Arrival and Move-In

Residents should plan on arriving to campus between 9am and 4:00pm on January 21st.  Check-in will take place in the Student Activities, Involvement and Leadership Office on the third floor of Balfour-Hood.

There will be plenty of time in the schedule to move-in and get settled.  The first schedule Orientation event begins at 4:30pm.

Parents and Families

Parents and Families are welcome to attend on January 21st.  There will be specific opportunities for parents to connect with staff and get some basic questions asked.  Please be aware that January 21st is a holiday and some offices may be closed or have limited hours.  Please check with departments if you intend to conduct business while you are on campus.


Day One: Move-in Day

Monday, January 21, 2019 Schedule
Time Event
9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Resident Student Check-In and Move-In.
Pick up your room key and program schedule in the Student Activities, Involvement and Leadership Office.  For residential students, the whole day is set aside for you to arrive and settle into your room. Please come anytime after 9am at your convenience.  Please note: the first mandatory program for all students is the President’s Welcome at 4:30pm.
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. President’s Welcome and Dinner.
A formal welcome to new students and their families from President Dennis Hanno.  After some brief remarks, please join President Hanno and other college leadership for dinner. (President’s House)
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Dessert and Student Q&A with RA’s
Students will meet up with their Resident Advisor staff for dessert. Their RA will share some important information before their first night on campus, but there will also be time to ask general questions that only a student could answer.  (New Yellow Parlor, Balfour-Hood)
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Dessert Reception and Family Q&A
Parents will stay behind and staff will be on-hand to answer many of the most commonly asked questions.  (President’s House)
7 p.m.– 8 p.m. Parent and Family Departure
You’re Leaving them in good hands!  Take this time for any last minute conversation and make plans come back and visit!
8 p.m.– 10 p.m. SAIL Spring Semester Kick-Off (Lyons Den, Balfour-Hood)

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Day Two

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 Schedule
Time Event
9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Breakfast and Program Overview
Join us for breakfast.  We will go over the day’s schedule and answer any questions you may have. (Chase Small, Chase Dining Hall)
10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Building Community – Why it Matters
The world continues to grow increasingly diverse.  Many people do not understand what diversity is or their part in it.  This interactive session will be an opportunity for new students to learn about the unique and diverse community at Wheaton, share their experiences and also discuss how we are all a part of creating an inclusive and diverse community (Marshal Center for Intercultural Learning)
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Wheaton Curriculum Review
The academic experience that will be the foundation for your education.  Academic Advising staff will present the details of the Wheaton requirements that will enable you to learn, grow and prepare you for your future.  (Filene Center)
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch and Advising Meetings
Meet with your a member of the Academic Advising Team to discuss your academic goals and review and finalize your classes for the Spring semester.  While your waiting to meet with your Student Success Advisor, peer advisors will join you for lunch and answer any questions to you may have from the student perspective.  (Filene Center)
1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Be the One: An Engaged Bystander Workshop
This informative and interactive session is designed to help you further your ability to be a responsive member of the Wheaton community.  Here you will learn what it means to be an engaged bystander to help reduce the incidents of sexual misconduct and gender based discrimination, bias, mental distress and alcohol abuse on campus.     (Old Science Center Room 234)
1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Title IX – Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct
In this session, you will meet Wheaton’s Title IX Director, Rachael Pauze, who will review Wheaton’s Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy and the resources available to students who experience misconduct.  You will engage in a general discussion about campus culture and community expectations.(Old Science Center Room 234)
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Student Engagement Snack Break
Life at Wheaton is more than just about your time inside the classroom.  In a casual atmosphere this will be an opportunity to meet some of the staff and offices that will help you develop your outside the classroom experience.  (Diana Davis Spencer Cafe)
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Honor Code and Community Standards
The College’s Honor Code and Community Standards were created by and with students just like you!  In this session you will learn about our values, standards and “pitfalls” that are common as a new student.  Specifically we will cover policies on alcohol, drugs, incidents of bias and others. (Mars Science Center Room 1313)
5 p.m. – 6 p.m Dinner
(Chase Dining Hall)
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Community Meeting: Living@Wheaton.
Meet with your resident advisor in your residence hall.

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