New Student Orientation


First Year Orientation Schedule

Please note that each Orientation weekend starts on Friday (check in around 8am) and will end Saturday (usually no later than Noon/1pm). Please plan accordingly when making travel arrangements.


8:00am – 9:30am:    CHECK IN
Ernsthausen Hall (Residence Hall located on the corner of Tressel Street and Center Street)

Your first stop at Orientation is Ernsthausen Hall. You will be able to pick up a packet helpful information, get keys to your room for the night, and get started on the right track for your Orientation experience.  If you have parents or family members joining you, there is also information available for them to pick up including schedules, meal tickets, and more! Bring your overnight bags with you so you can drop them off in your room right away.

After you check in at Ernsthausen:

·         Get your BW Student ID (You can get this at any time Friday before 4pm)

·         8:30am-9:30am: Stop by Bonds Hall for the Open House (Pick up a raffle ticket at each table!)

9:45am – 10:15am:           WELCOME (Required for All New Students)
John Patrick Theatre / Kleist Art & Drama Center (Located on Bagley Road next to Finnie Stadium)

10:15am – 11:15am:           ACADEMIC CORE (Required for All New Students)
John Patrick Theatre / Kleist Art & Drama Center (Located on Bagley Road next to Finnie Stadium)
Students and families will learn about BW’s programs for academic advising and support, and will be introduced to liberal arts and the core curriculum, including our common course, Enduring Questions for an Intercultural World.

10:30am – 11:30pm:           Conservatory Break Out
Conservatory Students will move to one of our second floor classrooms in the Kleist Art & Drama Center to discuss the Conservatory requirements for all new Conservatory students.

11:15am – 12:15 pm:          Lunch in Your Major (Required for All New Students)
Kleist Art & Drama Center - You will be dismissed by groups to meet with an advisor in your major area or an advisor of undecided students.
Lunch is in the Strosacker Hall Ballroom
New students will meet with a Summer Orientation Faculty Advisor in groups during lunch to discuss how the advising process works and to answer questions before individual advising appointments on Saturday morning.
**Conservatory students will join lunch at 11:30am, following their previous meeting

12:15pm:                            GATHER IN COLOR GROUP (Required for All New Students)
Front steps of Strosacker Hall
Please be on time to meet with your Color Group leaders, as you will be moving to various locations on campus for the next session.

1:00pm – 1:45pm:               NAVIGATING TECHNOLOGY ON CAMPUS (Required for All New Students)
Various Campus Computer Labs

Your Orientation Leaders will introduce you to the technology side of BW; exploring email, blackboard, & how to start your required Grad Plan online.

2:00pm – 2:30pm:               THE CHOICE IS YOURS: EXPLORING ROADBLOCKS TO SUCCESS (Required for All New Students)
Strosacker Hall Ballroom
Each day we make choices that contribute to our success or detract from it.  This is a beginning conversation of what it means to make healthy and responsible choices and how BW is committed to helping you as you begin college life.

2:45pm – 4:45pm:               Break Out Sessions (Required for All New Students)
Strosacker Hall – Various Locations (See below)

Spend your afternoon in sessions geared towards your interests as a new BW student. 
**PLEASE NOTE: All students are required to attend a CAREER SERVICES Session during one of the time slots.
Sessions take place during the following time slots.  The booklet you receive at Orientation check-in will contain more details.

2:45pm - 3:15pm           

3:30pm - 4:00pm            

4:15pm - 4:45pm 

Career Services (Required for All New Students)
Room: Sandstone 3 / Lower Level of Strosacker Hall

Steer your future with Career Services. Attend this interactive session presented by the Office of Career Services to learn about the many resources available to help you explore, choose, and navigate your career future.

Work Study
Room: Grindstone / Main Level of Strosacker Hall
If you are interested in learning more about Student Employment options, attend this session to understand how to apply for Work Study positions on campus and how your job works with your Federal Work Study financial award.

Financial Aid
Room: Sandstone 1 / Lower Level of Strosacker Hall
Only available during the second and third time slot.
Come and listen to information on Financial Aid & Billing so you can be better prepared to understand your aid package and the BW billing procedures. There will also be an opportunity for one on one time with a Financial Aid staff member on Saturday morning.

Fraternity & Sorority Life
Room 148 / Math & Computer Science Building
Students and Families will have a chance to meet the advisors of several Greek organizations on our campus.  The advisors and members of Greek Council will be able to answer questions and quell fears brought on by Greek Life stereotypes.

The BW 4-Year Guarantee
Room 146 / Math & Computer Science Building

At many universities, more than half of the students take five or six or more years to earn a bachelor's degree.  At Baldwin Wallace, we guarantee you'll graduate in four, or we'll pay the tuition for the extra time it takes you to finish.  BW is offering its Graduation Guarantee as a way to help families avoid higher education costs associated with postponed graduation.

Bookstore 101
Room: Bookstore / Lower Level of Strosacker Hall

Plain talk about course materials and goods and services available at YOUR campus bookstore.

Learning Center
Room 147 / Math & Computer Science Building

This presentation will discuss how to access and utilize available programs and services at The Learning Center, what students can expect during their first year and how to successfully transition to college. There will be an opportunity for questions at the end.

Disability Services
Room 147 / Math & Computer Science Building

This presentation will discuss Disability Services at Baldwin Wallace, highlighting the differences between high school and post-secondary education.  Included are tips to help students successfully transition to college.  There will be an opportunity for questions at the end.

5:00pm:                     MID-DAY WRAP UP WITH PARENTS & FAMILIES (Required for All New Students)
Strosacker Hall Ballroom

5:10pm:                     GOOD BYE TIME
Meet with your families one last time before saying “Goodbye!” Be sure to plan a place to meet on Saturday.

5:15pm:                     COLOR GROUP MEETING (Required for All New Students)
Strosacker Hall Ballroom
Please be on time to meet with your Color Group leaders, as you will be moving to various locations on campus for the next session.

6:30pm – 7:30pm:       NEW STUDENT COOKOUT (Required for All New Students)
West Lawn of Strosacker Hall  (Rainsite: Strosacker Hall Ballroom)

7:45pm – 8:15pm:        THE ULTIMATE BW EXPERIENCE (Required for All New Students)
Sandstone 3 / Strosacker Hall
Highly interactive and motivational program designed to help you succeed as a BW student!

8:15pm – 8:45pm:               CAMPUS LIFE AT BW (Required for All New Students)
Sandstone 3 / Strosacker Hall
Awww Jackets! Find out what BW offers outside the classroom.  Campus organizations and activities are highlighted.

8:45pm – 10:00pm:             SKITS! (Required for All New Students)
Sandstone 3 / Strosacker Hall

Watch the orientation leader staff in these unforgettable skits! You will laugh, you will cry, you will want to see it again and again.

10:00pm – 12:00am:           SUMMER O’DANCE
Student Activities Center (SAC)
Got some moves? Show them off at the dance!
Pizza and pop available.


7:30am – 9:00am:                BREAKFAST AVAILABLE
Strosacker Hall Ballroom

7:30am:                                 FOREIGN LANGUAGE EXAMS
Only for Spanish, French, and German language courses.
Must have taken the language previously.
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8:00am – 12:30pm:             ACADEMIC ADVISING APPOINTMENTS (Required for All New Students)
Locations around campus – Check with Orientation Leaders for directions.
Be sure to be on time for your appointment!
See the last page of your booklet for time and location.

9:00am – 12:00pm:             FINANCIAL AID  AVAILABLE
Durst Family Welcome Center
If you still have some questions that you would like answered, even on a more individual basis, then stop by and see one of our Financial Aid & Bill staff members. They will be available to answer your questions.

Sandstone 3 / Strosacker Hall
Imagine receiving college credit while studying in Japan, England, Australia, Italy or Argentina. How about interning in Washington D.C. or traveling across the U.S. with a professor and fellow BW students? Does it sound too good to be true? Think again. The Explorations/Study Abroad Office can assist you in planning an affordable program almost anywhere in the world. This could possibly change your life. Stop by the session and learn more.

10:30am - 11:15am:                       RESIDENCE LIFE PRESENTATION
Sandstone 3 / Strosacker Hall
Are you ready to live in a residence hall on campus? Do you want to know what you should bring? Have your questions answered about your future living environment.

10:30am - 11:00am:                       COMMUTER SERVICES PRESENTATION
Sandstone 1 / Strosacker Hall
Does you commute to campus for class and know where to find good parking spaces and know where you can hang out in between classes? Do you want to know how to meet other commuters as well as resident students? Well, the Office of Commuter Services has these answers and more. Come hear about our services, programs, leadership opportunities and great ways to get involved in campus life!

10:00am – 12:00pm:           RESOURCE FAIR
Sandstone 2 / Strosacker Hall

Welcome to our community at BW. This is your opportunity to get information from the many offices, departments and organizations that make up BW. Please take advantage of this opportunity to connect.

10:30am – 12:45pm:           CHECK OUT

PLEASE NOTE: Check out cannot begin until 10:30am due to staff availability. Students have to attend their advising appointment and fill out an evaluation before checking out.
(Required for All New Students)

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