Student Orientation Schedule

MacLeod and Proud

Welcome to the College of Wooster!

We are excited about the orientation program planned for you! This year’s theme is MACLEOD AND PROUD! We hope this experience will stimulate your intellect, enhance your social growth, and support you as you evolve from high school to college students, adolescence to young adulthood, local to global citizens. We encourage you to actively participate in the orientation and familiarize yourself with the people and facilities at Wooster. The schedule for orientation is packed with activities, each of which is designed to help you expand your view of the Wooster community that will be your home for the upcoming years. We encourage you to seek out a new and challenging experience every day. Discover what it means to be MACLEOD AND PROUD!

The 2019 Orientation Committee

Friday, August 16, 2019

8:30 a.m.
Shuttle Pick Up at Cleveland Hopkins Airport and Sheraton Airport hotel
(International and Global Nomad students only)

* Make sure you complete a travel information form even if you don’t need a shuttle.

10:00 a.m.
Arrive on Campus and Check In at Lowry Back Patio

11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Lunch is available at Lowry Dining Hall

Students may present their COW Card, while family members will need to purchase their lunches

12:30 p.m.
Shuttle Pick Up at Cleveland Hopkins Airport
(International and Global Nomad students only)

* Make sure you complete a travel information form even if you don’t need a shuttle.

1:30 p.m.
Arrive on Campus and Check In at Lowry Back Patio

2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Mandatory ARCH 5 Check In

Saturday, August 17, 2019

ARCH 5 Schedule will be available to attendees at check in on Friday, August 16, 2019

Sunday, August 18, 2019

8:00 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
International & Global Nomad Student Orientation
(International Students and Global Nomads Only)

  • 8:00-9:00 a.m. – Breakfast & Check-in (Lowry Dining Hall)
  • 9:00-9:30 a.m. – Welcome & Large Group Activity (The Alley)
  • 9:30-10:30 a.m. (Williams Hall)
    • Group 1: F-1 Regulations & Global Nomad Session/Campus Tour
    • Group 2: Academic Transitions & Wellness Center Tours
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. –
    • Group 1: Academic Transitions & Wellness Center Tours
    • Group 2: F-1 Regulations & Global Nomad Session/Campus Tour
  • 11:30-12:30 p.m. – Lunch
  • 1:30-2:30pm – Group 1: Activities, Group 2: The Woo Life & Student Q&A
  • 2:30-3:30pm – Group 1: The Woo Life & Student Q&A, Group 2: Activities
  • 3:00-4:00 p.m. – Belonging Activity.

1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Move In & Get Settled

Report to your assigned residence hall and check in for your room as well as the New Student Orientation Program. Residence Life staff members will be available to assist you with any questions. Additionally, there will be local vendors, representatives from various campus departments, and voter registration under the tent in front of Compton Hall.

4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Dinner on Own

You may purchase tickets during move in and enjoy dinner in the Lowry Dining Hall or you may choose from a selection of restaurants in Wooster to enjoy. There is no charge for students to eat. Family members will pay a nominal fee. Dinner at Lowry will begin at 5:00 p.m.. Students may present their COW Card to eat at Lowry, while family members will need to purchase their meals. Dinner at Lowry will begin at 5:00 PM.

6:00 p.m.-6:45 p.m.
Hall Meetings w/RAs
(students only)

7:00 p.m.
Students Gather in Oak Grove for March through Arch to McGaw

Experience your first March Through the Arch

7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Orientation Welcome

President Bolton and members of her Cabinet will welcome you and your families to campus!

8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Activities In & Around Lowry
(students only)

Get to know your classmates by participating with the various activities in and around Lowry Center. Pizza and snacks will be provided!

Monday, August 19, 2019

8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
(families and students)

Enjoy breakfast at Lowry Dining Hall and visit with various campus resources. Make sure to stop in and get your Post Office Box information, confirm Student Wellness service information, and talk with representatives from the Business Office, Dining Services, and local banks. The Business Office will be available in Galpin Hall during regular business hours to answer questions.

* Students must be 18 or older to open an account

You may also:

  • Visit the Learning Center on the Lower Level of the Gault Library for Independent Study
  • Register your vehicle with Security and Protective Services in Culbertson/Slater House (2)
  • Inquire about Student Employment in the West Wing of Service Center in the Human Resources Area located at 536 East Wayne Avenue, north of Longbrake Wellness Center (10)

10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Community Values and Principles
(families and students)

The signing of the Community Values statements is a pivotal moment in every student’s transition to The College of Wooster. Families are invited to join us in commemorating this first of many milestones in The Wooster experience.

11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Class of 2023 Photo at Kauke Arch

Gather with your classmates at the Kauke Arch to have your first official class photo taken.

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Join other new students, their families and college staff for lunch at Lowry Center. Students should present their C.O.W. cards while family members are guests of the College.

1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Class of 2023 will be split in half. Each student will participate in both sessions. OC Groups 1-11 will begin with Sex Signals program at 1:00 PM, while OC Groups 12-26 begin with the Campus Resources Game Show at 1:00 PM.

1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Sex Signals

Blending a unique combination of improvisational comedy, education, and audience participation, “Sex Signals” provides a provocative look at the issues of dating, sex, and ultimately date rape on college campuses. “Sex Signals” will get students laughing and talking about a serious issue in a way few programs can!

3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Campus Resources Game Show

Learn about many of the Campus Resources available to help you be safe, successful, and happy while you are at Wooster!

5:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Family Farewells

5:45 p.m.-7:15 p.m.
First Year/Transfer Student Dinner

Join the other members of your residence hall community for your first “Class Dinner”. Look for your residence hall name on the tables. Mix, mingle, and have some fun while you enjoy some of Dining Services’ finest treats. Refer to the invitation in your folder for specific arrival times.

7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
A Student’s View of Wooster

Orientation Committee Leaders will meet you In your residence hall for Q&A

9:00 p.m.-11:30 p.m.
Social Activities

Glow-in-the-Dark Roller Skating

Roll into the night on a full-size Glowing Roller Skating Rink. Music, skates, and plenty of glow accessories will be provided. Join your OCers and Classmates at Scot Center back patio for a fun evening under the stars. When your feet are too tired to skate, you can enjoy a make-your-own trail mix bar and play games!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
Breakfast @ Lowry Dining Hall

Breakfast will be available starting at 7:30 AM.

9:00 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
Safety & Security at the College of Wooster

This program will talk about Security and Protective Services (SPS) as part of the campus community and examine ways that you as a student can assist in maintaining a safe and secure campus. An overview of SPS services and emergency preparedness will be shared.

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Diversity & Inclusion at Wooster

Interactive event to strengthen your knowledge of and familiarity with the diversity of the entering class and the College, followed by small group breakout Wooster ACTS sessions to become more adept at talking across and about difference.

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Join your OCer for Lunch at Lowry Dining Hall!

1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Advising and Interdepartmental and Departmental Info Sessions

  • 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Session 1
  • 1:35 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.: Session 2
  • 2:10 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.: Session 3

Explore potential majors and minors and make sure to visit with your advisor/FYS Instructor to confirm your class schedule. A detailed schedule and locations will be provided. You should plan to attend all three sessions. See Schedule A for specific programs and locations.

4:00 p.m.-4:45 p.m.
Welcome to Wellness at Wooster

What does it take to be healthy at College and beyond? Come learn more about the Wellness center staff, programs offered, and learn insights to start your college career on a healthy path.

5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Dinner with the President

Enjoy a casual dinner hosted by the campus President, Sarah Bolton at Kittredge Dining Hall and experience a diverse array of foods prepared by Dining Services. Students may attend with their band sections, athletic teams, or individually. Students are encouraged to wear clothing/items that represent them, such as their identities, hometowns, hobbies, passions, high schools, etc. Refer to Schedule B for your suggested arrival time.

Schedule B

  • 5:00 p.m.
    Compton Hall residents, First-Year Band Members, Transfer and Exchange Students, First Year Fall Sport Athletes
  • 5:45 p.m.
    Bornhuetter Hall & Colonial House
  • 6:15 p.m.
    Douglass and Babcock Halls
  • 6:45 p.m.
    Wagner Hall residents

Evening Event

Enjoy all campus programming provided by Campus Activities! More details to come!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

8:00 a.m.
Classes Begin

Consult your schedule for specific information about your classes

4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Student Affairs Open House

Visit the Division of Student Affairs in The Alley on the lower level of Lowry Center to meet the staff and learn more about the support services designed to help you succeed at The College of Wooster!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

8:00 a.m.
Classes Continue

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
150th Opening Convocation

Another College tradition, the Opening Convocation features the President, faculty, administrative staff, students and friends of the college community in reflecting upon and celebrating our mission and our common purpose as a liberal arts college. Please remain in your seat until Convocation has concluded. Lunch will be available immediately following convocation.

4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
APEX & Library Open Houses

TAG, You're It! Come walk the Black and Gold Trail through the Libraries and learn about APEX, the three Libraries, the Writing Center, the Collaborative Research Environment, Educational Technology, and the Registrar. From whatever location you start, you will have fun, find refreshments, and learn about the resources you can use from your first day on campus.

  • Experience Timken Science Library.
  • Explore the Digital Studio in Andrews Library where consultants can assist with podcast, video capture, and editing equipment.
  • The Writing Center can help with any writing assignment, and you may even schedule your first appointment!
  • Meet the library staff including your FYS Librarian in the Cube and get a head start on completing the First-Year Library Challenge.
  • Visit the Digital Media Bar where 3D printers are located, the consultants can assist with all your digital media assignments, and meet the Educational Technology staff. Don't forget to try out the Ozobots and VR headsets.
  • Climb to the 3rd floor discovering spaces for study, work, or collaboration along the way and spend time with the Education Resource Collection.
  • APEX provides many opportunities for your success in the classroom and beyond, such as Academic Advising, Career Planning, Experiential Learning, Entrepreneurship, the Learning Center, and Global Engagement Office.

The Registrar's Office, in APEX, has staff available to respond to your questions

Friday, August 23, 2019

Friday Evening

  • Common Grounds
  • WAC/Woo After Dark event
  • UG Event (18+ students)

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Saturday Evening

  • Common Grounds
  • Lowry/UG

Sunday, August 25, 2019

FInd local places of worship.

1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Shopping Shuttles to Wooster North End – Walmart

Transportation leaving Lowry Center (main entrance) for the North End (Wayne Plaza, Wal-Mart, and Lowe’s) on the half hour.

Friday, August 30, 2019

4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Scot Spirit Day

Join us to learn about over 100 student organizations and to discover opportunities to get involved on campus. The Scot Marching Band and other student groups will make their first appearances of the school year!