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Parent Orientation 2021

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Parent Orientation - August 19-21, 2021

Parent Orientation is a great time to get a feel for student life at Wheaton and to meet other Wheaton parents!

Parent Orientation begins with student move-in on August 19 and 20 and concludes on Saturday, August 21 at 2 p.m. Should the pandemic impact Parent Orientation, the College will communicate those changes as quickly as possible.

The Orientation Schedule includes information for students and parents. Parent events are identified with a black icon.

We encourage you to read the FAQs below for help with some common Parent Orientation questions. If you don’t find the answers you are looking for, please email parents@wheaton.edu and we’ll help point you in the right direction.

Parent Orientation 2021 FAQs

During Parent Orientation you’ll have a chance to:

  • Help your student move in.
  • Learn more about the campus resources your student will have to help him/her get the most from student life.
  • Get a richer sense of the way Wheaton integrates faith and liberal arts learning.
  • Meet fellow parents, professors, student leaders, and your student’s residence hall staff.
  • Launch your student into this new stage of life in an exciting, meaningful way.

Parents of all freshmen and transfer students are automatically registered for Parent Orientation.

For some, attendance at Parent Orientation isn’t possible due to scheduling conflicts, distances, or an arrival date earlier in the summer for Passage or fall Athletics. If you’re unable to attend Orientation, please spend some time browsing the Parent Engagement website where you’ll find links to many of the topics and resources available at Orientation. Also, be sure to update your contact information so we can send you the monthly parent e-newsletter. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us at parents@wheaton.edu.

A letter will be sent to your home, welcoming your student athlete and providing information about his or her move-in date. On the day of move-in, Athletics staff will be on hand to welcome you and assist your student with move-in and attaining student IDs. Limited residence life staff members will be in the residence halls to help families complete check-in forms and direct people around the buildings. 

The programming for this weekend isn’t specifically geared toward younger siblings, but siblings are welcome to attend.

Which day you arrive depends on your student’s situation. See the list below that outlines different scenarios and move-in timeframes.

  • Thursday, August 19 from 12-5pm – move-in for all International Students, Music Majors, ROTC, and First Generation college students
  • Thursday, August 19 after 3pm – move-in for all Passage participants arriving from HoneyRock
  • Thursday, August 19 from 4-8pm – move-in for all First Year and Transfer Students
  • Friday, August 20 from 9am-4pm – move-in for all First Year and Transfer Students


Several commercial shuttle companies are available for transportation to and from the airports. Visit Directions and Transportation page for a list of service providers. Mention your connection with Wheaton to qualify for any applicable discounts.

Campus maps can be accessed at Campus Map and Information section of the website.

Begin your time on campus at your student’s residence hall at the appropriate move-in time. Residence hall staff and volunteers will check in your student and help move his or her belongings into their room. After your student is checked in at the residence hall, make your way over to the Parent Welcome Tent located near your student’s residence hall. There you will receive a nametag and other Parent Orientation materials.

Temporary, short-term parking will be available in the spaces outside your student’s residence hall. After you’ve unloaded your student's belongings, please move your vehicle to one of the parking lots highlighted on this map. Please note that overnight parking of motor homes is not permitted on Wheaton’s campus.

The meal plan begins on Thursday, August 19 at dinner for those students who have registered for a fall semester meal plan. Wheaton’s two smaller cafés, Sam’s and The Stupe, will also be open during Orientation.

Parents and family members can purchase meal tickets at the entrance of Anderson Commons. 

Dress is casual and comfortable! 

Yes, but please read the New Student FAQs for detailed information about when and where to send packages. Contact the College Post Office (CPO) at CPO@wheaton.edu or call 630.752.5083 if you have further questions.

The Student Orientation Committee has put together a great list to help you out!

Mariano's Grocery and Walgreens Pharmacy are within walking distance of campus. Target and Kohl's are three miles west of campus, and Best Buy and Walmart are five miles north of campus. The closest Bed, Bath & Beyond is in Downers Grove, IL.

There are several hotels in the Wheaton area that offer discounted rates to guests of Wheaton College.  Mention that you’re a guest of Wheaton when you book your reservation.  Many of these hotels also offer shuttle service to and from Wheaton’s campus. Ask the hotel about this before booking your reservation if this is a service you’ll require.