Frequently Asked Questions
The following are questions that new and transfer students frequently ask about Wheaton and New Student Orientation and Move-In. Click on the question to see the answer.
New Student Orientation and Move-in
- Is it required that I attend New Student Orientation and Move-In?
Yes. There is important information and required topics that all students must familiarize themselves with before beginning classes. This is the orientation program designed for the whole class of new students.
- Can I arrive early or late for the New Student Orientation and Move-In program?
Unless you have an unusual circumstance, please plan to arrive on time. Wheaton staff is busily preparing for your arrival and won't be ready for you until the morning of the program. Also, because of the importance of each session, arriving late is not recommended.
- What is New Student Orientation and Move-In and what should I expect when I arrive?
When you arrive a group of staff and student leaders will greet you in the Check-In tables located at the residence halls. It is during this time that you will be able to easily drop off your belongings in your room with some help from student leaders. The orientation program then allow you and your parents/family to experience Wheaton through presentations and events. Students will meet their faculty adviser, connect to Preceptors and RAs, and finalize their class schedule. There will also be social activities to help students meet other incoming students - future friends!
- What should I bring/pack?
New Student Orientation and Move-in is when you officially move on campus! Use the Office of Residential Life's First Year Packing List to help guide your packing. Make sure to coordinate with your roommate(s) to avoid bringing too much and check with the Office of Residential Life to ensure that all your items meet safety standards.
- Can I ship or mail things to myself in advance?
Yes. You can mail packages to "Attn: [student name], Wheaton College, 26 East Main Street, Norton, MA 02766". For quicker service, add your mailbox number - you can find your personal mailbox number on insideWheaton. All mail and packages can be picked up at the Campus Mail Service; be sure to check the days and hours of operation.
- Who do I contact if I, or a family member, need an accommodation?
- What is a(n) AC, RA, and Preceptor?
An AC (Area Coordinator) is a professional staff member responsible for the management of campus residence halls. RAs (Resident Advisor) and Preceptors are trained student staff to assist students in campus living and academic life, respectively.
- If I have a question about my classes, who can I speak to?
The New Student Orientation and Move-In program will offer you multiple opportunities to speak with your preceptors and faculty advisor who will guide you and answer all your questions.
- I didn’t get into all the classes I wanted. Can I still make changes to my schedule?
You are not too late. Most students change around their classes during add/drop period. This period starts on the first day of classes and continues until Thursday, September 8th. During this time you can change your schedule using insideWheaton or gray cards. These will be explained to you during orientation by your preceptors. Your preceptors and advisor will also talk to you about your schedule to ensure that it is well balanced and rigorous enough without being overwhelming. Changing classes is simple and very common but it is best to wait until you have arrived on campus and have met with your preceptors and advisors before making changes.
- When should I declare my major?
You can declare your major as early as your second semester at Wheaton, but you may want to take more time to explore potential options. The deadline for declaring your major is the end of your sophomore year at Wheaton. When you declare, you will be assigned a new advisor in the appropriate department.
- My FYS professor teaches in a department in which I have no interest or experience. Is that okay?
Remember that FYSs do not require any previous experience or expertise; they are meant to be a general introduction to Wheaton academics. Regardless of what department your FYS professor is from, they can help you explore new interests in college and help you with your academics for your first year.
- Can I take more classes? I am use to taking 6 in high school so I think I will be bored with just 4.
Each class at college requires a lot more time outside of the classroom than your high school classes required. 4 courses is the normal course load at Wheaton and most students feel that this is a rigorous amount of academic work. It is advisable to take the standard course load your first semester before trying to take additional courses (overloading). Your preceptors can help you to design a schedule which will be challenging enough and will still give you a chance to explore all of the extra-curricular activities Wheaton has to offer.
- Do I have to take English 101?
Unless you have scores of 4 or 5 on the AP English exams, you must take an English 101 course during either the fall or spring semester. These courses will help you learn how to write at the college level. This is an important skill to develop; college-level writing has very different expectations from high school writing, and no matter what you major in, you are going to do a lot of writing in college!
- How many credits do I need to graduate?
You are required to have 32 course credits to graduate. For more information on the Wheaton College curriculum look through the links on the First Year Students website. If you have other questions, please contact your preceptors or Academic Advising at (508)286-8215 or email@example.com, You can also find the answers to many questions in the online Academic Planning Guide.
- What is the best way to get involved with student organizations and clubs?
The Activities Fair in September is a great opportunity to learn about all the clubs Wheaton has and to sign-up to be on their email lists.
- What kinds of student organizations are offered at Wheaton?
Wheaton has many student organizations including recreational, cultural, and performance based. Click here for a complete list.
- How do I get a campus job or internship?
The Student Employment Office will hold a Student Employment and Research Partnership Fair during the first week on classes. Their website also contains employment opportunities throughout the academic year. Internships are highly recommended for all Wheaton students! Meet with the Career Services office to find the perfect opportunity for you.