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Orientation Schedule

Your arrival and move in date depends on which Passage site you have selected. No parent programming will occur on campus once students return from their Passage sites.

Passage Orientation Schedule

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

Jump To: Wilderness ArrivalInternational Student Arrival | Northwoods/Urban Arrival | Transfer Arrival

Wilderness Passage Orientation for Students and Parents

 Wednesday, August 3

When?What?Who?

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Campus Residences Open for Move In
Wilderness Passage participants, head to your campus residence to begin the move-in process.  The Thunder move-In Team will be ready to assist all new students with moving into their residence! 

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12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Parent Hospitality Room
Parents are invited to catch their breath in the Parent Hospitality Room. Pick up your "Welcome to Wheaton" bag, enjoy a cold beverage, make some new friends, and meet the Parent Engagement team.
Beamer Student Center, lower level, Fireside Room

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Student Wellness Program
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 Recital Hall, Arm 132

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4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Learning and Accessibility Services Orientation
Join us for an informational session discussing 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 Recital Hall, Arm 132

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7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

Opening Welcome
A welcome and dedication program for new students, with administrators, the Orientation Committee, parents and other guests.
Armerding Concert Hall, Arm 190

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Thursday, August 4

When?What?Who?

9:00 am - 10:15 am

Life at Wheaton Program
Explore how Wheaton is committed to your personal formation as a student, both inside and outside of the classroom.
Armerding Concert Hall, Arm 190

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10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Anderson Commons Open for Brunch

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12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Prayer Circles, Final Goodbyes, and Send-Off
Come to Chrouser Lawn to say goodbye and send off your student!
Chrouser Recreation Complex

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1:00 pm

Final Parent Program
Join fellow parents for a time of prayer, blessing and final words from President Ryken.
Armerding Concert Hall, Arm 190



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Orientation for International (F-1 visa, MK, TCK) Students and Parents

 Tuesday, August 9

When?What?Who?

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Campus Residences Open for Move In
International Students, head to your campus residence to begin the move-in process. The Thunder move-In Team will be ready to assist all new students with moving into their residence!

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7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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

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Wednesday, August 10

       

 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 international students and meet your Ladder Leader! Parents are invited and we will have an information session with time for your questions.  Breakfast will be served at 9:00 am.
Coray Gym, upper level Beamer Center  

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After Passport to Wheaton, international students and families should join the Northwoods and Urban Passage orientation events listed below.

     

Northwoods and Urban Passage Orientation for Students and Parents

 Wednesday, August 10

When?What?Who?

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Campus Residences Open for Move In
Northwoods and Urban Passage participants, head to your campus residence to begin the move-in process. The Thunder move-In Team will be ready to assist all new students with moving into their residence! 

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12:00 pm - 6:00 pm 

Parent Hospitality Room
Parents are invited to catch their breath in the Parent Hospitality Room. Pick up your "Welcome to Wheaton" bag, enjoy a cold beverage, make some new friends, and meet the Parent Engagement team.
Beamer Student Center, lower level, Fireside Room

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Student Wellness
Open to 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 Concert Hall, Arm 132

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4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Learning & Accessibility Services Orientation
Join us for an informational session discussing 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 Concert Hall, Arm 132

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7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

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

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Thursday, August 11

When?What?Who?

9:00 am - 10:15 am

Life at Wheaton Program
Explore how Wheaton is committed to your personal formation as a student, both inside and outside of the classroom.
Edman Memorial Chapel

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10:30 am - 12:15 pm

First Generation Brunch and Program
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.
Beamer Student Center, Lower Level, Phelps Rm.

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10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Anderson Commons Open for Brunch

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12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Prayer Circles, Final Goodbyes, and Send-Off
Come to Chrouser Lawn to say goodbye and send off your student!
Chrouser Recreation Complex

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1:00 pm

Final Parent Program
Join fellow parents for a time of prayer, blessing and final words from President Ryken.
Edman Memorial Chapel

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Transfer Passage Orientation for Students and Parents

 Sunday, August 14

When?What?Who?

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Campus Residences Open for Move In
Transfers, head to your campus residence to begin the move-in process.  The Thunder move-In Team will be ready to assist all new students with moving into their residence!

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5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Meet & Greet, Dinner, and Welcome Event
A welcome event and dinner for all new transfers and their parents.   
Beamer Center, lower level, Phelps Room

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Monday, August 15

     

8:30 am

Transfers depart for Chicago 

 

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On-Campus Schedule Highlights for Students

Friday, August 19

When?What?Who?

Afternoon

First Year students return from Passage sites
Rite of Passage
Unpack
Settle into your residence

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Evening

Residence Hall floor meetings
Beamer Bash

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Saturday, August 20 - Tuesday, August 23

 

Transfer students return from Passage sites
On-campus traditions
Bro-Sis floor fellowships
Residence Life events
Academic Advising
Worship
Sub-group & team connections (Athletics/Music/ROTC)

*A detailed schedule will be provided via the Orientation app in August.

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Check Out a Sample Day from Each Site

girls on wilderness trip at honeyrock

Wilderness

the L in Chicago

Urban

chrouser lawn at Honeyrock

Northwoods

Group of Wheaton College IL Transfer Students

Transfer