Greetings, Class of 2020 and transfer students! Orientation will be filled with informative sessions and engaging activities aimed at helping you learn what to expect during your college career at Kenyon. There is a lot to learn about life on our hill, but we have taken steps to make the journey as easy and enjoyable as possible.
Please note that all starred (*) events are mandatory.
Don't buy that rug just yet! Put that desk lamp down! Before you buy some of your residence hall room essentials, be sure to check out the Harcourt Parish dorm rummage sale, which is open for new students only on Saturday, August 20. Gambier Community Center, Meadow Lane
Housing & Residential Life Office, Gund Commons
Pick up your room key and orientation packet while meeting with representatives from Alumni & Parent Engagement, the Career Development Office (CDO), the Health and Counseling Center, Financial Aid, Library and Information Services (LBIS), Foster's Pharmacy, Spiritual & Religious Life and Harcourt Parish.
If you intend to apply for on-campus jobs, you MUST verify your employment eligibility with the Career Development Office (CDO) before you receive pay. To simplify this process, the CDO will be on campus during move-in to verify your documents, allowing you to accept a job and receive payment throughout your tenure at Kenyon, as long as the documents do not expire before you accept the position. For a list of acceptable documents, please refer to page nine of this PDF. Gund Commons, Ballroom
Visit Financial Aid at Edelstein House and Accounting (student billing) at Eaton Center.
Meet on the patio outside. Gund Commons
Or choose one of the many dining options in Gambier or Mount Vernon.
This dinner brings together first-year students, faculty and administrators who identify as first-generation or who have experience working with first-generation students. Following the first-generation community dinner, students and family members will attend a moderated panel of first-generation faculty, students and staff. This panel invites guests to ask questions and learn more about the first-generation experience at Kenyon. (RSVP required). Peirce Pub, Peirce Hall
For families of students whose parent(s) attended Kenyon. Alumni Dining Room, lower level of Peirce Hall
Meet your UCC, your fellow UCClings, and discuss the rest of the Orientation schedule. UCC will notify about meeting location
Enjoy a casual evening of hor d'oeuvres and drinks on the lawn. Gund Gallery
Meet fellow residents and your community advisor (CA) to start making connections with the people you'll be living with this year. First-year residence halls
Rental, digital, new, used, buyback, international editions, oh my! Your Kenyon College Bookstore presents an overview of textbook options. We'll answer all your questions, and arm you with the information you need to make the right choices. Kenyon College Bookstore
Want to meet some of the family orientation panelists and other campus administrators? Love fresh coffee in the morning? Then swing by the coffee and bagel mixer to grab a cup of joe before heading over to family orientation! Leach, Peirce Hall
Join us to learn about prerequisite courses, the medical, dental and veterinary school application processes and Kenyon’s Health Professions Advising Committee. Higley Auditorium
Discussion of issues of transition for both students and their families and opportunity to share important information about College resources. Rosse Hall
Meet and get to know your Community Advisor (CA) and your fellow hall residents. First-year residence halls
Transfer students, take this opportunity to talk with the transfer student coordinator and learn about what it is like to live in a residence at Kenyon. Peirce Hall
Harcourt Parish Episcopal Church invites students and families to join them for prayers, singing and communion on the chapel lawn (casual dress). Church of the Holy Spirit
Meet with community advisors (CAs) in their residence halls to walk together to Opening Convocation. Dressy attire is mandatory. First-year residence halls, then Middle Path
Meet transfer student coordinator in the atrium of Peirce to line-up.
Opening of the 192nd College year. This ceremony is the bookend to graduation. Sam Mather Lawn
For the Class of 2020, transfer students, and families. All are invited to meet President Decatur, Provost Klesner and VP of Student Affairs Bonham '92, while enjoying light refreshments at the president’s home. Faculty members will be attending to chat with families — look for the department signs! Cromwell Lawn
Last chance to share hugs and goodbyes with family. Students are then to meet their UCCs and faculty advisors at their advisor's department sign at the President’s Reception.
Meet your faculty advisor and start thinking in more depth about how you want your first semester and year to progress. UCCs will have locations
You will eat with your UCC and prepare for the evening events. Peirce Hall
Prepare for one of Kenyon’s great old (and fun) traditions by learning the songs of Kenyon (mandatory if you plan to participate in New Student Sing). Rosse Hall
Life on the Hill is an unscripted look at the College’s social life, culture, community, and traditions from the perspective of current students, faculty and community members. Rosse Hall
Meet and get to know your Community Advisor (CA) and your fellow hall residents. Ballroom, Gund Commons (100)
Church of the Holy Spirit
Peirce Hall (33)
These are proficiency/placement examinations in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Latin and Spanish. Japanese placement exams will be offered later in the day. Locations and times are listed below, and additional information is included in the folder that you received at registration.
Latin: All students report at 8:15 a.m. Ascension 326
Italian: All students report at 8:15 a.m. Ascension 114
Arabic: All students report at 8:20 a.m. Basement, Gund Commons Computer Lab
Chinese: All students report at 8:15 a.m. Ascension 125
Spanish, French and German will be administered by last name due to high numbers of students taking these exams. Exception: If your last name begins with O-Z and you need to take the music theory placement examination at 8:45 a.m., you may take the language placement exam at either 8:15 or 8:40 a.m.
Exam times, by last name: A-G at 8:15 a.m. | H-N at 8:40 a.m. | O-Z at 9:05 a.m.
Spanish: You may use any of the following labs in any time slot: Crawford Classroom, Chalmers, 1st floor, in the back; Hayes Hall 311; Roth Lab, Peirce Hall, Lower Level
French: Language Learning Center, Library
German: Hayes Hall 308
Latin: To satisfy the language requirement through previous study in Latin, you need a score of 4 or 5 on the Latin AP test or a passing grade (65%) on the proficiency examination. For more information on the exam and satisfying the language requirement with Ancient Greek, see: http://www.kenyon.edu/academics/departments-programs/classics/language-requirement/ If you plan to take LATN 101-102, you do not need to take the proficiency exam. If you are interested in taking LATN 201 or 301, you are welcome to take the exam to help with placement, but it is not required. Placement for such courses (as well as GREK 201 and 301) is done on a case-by-case basis; you should speak with a faculty member from the Classics department. An ideal time to do so is during our department's presentation on Monday morning.
Ascension Hall 212
Listen to presentations about classes in departments which interest you. Science quad and other academic buildings, see additional sheet in folder
Lunch and reception for new students interested in the sciences and mathematics. Grab lunch in the servery and bring your tray downstairs to the Alumni Dining Room. Alumni Dining Room, Peirce Hall
Join the Board of Spiritual & Religious Life as well as members of Harcourt Parish for lunch and discussion about how to find your spiritual home at Kenyon. Pizza will be provided! Open to all! Parish House, W. Brooklyn Street
Science quad and other academic buildings, see additional sheet in folder
S. Mather Hall Computer Lab
Math readiness examination: Higley Hall Auditorium; Calculus readiness: Higley Hall Auditorium ; Calculus placement: Hayes Hall 109
Formulate your desired schedule and alternate courses with your advisor and UCC. As scheduled with your Faculty Advisor
Your upperclass counselor will be setting up a time with your small group to discuss the basic information you will need during these first few days at Kenyon, including how to access your personal access pages for course registration, which occurs at 1:30 p.m. today. The LBIS Helpline (x5700) will be available in Olin and Chalmers Libraries to assist with residence hall computer connection issues and network password problems. As scheduled with your UCC
Offered concurrently, each tour will take approximately thirty minutes. (1) Library and Research Orientation: Librarians and Student Reference Interns will show you study spaces and introduce research resources. Meet at the second floor entrance, by the reference desk. (2) Computer and Technology Orientation: Meet the Helpline staff. We'll give tips on security, explain technology you’ll use in your classes, and show you where to go for help. Olin and Chalmers Libraries
First-year students will register online at this time, using their Alternate PIN (supplied by faculty advisors) on their Personal Access Pages. Register for up to 1.25 units.
Register for an additional 1.0 units.
Various Locations based on UCC Groups
Stop by the CGE open house to meet the staff and get all of your study abroad questions answered! Peirce Lounge, Peirce Hall
Interested in learning about all the KAC has to offer? Want to take a Kenyon Fit class? Stop by the KAC open house and meet the KAC Staff and maybe play a little dodgeball. Kenyon Athletic Center
Want to learn how to weave your own rug, sew a dress, or make a stained glass? Come to the Craft Center open house to meet the student manager and learn about all the classes that will be offered during fall 2016 and how to sign up. Craft Center (North Campus)
Come to learn about spiritual life at Kenyon and meet members of Harcourt Parish. Church of the Holy Spirit
Meet at the Parish House
ECO is hosting an open-house for students interested in directly participating in sustainable initiatives such as educating the student body about climate change and activism, improving our recycling system, composting, environmental justice, and more should definitely come. Also, students who would like to speak with environmental studies mentors, who are interested in pursuing an ENVS concentration or major, should be encouraged to come. Together, the house has probably taken every environmental class there is to offer at Kenyon, so they would be a great resource for recommending classes that fit freshman's interests. ECO/PEAS House, North Campus Apartments #16
Now that Orientation activities have given you a feel for life at Kenyon, this session lets you ask questions about the past few days and make plans for the rest of the year. Residents with roommates will begin crafting living agreements to facilitate communication and make life easier to live peacefully in their rooms. Talking about these topics in advance won’t guarantee you’ll be compatible at all times, but open discussion definitely increases your chances for getting along and preventing conflict. First-year residence halls
Attend a formal dinner with the entire Class of 2020! CAs will pick up students in residence halls; Peirce Hall
Attend a formal dinner with the entire Class of 2020 and transfer students! Peirce Hall
Join us for what promises to be a hilarious night of cutting-edge satire, sketches, songs and improv with Chicago’s premiere comedy troupe! Rosse Hall
Mandatory meeting with your UCC over lunch to discuss essential information, including your schedule of classes, and to talk about your Orientation experience so far. This is one last time for you to meet with your UCC and fellow advisees before classes start. Predetermined locations (check with your UCC)
Furnish your room from the Rummage residence hall pre-sale. Here you’ll find lamps, storage, and other basics. 80% of the proceeds from the Harcourt Parish rummage sale (that’s thousands of dollars!) are donated to charities all over Knox County. In the spring, parish and community volunteers pick up donations of items from Kenyon students who are leaving campus at the end of the school year. These volunteers store the donated items over the summer, clean and repair whatever is necessary, and then hold a rummage sale in the fall to offer those goods at very reasonable prices to returning and new students and to anyone else who attends the sale. Gambier Community Center
Written, produced and performed by current Kenyon students, this show dives into everyday Kenyon life. Rosse Hall
First-year residence halls
Stop by the Registrar's Office Open House to meet the staff, enjoy some goodies and find out what a useful resource we can be for you. We can answer your questions regarding registration, declaring your major, fulfilling distribution requirements and much more. Edwards House (74)
Olin and Chalmers Libraries
Required for all students planning to participate in the New Student Sing. Rosse Hall
Participate in a great Kenyon tradition! Rosse Hall steps
Local foods harvested from surrounding farms and fields — sweet corn, tomatoes, zucchini bread, organic BBQ chicken — will connect Knox County families, new and returning students from around the world, faculty, and others in conversation and discovery. Cromwell Lawn (26). Rain site: Peirce Hall
Come enjoy the sounds of Kenyon's a cappella groups—an Orientation favorite! Rosse Hall
Come to Weaver Cottage for the first Weaver Wednesday of the semester! Weaver Wednesday
Come be a part of the first regular open mic of the semester! Share your talents—music, poetry, dance, spoken word, or anything else—and meet other students interested in the arts. All performers are encouraged to participate! Horn Gallery
• Classes begin as scheduled.
• 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Rummage Sale, Gambier Community Center
• 1-6 p.m. Rummage Sale, Gambier Community Center
• 12:15-1 p.m. Muslim Prayer, Center for Prayer and Meditation
• 5:30 p.m. Shabbat, Hillel House
• 6:30-8:30 p.m. Greek life welcome festival. Kenyon’s Greek community welcomes you to learn more about the College’s fraternities, sororities and societies. Ransom lawn
• 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Rummage Sale, Gambier Community Center
• 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Activities Fair. Come see all of the extracurriculars that Kenyon has to offer!
Kenyon Athletic Center, Toan Track
• Evening: Social Board Activity TBD
• 10:30 a.m. Bagel Brunch, Hillel House
• Noon.-5 p.m. Poster sale. Peirce Lounge, Peirce Hall
• 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Poster Sale. Peirce Lounge, Peirce Hall