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 Tuesday, August 20, 2024.**  All programs will run through Friday, August 23, 2024. 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.

Registration is now open. Register for Early Arrival Programs today!

Abilities 1st! Track

Abilities First! is designed for students who want to explore accessibility at Wheaton. The program is open to all students and gives students the opportunity to explore supports with Accessibility Services prior to the start of the semester. Students who participate may be planning to register with the Office of Accessibility or may want to develop a deeper understanding of accessibility at Wheaton. Led by Accessibility Services.

View the Abilities 1st! schedule

Brave, Bold and First Track

The Brave, Bold, & F1rst track provides opportunities to engage with support resources aimed at equipping students who are the first in their families to attend an institution of higher education in the United States with the skills they need to succeed at Wheaton. Sessions range from financial literacy to academic preparedness and career resources. Those who choose to participate in Brave, Bold, & F1rst may self-identify as first-generation and/or low-income or be an ally to those communities. View the Brave, Bold and First Track schedule

Intercultural Track

The Intercultural Early Arrival provides an opportunity for students to engage in dialogue and explore their cultural identity, race and ethnicity, and start to build an inclusive community. The program has a focus on supporting students of color. Those who choose to participate may be a member of that community or may be an ally.  Hosted by the Marshall Center for Intercultural Learning.

View the Intercultural Track schedule

International Student Track*

The focus of this program is to deliver information to international students about their immigration status, cultural adjustment, academic differences, options for employment and overall transition to Wheaton and the United States. Those who choose to participate may be an international student or may be an ally of that particular group. Led by the Center for Global Education.

*International students are required to attend. 

View the International Student Track schedule

Open Pride Track

Open Pride seeks to support incoming students who are interested in connecting to Wheaton’s LGBTQ+ support resources, from student organizations and classroom opportunities, to policies aimed at affirming a student’s chosen name on ID cards, class rosters, and more. Those who choose to participate in Open Pride may be a member of the LGBTQ+ community or an ally. 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 [email protected] or call Public Safety at 508-286-8213 and they will get you in touch with the right people