Office of Student Life

(440) 826-2356, orientat@bw.edu

Welcome to Baldwin Wallace University!

Welcome to Baldwin Wallace University!

BW New Student Orientation sessions for summer 2020 will be a virtual online experience due to COVID-19. Virtual orientation will take place on the same days as the scheduled in-person programs.

We are excited for you to begin your journey as a Yellow Jacket for Life (#YJ4L)! Orientation is an important first step in your BW experience. It offers helpful information about college life, as well as the opportunity to meet other students, faculty and staff.

Whether you are a recent high school graduate or transferring to Baldwin Wallace, orientation is designed to welcome you to the BW community. There is a $200 orientation charge that is offset by the new student deposit for first-year and transfer students.

Stay Informed and Connected


More information will be sent to you soon about your virtual orientation experience. Please continue to check your BW email for these updates. We will continue to keep you informed of orientation delivery methods as information becomes available.

Families & Supporters

Encourage your student to continue to check their BW email for important updates. The virtual orientation experience will include information for family members and details will be emailed as they become available.

Find any BW updates related to COVID-19 here >

Frequently Asked Questions

When is my virtual orientation session date?

Your orientation date is the same as your originally scheduled in-person orientation session.

For first-year students, your virtual orientation will take place over the course of a day and a half with live components each day. You will receive an itinerary with links to all of your meetings the day before your scheduled orientation session.

For transfer students, your virtual orientation will take place the day of your scheduled orientation session. You will receive an itinerary with links to all of your meetings the day before your scheduled orientation session.

Should I still sign up for an orientation session if I have not already?

Yes! Please sign up for an orientation session date if you have not done so already. This orientation date will still be part of your overall orientation experience. Sign up for an orientation date.

What if I need to change my orientation session date?

If you need to change your orientation date, we can assist you. Email us at orientat@bw.edu with your first and last name and the date you wish to attend. As long as the session you wish to attend has not reached registration capacity, we will change your orientation session date.

Should my family member and/or supporters attend the orientation session as well?

We hope that family members and/or supporters will join their student on their orientation date as we have valuable information to share. All of the details will be emailed to your student and to the family member email address that was provided on the student’s orientation registration form.

Why is BW keeping specific dates for orientation?

Maintaining original orientation dates allows us the ability to set up virtual groups for you to connect with your peers, faculty and staff at BW. This also helps us to best manage our processes to assist with your new student orientation.

Is there a specific time the virtual orientations will be accessible to me?

Yes. You will receive an email to your BW email account with information on how to access the virtual orientation. You will receive this email the week of your scheduled orientation session.

How will the orientation experience prepare me for my first year as a Yellow Jacket?

Your orientation experience will take place through a series of steps that occur throughout the summer and early fall. You will attend a virtual orientation session on your assigned date, complete online modules at your own pace and participate in the BW Week of Welcome when you arrive on campus in August. Involvement in these three steps will provide you with a solid foundation for a successful start at BW.

What if I still have questions or feel a little uneasy after the orientation experience?

We are here for you! Contact us at orientat@bw.edu or 440-826-2356 anytime you have a question or concern.

First-year students will also receive additional transitional information and support through the first-year experience course. In addition to your instructor for the course, you will have a peer leader who can assist you with navigating your first semester as a college student.

Orientation Sessions