Greetings, 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, pick up your room key and meet the Community Advisors (CAs) and Orientation Leaders (OLs). Office of Residential Life
Moving in is tiring business, take this time to unpack a little or relaxing. Don’t forget to leave time to get to your meeting with your Orientation Leaders. Residence Halls
Take a break from unpacking and join the upperclass Mather CAs for refreshments. Mather 4th Floor Lounge
Join other first-generation students and their families for this casual meet & greet event with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI). 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
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: Peirce Hall Atrium)
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. Outside the Kenyon College Bookstore
Serving as a bookend to the Commencement ceremony, Opening Convocation is an annual tradition at Kenyon. Families are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Sam Mather Lawn (rain site: Kenyon Athletic Center)
Transfer students and their families are invited to join faculty, staff and current students for lunch and to discuss resources to ease the transition to Kenyon. Horn Gallery
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 more depth about 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.
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 OL Group Classroom
Tip: Maintain a regular wake up and sleep schedule and stick with it, yes, even on weekends.
It has already been a busy few days, so take a breather with some wake-up yoga to get you ready for day three! First Year Quad
• French, German and Spanish for transfer students: 7:30 a.m.
• 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
Proceed to the Registrar's Office to ensure you don't need any overrides for registration on Tuesday. Edwards House
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. Various Locations
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
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
Quiet time is sometimes hard to come by in college, so we have created that space for you. Grab a friend and come participate in some guided meditation to start day four on a good foot. Science Quad
Sam Mather 206
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
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
Come meet the CGE staff and learn about off-campus study options. Center for Global Engagement (Hoehn-Saric House)
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.
It’s been a long few days so let’s take some time to dance it out! Science Quad
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
Get in one last practice before tonight’s performance! Rosse Hall
Get all of your on-campus job questions answered! Career Development Office, 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 pssing out snacks and freebies. Edward's 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 — Sit with other transfer students
Meet with former Kenyon transfer students to learn about the challenges they faced and how they overcame them. 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. Location to be determined
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.