The orientation session for transfer students is a full-day experience designed to help new transfer students with their transition to Baldwin Wallace. There are multiple information sessions with faculty and staff, opportunities to interact with current students and a time to meet with a faculty advisor in your field of study. Please use the information below to assist you in preparing for your orientation session, specifically the information about your required pre-schedule meeting.
- June 16
- August 4
8:30 a.m.: Check In
Strosacker Hall Lobby
9:00 a.m.: Welcome/Opening Remarks
Sandstone 3, Lower Level
9:15 a.m.: Academic Orientation and Culture at BW
Sandstone 3, Lower Level
- Parents/Family – Sandstone 2
- Conservatory – Sandstone 1
10:00 a.m.: Break
10:15 a.m.: Important Student Services at BW
Sandstone 3, Lower Level
- Technology on Campus
- Center for Academic & Career Success
- The Learning Center
11:30 a.m.: Financial Aid
Sandstone 3, Lower Level
12:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Lunch and Resource Fair
Strosacker Hall Lobby
1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Meetings with Advisors
Various Locations Around Campus
- Pre-Schedule Meeting
After your orientation paperwork is completed, you will be invited to schedule a one-on-one transfer review and pre-scheduling meeting with a transfer advisor. This meeting is an opportunity for BW to help you make a smooth transition to finishing your degree.
Transfer review and pre-scheduling meeting:
- Understand your transfer evaluation. A transfer advisor will explain how your previous college coursework transfers to BW and how it counts toward your BW degree.
- Plan a schedule for your first semester. When you come to orientation, a faculty advisor in your academic major will be able to finalize it with you.
- Get your questions answered. A transfer advisor will connect you with financial aid counselors and other BW staff to help answer your questions about the enrollment process.
- What to Bring
While we will provide information for you at your orientation session, we ask that you bring the following:
- Photo ID/driver’s License
- Transcripts (if there are any which have not been turned in yet)
- Your BW username & password
- If you want to find a job on campus, you can fill out the paperwork now and bring it with you. Paperwork is available through the student employment center.
- English Placement Test
Is this test mandatory?
The English placement test is NOT required. You should take the exam only if you are challenging your English placement for the fall, trying to move from ENG-111 to ENG-131, OR trying to exempt from ENG-131, which is a required core class.
Please note it is very uncommon for a student to be exempt from ENG-131.
When can I take this test?
This test may be taken on Thursday, August 18 from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m at Marting Hall in Room 209. Marting Hall is located at 50 Seminary Street. If you are taking English in the spring, you may elect to take the placement exam the first week of spring semester.
How do I register for this test?
Preregistration is not required.
Who can I contact for more information?
Contact Lee Ann Jindra at firstname.lastname@example.org or (440) 826-2293.
- Foreign Language Placement Test
Why take the test?
The Webcape placement test is used to help gauge the proficiency of incoming BW students who have had previous language experience in French, German and Spanish to help place them in the appropriate course for their level. It is a short multiple-choice placement test which should take anywhere from 10 to 25 minutes to complete.
Is it mandatory?
Any incoming student who has previously taken classes in French, German or Spanish during high school is required to complete the test in order to register for a course in the corresponding language. Transfer students who have taken French, German or Spanish in high school and who have not yet taken a university-level course are also required to take the test. Any incoming students who want to take a language course with no prior background in that particular language are not required to take the test.
When can I take the exam?
The exam can be taken as soon as you receive your acceptance package with necessary login information. The test must be completed prior to arrival at BW for orientation. You should bring the score of your exam to your meeting with your advisor to register for the proper course. You should additionally fill out the foreign language placement survey.
When will I get my results?
You will receive your score as soon as the test is over. Upon completion, you are taken to a screen with your score. You are then encouraged to either print the screen out or save a picture of the screen digitally.
What do the results mean?
The placement test score is only one measure of your high school preparation in the language, though it is found to be highly accurate. Results will indicate if you should be placed in 101 (first semester), 102 (second semester), 201 (third semester), 202 or above (fourth semester). You should begin your study at the highest level you place. During the first week of classes you should speak to your instructor if you feel you are not placed in the most appropriate course.
Course Level French German Spanish 101 below 260 below 292 below 270 102 or 201 260-336 293-383 270-345 201 337-402 384-492 346-427 202, 221, 275 above 402 above 492 above 427
101 is meant for true beginners and is most appropriate for students who have had no previous knowledge of the language. Students with up to 2 years of high school instruction may take this course, if their preparation is not sufficient to take 102 or 201. If other factors such as those listed above make you feel that you need to take 101, despite having had more than two years of previous experience, you should take the placement exam and contact the department of foreign languages and literatures for advice.
102 is most appropriate for students who have previous knowledge of the language such as that equivalent to the catalog course description of 101, but who still need an introduction to the topics listed in the catalog description of 102.
201 is most appropriate for students who have been introduced to and have some understanding of the basic grammar, but who now need to review and refine what they know. Typically, students with 3 or more years of high school instruction and those who have completed the 102 level enroll in 201. This course builds upon the foundation laid in the 101-102 sequence by providing an expansion of the 4 skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening.
202 or 221, 275 may be appropriate for students with more than 4 years of solid high school preparation, for those who have followed an advanced placement track and for students who might have spent a significant time abroad in a country where the language is spoken. Students who seek initial placement in foreign language courses above the 202 level must get special permission from the professor in the department who is responsible for that language or the chair of foreign languages.
Who can I contact with questions?
Contact Kyle Kuehn at email@example.com or (440) 826-2244.
Foreign Language Placement Test Instructions
The following instructions are to guide the student in taking the Webcape placement exam for French, German or Spanish at Baldwin Wallace University.
- Open a web browser (Google Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer) and go to the Webcape placement exam.
- In the drop-down box, select Baldwin Wallace University and select “Go.”
- The next screen requires a password. The password is: password (all lowercase).
- The placement test has three language options: French, German and Spanish. Please select the appropriate language from the drop-down box and click “Begin.”
- On the next screen, please fill out first name, last name, BW Student I.D. number and BW e-mail address.
- After entering the requested information, click “Continue,” not “Resume.”
- The first question is a practice question; complete it to continue to the actual test
The actual test is all multiple-choice. Please read the instructions and passages carefully. Do not, however, spend too long on one question, as the test will time out. After about 10-20 minutes, the test will gauge your proficiency and direct you to a completion screen. Your score is displayed on this screen. Please print out a picture of the screen with the score. If no printer is available, please save the screen as either a .jpeg or .PDF file so you have it as a digital copy to print when a printer is available. Bring this score with you when you register for classes.
Important Note: A student may only take the placement test one time. Permission is needed from the foreign languages department to take the test again. Contact Kyle Kuehn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Important Note: If your test is interrupted for any reason, please follow steps 1-5 again. When you get to step 6, click “Resume,” not “Continue” only if your session was interrupted.
- Math Placement Test
Math placement tests are not administered during the transfer student orientation. To make arrangements to take this test, contact Jodi Tims at email@example.com or (440) 826-2052.
Q: How do I register for orientation?
A: Orientation registration happens online.
STEP 1: Pay your deposit. This is done through the admission office.
STEP 2: The admission office will process your payment and send you the login information in the mail. Questions about this set can be directed to the admission office at (440) 826-2222 or to the student's specific admission counselor.
STEP 3: Login to WebExpress and fill out the forms. The confirmed orientation date will be listed in the same location within 4 business days.
You can also look at our "next steps for admitted students" page for login information and instructions.
Q: Is orientation mandatory?
A: Yes. Orientation is required for all new students (first-year students and transfer students).
Q: I’m a commuter student. Do I have the same requirements as residential students?
A: Yes. All programs are for new students, regardless of your plans to live on or off campus.
Q: Where do I park? Can I leave a car on campus overnight?
A: You can park in any BW lot. You can leave it on campus overnight. You cannot park on the street overnight. You will get ticketed by Berea Police if you do.
Q: How do I get a parking pass?
A: A parking pass for orientation is not necessary. A parking pass for the year however, can be ordered off the parking services website. You need to go to the webpage to set up an account and order your pass. You can get a pass for the year or for the semester only.
Q: Who can I talk to about my financial aid package?
A: Financial aid staff will be available during orientation for appointments to discuss your financial aid package. If you are in the area, you can also stop by their office and meet with a staff member.
Q: May I see my residence hall room during orientation?
A: Many of our rooms are used during the summer for conferences; therefore rooms are not available for viewing or measuring prior to move-in. Specific questions can be directed to the residence life office at (440) 826-2114.
Q: How do I find out my fall roommate assignment?
A: Roommate information as well as room assignments will be posted online to WebExpress around June 15th. Specific questions can be directed to the residence life office at (440) 826-2114.
Q: How do I request a roommate for the fall semester?
A: Roommate requests can be put directly on the housing preference form, or they can contact the residence life office if the form has already been submitted. For a roommate match to work, both students need to list the other as a roommate. For example, if Josh and Steve want to live together, Josh has to put down Steve’s name and Steve has to put down Josh’s name (first and last name spelled correctly). However, if Steve lists Josh but Josh does not list Steve, it will not appear as a mutual request and therefore will not be granted. Specific questions can be directed to the residence life office at (440) 826-2114.
Q: When is move-in for first year students? Returning students?
A: Move-in for all new students is Wednesday, August 17th from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Students who are part of a special interest group – football, honors program, Jacket Link/Bridge, etc. – will be notified of their move-in date by the people in charge of their program.
Below are some tools that you will use in preparing for your orientation session as well as preparing to start at BW in the fall.
Links are provided for each of our technology tools.
- Orientation Paperwork
Once you pay your new student deposit, you will be sent a username and password to log into WebExpress to fill out all of your orientation paperwork. There are several forms to fill out, so be sure to fill them out as soon as possible.
You can find out more details about your deposit and login info on our "next steps for admitted students" page.
Also, WebExpress will be the place you use to order your textbooks online, find your housing/roommate assignment and track your academic progress.
- Checking Your BW Email
Checking your BW email is important as a student. This is where a lot of the major communication happens.
Over the summer, we recommend checking at least once a week to get used to logging into the system. We will also send important reminders to your BW email leading up to and after your orientation. You will use the same username and password you created to complete your orientation paperwork.
- Accessing MyBW
MyBW is your main hub for BW information. This site is a one-stop-shop, providing you with access to Blackboard, WebExpress, email, events and more.
- Accessing Blackboard
You'll use Blackboard in all of your courses for syllabi, grades and more. Set up Blackboard alerts that notify you when grades are posted. Download the Blackboard Mobile App for Android, iPhone, Blackberry and iPad devices.