New Student Orientation and Information

New Student Orientation and Information

We are excited to welcome you to campus, albeit in a new reality!

We acknowledge the trying times we find ourselves in and also seek to make the most of our present circumstances.

Information for first-year and transfer student orientation during the fall of 2021 will be made available here as it becomes available. Please regularly monitor your email and this page for more updates.

Move-In Day

Wednesday, August 25th

For all first-year and transfer students

First Day of Classes

Monday, August 30th

For all new and returning students

Welcome Weekend Schedule

See below for a sneak peek at our plans for Welcome Weekend and check back in August for the full schedule! All plans are subject to change based on updated policies and guidelines.


8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Check your email this summer for more details about your specific arrival time. We will have 30 minute windows for each student to check-in at the Welcome Tent. *This is just a designated time to check-in, not a time frame to get in and out.

Family Programming


There will be opportunities for family members and students to interact with campus leaders during the afternoon and attend a New Student Dedication Service.


5 p.m.

We provide an opportunity for students and families to say their goodbyes by 5 pm as students head to dinner with their classmates and start their Houghton journey.

Updated May 28, 2021

Get Connected

Opportunities for students to connect with the Houghton campus:

  • Breakfast with President Wayne Lewis,
  • Academic Department Receptions,
  • Get to Know Student Life,
  • Succeeding in Residence Life,
  • Placement Exams,
  • Student-led Workshops,
  • Vocation and Calling,
  • Getting involved with Student Council,
  • ... and more!

Opportunities for students to connect with each other:

  • Block Party,
  • Game Night,
  • Kickball after Dark,
  • Open Mic Night,
  • Residence Hall Programs,
  • Tie-Dye,
  • Field Day,
  • Ropes Course and Transitions group activities,
  • ... and more!