level, Phelps Room

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