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 for Wednesday and Thursday, January 8 and 9. Orientation check-in begins at 9:30 am in the Sligo Church Atrium, and the official program kicks off at 10:00 am with a welcome from the University administration.  A number of informative workshops have been planned that will help you make a smooth transition into the campus community.

The entire orientation program schedule can be found on the university web site. Please check the schedule periodically for any changes, updates that may be made.  We look forward to seeing you January 8th!

New Student Orientation – Spring 2020

Tentative Schedule

Monday, January 6
9:00 am
 
Residence halls open for new students
 
9:00 am – 2:00 pmPlacement tests for Math and English (As needed)
 Betty Howard Center for Student Success
 
9:00 am – 4:00 pmAcademic advising, class registration, financial clearance
Admissions Office, Wilkinson Hall, 3rd Floor
 
5:00 pm Wilkinson Dining Hall opens
Tuesday, January 7
9:00 am – 2:00 pmPlacement Tests for Math and English (As needed)
Betty Howard Center for Student Success
9:00 am – 4:00 pm Academic advising, class registration, financial clearance
Admissions Office, Wilkinson Hall, 3rd Floor
6:00 pmDining Hall Opens for Dinner
2nd Floor, Wilkinson Hall
Wednesday, January 8
7:00 amBreakfast
Wilkinson Dining Hall
9:30 amNew Student Orientation Check-In
Sligo Church Atrium
 
10:00 amOrientation Opening Session/Gateway Ceremony
Welcome from the University Administration
Sligo Church Fellowship Halls
10:30 am – 11:15 am Ice-breakers/Community building activities
(Led by OPAL Team Members)
Parents’ Session
11:30 am – 12:00 pmCampus Safety/Security Presentation for Parents and Students
Sligo Church Fellowship Halls
 
12:00 pmLunch
1:00 – 1:45 pmInstitutional Culture
(Understanding the mission and culture the university as a Seventh-Day
Adventist university; University policies on alcohol and other drugs
Sligo Church Fellowship Halls
1:45 – 2:15 pmAcademic Culture—Memorial Chapel
Understanding your academic requirements – Office of the Registrar
Sligo Church Fellowship Halls
 
2:30 – 3:30 pmTitle IX Workshop (Addressing Sexual Harassment/Discrimination and Misconduct)
Sligo Fellowship Halls
4:00 – 5:00 pmFYE Overview (Required for all students registered for INTD 105)
Transfer Students Overview
Sligo Church Fellowship Halls
6:00 pm Dinner
Wilkinson Dining Hall
Thursday, January 9                
7:00 amBreakfast
Wilkinson Dining Hall
9:00 am – 2:00 pm Placement Tests for Math and English (As needed)
Betty Howard Center for Student Success
9:00 – am – 4:00 pmAcademic advising, class registration, financial clearance
Admissions Office, Wilkinson Hall, 3rd Floor
 
12:00 – 1:00 pm  Lunch
Wilkinson Dining Hall
1:00 – 5:00 pmInternational Student Orientation
(Required for all new undergraduate and graduate international students)
Sligo Church Fellowship Halls