Orientation for First Year Students

First Year Student with Mom and Dad at OrientationTuesday, January 24, 2017 - Wednesday, January 25, 2017

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
11:00 AM- 2:00 PM

New Student Check-In
*Required for Residential and Commuter Students

Villalobos Hall
11:00 AM- 2:00 PM

Residential Student Move-In
*Required for Residential Students

Campus Safety Office
11:00 AM- 2:00 PM  Math and Language Placement Tests CAAS
2:00 PM- 5:15 PM Informational Session  Villalobos Hall
5:30 PM- 6:30 PM


 Villalobos Hall
6:30 PM- 7:00 PM

Shuttle to Wardman House

Graham Athletic Center Parking Lot
7:00 PM- 7:20 PM Light of Learning Ceremony Wardman House
7:20 PM- 8:15 PM

Family Reception with dessert 

Wardman House
8:15 PM- 8:30 PM

Shuttle back to Campus 

 Wardman House
10:00 AM- 12:00 PM Advising and Registration for First Year Students CAAS
10:00 AM- 12:00 PM Advising and Registration for Transfer Students CAAS
12:00 PM- 2:00 PM

First Year Meeting with Faculty Mentor


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

Tuesday, January 24 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.