Orientation for First Year Students

First Year Student with Mom and Dad at OrientationSunday, September 4, 2016 - Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Orientation is your introduction to Whittier College. The program is designed to give you an opportunity to meet faculty, administrators, and of course, other new students. You will become acquainted with academic and student life programs, as well as the resources, facilities, and services available to you.


Time Session Location
8:00 AM- 11:00 AM

Residential Student Check-In
*Required for Residential Students

North Lawn
10:00 AM- 12:00 PM

Commuter Student Check-In
*Required for Commuter Students

North Lawn
8:30 AM- 3:00 PM Business, Financial Aid, and Admissions Open House Mendenhall/ Weingart Hall
11:00 AM- 1:00 PM Lunch Campus Inn
1:15 PM- 2:00 PM

Orientation Kick-Off
*Required for All New Students

Graham Athletic Center
2:15 PM- 4:00 PM

Intersections, Connections, and Community
*Required for All New Students

Graham Athletic Center
4:00 PM- 4:30 PM Break/Walk to Campus Center for Dinner  
4:30 PM- 6:30 PM

Dinner wih Faculty Mentors
*Required for All First-Year Students

Campus Center
7:00 PM- 7:15 PM

Line up for Convocation
*Required for All New Students

Upper Quad
7:15 PM- 8:15 PM

President's Welcome and Convocation / Light of Learning Ceremony
*Required for All New Students

Harris Amphitheatre
8:15 PM- 9:15 PM Family Reception Campus Center Courtyard
9:15 PM- 10:15 PM

Residence Hall Floor Meetings
*Required for Residential Students

Johnson & Stauffer Residence Halls
7:30 AM- 8:30 AM Breakfast Campus Inn
9:00 AM- 10:30 AM

CommUnity Building Activity
*Required for All New Students

North Lawn
10:45 AM- 12:15 PM

Sex Signals
*Required for All New Students

Graham Athletic Center
12:30 PM- 1:45 PM Commuter Lunch Club 88
12:30 PM- 1:45 PM Lunch Campus Inn
2:00 PM- 3:00 PM

Intro to Student Life
*Required for All New First-Year Students 

Graham Athletic Center
3:30 PM- 4:45 PM

Financial, Educational, and Professional Literacy
*Required for All First-Year Students

Graham Athletic Center
4:30 PM- 6:00 PM Choral Auditions Music Building, Room 106
5:00 PM- 8:00 PM Whittwood Mall Shuttle Philadelphia House Parking Lot
5:00 PM- 7:00 PM Dinner Al Fresco Graham Athletic Center
7:00 PM- 10:00 PM

GAC Showcase - Finding Poets 

Graham Athletic Center
7:30 AM- 8:30 AM Breakfast Campus Inn
8:45 AM- 10:00 AM

Scavenger Hunt
*Required for All New First-Year Students

North Lawn/ Shannon Center
10:30 AM- 12:00 PM Student Employment Fair Club 88/ Villalobos Hall
11:00 AM- 1:30 PM Lunch Campus Inn
11:00 AM- 1:30 PM Music Theory Placement Exam Music Building, Room 106
11:00 AM- 1:30 PM Choral Auditions Music Building, Room 106
11:30 AM- 1:00 PM Education Department Informational Lunch Broadoaks Bewley Preschool
1:30 PM- 4:30 PM

Meet with your Faculty Mentor
*Required for All New First-Year Students

Varied Locations
5:30 PM Get picked up by shuttles for President's Dinner Graham Athletic Center
6:00 PM- 8:30 PM

President's Dinner
*Required for All New Students

Wardman House
8:30 PM- 10:30 PM

Residence Hall Meetings
*Required for Residential Students

All Residence Halls

Times and events are subject to change.

You may also download the Orientation schedule to your smartphone for easy access.

1. Download Orgsync on GooglePlay or the App Store.
2. Sign in using your Whittier College username and password.
3. Once logged in, click "Whittier College" then "Events" for the schedule and events throughout the academic year.

Arriving in Whittier

Sunday, September 4 is the first day of Orientation for all students, residential and commuter. A detailed schedule and list of Orientation events is listed above. The schedule is subject to change, so please check back frequently.

Early Arrivals
If you plan to arrive in Whittier prior to the start of Orientation, you will be responsible for arranging alternate accommodations as your residence hall room will not be available early. Click here for information about hotels near Whittier College.

Arriving by Air
Super Shuttle is a 24-hour, shared-ride airport shuttle service provided at all major Los Angeles area airports. Super Shuttle can pick you up at the airport terminal and drop you off at the College. Super Shuttle can be reached at 800.554.3146. The fare to Whittier from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is approximately $45. Credit cards are accepted.