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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

New Student Orientation is scheduled to begin on January 3, with check in for residence hall students. On Wednesday, January 4, orientation check-in begins at 12 noon 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 January 4 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 December 22, 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 Tuesday, January 17th, you will have to move out the residence hall.

The entire orientation program schedule is below. 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 RSVP form.  Please submit your RSVP by December 30th so that we can be well prepared to offer you an outstanding experience.


New Student Orientation Spring 2017 Schedule

Tuesday, January 3
9:00 amResidence halls open
9:00 am – 4:00 pmPlacement tests for Math and English (As needed)
Betty Howard Center for Student Success
9:00 am – 4:00 pmTesting, advising, class registration, financial clearance
12:00 – 1:00 pmDining hall opens
6:00 7:00 pmDinner
Wilkinson Dining Hall
7:00 pmResidential Students: Orientation meeting with Residence Hall Deans
(Halcyon & Morrison Halls)
Wednesday, January 4
7:00 – 9:00 amBreakfast
Wilkinson Dining Hall
9:00 am – 12:00 pmTesting, advising, class registration, financial clearance
12:00 pmOrientation Check-in (All new students)
Sligo Church Atrium
12:00 pmLunch
Wilkinson Dining Hall
1:00 pmOpening Session/Gateway Ceremony – Welcome from the University President, Provost, Deans, and other administrators
Sligo Church Fellowship Hall
1:30 – 2:15 amIce-breakers/Community building activities
(Led by OPAL Team Members)
parent's Session
2:15 – 2:45 pmCampus Safety/Security Presentation for Parents and Students
2:45 – 3:15 pmInstitutional Culture (Understanding the mission and culture the university as a Seventh-Day Adventist university; University policies on alcohol and other drugs
3:30 – 4:10 pmAcademic Culture―Memorial Chapel
Understanding your academic requirements – Office of the Registrar
4:15 – 5:00 pmWhat Faculty Expect from Students (Memorial Chapel)
A Panel Discussion for all students
5:00 pmTitle IX Workshop (Addressing Sexual Harassment/Discrimination and Misconduct)
6:00 pmDinner
Wilkinson Dining Hall
Thursday, January 5
7:00 – 9:00 amBreakfast
Wilkinson Dining Hall
9:00 – 9:30 amStudent Financial Services (Financial Aid) Info session
9:30 – 10:15 amOPAL Team small group meetings
10:15 am - 12:00 pmBafa’ Bafa’ – Across Cultural Simulation Experience
12:00 – 1:00 pmLunch
Wilkinson Dining Hall
1:00 – 5:00 pmInternational Student Orientation session
(Mandatory for all international students)
Sligo Fellowship Halls
6:00 pmDinner
Wilkinson Dining Hall
Friday, January 6
7:00 – 9:00 amBreakfast
Wilkinson Dining Hall
9:00 – 11:00 amAdvising, registration, financial clearance
9:00 am – 12:00 pmFYE Classes meet
(Required for all FYE students)
12:00 pmLunch
Wilkinson Dining Hall
1:15 pmNew Student Consecration
Sligo Memorial Chapel


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.