Welcome to Wheaton! The Wheaton community is dedicated to making you, new students, families, and guests, feel at home. With a large team of student leaders, faculty, and staff who love this college, we are here to orient and assist you in any way possible.
This is a very important transition in your life and we are here to make sure you succeed! Orientation will help all new students feel connected and comfortable on their new campus.
Fall Semester Admission
For students entering in the Fall semester, there are two primary programs:
- CORE (Campus Orientation and Registration Experience) – Is an over-night program offered in the second week of June. New students must register in advance to attend one of the three sessions offered. For those for whom travel to campus is too prohibitive, there are similar programs and course registration that can be accomplished remotely. (Parents, guardians or another individual that will be a primary support for the student are encouraged to attend CORE. There will be a specific program track for these individuals.)
- NSO (New Student Orientation) – Occurs in August, just before the start of classes. This is a multi-day program that involves all students. Registration is not required as all students are required to participate. (Families are encouraged to attend on the first day when residential students move-in and attend the President’s Welcome and Reception.)
We also offer two optional programs that take place in August, just ahead of NSO:
- WOOP (Wheaton Outdoor Orientation Program) is an outdoor adventure trip that is planned in collaboration with the students from the Outdoors Club. (This program is for students only).
- Pre-Orientation is a program designed to support students that are traditionally under-supported. (Families are encouraged to attend on the first day when residential students move-in).
Spring Semester Admission
The cohort of new students admitted for the Spring Term will attend January Program. This program is mandatory for all new students and takes place in the days proceeding the start of the Spring semester. This typically smaller group allows for a more intimate experience as you are welcomed by student leaders, staff, and faculty who will share resources and quickly acclimate you to campus