Greetings, Class of 2021 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 this schedule is tentative and subject to change. All starred (*) events are mandatory.
Welcome to Kenyon! Check-in for Orientation and pick up your room key in front of your assigned residence hall. You will be greeted by the Community Advisors (CAs) and Orientation Leaders (OLs). Tip: If you would rather not wait in line, come a little later! First-year residence halls
Come gather with other first-generation students and their families to meet the Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (ODEI). This is a casual event for students and their families. Gund Commons Patio
Choose a session to attend:
• Career Development, Olin Auditorium, Olin Library
• Health & Counseling Session #1, Community Foundation Theater, Gund Gallery
• AVI & Food Services Session #1, Leach Private Dining Room, Peirce Hall, lower level
• Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Higley Auditorium, Higley Hall
Choose a session to attend:
• Campus Safety/Student Rights & Responsibilities, Community Foundation Theater, Gund Gallery
• Student Accessibility & Support Services, Olin Auditorium, Olin Library
• AVI & Food Services Session #2 (repeat), Leach Private Dining Room, Peirce Hall, lower level
• Financial Aid, Higley Auditorium, Higley Hall
Moving in is tiring business; take this time to unpack a little or relax. Don’t forget to leave time to get to your meeting with your Orientation Leaders. First-year residence halls
After corresponding with them all summer, finally meet the two upperclass students that will be your guides and mentors throughout your first semester at Kenyon. They will be going over the Orientation schedule, answering your questions, and giving you some time to meet other students in your group. Attendance will be taken. Tip: Write down your Orientation questions before this meeting to make sure you don’t miss any. Assigned OL Group Classroom
Join us for a picnic dinner sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs. Meet representatives from all the Student Affairs offices as well as Vice President of Student Affairs Meredith Bonham, ‘92 and Dean of Students Robin Hart-Ruthenbeck. Ransom Lawn (rain site: Thomas Hall in Peirce Dining Hall)
For students and their families whose parent(s) attended Kenyon. Hosted by the Office of Alumni & Parent Engagement. Alumni Dining Room, Peirce Hall
The Office of Alumni & Parent Engagement would like to welcome all new (and returning) Kenyon families to the community with a wine and cheese reception on the Gund Gallery lawn. Activities for siblings will be provided by our South Campus Community Advisors. Gund Gallery Lawn (rain site: Gund Commons Ballroom)
We hope you’re excited to get Orientation started and if you’re not already, you will be by the end of this high energy welcome session lead by the 2017 Orientation Leaders. Attendance will be taken. Tip: Leave your cool cap in your room. Basketball Arena, Kenyon Athletic Center
Meet some of the upperclass CAs and learn what living in a residential community is all about and why we think it is an important part of your education. Attendance will be taken. Kenyon Athletic Center
Use this time to unwind after your first day as a Kenyon student. You can spend time in your room unpacking and relaxing, joining the OLs for a variety of relaxing activities or meet new friends over a game of air hockey in the Gund Commons Game Room. Tip: Start good sleep habits in college early; 7-9 hours of sleep is recommended for healthy brains!
Grab a cup of coffee and join Harcourt Parish Priest-in-Charge and Kenyon Chaplain Rachel Kessler ‘04 for a morning spiritual service on the lawn. Church of the Holy Spirit lawn
Meet some of the North Campus CAs outside of the Bookstore and head to Middle Path to line-up for Convocation. Attendance will be taken. Middle Path
Serving as a bookend to the Commencement ceremony, Opening Convocation is an annual tradition at Kenyon. Families are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Samuel Mather Lawn (rain site: Kenyon Athletic Center)
Sponsored by the Office of the President, join us for a picnic lunch after Convocation to celebrate the official opening of the academic year. Ransom lawn
First-generation college students and their families are invited to lunch with members of Student Affairs, and the campus community to discuss resources that can ease the transition to Kenyon. RSVP required. Hosted by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Peirce Pub in Peirce Hall
Wondering why you have a faculty advisor? Want to ensure you make the most of your time with them? Faculty and staff from around campus will be presenting on the expectations your advisor has for you, the expectations you should have for them, and how to utilize them in the best way possible. Attendance will be taken. Various locations
Meet your faculty advisor and start thinking in depth about how you want your first semester and year to progress. Attendance will be taken. Tip: Check out the Searchable Schedule before your first advising meeting to help you think about what building a schedule will look like. Various locations
Students interested in one of the following majors should plan to attend the advising sessions. Pre-Med Advising: Higley Auditorium; Pre-Engineering: Hayes Hall 215
What is the greatest treasure? Knowledge! Navigate the library to hunt down pieces of treasure, collecting important info about the librarians and services available to you all year. The fastest group to collect all the treasures wins a prize and all participants enter a raffle. Don't forget to stop by the photo booth too!
Another great Kenyon tradition! Learn the four songs that you will sing at the conclusion of Orientation as well as during senior week before graduation. Rosse Hall
How did it go? What questions do you still have? Let’s do some prep for Tuesday! Attendance will be taken. Assigned group location.
Living with a roommate who you’ve only known for 24 hours can be tough, so can sharing a bathroom with 25 of your hallmates. This meeting will focus on roommate contracts and hall agreements. Attendance will be taken. Tip: Think about non-negotiables you would like to discuss with your roommate as well as things you would be willing to compromise on to create a comfortable living space. First-year residence halls
Tip: Maintain a regular wake up and sleep schedule and stick with it, yes, even on weekends.
• French, German and Spanish:
Last names A-G at 7:30 a.m.
Last names H-N at 8 a.m.
Last names O-Z at 8:30 a.m.
Students O-Z who need to take the music theory exam should come to one of the first two sessions.
• Chinese, Italian and Latin: Report to testing location by 8:15 a.m.
• Japanese: 8:45 a.m.
• Students interested in Arabic should contact the chair of Modern Languages & Literature (MLL)
• Music theory: 8:45-9:45 a.m.
• Chinese: Ascension 125
• French: Language Learning Center in the Library
• German: Hayes Hall 308
• Italian: Ascension 114
• Japanese: Ascension 212
• Latin: Ascension 326
• Spanish: Crawford Classroom (Chalmers first floor); Hayes Hall 311; Roth Lab (Lower Peirce Hall); You may use any location for any time period.
• Music theory: Olin Auditorium
Meet professors and students from different academic departments and get your questions about various majors answered. This will help you start thinking about what diversification credits you may want to take this semester. Tip: Review your First Things First booklet to learn all about diversification requirements. Science Quad
Tip: Drink a glass of water with every meal. Being dehydrated can cause fatigue. Peirce Hall
Alumni Dining Room in Peirce Hall
Parish House (57 West Brooklyn Street)
Meet professors and students from different academic departments and get your questions about various majors answered. This will help you start thinking about what diversification credits you may want to take this semester. Science Quad
Wondering how academic life in college differs from your high school experience? This session will give you a glimpse into what a classroom setting with a Kenyon Professor is all about. Attendance will be taken. Assigned OL group location
Faces of America took the country by storm in 1996 and was described as the “first truly multicultural portrayal of Americans.” One actor portrays eight characters, each of a different identity, to explore the challenges and victories of young Americans in a diverse society. Attendance will be taken. Rosse Hall
• Math Readiness: Higley Hall Auditorium
• Calculus Readiness: Higley Hall Auditorium
• Calculus Placement: Hayes Hall 109
Tip: Don’t skip meals! It is easy to forego eating to run to class or a meeting, but it is important to eat to keep your energy up. Peirce Hall
Tomorrow is registration day! Your CA will be discussing the importance of a balanced schedule and time management skills. Attendance will be taken. First-year residence halls
Tip: Avoid all nighters. While you may feel like you need to study all night to do well you might be doing yourself a disservice. Not getting enough sleep can impair your ability to do well, regardless of how much you've studied, so make sure you get at least a little sleep before your big test. First Year Quad
Time meet with your advisor one more time to get your alt pin and get ready for course registration. Tip: It is best to have 10-12 classes on your list in case you don’t get into your top choices. Attendance will be taken.
Navigating the waters of independence can sometimes be tricky. Come listen to faculty, staff, and students give tips to learn how to advocate for yourself and what you need to be successful. Attendance will be taken. Various locations.
Attendance will be taken. Meeting spot determined by your OLs
Location determined by your OLs
Meet with your OL group to go over what was portrayed in the Faces of America presentation and reflect on your own identities. Attendance will be taken. Assigned OL group classroom
Recap of Life on the Hill sessions. Small group activity to create a healthy habits plan. Attendance will be taken. Assigned OL group classroom
Tip: Come up with a regular and relaxing bedtime routine. This might include listening to music, journaling or taking a shower.
Getting into bad health habits is easy to do and it is important to create and maintain healthy habits early. Faculty and staff will help you create a health habits plan that addresses everything from eating right, to exercise, to getting enough sleep. Attendance will be taken. Tip: The Kenyon Athletic Center offers a variety of group fitness classes free of charge on a weekly basis. Try out something new! Various Locations
During this session you will meet some of the Campus Safety officers who work tirelessly to keep our community safe and learn how you play a part in that safety. Attendance will be taken. Tip: Be sure you have downloaded the RAVE Alert app! Various Locations
Consider visiting the Registrar’s Office or stopping by your advisor’s office.
Get in one last practice before tonight’s performance! Rosse Hall
Get all of your on-campus job questions answered! Gund Commons Lower Level
This is your final OL group meeting for Orientation. You will be making a plan for a reunion dinner your OLs will be going over the events happening in the next few weeks. Attendance will be taken. Meeting spot will be determined by your OLs
In this session you will meet Samantha Hughes, Civil Rights/Title IX Coordinator and learn about what it means to take care of each other at Kenyon. You will also get to see a series of skits performed by Kenyon students that address issues related to homesickness, drinking culture, mental health, sexual assault, and more. The skits will be followed by a dialogue with the Sexual Misconduct Advisors, the Peer Counselors, and the Diversity Advisors. Attendance will be taken. Tip: Take a look at Kenyon’s Student Handbook and Title IX/VAWA Policy, both were written to keep everyone in the community safe. Rosse Hall
Got Questions? Stop by the Registrar's Office to get answers and meet the staff. We will also be passing out snacks and freebies. Edward's House
Come meet the CGE staff and learn about off-campus study options. Center for Global Engagement (Hoehn-Saric House)
A final tradition to end Orientation, this banquet-style dinner is a Kenyon favorite. Featuring remarks from President Decatur and a keynote speaker, it is the perfect way to end your Orientation experience and get you excited for the first day of class. Attendance will be taken. Peirce Hall
Meet with your to make sure you know where all (and when) all your classes are tomorrow and get a list of the upcoming hall events. Attendance will be taken. Tip: Take yourself on a tour around campus tonight to find all your classrooms so you feel confident going into the first day of class.. First-year residence halls
Tip: Set your alarm for tomorrow tonight! Being late for your first day of class wouldn’t be a good start.
Additional extended Orientation events to follow.