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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 at the end of July 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 New Students
Meet your roommate and move into your residence!
Check in at residence hall. Transfers living in apartments check in at Public Safety and pick up IDs, then move into your residence.
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
Come share snacks with current and new international students!

 

Thursday, August 20 

9:00 - 5:00 pm
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Residence Halls Open - All New Students
Meet your roommate and move into your residence!
Check in at residence hall. Transfers living in apartments check in at Public Safety and pick up IDs, then move into your residence.

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" 
International students are invited to join the International Student Programs (ISP) team to learn about the opportunities, programs, and resources available for F-1 Visa/MK/TCK students throughout their time at Wheaton.  Dinner is included in the program.

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!

12:00 - 1:00 pm 
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First-Generation College Student* Session
First-Gen college students gather to celebrate and share support for the college experience and helpful resources. 
*A student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor's degree.
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.

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


 

Sunday, August 23

10:00 am
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New Student Worship
Blanchard Lawn

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 local pizza favorites.  Bring your questions and appetite. 

7:00 - 9:00 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.

 

Monday, August 24

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

12:00 - 1:30 pm
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First-Year Seminar Faculty Lunch
Get to know your First-Year Seminar professor prior to class, over lunch.
Location TBD


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.

 

Tuesday, August 25

10:15 - 11:15 am
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Student Wellness Team
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


10:30 - 12:00 pm
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Insider's Tour of Downtown Wheaton
Join current international students on a walking tour of downtown Wheaton to learn about the best restaurants, stores and deals near campus. 


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.


5:00 pm
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All School Rehearsal and Class Meeting
Hear from Student Government about getting involved on campus and practice your class song in preparation for singing together at All School Communion tonight.

8:00 – 10:00 pm
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All-School 
All student worship and welcome 

 

Wednesday, August 26

All Day
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Classes begin today

  

Saturday, August 29

9:30 am - 3:30 pm
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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 and complete the government required check-in process (bring your I-20 and passport).  Learn more on the International Student Programs website.