Orientation Schedule 2021

Orientation- Student Move-In

Residence Halls

Resident Assistants (RAs) and Peer Leaders will be stationed at check-in tables at each residence hall to welcome you. Pick up your orientation folder from the Peer Leaders. 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.

Orientation- Health Center Open

Hicks Center

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

Orientation- Book Club Cafe Open

Upjohn Library

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.

Orientation- Information Table

Hicks Center

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

Orientation- Bookstore Open

Hicks Center

Welcome new Hornets! 20% off Kalamazoo College imprinted items.

Orientation- Richardson Room Open

Hicks 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.

Orientation- Computer Network Assistance

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.

Orientation- Athletic Practices

Team Locations

Did 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!

Orientation- First Generation Dinner (by invitation only)

Hicks Center

A welcome for first-generation students and their families. Dinner buffet will be served, and important information shared specifically for first-generation students and their families.

Orientation- Dinner

Hicks Center

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). 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 ($11.15 per person).

Orientation- Setup Your Room + Free Time

Residence Halls

Use this time to make sure your room is setup just the way you want it and relax before Orientation gets started!

Orientation- Breakfast

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 ($5.95 per person).

Orientation- Student Move-In

Residence Halls

Resident Assistants (RAs) and Peer Leaders will be stationed at check-in tables at each residence hall to welcome you. Pick up your orientation folder from the Peer Leaders. 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.

Orientation- Computer Network Assistance

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.

Orientation- Information Table

Hicks Center

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

Orientation- Bookstore Open

Hicks Center

Welcome new Hornets! 20% off Kalamazoo College imprinted items.

Orientation- Advising Appointments

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.  

Note: only 1 individual appointment is required during Orientation

Orientation- Lunch

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 ($7.90 per person).

Orientation- Hornet Student Welcome (required)

Stetson Chapel

The President, Dean of Students, First-Year Class Dean, College Chaplain, Peer Leaders, and the Office of Student Activities welcome you- the class of 2025 to campus!

Orientation- Convocation (required)

Quad

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

Orientation- Hicks Open House

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!

Orientation- Breakfast

Hicks Center

Use your student ID (which also serves as your meal card) to access the Dining Center.

Orientation- Advising Appointments

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.

Note: only 1 individual appointment is required during Orientation

Orientation- Follow-up Language Placement Exams

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.

Orientation- Bookstore Open

Hicks Center

Welcome new Hornets! 20% off Kalamazoo College imprinted items.

Orientation- Lunch

Hicks Center

Use your student ID (which also serves as your meal card) to access the Dining Center.

Orientation- Advising Appointments

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.

Note: only 1 individual appointment is required during Orientation

Orientation- Build Your Own Schedule (Academic Focus) (required)

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!

Orientation- The Asia Project (required)

Quad

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.

Rain site: Stetson Chapel.

Asia will remain after the performance for a group discussion for any students who would like to stay.

Orientation- Free Time

Residence Halls

Relax, continue getting settled in, and meeting your neighbors in your residence hall.

Orientation- Breakfast

Hicks Center

Use your student ID (which also serves as your meal card) to access the Dining Center.

Orientation- New Hornet’s Guide to Sexual Respect and Violence Prevention (required)

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. Peer Leaders will facilitate a discussion on bystander intervention and work through scenarios from the skills and techniques learned from the resources shared in the summer.

Orientation- Bookstore Open

Hicks Center

Welcome new Hornets! 20% off Kalamazoo College imprinted items.

Orientation- Lunch

Hicks Center

Use your student ID (which also serves as your meal card) to access the Dining Center.

Orientation- Let’s Talk About Mental Health (required)

various locations

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 Peer Leader will tell you where to meet.

Orientation- Belonging at K (required)

Seminar Rooms

Join your peer leaders to talk about the Asia Project and your role in building an inclusive and welcoming campus for all members of our community.

First-Year/Sophomore/Transfer Orientation- Build Your Own Schedule (Life at K Edition)

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!

Note: This block is required for First-Year students.

Orientation- Dinner

Hicks Center

Use your student ID (which also serves as your meal card) to access the Dining Center.

Orientation- Free Time

various locations

Take a walk, relax, and take some time for yourself.