Gateway to Service… Engaging Minds… Transforming Lives

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

Congratulations on having been admitted to the Washington Adventist University!  We are so excited to have you as part of our university family and we look forward to welcoming you in August and assisting you in your transition to your new home through our new student orientation program.  All incoming freshman and transfer students are required to attend and participate in new student orientation week.  This will be the first and perhaps only time you will get a tremendous amount of information all at once that will familiarize you with our campus rules, regulations, policies, procedures, customs and traditions.  You cannot miss this!

New Student Orientation is scheduled to begin on Monday, August 20, 2018. Orientation check-in begins at 12:30 pm in the Sligo Church Atrium, and the official program kicks off at 1:00 pm with a welcome from the University administration and members of our distinguished faculty.  A number of exciting, engaging and informative workshops have been planned that will help you make a smooth transition into the campus community. Also, you will have the opportunity to make new friends on the very first day, many with whom you will develop a life-long bond!

Please check the schedule periodically for any changes or updates that may be made.  We look forward to seeing you on August 20th!

New Student Orientation Fall 2018 Schedule

Sunday, August 19
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Residence halls open for new students
12:00 pm Dining Hall opens
9:00 am – 4:00 pm Placement tests (as needed) for Math and English
Betty Howard Center for Student Success
Wilkinson Hall first floor, Suite 133
6:00 pm Wilkinson Dining Hall opens for Dinner
7:00 pm Residence Hall Orientation
Monday, August 20
7:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast
Wilkinson Dining Hall
8:30 am – 12:00 pm Placement Testing (as needed) in the Betty Howard Center
Registration and Advising (Begin in the Admissions Office)
Financial Clearance (Student Financial Services Office)
12:00 pm Lunch
Wilkinson Dining Hall
12:30 pm Orientation Check-In (All new students)
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Orentation Kick off/ Opening Session
Welcome from the President
Sligo Church Sanctuary
1:30 – 2:15 am Student Ice-breakers/Community building activities
(Facilitated by OPAL Team MembersParents’ Session (Will be repeated at 4:30 pm as needed)
2:15 – 2:45 pm Campus Safety/Security Information
3:00 – 3:45 pm Institutional Culture – Memorial Chapel
(Understanding the mission and culture of the university as a Seventh-Day Adventist institution of higher education)
3:45 – 4:30 pm Academic Culture―Memorial Chapel
Understanding your academic requirements – Office of the Registrar
4:30 – 5:30 pm Student Small Group Meetings (OPAL TEAM) BCSSE
Parent’s Session (Repeated)
4:15 – 5:00 pm Understanding Student Financial Aid Presentation
6:30 pm Gateway Dinner and Ceremony
(Families are invited to attend with their student)
8:00 pm Dessert Receptions
Students in the Library sponsored by the Alumni Association
Parents in the Dining Hall of Wilkinson Hall
Tuesday, August 21
7:00 – 9:00 pm Breakfast
8:30 – 12:00 pm Placement Testing (as needed) in the Betty Howard Center
Registration and Advising (Begin in the Admissions Office)
Financial Clearance (Student Financial Services Office)
12:00 pm
12:45 pm
Lunch, Wilkinson Dining Hall
(New Student Orientation Continues)
1:00 – 1:45 pm Student Financial Aid Session
2:00 – 4:00 pm “Addressing Sexual Misconduct” – Title IX Workshop
4:15 – 5:30 pm Faculty Panel: What Faculty Expect in the Classroom
5:30 – 6:30 pm Dinner
6:30 – 7:45 pm Social Activity
Wednesday, August 22
7:00 – 8:15 am Breakfast
8:30 – 10:45 am Bafa’ Bafa’ – A Cross Cultural Simulation focusing on diversity
(Required for all new students)
11:00 am International Student Orientation (Required for all international students)
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 – 5:00 pm International Student Orientation – continued
5:00 – 6:30 pm Dinner with the Dean – Wilkinson Dining Hall
7:00 – 9:00 pm Faculty Talent Show
Thursday, August 23
7:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 – 9:45 am FYE Kick off (Required for all students registered for INTD 105)
10:00 – 11:30 am FYE Classes meet (Required for all students registered for INTD 105)
12:00 pm Lunch
12:45 – 8:30 pm Washington, DC trip (Part of FYE class graded assignment)
Friday, August 24
7:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am – 12:00 pm FYE Classes meet (Required for all students registered for INTD 105)
12:00 pm Lunch
2:30 – 4:30 pm Shopping trip (must sign up to attend)
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm New Student Consecration Service- For all new students and families
Saturday, August 25
12:00 – 2:00 pm Brunch
9:30am- 1:00 pm Sabbath School and Church
2:00 – 3:00 Lunch
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Vespers
8:00 pm Movie / Game Night
Sunday, August 26
7:00 am Breakfast / Box lunch pick up
7:30 am Depart for Ropes Course
(Required for all students enrolled in INTD 105)
4:00 pm Return from FYE Ropes Course


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