Step-by-Step Student Drop-Off Instructions
As you make plans to drop your student off, know that we are praying for you. We know this is a time of excitement, anticipation, anxiety, and joy – all feelings that come with letting go. We are eager to meet you, and we look forward to coming alongside you on this journey.
Welcome to Wheaton!
- When you arrive on campus, please use the following Five-Step Drop-Off process.
- Drive your car to your student's residence and park. Parents and guests should remain in their vehicle while their student gets out and goes to the COVID-19 Test Tent. (Download test parking lot map - PDF)
- At the COVID-19 Test Tent, your student will show a copy of their negative COVID-19 test and confirm on their phone or laptop that they have completed the COVID-SAFE, Thunder-Strong – Required Orientation Course. Upon confirmation of both, they will receive their orange silicon bracelet, student ID, and some Wheaton swag.
- When your student returns to your car, it will be marked with a COVID-Safe, Thunder-Strong sticker, indicating that it is safe and ready to proceed to the residence hall for unloading.
- Next, move your car to the unloading spots for the residence hall.
- Thunder Movers will help unload your vehicle and take your student's belongings up to their room and help them settle in.
- In an effort to decrease population density, family members will not have access to residence halls.
- Once your car is unloaded, move your car to a secondary lot nearby. Volunteers will be on hand to provide directions and show you where to go.
- Visit the Parent Check-in tent.
- Parent Engagement team members, along with faculty and staff, will be available to answer questions and chat while you wait for your student to come out and say goodbye.
- Each family will receive a special gift and snack for the road.
- It’s time for farewell.
Be encouraged, the God who has been faithful in bringing your student to this point, will continue to be faithful throughout the fall semester.
Hebrews 10:23 “Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.”
Thank you for choosing Wheaton College and for your partnership!