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.

Early Arrival Program participants will arrive on campus on Wednesday, Aug 23, 2023.**  All programs will run through Friday, August 25, 2023. Residential students who are participating will move directly into their Fall room assignment when they arrive on campus. At the conclusion of Early Arrival Programs, students will transition to the Fall Orientation: Welcome Weekend.

** Those participating in the International Student program will arrive on Tuesday, August 22, 2023.

Registration for Early Arrival Programs will be available in June 2023.

Schedules for 2023 will be available in June. To view the schedule from 2022, click the links below.

Abilities 1st! Track

Designed for students who wish to explore supports with Accessibility Services prior to the start of the semester. Led by Accessibility Services.

View the Abilities 1st! schedule

Brave, Bold and First Track

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.

View the Brave, Bold and First Track schedule

Intercultural Track

Geared toward students of color and provides an opportunity for students to engage in dialogue and explore their cultural identity, race and ethnicity, and start to build an inclusive community. Hosted by the Marshall Center for Intercultural Learning. Hosted by the Marshall Center for Intercultural Learning.

View the Intercultural Track schedule

International Student Track*

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. 

View the International Student Track schedule

Open Pride Track

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.

View the Open Pride Track schedule

Are you late, or lost? Need additional assistance connecting to your Early Arrival Track? Contact us at preorientation@wheatoncollege.edu or call Public Safety at 508-286-8213 and they will get you in touch with the right people