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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 July.

ThursDAY, AUGUST 22 – Move-in Day!

Time Event Location
8 a.m.–3 p.m. Residence Hall Check-In Registration Tents
8 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Apartment and Cottage Check-In DeWitt Flagpole Tent
8 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Commuter Check-In Orientation Station
8 a.m.–5 p.m. ID Card Photo Session Martha Miller 238/239
11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Lunch (New students & Families) Phelps (Overflow Maas)
1–4:30 p.m. Resource Room Martha Miller Rotunda
4–6:30 p.m. Dinner Phelps
5–6 p.m. Transfer Welcome Dinner Maas Conference Room
5-6 p.m. Step2Success Dinner  Maas Auditorium
6:15–7:15 p.m. Residence Hall Meeting #1 Residence Halls
7:15 p.m.

OAs will start picking up all new students at their Res Halls. They will communicate by GroupMe! If you do not live in a Res Hall, plan to meet your OAs at the Orientation Station (OS) in the Bultman Student Center (BSC).

7:30–9 p.m.

O-Team Gathering #1

O-Team Location
9–10 p.m.

Orange and Blue For You: New Student Welcome

Jack Miller


Time Event Location
7:30–9 a.m. Breakfast Phelps Dining Hall
8–11 a.m. ID Card Photo Session Martha Miller 238/239
9–9:45 a.m. New Student Seminars
(choose one)
  Education Martha Miller 135
  Pre-Law and Political Science Lubbers Hall 120
  Health Professions  DeWitt Theater
  The Arts

De Pree Art Building 
(Cook Auditorium)

  Still Deciding on Your Major

Maas Auditorium


Vanderwerf 102

  Economics & Business
(includes Accounting)

Graves Hall
(Winants Auditorium)

  The Humanities

VanderWerf 104

  Social Sciences
(Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, & Communication)

Science Center 1019


Science Center 1000

  Physical Sciences

Science Center 1116

  Math and Computer Science

Science Center 1118

10 –11 a.m. O-Team Gathering #2

O-Team Location

11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Lunch


TBD Step2Success Dessert and MSO Involvement Fair

Keppel House

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Legacy Family Open House (by invitation)

Jack Miller

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. First Gen Student & Family Gathering

BSC Schaap Auditorium

12–4  p.m. First Year Seminar Academic Advising

Martha Miller

3:30–4:30 p.m. Step2Success: Life & Learning at Hope College

BSC Great Room

5–6:30 p.m. Picnic in the Pine Grove

Pine Grove
(if rain: Phelps)

7:30–8:30 p.m. Residence Hall Meeting #2

Residence Halls

8:30–10 p.m. Playfair: The Ultimate Ice Breaker

VanAndel Soccer

10–11:30 p.m.  Summer Soiree!

BSC Patio


Time Event Location
10–11 a.m. Worship Service Dimnent Chapel
10:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Brunch Phelps
1 p.m. Goodbyes and Family Photos The Anchor
2 - 3:30 p.m. O-Team Gathering #3 O-Team Location
2 –3:30 p.m. Transfer Students Explore Downtown Meet at Orientation Station
5–7 p.m. Dinner (meal plan starts) Phelps
7–10 p.m. Step2Success Event Keppel House


Time Event Location
7:30–9:30 a.m. Breakfast Phelps
11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Lunch Phelps
1:30 p.m. Line up for Opening Convocation DeVos Fieldhouse
2–3 p.m. Opening Convocation DeVos Fieldhouse
TBD Involvement Fair Pine Grove

MonDAY, August 26

Time Event Location
7:30–9:30 a.m. Breakfast Phelps
8 a.m. Classes Begin

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

A $120 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.