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Orientation Schedule

 

New Student Orientation - August 19 - 24, 2021

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

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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 at the welcome tent outside of your residence hall. 

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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 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
Head to your residence hall and check in at the welcome tent.

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4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Campus Residences Open - Transfers
All Transfers check in first at the tent on the north side of the Welcome Center. 
Welcome Center, 301 N. Chase St.

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6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Music Major Meeting and Ice Cream Social
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
Head to your residence hall and check in at the welcome tent. The Thundermove-in Team will be ready to assist all new students with moving into their residence!

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9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Campus Residences Open - Transfers
All Transfers check in first at the tent on the north side of the Welcome Center. The Sophomore Re-Orientation Cohort can move in at this time as well.
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 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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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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4:30 - 5:30 pm

Legacy Photo Reception
Calling all alumni children and grandchildren!  Join fellow new students for a historic photo that will be published in Wheaton magazine.  Refreshments will be served starting at 4:30 pm and photos will begin promptly at 5:00 pm.  In case of inclement weather, this event will be cancelled.
LOCATION CHANGE: Edman Chapel plaza

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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, parents 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

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10:00 am - 11:15 am

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

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11:30 am - 12:45 pm

Orientation Family Picnic
Pick up your food inside Anderson Commons then feel free to eat inside or outside and meet some new friends along the way! 
Anderson Commons + Soderquist Plaza

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1:00 pm

O-Group Rally
Meet your O-group in the Quad and spend the afternoon building new friendships!

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1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

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

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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.
Meet in 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. 
Meet on your floor with your RA before heading to Coray.

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8:00 pm - 10:00 pm 

Behind the Scenes with ResLife - Transfers
Transfers living in apartments, houses, and McManis-Evans are expected to attend this session with fellow transfers, upperclass RAs and Transfer OC.
Beamer Center, lower level, Phelps Room

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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 O-Groups!

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5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Slice of Wheaton - Transfer Edition
Come meet and hear from veteran transfers!  Get to know the transfer experience in a Q+A with current students while sampling local pizza favorites.  Bring your questions and appetite!
Beamer Center, lower level, Phelps Room 

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5:30 - 7:30 pm

Slice of Wheaton - Sophomore Re-Orientation Cohort
Join other sophomores who studied remotely last year and hear about the on-campus student life experience from a panel of returning sophomore students.
Beamer Center, lower level, Fireside Room

     

7:30 pm - 9:00 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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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 - 3:00 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 & center of campus

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4:00 - 5:30 pm

Placement testing in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew
Sign up here to reserve your spot by August 21st.  
Wyngarden Hall, 307 (across from Buswell Library)

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6:30 - 7:40 pm

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

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6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Transfer Mini-Golf
Leave from the SAGA circle for a fun night of mini-golf with TOC and UCH RAs!

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7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Rec + Game Night
Meet on your floors and head out together! 

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9:15 pm - 10:15 pm

College Union Social
All new students are welcome.  Sponsored by CU56.
Beamer Student Center

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Tuesday, August 24

When?What?Who?
9:00 am - 10:00 am 

Learning & Teaching Collaborative Orientation
In this session, you will get some practical advice for your faculty advising sessions later this same afternoon. You will also meet representatives from the Learning & Teaching Collaborative: Registrar’s Office, Academic Advising Office, and Learning & Accessibility Services and understand how each of these teams plays a role in student success at Wheaton College.
Armerding 190

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10:00 am - 11:30 am

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!
Meet in the ISP, 061 Lower Beamer

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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

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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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