Orientation


Welcome
Class of 2026!


Orientation is the time for all new students to move in, and get acquainted with campus and each other prior to classes starting. The days are busy with a lot of important learning and a lot of fun!

Check out the Orientation Schedule for further event details.

Orientation Details

At Kalamazoo College Orientation is mandatory for all incoming students and it takes place just prior to the first week of classes. The dates of First-Year Student Orientation for 2022 are September 7-11.* Students will move into their residence halls on September 7 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. and formal Orientation activities will begin that evening. The full schedule was sent to students in June and can be found in the Orientation Schedule section.

Parent and Family Orientation activities are offered starting late afternoon September 7 and all day September 8 until 5 p.m. Parents are asked to do their farewells at that time and depart campus to enable their student to fully participate in the rest of Orientation activities.

Transfer Students

Transfer students have their own Transfer Student Orientation on Friday and Saturday, September 9-10 and will receive more information over the summer.

Orientation Schedule

Information Desk and Center Hours

Wednesday, September 7

Health Center | 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Location – Main Floor, Hicks Student Center

Health Center staff is available for health information verification as well as general consultation with students and families

Information Table | 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Location: Atrium, Hicks Student Center

Stop by for opening day schedules, maps, directions, suggestions for lunch and answers to your questions.

Bookstore Open – 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Location: Hicks Student Center

Go Hornets! 20% off Kalamazoo College imprinted items.

Book Club Café | 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Location: Upjohn Library Commons

Stop by the first floor of the Upjohn Library and allow one of our baristas to serve you a cup of Kalamazoo Coffee, hot chocolate, tea or a specialty espresso. Choose from fast grab-and-go options including pastries, house-made salads, sandwiches and sides.

Richardson Room | 1-5 p.m.

Location: Richardson Room, Hicks Student Center

The Richardson Room offers a variety of options including an extensive deli line with a wide variety of toppings and homemade soup. Also available is a selection of grab-and-go sandwiches, salads, yogurt parfaits, fruit, sweet and salty snacks and beverages.

Thursday, September 8

Information Table | 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Location: Atrium, Hicks Student Center

Stop by for schedules, maps, directions and answers to your questions.

Book Club Café | 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Location: Upjohn Library Commons

Stop by the first floor of the Upjohn Library and allow one of our baristas to serve you a cup of Kalamazoo Coffee, hot chocolate, tea or a specialty espresso. Choose from fast grab-and-go options including pastries, house-made salads, sandwiches and sides.

Bookstore Open | 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Location: Hicks Student Center

Go Hornets! 20% off Kalamazoo College imprinted items.

Wednesday, September 7th

9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Student Move-In

Location: Residence Halls (please refer to the campus map for your student’s exact residence hall)

Resident Assistants (RAs) and FYE Mentors will be stationed at check-in tables at each residence hall to welcome you. Pick up your orientation folder from the FYE Mentors. Then see the Residential Life staff to get your student ID, room key, check into your room and get settled. Health verification must be completed before you can check in. Students with incomplete health requirements will be directed to the Health Center to complete any necessary requirements before they are permitted to check in. Morning is extremely busy, so families are highly encouraged to arrive throughout the day for a more stress-free move in.

1-4 p.m. | Computer Network Assistance

Location: Main lounges of Harmon, Hoben, and Trowbridge Residence Halls

Have questions about connecting to K’s network? Information Services staff is available in Harmon, Hoben and Trowbridge main lounges to answer questions.

3-6 p.m. | Athletic Practices

Location: Various Locations

Join Dean of Financial Aid, Becca Murphy, and Student Accounts Coordinator, Juan Muniz for a session to help understand the financial side of sending yDid you know that 25% of K students are student-athletes? Our 8 fall teams (football, soccer, volleyball, golf, and cross country) have been on campus for a few weeks already, and in addition to participating in Orientation activities they will be engaged in daily practices and regular competitions. Go Hornets!

4-6 p.m. | First-Generation Program (by invitation only)

Location: Hicks Banquet Room

A welcome for first-generation students and their families. Heavy appetizers will be provided, and information specifically geared for first generation students and their families will be shared. By invitation only. Check your K email for invitation and more information.

5-7 p.m. | Orientation Dinner

Location: Dining Center in Hicks Student Center or off campus

Families are welcome to have dinner on campus at the Dining Center, or venture off campus to one of Kalamazoo’s excellent eating establishments (a list of restaurants is available at the information table in the Hicks Atrium). New students, use your student ID (which also serves as your meal card) to access the Dining Center. Families may pay at the Dining Center entrance ($11.50 per person)

7-7:45 p.m. | Hornet Student Welcome (required)

Location: The Quad

The President, Dean of Students, First-Year Class Dean, College Chaplain, FYE Mentors and the Office of Student Activities welcome you—the class of 2026 to campus!

8-8:45 p.m. | Meet your Seminar Group and FYE Mentor (required)

Location: The Quad

Introductions and get-to-know-you. Talk through the Orientation schedule and answers any questions you may have. FYE Mentors will be on the Quad with signs so you can locate your seminar group.

9-9:45 p.m. | Residence Hall Community Meetings (required)

Location: Various Locations

Meet with your fellow residents and RAs to talk about community expectations, living in residence halls, college policies, and begin to know your neighbors!

10-11 p.m. | Setup Your Room & Free Time

Location: Residence Halls

Use this time to make sure your room is set up just the way you want it and relax before a full day of activities tomorrow!

Thursday, September 8th

7-8:30 a.m. | Orientation Breakfast

Location: Dining Center, Hicks Center

New students, use your student ID (which also serves as your meal card) to access the Dining Center. Families may pay at the Dining Center entrance ($6.10 per person).

8-9 a.m. | Follow-Up Language Placement Exams (Select Students)

Location: Various locations

These exams are required for only those students who have admission tickets in their orientation folders, who have placed out of the 3rd level of language, and/or who need to meet with a faculty member in the relevant language.

9-10 a.m. | First-Year Seminars (required)

Location: Seminar Rooms

Join your professor, FYE Mentor and fellow students for an introduction to your class.

10-11 a.m. | Summer Common Reading Small Group Discussions (required)

Location: Seminar Rooms

Meet with your seminar to discuss Felix Ever After. Bring your book and a copy of your SCR response.

11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. | Orientation Lunch

Location: Various Locations

Families are welcome to have lunch on campus at the Dining Center, or venture off campus to one of Kalamazoo’s excellent eating establishments (a list of restaurants is available at the information table). New students, use your student ID (which also serves as your meal card) to access the Dining Center. Families may pay at the Dining Center entrance ($8.15 per person).

1 p.m.-2:45 p.m. | Social Life at K (required)

Location: Seminar Rooms

In addition to a great academic experience, a good social life is also important to most K students. Meeting new people, having new experiences and finding ways to relieve stress can all part of college life. What do most K students do? What do you want to do? This session will discuss social life at K and some of the decisions you can make to best thrive during your time at K. FYE Mentors will share their knowledge and guide a conversation and group discussion.

3 p.m. | Convocation (required)

Location: Lower Quad (Rain Site: Stetson Chapel students)

With this ceremony, we formally welcome the matriculating class of 2026 into the Kalamazoo College community.

President Jorge Gonzalez, Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students J. Malcolm Smith, Provost Danette Ifert Johnson, Chaplain Elizabeth Candido, the Convocation speaker, faculty, staff and President’s Student Ambassadors welcome students and their families. Convocation concludes with all new students signing the Matriculation Registry.

Lila Lazarus ’84, an award-winning journalist, producer and motivational speaker, will be the keynote speaker for Kalamazoo College’s Convocation.

Questions on Convocation? Please contact Cassidy Covert at Cassidy.Covert@kzoo.edu.

4-5 p.m. | Hugs and Farewell Reception

Location: The Quad (Rain Site: Hicks Student Center)

Immediately following Convocation, Parents and families depart campus when the reception concludes at 5 p.m.

5:30-7:00 p.m. | Picnic on the Quad with your FYE Mentors and Seminar (required)

Location: The Quad

Enjoy dinner together and socializing. FYE Mentors will let you know where to meet to find your group.

8-9 p.m. | The Asia Project (required)

Location: The Quad (Rain Site: Stetson Chapel)

The Asia Project has toured over 600 colleges with an acoustic music poetry act that has amazed audiences all over the country. On the microphone is Asia Samson: writer, poet and part-time ninja. He has been seen on HBO Def Poetry Jam and has shared the stage with such artists as Janelle Monae, Jill Scott, DMX, Mos Def, Dead Prez and KRS-One. Accompanying him on the guitar is his brother-in-law Jollan who uses music to create an atmosphere that brings poetry to emotional levels you would never expect. Asia will remain after the performance for a group discussion for any students who would like to stay.

Friday, September 9th

7-8:30 a.m. | Orientation Day 3 Breakfast

Location: Dining Center, Hicks Center

Get your day off to a good start! Enjoy breakfast in the Dining Center.

8-10 a.m. | Advising Appointments (1 required before or during Orientation)

Location: Various locations

Discuss your fall schedule, placement exam results, academic goals, and co-curricular interests with your advisor. Make sure to sign up for an
appointment time that does not conflict with a session you’re required or would like to attend. Your advisor will let you know how to schedule an
appointment and where to go.

10-10:30 a.m. | New Hornet’s Guide to Community Living (required)

Location: Stetson Chapel

Hear a welcome message from our Vice President and Dean of Students, J. Malcolm Smith, Provost Danette Ifert Johnson, and Director of Campus Safety, Tim Young, and learn what it means to be a member of a new community.

10:45-11:45 a.m. | Belonging at K (required)

Location: Seminar Rooms

Join your FYE Mentors to talk about the Asia Project, the summer common reading, and your role in building an inclusive and welcoming campus for all members of our community.

11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. | Orientation – Lunch

Location: Hicks Center

Have lunch in the Dining Center.

11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. | Advising Appointments 2nd Opp (1 required before or during Orientation)

Location: Various locations

Discuss your fall schedule, placement exam results, academic goals, and co-curricular interests with your advisor. Make sure to sign up for an
appointment time that does not conflict with a session you’re required or would like to attend. Your advisor will let you know how to schedule an
appointment and where to go.

1:15-4:15 p.m. | Build your Own Schedule: Academic (required)

Location: Various locations

This part of the schedule is your opportunity to focus on the academic departments that you are most interested in learning more about. You will have the opportunity to meet with the faculty and learn more about their courses or offerings. Please refer to the Build Your Own Schedule Link where you can edit your schedule up until one day before!

2:35-3 p.m. | “Music at K”

Location: Recital Hall, Light Fine Arts

All new students, come, find out what music opportunities we have for you at K! There is a place for everyone – those who have experience in music and those who want to learn for the first time. Yes, we have classes, lessons, and ensembles for everyone! Join us to meet our faculty and staff and learn how you can become involved in the “Music at K”!

4:30-5:30 p.m. | Social Justice 101 (required)

Location: Dalton Theatre, Light Fine Arts

In this interactive workshop, participants are encouraged to think creatively and collectively about what equity and justice look like, and what we need to build a world free from oppression.

5:30-7:00 p.m. | Dinner with your FYE Mentors and Seminar (required)

Location: Hicks Center

Enjoy dinner together and socializing. FYE Mentors will let you know where to meet to find your group.

9-11:30 p.m. | Hicks Open House

Location: Hicks Center

Enjoy all Hicks has to offer: pool and ping pong tournaments (with prizes), the latest in video gaming, craft areas, board game areas, a Zen room, activities that help you meet new people and make friends and much more!

Saturday, September 10th

7-8:30 a.m. | Orientation Day 4 Breakfast

Location: Dining Center, Hicks Center

Get your day off to a good start! Enjoy breakfast in the Dining Center.

9:30-10 a.m. | CIRP Survey (required)

Location: Seminar Rooms

Kalamazoo College is participating in a national survey about incoming college students. It asks about your expectations for college, your academic habits and experiences, what influenced your college choice, your goals and values, and how you spend your time. Results from this survey are used to improve the college experience.

10-10:45 a.m. | Emergency Response Training (required)

Location: Seminar Rooms

Part two of Emergency Response Training. FYE Mentors will lead you through specific scenarios for how to react in crisis situations.

11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Let’s Talk About Mental Health (required)

Location: Dalton Theatre, Light Fine Arts Building

Please join the Counseling Center for a candid conversation about mental health. In this session you will engage in stigma reduction conversation about mental health and learn strategies for managing your mental/emotional well-being while at K. Your FYE Mentor will tell you where to go for this session.

12-1 p.m. | Orientation Day 4 Lunch

Location: Dining Center, Hicks Center

Take a break and have lunch at the Dining Center.

1-1:45 p.m. | The New Hornet’s Guide to Sexual Respect & Violence Prevention (required)

Location: Seminar Rooms

K is committed to an environment free of sexual misconduct and you are an important part of creating a culture where violence is not tolerated.
FYE Mentors will facilitate a discussion on bystander intervention and work through scenarios from the skills and techniques learned from the resources shared in the summer.

2-5 p.m. | Build your Own Schedule: Life at K (required)

Location: Various locations

This part of the schedule is your opportunity to focus on the various departments and support services at Kalamazoo College. You will be able to
meet with staff and students and learn more about how their department is here to make sure you’re successful and happy. Please refer to the Build Your Own Schedule Link where you can edit your schedule up until one day before!

5:30-7:30 p.m. | Dinner

Location: Various Locations

Enjoy dinner in the Dining Center.

7:30-9 p.m. | Free Time

Location: Various Locations

Take some time for yourself!

9 p.m.-midnight | Zoo After Dark

Location: The Quad

Join the Office of Student Activities (OSA) for a night of games, performances and fun!! Every week, OSA hosts a series of programs on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Tonight, we kick-off of our Zoo After Dark series, hosted every Saturday night from 9pm-midnight. There’s something for everyone and we look forward to seeing you there!

Sunday, September 11th

Build your Own Schedule: Finding your Community

Location: Various locations

Check out the Build Your Own Schedule Link for an opportunity to sign up for a bunch of student organization and group led activities and events. Meet many of the 80+ amazing organizations and groups we have on campus and begin to find and build your own community!

10:15-11:30 a.m. | Catholic Mass

Location: St. Thomas More Catholic Church

Meet members of the Catholic Student Organization to walk to St. Tom’s Student Parish for Catholic Mass. Gather on the steps of Stetson Chapel and walk the one short block together.

11 a.m.-12:00 p.m. | Orientation Brunch

Location: Dining Center, Hicks Center

Enjoy Sunday brunch in the Dining Center.

Questions?

For questions related to the Fall 2022 Orientation please email orientation@kzoo.edu.

For questions related to the Class of 2026’s Convocation please contact Cassidy Covert at Cassidy.Covert@kzoo.edu.