Hello transfer students and welcome to Kenyon! Orientation will be filled with informative sessions and engaging activities aimed at helping you transition to Kenyon and learn what to expect during your college career here. 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
The Office of Student Engagement is excited to welcome the class of 2022, transfer students, and their families to campus with refreshments in the Gund Commons Game Room (101 E. Brooklyn Street). Stop by to meet the OSE staff and for a cold drink and snack. Gund Commons
Come gather with other first-generation students and their families to meet the Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (ODEI). This is a casual event. First generation students are students whose parents or legal guardians did not graduate from a 4-year institution. Gund Commons Patio
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. Residence Halls
After corresponding with them all summer, finally meet the two students that will be your guides and mentors throughout your first semester at Kenyon. They will be going over the Transfer Orientation Schedule, answering your questions, and giving you some time to meet other students in your group. Various Locations
Transfer students and their families are invited to join faculty, staff, and current students for dinner and to discuss resources at Kenyon. Horn Gallery
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 2018 Orientation Leaders. Rosse Hall
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. Meet outside of Rosse
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 your OLs 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)
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
This session is tailor-made for Kenyon’s transfer students to give you the tools you need to successfully transition into a new academic atmosphere and learn how it might be different from your former institution. Attendance will be taken.
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
We don’t expect you to know everything before your first day of class so the OLs and CAs have put together this session to give you some of the tips and tricks they have learned along the way! They will show you how to access Moodle, how to make the most of your Google calendar, how to buy books, and more! This event is optional for transfer students. Various Locations
Tip: Maintain a regular wake up and sleep schedule and stick with it, yes, even on weekends.
After your advising session be sure to go straight to the Registrar’s Office in Edwards House to make sure you don’t need any overrides. Various Locations
Students interested in the following majors should attend these sessions.
Pre-Med Advising, Higley Auditorium
Pre-Engineering Advising, Hayes Hall 215
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
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. This event is optional for transfer students. Science Quad
Navigating the waters of wellness 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 and healthy. Attendance will be taken. Various Locations
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 OL will be going over important reminders about building a schedule. Various Locations
Sam Mather 206
Kenyon students will share their stories about how they find their place on the hill. Kenyon has changed them! And they have changed Kenyon! Attendance will be taken. Rosse Hall
Attendance will be taken. Various Locations
Come meet the CGE staff and learn about off-campus study options. Hoehn-Saric House
Get all of your on-campus job questions answered! Gund Commons, Lower Level
OLs and CAs will be at the doors of each academic of the academic buildings listed below to help you find your classroom for tomorrow! Ascension, Higley Hall/Fischman, Tomsic, Hayes, Sam Mather and Lenz
Meet with your OL and a staff member to discuss what was portrayed in Life on the Hill #4: Diversity. 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. Rosse Hall
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. 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
OLs and CAs will be at the bookstore to help you navigate buying your books. Kenyon College Bookstore
Rosse Hall Steps
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
Tip: Set your alarm for tomorrow tonight! Being late for your first day of class wouldn’t be a good start. Weaver Cottage
Additional extended Orientation events to follow.