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Student Schedule

New Student Orientation is our way of introducing you to Hope’s traditions, experiences and current students — and the campus you’ll call home.

A family posing for a photo with DutchNew Student Orientation will take place right after you move in, with events scheduled throughout the weekend to help make the initial transition to college as smooth as possible. The goal is to welcome you to Hope College and give you a group of people to be able to recognize as familiar faces within your first few weeks on campus. The weekend schedule includes a mixture of team meetings, time to socialize, academic introductions and some downtime to get settled into your new home! 

In addition to the events planned through the regular orientation program, we have several opportunities designed specifically for transfer students. As a transfer student, we know you don't need a welcome to college — but you do need a welcome to Hope. New Student Orientation will provide that.

2021 STUDENT SCHEDULE

Subject to change. Watch for updates beginning in early June.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 27

 10 A.M.–4 P.M. Staggered Housing Check-In
 11:30 A.M.–2 P.M. Lunch
 12–5 P.M ID Cards
 2–5 P.M Resource Room
 4–6:30 P.M.   Dinner (use ID card)
 6:15–7:15 P.M Residence Hall Meeting #1
 7:30–9:15 P.M. Orientation Team Gathering #1
 9:30–10:30 P.M. Orientation Extravaganza

SATURDAY, AUGUST 28

 7:30–9 A.M. Breakfast (use ID card)
 9:30–10:15 A.M. New Student Seminars
 10:30–11:15 A.M. New Student Opening Session and Class Photo
 11 A.M.–1:30 P.M. Lunch
 11:30 A.M.–12:30 P.M. Generational Open House (by invitation)
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. First Gen. Student & Family Luncheon (by invitation)
 1 - 3:00 P.M. Orientation Team Gathering #2
 4–5 P.M. First Year Seminar (FYS) Open House
 4–5 P.M. Transfer Students: Tracking Your Degree 
 5–6:30 P.M. Picnic in the Pine Grove
 7:30–8:30 P.M. Residence Hall Meeting #2
 8:30–10 P.M. Playfair
 10 P.M.–11:30 P.M.. Summer Soiree

SUNDAY, AUGUST 29

 10–11 A.M. Worship Service
 10:30 A.M.–1 P.M. Brunch (use ID card)
11 a.m.–1 p.m. Campus Ministries Open House
 1:30–2 P.M. Opening Convocation Line Up
 2–3:30 P.M. Opening Convocation
 3:30–5 P.M. Goodbyes & Family Photos
 4:30–7 P.M. Dinner (meal plan begins)
 7–8:30 P.M. Orientation Team Gathering #3

MONDAY, AUGUST 30

 7:30–9:30 A.M. Breakfast
 8:30 A.M.–12:30 P.M. FYS Academic Advisor Meetings
 9–11 A.M. Work-Awarded Job Fair
11 A.M.-12 P.M. Transfer Program Closing Meeting
 11 A.M.–2:15 P.M. Lunch
 1–3 P.M. Orientation Team Gathering #4
 3–4:30 P.M. Involvement Fair
 5–7 P.M. Welcome Back Dinner
 9–11 P.M. Groovin‘ in the Grove

TUESDAY, August 31

7:30–9:30 a.m. Breakfast
 8 A.M Classes begin

Schedules are subject to change. A final schedule will be provided on your arrival in August. 

A $110 one-time standard fee is charged to all incoming students for Orientation. It covers all the events of Orientation, making it possible for all students and families to participate in as much as they choose. Submit your RSVP for Orientation! The link has also been sent to your 1Hope email.