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New Parent Orientation

Aerial shot of campus in the fall

New parents are invited to download the Student Orientation App and follow along with their student during their on-campus orientation. If you did not receive an invitation to download the app, please email parents@wheaton.edu.

The information shared on these pages will help you and your student plan and prepare for a successful transition to Wheaton. As a reminder, there will be no Parent Orientation events on campus for new parents other than Student Drop Off

Know Before You Go

If you're wondering what campus life will be like this fall, we invite you to watch the COVID-Safe, Thunder-Strong (re)Orientation Course. This course includes tutorials developed for students coming to campus this fall. Each tutorial will help you visualize how students will experience life together as safely as possible and what commitments students have been asked to make to each other and to every member of the Wheaton community.

Watch the COVID-Safe Thunder-Strong tutorials

Students should not take the course on this website. Instead, students need to log in to Schoology (lms.wheaton.edu) and look for the COVID-Safe, Thunder-Strong (re)Orientation course in their course dashboard. Progress will be recorded within the Schoology course.

Parent Town Halls

Parents can attend virtual Parent Town Hall Meetings with President Ryken and senior leadership. These online events provide an opportunity for parents to hear an update from the College and to ask questions about fall 2020.

Session 1: View recorded event from the July 30th session.

Session 2: View recorded event from the August 17 session.

Session 3: View recorded event from September 17 session.

Student Drop Off

Orientation Live and Pre-recorded Events

Following are Orientation events that we encourage you to attend virtually. Some sessions are live, while others have been pre-recorded. Please note: All times are Central Daylight Time. We will also record and post sessions here.

Passport to Wheaton - Live Session 
Thursday, August 20, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 
Watch recorded session (password:  Rr1*=K73)
Parents of International (F-1 Visa/MK/TCK) Students are invited to join this online panel presentation hosted by the International Student Programs office. You will hear from campus leaders, and current students, and have an opportunity to ask questions.

First Generation College Student* - Live Session 
Thursday, August 20, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Watch recorded session  
First generation 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.

Opening Welcome - Live Session 
Thursday, August 20, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 
Watch recorded session
A welcome and dedication program for new students, with administrators, the Orientation Committee, and other special guests.

Liberal Arts Discussions - Pre-recorded Sessions
Saturday, August 22 (On this day students will watch and discuss the pre-recorded sessions.) 
In these sessions, you will learn how Wheaton is committed to the personal formation of your student, the liberal arts experience, student care, Christ-centered diversity, vocation and career, and beyond.
(Your student will have an opportunity to participate in faculty-lead discussion groups on each of these topics throughout the day.)

Living Well: Kingdom Diversity - Speakers: Dr. Philip G. Ryken '88, President of Wheaton College and Dr. Sheila Caldwell, Chief Intercultural Engagement Officer
Watch pre-recorded session 

Living Well: Academic Life - Speaker: Dr. Matthew Milliner '98, Associate Professor of Art History 
Watch pre-recorded session 

Living Well: Vocation and Career - Speaker: Dee Pierce, M.A. '17, Director of the Center for Vocation and Career 
Watch pre-recorded session 

Living Well: Student Care and Wellness - Speaker: Dr. Toussaint Whetstone, M.A. '07, Dean of Student Wellness
Watch pre-recorded session 

Living Well: On Being and Identity - Speaker: Dr. Barrett McRay '98, Associate Professor of Christian Formation and Ministry
Watch pre-recorded session

Living Well: Friendship and Involvement Outside the Classroom - Speakers: Stevener Gaskin, M.A. '18, Intercultural Arts Associate and Jared Falkanger '13, M.A. '19, Assistant Director of School Year Programs
Watch pre-recorded session 

Health Pre-Professional Session - Live Session 
Monday, August 24, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Watch recorded session

Accessibility Services Orientation - Live Session 
Tuesday, August 25, 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. 
Listen to recorded session
Join the live Q&A session over Zoom to discuss resources and the accommodations process for students with learning differences and medical and mental health conditions. Attendees will learn how to approach professors, differences between high school and college, self-advocacy, and much more!

Watch these videos (session link not available yet) before the live Q&A to hear from Learning and Accessibility Services (LAS) as well as the stories of current students to learn more about accommodations, accessibility, and the resources of the LAS office.

Student Wellness - Live Session 
Tuesday, August 25, 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. 
Watch recorded session  
Learn about the resources available for preventative care, physical and emotional health, and Wheaton’s commitment to encouraging students to live well.

Zoom Parent Prayer Calls - Live Session 
Tuesday, August 25, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
Join other new parents in praying for All School Communion (which occurs on the same evening as the prayer call) and for the fall semester. Registration is required. Register for the Zoom Prayer session now.

All School Communion - Live Session
Tuesday, August 25, 7:30 p.m. 
No recording available for this event 
Join the campus community for the first All School Communion service of the academic year. 

Resources to Encourage and Support Your Student 

Student life is full of challenges and rewards. Here are some resources to help you learn about the many services available to your student.

Campus Tours and More

Stay Informed

We'll keep you up-to-date on campus happenings in a variety of ways. Here's how we'll stay in touch:

  • Regularly visit wheaton.edu/parents.
  • ePartnerships is our regular newsletter for parents. As a parent, you will automatically receive an email letting you know when the most recent issue is published, and you can also read ePartnerships online anytime.
  • Parent Facebook Group Current parents are eligible to join the Wheaton College Parent Facebook Group where parents enjoy sharing photos, encouraging one another, and receiving important campus updates.
  • Watch chapel. Student chapel services are live-streamed and available for parents to watch and enjoy.
  • Questions? Email parents@wheaton.edu or call us at 630.752.5047.