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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 August 21st, with check in for residence hall students. On Monday, August 22nd, 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 21st 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, 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, September 6, 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 August 1 so that we can be well prepared to offer you an outstanding experience.


New Student Orientation Fall 2016 Schedule

Friday, August 26 Saturday, August 27 Sunday, August 28

(New Student Orientation Continues)

Sunday, August 21
9:00 am Residence halls open
12:00 pm Dining hall opens
9:00 am – 4:00 pm Pacement Test BHC for SS
6:00 pm Dinner
Wilkinson Dining Hall
Monday, August 22
8:30 am – 12:30 pm Class Registration/Clearance/Testing
12:00-1:00 pm Orientation Check –In (All new students)
Sligo ChurchLunch
Wilkinson Dining Hall
1:00-1:30 pm Orientation Kick off /Opening Session
Sligo Church Fellowship Halls & Atrium
1:30-2:15 pm Ice Breakers for students

Parents’ Session

2:15 – 3:00 pm Campus Safety/Security Presentation
Sligo Church Sanctuary
3:10-4:00 pm Understanding Our Culture as a Seventh-Day Adventist Institution
Sligo Church Sanctuary
4:15pm -
5:00 pm
Know Your Academic Requirements
Sligo Church Sanctuary
6:30 pm Gateway Dinner & Ceremony
Wilkinson Dining Hall & The Gateway
8:00 pm Dessert Receptions

  • Students – Weis Library
  • Parents – Wilkinson Dining Hall
Tuesday, August 23
8:30 am – 12:30pm Class Registration/Clearance/Testing
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
Wilkinson Dining Hall
(New Student Orientation Continues)
1:00-1:45 pm Student Financial Services Presentation for all new students and parents
Sligo Church
2:00-2:45 pm Small Group Activity w/ OPAL Team (BCSSE)
3:00-5:00 pm Title IX Workshop – “Addressing Sexual Misconduct in Higher Education”
Sligo Fellowship Halls
5:15 - 6:00 pm Faculty Panel – “What Faculty Expect from Students in the Classroom”
Sligo Fellowship Halls
6:00-7:00 pm Dinner
Wilkinson Dining Hall
7:00 – 9:00 pm Social Activity
Wednesday, August 24
9:30- 11:30 am Bafa’ Bafa’ – A Cross-Cultural Simulation (Required for all new students)
Sligo Church Atrium and Fellowship Halls
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
Sligo Church Sanctuary
2:00-5:00 pm International Student Orientation (Required for all international students)
Sligo Church Fellowship Halls & Atrium
1:00-4:00 pm Shopping Trip (Sign up required at the Orientation Check-In table on 8-22-16)
6:00-7:00 pm Dinner with the Deans (For all new students)
Wilkinson Dining Hall
7:00 – 9:00 pm Social activities for all new students – Faculty Talent Show
Peters Music Building
Thursday, August 25
9:00-9:45 am FYE Kick off & Welcome (Required for all students registered for INTD 105)
Wilkinson Hall Lobby
10:00-11:30 am FYE Classes meet (Required for all students registered for INTD 105)
Meet in assigned classrooms
11:30 -12:30 pm Lunch
12:45 - 8:30 pm Washington DC trip (Part of FYE class graded assignment)
Friday, August 26
9:00 am -12:00 pm FYE classes meet (Required for all students registered for INTD 105)
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
Wilkinson Hall Lobby
1:30-4:00 pm Shopping trip (Sign up required at the Orientation Check-in table on 8-22-16)
5:00 – 6:00 pm Dinner
Wilkinson Dining Hall
7:30 pm New Student Consecration Service – For all new students and families
Sligo Church
Saturday, August 27
10:00 am Brunch

Sabbath School Church
Sligo Church

4:30 pm Depart for Gateway Fellowship
Board buses in Halcyon Hall lot
5:00 pm Dinner
Wilkinson Dining Hall
7:00 pm Vespers at Gateway Fellowship
Takoma Academy
8:00 pm Social Activities: Movie/Game Night
Gym/Activity Center
Sunday, August 28
7:00 am Breakfast
7:45 am Ropes Course (Required for all students registered for INTD 105)
Bus leaves from Halcyon Hall parking lot
4:00 pm Return to campus


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.