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New Student Orientation 
Fall 2021

August 25-30, 2021

Exploring Whitman | Making Friends | Getting Set for the Semester

Here’s a preview of the fun and informative activities we’re planning for your first week at Whitman! You’ll receive a more detailed orientation schedule when you arrive.

PLEASE NOTE: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required for all students for the 2021-2022 academic year. Family members must also show proof of vaccination to take part in Move-In and Orientation activities. No exceptions. See Whitman's new masking policy (June 28, 2021). Learn more about Whitman's campus health practices in COVID-19 Information for New Students.

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Wednesday, August 25

8 a.m–3 p.m New Student Check-In at Reid Campus Center
9 a.m. 

Residence Hall Move-In 
Anderson Hall: Sections B, C and F
Jewett Hall: 3E, 3W, 4E and 4W
Lyman House: 3rd floor
North Hall: 3rd floor
Prentiss Hall: 3rd floor and East section

9 a.m.–Noon Campus Tours
11 a.m. 

Residence Hall Move-In
Anderson Hall: Sections A, D and E
Jewett Hall: 1W and 2W
Lyman House: 1st and 2nd floors
North Hall: 2nd floor
Prentiss Hall: 1st and 2nd floors

11 a.m.–2 p.m. Round-Trip Shopping Shuttles (Walmart, Marshall's, Bed Bath & Beyond)
3:30 p.m. Meet your Opening Week Leader (OWL) group
4 p.m. New Student and Family Welcome
7 p.m. Safety & Security at Whitman
8 p.m. All-Hall Meetings
9 p.m. Section Meetings

Thursday, August 26

9 a.m. Academic Open Houses & Advisor Drop-In
11 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.  OWL Group Meetings
1:30 p.m. Workshops:
  • Race & Identity
  • Academic Resources
4:30 p.m. Family Farewell Reception
7 p.m. Expert Talk: Alcohol & Cannabis ... From Beer Goggles to the Munchies
8:30 p.m. Living with a Roommate and Sectionmates

Friday, August 27

9 a.m. Workshops:
  • Race & Identity
  • Academic Resources
11 a.m. How to Find a Campus Job & Job Fair (11:30 a.m to 1 p.m)
1:30 p.m. Class of 2025 photo on Ankeny Field
2 p.m. OWL Group Activities
8–10 p.m. Night at Reid (Reid Campus Center)

Saturday, August 28

9 a.m. Workshops:
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Wellness at Whitman
11 a.m. & 4 p.m. OWL Group Meetings
2 p.m. Workshops:
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Wellness at Whitman
6:30 p.m. Night at the Fields (Soccer Fields)

Sunday, August 29

9 a.m. Home in Pasxapa (Walla Walla Valley)
2 p.m. Affinity Group Meet-Ups
4 p.m. OWL Group Meetings
7 p.m. Consent & Title IX: What You Need to Know
8 p.m. Residence Life Hall Programs

Monday, August 30

9 a.m.

Info Sessions:

  • ASWC (Associated Students of Whitman College)
  • Pathways Leadership Program
  • Greek Houses and Sorority Section tours
  • Required Financial Aid Entrance Meeting
9 a.m.–Noon Student Activities Fair & Poster Sale
10 a.m.

Info Sessions:

  • Explore Whitman's Outdoor Program
  • ASWC (Associated Students of Whitman College)
  • Greek Life Meet & Greet
  • Intramurals at Whitman
  • Required Financial Aid Entrance Meeting
11 a.m.

Info Sessions:

  • Pathways Leadership Program
  • Explore Whitman's Outdoor Program
  • Greek Life Meet & Greeet
  • Intramurals at Whitman
  • Required Financial Aid Entrance Meeting
1:30 p.m. Walla Walla 101 (Student Engagement Center)
2:30 p.m. First Year Seminars: Section Learning Community Meet-Up
3:30 p.m. Final OWL Group Meetings
4 p.m. Convocation (Entire Whitman Community)