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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.

Students smiling at OrientationNew 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.


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


 8 .am.–5 P.M Student ID Cards – Martha Miller Center
 10 A.M.–4 P.M. Staggered Housing Check-In
 11:30 A.M.–2 P.M. Lunch
 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


 7:30–9 A.M. Breakfast (use ID card)
8–11 a.m. Student ID Cards – Martha Miller Center
 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. Legacy Family Open House (by invitation)
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. First Gen. Student & Family Session
 1 - 3:00 P.M. Orientation Team Gathering #2
 4:30–6:30 P.M. Picnic in the Pine Grove (served in Phelps and Cook Dining Halls)
 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


 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


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

TUESDAY, August 30

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.