Orientation for First Year Students

First Year Student with Mom and Dad at OrientationSunday, September 4, 2016 - Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Orientation 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.


Time Session Location 4 C's
8:00 AM- 11:00 AM Residential Student Check-In North Lawn Community
10:00 AM- 12:00 PM Commuter Student Check-In North Lawn Community
8:30 AM- 3:00 PM Business, Financial Aid, and Admissions Open House Mendenhall/ Weingart Hall Connections
11:00 AM- 1:00 PM Lunch Campus Inn Connections
1:15 PM- 2:00 PM Orientation Kick-Off Graham Athletic Center Community
2:15 PM- 4:00 PM Diversity Session Graham Athletic Center Cultural Perspectives
4:00 PM- 4:30 PM Break/ Walk to Campus Center for dinner   Community
4:30 PM- 6:30 PM Dinner wih Faculty Mentors Campus Center Connections
7:00 PM- 7:15 PM Line up for Convocation Upper Quad Community
7:15 PM- 8:15 PM President's Welcome and Convocation/ Light of Learning Ceremony Harris Amphitheatre Community
8:15 PM- 9:15 PM Family Reception Campus Center Courtyard Community
9:15 PM- 10:15 PM Residence Hall Floor Meetings Johnson & Stauffer Residence Halls Community, Cultural Perspectives, Communication
7:30 PM- 8:30 PM Breakfast Campus Inn Community
9:00 AM- 10:30 AM Community Building Activity Baseball Field Community, Cultural Perspectives, Communication
10:45 AM- 12:15 PM Title IX Session Graham Athletic Center Cultural Perspectives
12:30 PM- 1:45 PM Commuter Lunch Club 88 Community
12:30 PM- 1:45 PM Lunch Campus Inn Community
2:00 PM- 3:00 PM Intro to Student Life Graham Athletic Center Connections
3:30 PM- 4:30 PM Financial Literacy Graham Athletic Center Connections
4:30 PM- 6:00 PM Choral Auditions Music Building, Room 106 Communication
5:00 PM- 8:00 PM Whittwood Mall Shuttle Philadelphia House Parking Lot Community
5:00 PM- 7:00 PM Dinner Campus Inn Community
7:00 PM- 10:00 PM Whittier College - Finding Poets Graham Athletic Center Community
7:30 AM- 8:30 AM Breakfast Campus Inn Community
8:45 AM- 10:00 AM Scavenger Hunt North Lawn/ Shannon Center Community, Connections
10:30 AM- 12:00 PM Student Employment Fair Club 88/ Villalobos Hall Community
11:00 AM- 1:30 PM Lunch Campus Inn Community
11:00 AM- 1:30 PM Music Theory Placement Exam Music Building, Room 106 Communication
11:00 AM- 1:30 PM Choral Auditions Music Building, Room 106 Communication
11:30 PM- 1:00 PM Education Lunch Campus Center Courtyard Community
1:30 PM- 4:30 PM Meet with your Faculty Mentor Varied Locations Community, Connections, Communication
5:30 PM Get picked up by shuttles for President's Dinner Graham Athletic Center Community
6:00 PM- 8:30 PM President's Dinner Wardman House Community
8:30 PM- 10:30 PM Residence Hall Meetings All Residence Halls Community, Connections, Communication, Cultural Perspectives

*Times and events subject to change

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

Sunday, September 4 is the first day of Orientation for all students both residential and commuter. A detailed schedule and list of Orientation events will be listed above. 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.