Our 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. Participation is optional, but highly recommended for students who would value making connections in these areas.  For more information on these programs, please email orientation@wheatoncollege.edu.

In 2020 all programs will be offered virtually which will allow students to attend and participate both from on-campus and off-campus.  Whether you are choosing to study in the Fall remotely or your arrival plans don’t align with the program dates, rest assured that you will still be able to take advantage of these great opportunities.

Registration for our 2020 program is open now! (You will need to access this form with your Wheaton account.)

Abilities 1st!

August 20 & 21, 2020

Designed for students who choose to register their disability with Accessibility Services. Led by Accessibility Services.

Brave, Bold and First

August 20 & 21, 2020

Intended for students who will be the first in their family or within their community of support to attend college. Led by the Center for Social Justice and Community Impact.

Community Engagement 

August 20 & 21, 2020

The Community Engagement Early Arrival program is intended for students who are passionate about giving back to their community. The program will allow incoming Wheaton students to connect with peers who share this common interest, as well as Wheaton community engagement clubs, and community serving organizations in the greater Bristol county community to learn more about enacting positive social change.


August 20 & 21, 2020

Geared toward students of color and provides an opportunity for students to engage in dialogue and explore issues of cultural identity, acceptance and intercultural learning. Led by the Marshall Center for Intercultural Learning.

International Student*

August 20 & 21, 2020

Created for all international students to deliver information about their immigration status, cultural adjustment, academic differences, options for employment and overall transition to Wheaton and the United States. Led by the Center for Global Education.

*International students are required to attend. 

Open Pride

August 20 & 21, 2020

Intended for students who identify as LGBTQ+ and want to explore their gender identity, expression and sexuality. Led by the Center for Social Justice and Community Impact.

Wheaton Outdoor Orientation Program

August 20 & 21, 2020

An optional outdoor adventure program for incoming students, planned in collaboration with the Outdoors Club, that offers a variety of relationship-building and outdoor activities. Led by the Office of Club Sports, Intramurals and Recreation.