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