New Student Orientation and Information

Fall Orientation Weekend

The excitement begins on Friday, August 30, 2019! Starting any time after 9:00 a.m., you can arrive on campus. Our Student Life staff will be on site to direct you to your residence hall where you will be greeted by current students, faculty, and staff to help you move into your room.

The full weekend schedule will be available upon arrival. You will have time throughout the morning to settle into your room and explore campus. After that, head to the Campus Center to have your student identification photo taken, find your college post office (CPO) box, and meet with college representatives from various offices.

Programming for parents and students begins at 11:00 a.m. If you are unable to arrive until after 1:00 p.m., we ask that you register at the Campus Center Welcome Desk.

Family farewells take place Friday late afternoon and students will have a full Orientation schedule for Friday evening, all day Saturday, and Sunday. You will have a chance to meet the other students in your Transitions Group, find out about campus resources, and prepare for your first week of classes.

We are excited to welcome you to campus and have already started planning to make your arrival and first year at Houghton College a great experience!

Download Fall Orientation Schedule

  • Orientation Schedule –>Will be posted April, 2019

All new Houghton students participate in Orientation on FridaySaturday, and Sunday. Those of you who attend the Highlander Wilderness Adventure will return in time to be involved in all Orientation events. Our international students will return earlier for Interconnect.

If you are on campus early as part of varsity athletic pre-seasons, we coordinate with your coaches to ensure that you are able to participate in all Orientation events.

If you have any questions, you can contact Marc Smithers, Assistant Dean of Residence Life and Programming.