Because of ongoing local and global concerns about the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Wheaton College officials have decided to cancel all in-person events through August 1. This includes summer orientation, which will now be held virtually. More details will be shared as soon as they are available.

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, orientation programming begins in June.

Summer Orientation

June 15-18, 2020

Summer Orientation is a one-and-a-half day program for new students entering in the fall semester. During Summer Orientation you will meet your fellow students, learn about Wheaton programs and get a chance to experience a little bit of college life at Wheaton.  Most importantly you will meet with an academic advisor and register for your first-semester classes.

You have the choice of three identical sessions for Summer Orientation.  All new students will receive an invitation via their Wheaton email address in early May.

Parents and Families, Summer Orientation is for you too!  There will be a full session track on Day 1 for families.  You will have the chance to hear from some of the staff and learn a little more about the journey your student will take at Wheaton.

For those of you who cannot make those dates, you also have the option of a condensed single-day program.  Because space on those days is limited, the single day program is only for those who cannot make the full program. This program will be scheduled in late June and announced at a later date.

We know you won’t want to miss a chance to visit campus, but we understand that may not be feasible.  If you cannot make it to any of these dates because of distance or scheduling conflicts, we will connect with you during the summer through phone advising and other online content.

Early Arrival Programs

August 20-21, 2020

Wheaton offers programs for new students in the days preceding the mandatory Fall Orientation program. The Early Arrival Programs are designed to help students build connections, access resources and support and find a voice in the campus community early on in their college careers.

The program tracks focus on building community among specific student affinity groups but also allows space for all students to connect with each other. For more information on these programs, please email orientation@wheatoncollege.edu.

Fall Orientation – Welcome Weekend

August 22-23, 2020

Your Wheaton journey is about to begin! The Fall Orientation program is mandatory for all new students. It kicks off with an official welcome by President Hanno and the signing of the Wheaton Honor Code. These days before the semester starts will be filled with opportunities to meet your classmates, various educational sessions, and final preparations for the first day of classes.

Spring Semester Admission

The cohort of new students admitted for the Spring Term will attend January Orientation. This program is mandatory for all new students and takes place in the days preceding the start of the Spring semester.