Orientation for First Year Students

Tuesday, January 26, 2016-Wednesday, January 27, 2016

StudentsOrientation is your introduction to Whittier College. The program is designed to give you an opportunity to meet faculty, administrators, and, of course, other new students. You will become acquainted with academic and student life programs, as well as the resources, facilities, and services available to you.


A memorable and enjoyable Orientation experience awaits all first year students. See a full schedule below. 

You may also download the Orientation Schedule to your smartphone for easy access.

1. Download Orgsync on GooglePlay or the App Store.
2. Sign in using your Whittier College username and password.
3. Once logged in, click "Whittier College" then "Events" and the schedule is available there as well as events throughout the academic year.

Arriving in Whittier

Residential and Commuter Students
Tuesday, January 26 is the first day of Orientation. A detailed schedule and list of Orientation events is listed below. The schedule is subject to change, so please check back frequently.

Early Arrivals
If you plan to arrive in Whittier prior to the start of Orientation, you will be responsible for arranging alternate accommodations as your residence hall room will not be available early. Click here for information about hotels near Whittier College.

Arriving by Air
Super Shuttle is a 24-hour, shared-ride airport shuttle service provided at all major Los Angeles area airports. Super Shuttle can pick you up at the airport terminal and drop you off at the College. Super Shuttle can be reached at 800.554.3146. The fare to Whittier from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is approximately $45. Credit cards are accepted.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

12:00 P.M. — 3:00 P.M. 

Orientation Check In and Residential Life Move In*

Villalobos Hall

12:00 P.M. — 3:00 P.M.

Math and Language Placement Tests

CAAS, Wardman Library, Ground Floor

3:00 P.M. — 5:00 P.M.

Informational Session and Brief Campus Tour (with families)*

Villalobos Hall

5:00 P.M.—7:30 P.M.

Light of Learning Ceremony and Welcome Dinner*

Memorial Chapel

7:30 P.M.

Cocoa Connection: New Poet Meet and Greet

The Cellar, Wanberg Residence Hall

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

8:00 A.M.—9:00 A.M.

Breakfast: See How the Center for Career Planning and Internships Can Help You Jumpstart Your Career*

CCPD, Campus Center

9:00 A.M.—10:00 A.M.

Financial Literacy & Fellowships*

CAAS, Wardman Library, Ground Floor

10:00 A.M.—12:00 P.M.

Advising and Registration fo First Year Students*

CAAS, Wardman Library, Ground Floor

12:00 P.M.—2:00 P.M.

First Year Meeting with Faculty Member*

Dezember Alumni House

*ALL Students are required to check-in