Academic Registration and Creative Horizons

All incoming students must attend one ARCH session in June. ARCH is your opportunity to learn more about academics at Wooster, meet some of your future Wooster mentors and classmates, and ultimately register for your first semester classes. Please note: Virtual sessions are primarily for International Students.

Sign up for ARCH through the Admissions Portal


ARCH Dates

Summer 2023 ARCH SessionsDaysFormat
ARCH 1: June 15-16Thursday-FridayVirtual
ARCH 2: June 20-21Tuesday-WednesdayIn-Person (Session is full)
ARCH 3: June 23-24Friday-SaturdayIn-Person
ARCH 4: June 27-28Tuesday-WednesdayIn-Person
ARCH 5: June 29-30Thursday-FridayVirtual
ARCH 6*: August 2-3Wednesday-ThursdayVirtual

*ARCH 6 is primarily for those students who deposit to The College of Wooster after June 1.

In-Person ARCH

Students will stay overnight in a residence hall, participate in information sessions, enjoy fun activities, and meet with an advising and mentoring team to select and register for your first semester classes. We encourage one or two family members to accompany you and we will have sessions for them as well.

Schedule Overview

Day 1: Check in to Residence Hall, learn about academics at Wooster, take placement exams, consider areas of study that interest you, hang out with your fellow classmates.

  • 10:00 –11:30 am | Check In
  • 12:00 –12:30 pm | Welcome
  • 12:30 –2:00 pm | Students and families will have lunch in small groups with a faculty, staff, and student ARCHer team
  • 2:00 –8:00pm | Students will continue meeting with their small group and have dinner with their student ARCHer
  • 2:30 –5:00 pm |Families will meet with Academic Affairs and Dean of Students staff
  • 5:00–6:00 pm | Families are welcome to join ARCH faculty and staff at a casual reception with appetizers
  • 8:00 –10:00 pm | Students are invited to participate in a variety of fun activities to get to know their new classmates.

Day 2: Meet with your faculty advisor, staff mentor, and ARCHer to select your classes and register, attend the Resource Fair.

  • 7:30 am – 1:00 pm | Students will have individual advising appointments and register for courses
  • 9:00 am –1:00 pm | Resource Fair for students and families
  • 11:00 am –noon | Disability and Accommodations information session with Academic Resource Center staff (optional for both students and families)

Family members are invited to attend sessions on both days specifically designed to introduce our Wooster curriculum, resources, and support for students as they transition to college and Wooster.

Virtual ARCH

Students will attend virtual sessions, participate in fun Zoom activities, and meet with an advising and mentoring team to select and register for your first semester classes. Please remember virtual sessions are primarily for International Students, domestic students that are unable to attend one of the in-person ARCH sessions can request permission to attend a Virtual session through a form in the Admissions Portal.

Schedule Overview

Day 1: Attend Course Planning Meeting with staff mentor and ARCHer to learn about academics at Wooster and consider areas of study that interest you. Plan for two (2) hours.

Day 2: Attend Course Registration Meeting with faculty advisor and ARCHer to select your classes and register. Plan for one (1) hour.


The form asks you some questions that help us get to know you and to be prepared to assist you with your educational planning. We recommend checking the box to receive an email of your responses.

New Student Checklist

Before you attend ARCH, there are several tasks you need to complete.