The transition to college is an exciting time that involves the whole family. We encourage family and friends to join us during Summer Orientation to learn more about how the transition to college and more specifically Wheaton College is a collaborative experience between the student, the college, and the student’s family.

Family and Friends registration is a part of your student’s orientation registration. Your student received a personalized link to register via their Wheaton email and the deadline to register is Monday, June 13, 2022.

On the same day as the student summer orientation experience, the following program will be offered to family and friends of our incoming students.

On campus schedule

8 a.m.  Check-in and Refreshments – Haas Fieldhouse

9 a.m.  Opening – Haas Fieldhouse

9:30 a.m.  Academics and Advising – Haas Fieldhouse
Learn about the Compass Curriculum and the advising structures to support your student through the academic experience at Wheaton College.

10:15 a.m.  Student Financial Services – Haas Fieldhouse
Learn from the Student Financial Services about the financial components of enrolling at Wheaton College, including scholarships, financial aid, and loans.

For the next two time slots, attend the session based on the group indicated on your name tag (Group A or B):

11:15 a.m.   
Group A:  Coaching your student through the transition – the Chapel
Join the Dean of Students Office as they highlight the collaborative experience to coach your student to succeed in the college experience.  The discussion will include recommendations on how to prepare your student and family for their arrival on campus, highlighting common challenges and support structures, and learning about how the role of the family will evolve during the transition.

Group B:  Lunch – Emerson Dining Hall (enter via Chapin Courtyard) 

12:15 p.m.
Group B:  Coaching your student through the transition – the Chapel
Join the Dean of Students Office as they highlight the collaborative experience to coach your student to succeed in the college experience.  The discussion will include recommendations on how to prepare your student and family for their arrival on campus, highlighting common challenges and support structures, and learning about how the role of the family will evolve during the transition.

Group A:  Lunch – Emerson Dining Hall (enter via Chapin Courtyard)

2:30 p.m.  Campus Resource “TED” Talks – the Chapel
Learn about the different resources available to your student by the staff in their various resources around campus. These will be short 5-10 minute presentations and will be followed by a reception for families and friends to be able to ask individual questions about the resources in a more informal setting. Resources represented are Residential Life, Dining Services, Global Education, Career Services, Marshall Center for Intercultural Learning, Center for Social Justice and Community Impact, Counseling Center, Health Services, Athletics and Recreation, Student Activities, Involvement, and Leadership.

3:30 p.m.  Campus Resource Reception – the Dimple
Join the representatives from the campus resources who just presented how they support your student’s experience on campus. This is an informal setting with light refreshments to allow for family and friends to engage with the campus resources and ask individual questions.

4:30 p.m.  Closing – the Chapel

For family and friends unable to join us on campus on June 21, 23, and 26, we are preparing an alternative program that will be offered virtually. Please stay tuned for more information.

Questions about the family and friends program can be directed to deanofstudents@wheatoncollege.edu.