New Student Orientation and Information

We are excited to welcome you to campus!

Information for first-year and transfer student orientation 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 24

For all first-year and transfer students

First Day of Classes

Monday, August 29

For all new and returning students

Move-In Day Schedule

See below for the Move-In Day schedule! All plans are subject to change based on updated policies and guidelines.



Check-in outside of the Campus Center during your suggested arrival time:

8-10 am

Non-western New York residents

10 am-12 pm

Western New York residents

Family Programming


10 am - 2 pm

Information Fair
The Information Fair is a great place to accomplish a lot in one place! Find an on-campus job, get your college ID, find your Campus Post Office box, and more!


11 am - 1 pm

Lunch Available
Free for students with nametag, others pay at register


1 pm - 2 pm

Student Council Meet & Greet
For students: Come out and meet current Houghton students who are excited to serve and represent you this year!


1pm - 2pm

Supporting from Afar
Families will have a chance to hear about ways to support your students during their time at Houghton.

Wrap Up


2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

New Student Dedication Service
Celebrate our new students with our annual new student dedication culminating with a bagpipe processional around the Quad.


3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Class Photo & Family Social
New students gather for a class photo and enjoy refreshments before saying goodbyes to family and friends.


By 5 pm

Families depart following social as students head to dinner with their classmates and start their Houghton journey.
Updated 5/2/22

Get Connected

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!

Connect with other students:

  • 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!

Interested in working on campus?

Discover work opportunities conveniently located on campus and learn about the next steps with Student Payroll.

Explore Opportunities