OJO 2014 FAQ
From all those post-it notes on the wall, collected across four Optional June Orientations, synthesized into four information-packed pages, the OJO team is proud to bring you:
OJO 2014 Frequently Asked Questions
Student Involvement: How do I find out about: Campus Traditions? Clubs? Greek life? The party scene? The Quidditch team? The hockey team? Weekend activities?
Start here with the Office of Student Involvement, where you can find a list of Clubs and Student Organizations, information about administrative student organizations like Union Board and Student Senate, and even the Student Organization handbook, along with forms and guides to starting your own Student Org.
For more personal or specific advice, ask your Peer Mentor on your First Year Seminar Facebook page, or ask your Orientation Assistant during New Student Days.
Residence Life: Are the dorms open during break? How big are rooms? How will my roommate be picked? When is move in? What will move in be like? What appliances can I have in the dorms? Can I hang things on the wall? What furniture should I bring? Where can I park my car?
Start with the Office of Residence Life, where you’ll find information about each residence hall, moving in, and FAQs.
For more information on campus parking, visit the Parking Information webpage.
Campus Security/Transportation/Student Conduct: Does Wittenberg have a police force? How do we handle emergencies on campus?
Wittenberg Police and Security is a full-service police and security agency dedicated to keeping Wittenberg a safe and hospitable environment. For more information about the Wittenberg Police force, information on the Wittenberg Motor Pool, airport pick up and drop off, the Campus Alert Program, Blue Light Information, and Campus Safety, visit the Wittenberg Police and Security webpages.
More information on the conduct expected of Wittenberg faculty, staff, and students as well as disciplinary and academic policies can be found in the Student Handbook.
Academic Calendar: When is move in? When are the breaks? When do I receive my schedule? What are the deadlines to change schedules? When are exams?
Consult the Academic Calendar for more information on these and other specific dates throughout the academic year.
Student Health and Counseling: Where is the Health Clinic? What health and counseling services are available to students?
For more information on Health and Counseling services available to students, Student Insurance, Emergency Information, vaccination information, and more, check the Wittenberg Health and Counseling page.
Technology: Is there a computer preference at Wittenberg? How do I connect to WiFi? Is a laptop even necessary? Do I need my own printer?
For more information regarding technology, software, and information services, refer to the Information Technology info page.
Student Employment: How do I find a work study position? How do I keep track of my work study hours? What work study jobs are even available? Will more be posted?
For more information about Work Study and Student Employment, including a listing of available Work Study positions and other employment tools, check the Office of Student Employment information page.
Dining Services: What meal plans are available? What is WittGold? Where on campus can I use my Meal Plan? My WittGold?
For more information on Dining Services, including a list of Meal Plans and pricing, daily menu, and nutritional information, check the Dining Services information page.
Career Services: How do Wittenberg graduates place after graduation? What services are available to help me find an internship in my major? What services does Wittenberg offer to help students post-graduation?
For more information on internships, information on graduate placement, and Career Counseling services offered at Wittenberg, check the Career Services homepage.
Books and Supplies: What books will I need? Where can I get them? What supplies will I need for my classes?
A full supply list for your classes can be accessed through each student’s MyWitt portal. Books and school supplies are carried by Wittenberg’s bookstore, which can be found online and inside the Student Center.
Study Abroad: What study abroad opportunities are available to students? How should students plan to include a study abroad experience in their Witt education? Where can I go for advice on studying abroad?
For more information on studying abroad, including requirements and a list of study abroad programs, check the Office of International Education page.
Advising: Who will my advisor be? When will I meet my advisor? Will I have more than one advisor? What will my advisor’s role be?
Advising is a key part of Wittenberg’s commitment to help students build their ideal college experience. Each student will begin his/her time at Wittenberg with an academic advisor, a professional staff advisor, and a peer mentor. When students declare a major or minor, they choose an advisor within their major who replaces their initial academic advisor. (Double Majors will have advisors within both majors, but will choose one to be his/her primary advisor.)
For more information on Wittenberg’s commitment to advising, visit either the Office of the Provost’s Academic Advising page, or the First Year Advising page for more information specific to the first year.
Academics: How much homework will I have? What tutoring services are available? How can I know if my child needs help? Can I check my child’s grades? How does Wittenberg accommodate special academic needs?
Generally, a student can expect two to three hours of homework per one hour of class. For information about the Early Alert system, disabilities accommodations, tutoring services available, academic support centers like the Writing Center and the Math Workshop, and more, check the Academic Services homepage. In addition, subject specific tutoring is available through individual departments upon request. Wittenberg also provides support through the Center for Student Success and Engagement, which provides services like Academic and Transitional Coaching, Peer Mentoring, and more.
Academic Majors/Minors: What majors and minors are offered? What are the requirements for majors and minors? What are General Education requirements?
For information on any of Wittenberg’s Majors, Minors, and Gen Education requirements, refer to the most up-to-date Academic Catalogue.
Financial Services: How do I make tuition payments? Where can I apply for a student loan? What is my Student Account? Are there ATMs available on campus? Where can I go for more information on Financial Aid?
For more information on Financial Aid, Student Loans, Scholarships and more, check the Office of Financial Aid page. For information on Student Accounts, payment options, student expenses, and more, check the Office of Student Accounts page.
New Student Days: What is New Student Days? When do I meet my advisor? When is move-in? Should parents participate in New Student Days?
For information on New Student Days, including a schedule of activities, move-in information, and important times, check the New Student Days web page.
Community Service: How does Wittenberg integrate with the Springfield community? What service opportunities are available? What does the Community Service requirement mean? Are mission trips available through Wittenberg?
For information about the Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Community Outreach, community service requirements and agencies, and more, check the Community Service homepage.
Campus Ministry: How does Wittenberg reflect its Lutheran Heritage? What is the Chapel schedule? How does Wittenberg accommodate students of other religions?
For information on Campus Ministry, including a schedule of services held at Weaver Chapel, as well as a list of other local houses of worship, check the Campus Ministry homepage.
Honors Program: What is the Honors Program? How do I qualify? What are the benefits? How do I stay in the Honors Program?
For more information on the Honors Program and the Matthies Honors House, visit the Honors Program homepage.
HPER Center/ Athletics: What are the HPER center hours? When is the pool open? What recreational facilities are available? Are sporting events free?
Placement Scores: What does my “placement score” mean? Can I raise it?
Placement scores are used to determine eligibility for certain courses, particularly Math and Foreign Language courses. For a more detailed explanation of your Math Placement score and how to raise it, check the Math Placement webpage.
Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate: Did my AP or IB scores allow me to test out of any courses? Which ones? How can I make sure I get credit for these classes?
For more information about AP and IB score evaluation, check the “Advanced Placement Evaluation” Document, listed under “Resources” on the Office of the Registrar homepage.
Commuter/Transfer/International Students: How will I fit into orientation and campus life?
Wittenberg is dedicated to ensuring that every student has the tools for success. Towards this goal, the Center for Student Success and Engagement is dedicated to addressing any concerns that you may have, either through personal meetings with an Advisor or Peer Mentor, through Academic and Transitional Coaching, and more.