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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 Orientation

NewStudentOrientation is scheduled to begin on August 20th, with check in for residence hall students. On Monday, August 21st, orientation check-in begins at 12:00 am in the Sligo Church Atrium, and the official program kicks off at 1:00 pm 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 the 20th 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 August 15, 2017. 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 Tuesday, September 5, 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 or 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 August 1 so that we can be well prepared to offer you an outstanding experience.


New Student Orientation Fall 2017 Schedule

Sunday, August 20
9:00 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 Wilkinson Hall first floor)
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pmResidence Hall Orientation
Monday, August 21
7:00 – 9:00 amBreakfast
Wilkinson Dining Hall
9:00 am – 12:00 pmTesting, Class registration, Clearance
12:00 pmLunch
Wilkinson Dining Hall
12:30 pmOrientation Check-In (All new students)
1:00 pm - 1:30 pmOrentation Kick off/ Opening Session
Welcome from the President
Sligo Church Sanctuary
1:30 – 2:15 amStudent Ice-breakers/Community building activities
(Facilitated by OPAL Team Members)
parent's Session (Repeated)
2:15 – 2:45 pmCampus Safety/Security Information
3:00 – 3:45 pmInstitutional Culture - Memorial Chapel
(Understanding the mission and culture of the university as a Seventh-Day Adventist institution of higher education)
3:45 – 4:30 pmAcademic Culture―Memorial Chapel
Understanding your academic requirements – Office of the Registrar
4:30 – 5:30 pmStudent Small Group Meetings (OPAL TEAM) BCSSE
Parent's Session (Repeated)
4:15 - 5:00 pmUnderstanding Student Financial Aid Presentation
6:30 pmGateway Dinner and Ceremony
(Families are invited to attend with their student)
8:00 pmDessert Receptions
Students in the Library sponsored by the Alumni Association
Parents in the Dining Hall of Wilkinson Hall
Tuesday, August 22
7:00 – 9:00 pmBreakfast
8:30 – 12:00 pmTesting, Class Registration, Clearence
12:00 pmLunch
(New Student Orientation Continues)
1:00 - 1:45 pmStudent Financial Aid Session
2:00 - 2:45 pmSmall group activity (OPAL Team)
3:00 - 4:15 pm“Addressing Sexual Misconduct” - Title IX Workshop
4:30 - 5:30 pmFaculty Panel: What Faculty Expect in the Classroom
5:30 - 6:30 pmDinner
6:30 - 7:45 pmSocial Activity
Wednesday, August 23
7:00 – 8:15 amBreakfast
8:30 – 10:45 amBafa’ Bafa’ – A Cross Cultural Simulation focusing on diversity
(Required for all new students)
11:00 amInternational Student Orientation (Required for all international students)
12:00 pmLunch
1:00 - 5:00 pmInternational Student Orientation - continued
5:00 - 6:30 pmDinner with the Dean - Wilkinson Dining Hall
7:00 - 9:00 pmFaculty Talent Show
Thursday, August 24
7:00 - 9:00 amBreakfast
9:00 - 9:45 amFYE Kick off (Required for all students registered for INTD 105)
10:00 - 11:30 amFYE Classes meet (Required for all students registered for INTD 105)
12:00 pmLunch
12:45 - 8:30 pmWashington, DC trip (Part of FYE class graded assignment)
Friday, August 25
7:00 - 9:00 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:00 pmFYE Classes meet (Required for all students registered for INTD 105)
12:00 pmLunch
1:00 - 3:30 pmShopping trip (must sign up to attend)
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pmNew Student Consecration Service- For all new students and families
Saturday, August 26
12:00 – 2:00 pmBrunch
9:30am- 1:00 pmSabbath School and Church
2:00 – 3:00Lunch
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pmVaspers
8:00 pmMovie / Game Night
Sunday, August 27
7:00 amBreakfast / Box lunch pick up
7:30 amDepart for Ropes Course
(Required for all students enrolled in INTD 105)
4:00 pmReturn from FYE Ropes Course


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.