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!

All new Houghton students participate in Orientation on Friday, Saturday, 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.


Friday, August 30
9:00 Main Entrance (Route 19) New Student Arrival & Move In
Suggested arrival times:

  • Non-western New York residents: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Western New York residents: 10:30 a.m. – Noon
9:00-1:00 Campus Center Student & Parent Information Fair
11-1:00 Dining Hall Lunch: Free for new students with nametag; others pay at register
1:00 Chamberlain 123 Mandatory Immigration Workshop for International Students (including Canadians)
1:00 Center for the Arts(CFA), Recital Hall President’s Dialogue for Parents
1:00 Dining Hall, South End Student Government Association – Ice Cream Social
2:30 Wesley Chapel New Student Dedication Service (Campus Offices closed)
3:30 Gillette Lawn New Student Class Photo and Family Social (Families depart following social)
4:00 Various Things to Do Check out the Mosaic Multicultural Center’s Open House, meet the people on your floor or your RA, get to know your roommate, or just finish saying goodbye to family and friends.
5:00 Residence Halls Residential students meet in your Residence Hall main lounge for dinner
Campus Center Commuting Students meet hosts at Van Dyk Lounge Welcome Center
5-6:30 Dining Hall Dinner with Residence Life
6:30 Wesley Chapel Houghton College New Student Welcome
7:30 Lower Level, Campus Center New Student Block Party
Saturday, August 31
8:00-9:15 Dining Hall Breakfast
8:30 Center for the Arts (CFA) 303 Music Theory Placement Exam
9:15 Wesley Chapel Introductions to Transitions
10:00 Various Adventures with Transitions Group
12:00 Dining Hall Lunch with Transitions Leaders
1:00 Wesley Chapel Making the Transition Panel
2:00 Wesley Chapel Introduction to Community Life
3:00 Various Adventures with Transitions Group
5:00 Quad Outdoor BBQ and Houghdown
8:00 Chapel/Quad Movie on the Quad: Student Choice
Sunday, August 1
8-9:30 Dining Hall Breakfast (Houghton ID)
9:30 Wesley Chapel New Student Worship Service (wear your nametag)
10:45 Van Dyk Lounge (Campus Center) Meet Our President, Dr. Shirley Mullen for New Students
11:30-1:30 Dining Hall Lunch (Houghton ID required)
2:00 Various Ultimate Frisbee on Quad/Canoeing at Rushford Lake/Board Games in Java/Gaming in Big Als
5-7:00 Dining Hall Dinner (Houghton ID required)
7:00 Wesley Chapel Koinonia: Night of Worship