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New Student Orientation

We welcome you into our community of scholars. We want to provide you the opportunity to become more familiar with the campus culture, guidelines and policies of your specific academic programs, and ways you can contribute to the life and vitality of WAU.

Please review the Academic Bulletin; try to spend time with department chairs and professors. The Betty Howard Center for Student Success is able and ready to assist you with tools to become a successful student.  We realize the first year is often the hardest; this is why it is important for you to attend the orientation programs and informative workshops to keep abreast of our learning community.

Remember, only you can decide your future, but we are here to help so let us know what we can do to assist you every step of the way.

Upcoming Orentation

New Student Orientation is scheduled to begin on January 4, with check in for residence hall students. On Tuesday, January 5, orientation check-in begins at 9:00 am in the Sligo Church Atrium, and the official program kicks off at 10:00 am with a welcome from the University President, Dr. Weymouth Spence and other administrators. A number of informative workshops have been planned that will help you make a smooth transition into the campus community. Historically, residence hall students could not move into their rooms until they completed the financial clearance process. We have adjusted this policy to facilitate your participation in orientation. All residence hall students who did not complete the financial clearance process during one of the early registration sessions, will be allowed to move into their rooms on January 4th if they make a $500 initial payment in addition to the $150 housing deposit that is already required. This $500 fee is credited to your overall account, so it is NOT an additional amount on your tuition. This fee must be received by our office no later than January 4, 2016. The $150 housing deposit and the $500 initial payment may be made separately or by one check. Please note that if you are not financially cleared by Wednesday, January 20, you will have to move out the residence hall.

The entire orientation program schedule is attached. However, please check the schedule periodically for any changes, updates that may be made. Although you are expected to attend this program, we are asking you to RSVP and confirm your attendance by completing the form below. Please submit your RSVP by December 31 so that we can be well prepared to offer you an outstanding experience.


New Student Orientation Spring 2016 Tentative Schedule

Monday, January 4
10:00 am – 5:00 pmResidence halls open for new students
12:00 pmDining hall opens
9:00 am – 4:00 pmPlacement tests for Math and English
Betty Howard Center for Student Success
7:00 pmResidential Students: Orientation meeting with Residence Hall Deans
(Halcyon & Morrison Halls)
Tuesday, January 5
8:00 am – 9:00 amContinental Breakfast/Orientation check-in
Sligo Church Atrium
10:00 amOpening Session/Gateway Ceremony –
Welcome from the Provost, Deans, and other administrators
Sligo Church Fellowship Hall
10:30 am – 11:15 am

Ice-breakers/Community building activities
(Led by OPAL Team Members)

Parents Meeting

11:30 am – 12:15 pmCampus Safety Information
12:15 – 1:00 pmLunch, Wilkinson Dining Hall Commuter
Students: Meet with Student Life
1:15 pm – 2:00 pmInstitutional Culture
(Understanding the mission and culture the university as a Seventh-Day Adventist institution of higher education)
2:00 pm – 2:50 pmAcademic Culture—Memorial Chapel
Understanding your academic requirements – Office of the Registrar
3:00 pm – 4:10 pmHow to Succeed in College – Freshmen (SS Room 3)
Making the Transition – Transfer students (Youth Room)
4:15 pm – 5:00 pmWhat Faculty Expect from Students (Memorial Chapel)
A Panel Discussion for all students
5:15 pmTitle IX Workshop
(Addressing Sexual Harassment/Discrimination and,Misconduct)
6:30 pmDinner, Wilkinson Dining Hall
Wednesday, January 6
8:00 am – 8:45 amContinental Breakfast
9:00 am – 12:00 pmIt is a Whole New World
(Required session for all international,students)
9:00 am – 4:00 pmAdvising, registration, financial clearance
1:00 pm – 2:00 pmInternational Student Orientation session (continued)
2:15 pm – 4:15 pmFYE classes meet in assigned rooms
(Required for all FYE students)
7:00 pmWorship
Activity Center
Thursday, January 7
9:00 am – 4:00 pmAdvising, registration, financial clearance
10:00 am – 3:00 pmFYE Classes meet & depart for DC
(Required for all FYE students)
Friday, January 8
9:00 am – 11:00 amAdvising, registration, financial clearance


School of Arts & Social Sciences 

The School of Arts & Social Sciences offers a curriculum focused on fostering the development of the skills essential to be successful in the global service economy of the 21st Century: writing, critical thinking, debate, analysis, and an understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity.

School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness

The School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness employs a philosophy that balances practical training and theory in approaching education for future health sciences professionals. We bridge the gap between concept and practice.

School of Graduate & Professional Studies (SGPS)

For more than 30 years, WAU has been a leader in providing career building undergraduate degree programs for working professionals. WAU has continued to expand those offerings by adding graduate programs. This provides undergraduate students the opportunity to transition into graduate programs and continue to enhance their skills and competitive marketability.