Orientation FAQs

Who is required to attend the Orientation Program?

  • New freshmen and transfer students are required to attend an Orientation session in June or July.

  • If a student accepts admission after orientation sessions or has a special circumstance that makes them unable to attend any session, they will need to contact the Orientation Coordinator at summerorientation@wittenberg.edu.

  • College Credit Plus (CCP), Graduate and Professional Studies, and International Students are not required to attend an orientation session, but may request  digital advising by contacting the Summer Orientation Coordinator at summerorientation@wittenberg.edu.

What is the cost of the Orientation Program?

  • The cost of the orientation program for incoming students and one guest is included in what you already pay through your enrollment deposit. Due to COVID-19 restrictions at this time, students are permitted to have only one guest join them for an in-person orientation date.

Where should I stay if I want to get a hotel room overnight?

Will I meet with my advisor at Orientation?

  • Each student will be able to meet with a faculty advisor at Orientation. This faculty advisor may or may not serve as your faculty advisor at the start of classes but will be able to advise you on your course selections and academic expectations.

Can I declare a major or minor at Orientation?

  • As a liberal arts university, Wittenberg prides itself on providing an academic environment and a general education program that allows students to explore many areas of interest and passion before deciding on a major(s) and/or minor(s) that suits them. In the Course Preferences portal, you will be able to select Academic Areas of Interest. This way, the Registrar's Office can build an academic schedule for you that helps you explore potential options and meet the General Education requirements.
  • As a new student, you are encouraged to declare a major after your first semester at Wittenberg. However, you do not need to declare a major until the second semester of your sophomore year.
  • As a transfer student, Orientation is a great time to declare your major and make scheduling adjustments that better fit your academic experience. You will be able to discuss a major declaration during the advising session.

Will I be able to meet with any specific offices during the Orientation Program?

  • Offices will be available during the Engagement Fair for you to speak with about general questions.
  • You will be able to ask for a meeting with a few offices in the Orientation registration process: Academic Success, Counseling Center, and Student Financial Services.

As a student-athlete, will I be able to meet my team or coach at Orientation?

  • Athletics will have a table at the Engagement Fair for student-athletes to ask questions and get to know the Athletics staff. If you want to meet with your coach specifically, please reach out your coach to see if they are available that day to connect with during the Engagement Fair.

As a student in the Honors Program, are there any meetings that I need to attend at Orientation?

  • Congratulations! The Honors Program will have a table at the Engagement Fair. Students and staff will be present to greet you and answer any questions you might have.

As a parent attending the Orientation Program with my student, why are we being separated for the middle part of the day?

  • As a college student, your child will be taking on more ownership and responsibility in their academic experience. By dividing into two groups, we can ensure that the information throughout the day is catered to both audiences. We also want to ensure that your student can identify a support system of peers that can help them when they start classes in the Fall. Those relationships are easier to build when the student groups can ask real questions of our student leaders.
  • Parents/Families start and end the day together. The end of the day Engagement Fair is where you and your student can identify future opportunities for campus involvement and discuss what they learned at Orientation (and ask additional questions of our faculty and staff).

What if my Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) exam scores are reported after I attend the Orientation Program?

  • The Registrar's Office will review how the scores may impact your class schedule and make changes as necessary. To follow up with the scores and class schedule changes, please reach out to the Registrar's Office at 937-327-6131 or registrar@wittenberg.edu.

As a commuter student, is Orientation really necessary?

  • Even as a local student, it's important for you to identify the campus resources and opportunities available to help you in your experience at Wittenberg. Commuter students will receive a campus tour that highlights lockers, microwaves, and lounges across campus. In addition, you'll be able to get connected with our student organization focused on the commuter connection: Traveling Tigers.
  • Bookmark the Commuter-specific webpage to identify resources on campus.

How is the transfer-track days different than the other sessions?

  • Transfer students have the option to attend any of the orientation programs, but are recommended to attend a transfer-track day because of the specific programming being offered.
  • The transfer-track sessions highlight campus support and resources that will help in the adjustment to a new institution and get you familiar with how Wittenberg works. In addition, you'll meet with a faculty advisor who will address questions around transferring credits and articulation.

Someone in my party has disability that might impact my participation in the Orientation Program. What should I do for accommodations during the event?

I need to adjust my Orientation Reservation or add a parent/guest to my reservation.

  • Reach out to the Office of Admission via email at admission@wittenberg.edu or via phone at 937-327-6314 with the change you would like to make to your Orientation Reservation.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, will there still be an on-campus orientation?

  • At this time, the New Student Orientation summer program will move forward as planned. If the pandemic causes us to cancel sessions, an e-mail will be sent out to all registered participants with instructions.  If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Orientation Coordinator via email at summerorientation@wittenberg.edu.

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