Orientation for First-Year Students


Spring 2021 Orientation will be held via Zoom on Thursday, February 11.  

Students should plan to spend a full day attending orientation workshops, meeting with offices to take care of business, and registering for classes.

Some orientation programming will be conducted asynchronously – at your own pace and during times that are most convenient to you. Students will receive invitations to complete online workshops, such as one on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, via their Poet e-mail. 

First-year students will continue their orientation journey while enrolled in the INTD 101: Your Whittier College Experience course during the spring semester. Students can also connect with other first-year students through the First Year Class Council.

Special office hours to assist incoming students with their transition will also be available. 


8:30 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.

Welcome, Overview of Schedule, Icebreakers

8:50 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Dean of Students Welcome & Introduction

9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Academic Success at Whittier College

10:15 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.


10:25 a.m. – 10:55 p.m.

Diversity, Equity, and Justice

10:55 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.

Engagement at Whittier

11:25 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Next Steps

12:30 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.

Meet & Greet with Current Student Leaders (Optional)

1:20 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Office Hours for Departments

Students can meet with offices to prepare for their first day of classes. More information regarding how to meet with departments will be provided in the morning of orientation.