Schedule of Events

New Student Orientation Schedule (Tentative)

August 24th – 27th

– Move-In Day is August 24th

– Major NSO Sessions on August 25th – Aug 27th

– Service Opportunity and Gorloks Giving Back Volunteer Lunch Event Aug 27th


Thursday, Aug. 24th

Orientation Check-In and Resources

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in University Center

Orientation Check-In

Make sure you stop by the Orientation check-in table on the upper level of the University Center to pick up your Orientation materials, including your meal tickets. Guests are required to have meal tickets to dine during Orientation. We ask that you BRING YOUR SCHEDULE that was sent to you in July. We will have a limited amount of extras at check-in.

Campus / Local Resource Fair

This is the place to take care of some important business before classes begin.  Stop by the University Center to check-in for Orientation, purchase parking tags, get your Student ID card, learn about on-campus events, connect with the Parent Program and much more. Representatives from across campus and the community will be here to help you get settled.

Immigration Check-In at University Center Crossroads (1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ONLY)

Required for all international students on F-1 and J-1 visas and their dependents. Bring your original Form I-20 or DS-2019, passport, I-94 card (print out online at, emergency contact information, and your new local address. International Services coordinators will officially confirm your arrival at Webster, take copies of your visa and immigration documents, and update your local address information.

Coffee Break at Emerson Library (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

Take a break from moving into the residence halls and go to the library for coffee and treats!

Residence Hall Move-In

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (depending on your room assignment)

Please plan to arrive within your allotted time slot, specific to whichever floor you will be moving into. From the moment you pull up to the buildings, you will be helped by members of the Webster University community. For this process to run smoothly, please remember to mark ALL of your items with your name and room number.  For additional move-in instructions, please visit Housing and Residential Life.

Dinner on Your Own

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in Webster Groves area

Explore the Webster Groves area on your own for a place to dine! Experience St. Louis pizza at Imo’s, enjoy a hearty meal at CJ Mugg’s, or grab some ice cream from Serendipity! Many other options are also available nearby! While you dine, keep an eye out for the Orientation staff in their bright yellow shirts. If you have your Student ID, many places offer discounts!

Athletic BBQ 

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in University Center (ATHLETES ONLY)

This an opportunity for all incoming and current Webster athletes to come together and kick off the new year as one team! Come spend time with your fellow Gorlok athletes!

Navigating Black Student Experiences 

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in East Academic Building Room 252/263

This session will focus on helping black students make the transition to life at Webster. The Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs office designed the session to foster a strong sense of community for new Black students, connecting first-year and transfer students with key support services that encourage engagement, retention and graduation. Attendees will be introduced to leaders and administrators, provided information about campus resources, and will have the ability to network with other students, faculty, and alumni. Dinner is provided.

International Student Welcome

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in Library Conference Room (INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ONLY)

Orientation kicks off with a welcome dinner for international students and families. Learn more about the ups and downs of adjusting to life in a new culture. Staff of the Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs, International Services and your International Connection Leaders will guide you through activities and discussion of culture shock and making Webster your new home away from home. Dinner is provided.

Resident Floor Meeting

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on Residence Hall Floors (STUDENTS ONLY)

Your first MANDATORY floor meeting will give you an opportunity to get to know the people you will be living with during the upcoming year.  These meetings are used for community building and for sharing important information about living on campus.

Commuter Social

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in Commuter Lounge – Sverdrup (STUDENTS ONLY)

Are you a Freshman or a Transfer Student who will be living off campus?  Take advantage of this first opportunity to make connections before Orientation starts. Enjoy snacks while you socialize and learn about the commuter resources Webster has to offer.

NSO Kick-Off Event

8:30 p.m – 10:00 p.m. on the Quad  (STUDENTS ONLY)

Join the Orientation Leaders to celebrate the beginning of orientation.  It will be a Glow Party with free food, free fun, and free friends, so be sure to stop by before your first full day of NSO on Friday!

Friday, Aug. 25th

Continental Breakfast

7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. in Grant Gymnasium

Orientation Check-In

7:45 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. University Center Commons

If you did not check-in for Orientation on Thursday, stop by the Orientation check-in table to pick up your Orientation materials and meal tickets, which are required for your family to dine during Orientation.  We ask that you BRING YOUR SCHEDULE that was sent to you in July.  We will have a limited amount of extras at check-in.

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Coffee Break in the Loretto Hilton Center

If you didn’t get a chance to stop by Thursday, come to the Loretto Hilton Center for a nice coffee break during orientation, sponsored by the Emerson Library.

New Student Welcome – Opening Session

9:00 a.m. – 9:55 a.m. in Loretto Hilton Center

Join us for the opening of Orientation weekend! The Webster University President, Dr. Elizabeth Stroble, Provost, Dr. Julian Schuster, members of their administrative team, representatives from the Schools and Colleges, and various Webster Groves Community members are excited to officially welcome you to Webster University.

Webster University’s Dean of Students, Dr. Ted Hoef, and the Orientation Leaders come together to share some good advice on how to make the most of your Webster experience.

Group Meeting #1

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Begin in Music Quad and Transition to East Academic Building Classrooms (STUDENTS ONLY)

When you arrive, you will be assigned an Orientation group which will meet several times throughout the weekend. A pair of Orientation Leaders will lead your group, review the Orientation schedule, answer questions about Webster, and serve as your guides for the next few days. These group meetings are great opportunities to meet other new students and start building connections!

Parent Resource Panel

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. in Loretto Hilton Center (PARENTS ONLY)

Parents, this is your chance to ask all of those questions you’ve been holding inside. We will have a panel of staff representing the following campus resources: Public Safety, Health Services, Housing and Residential Life, Academic Advising, Business Office, Study Abroad, Career Planning and Development, the Academic Resource Center, along with others.

Parent Resource Fair

11:00 a.m.. – 12:15 p.m. in Loretto Hilton Center (PARENTS ONLY)

Parents, this is your chance to ask all of those questions you’ve been holding inside. We will have a panel of staff representing the following campus resources: Public Safety, Health Services, Housing and Residential Life, Academic Advising, Business Office, Study Abroad, Career Planning and Development, the Academic Resource Center, along with others.

First Year Seminar (First official class for Freshman)

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. in East Academic Building (STUDENTS ONLY)

All new freshman students are registered in a First Year Seminar Class for the fall semester. This is the first meeting of your class, and is REQUIRED for ALL freshmen. You will be introduced to your professor and the other students in your class.  You will need to know the name of your class and professor, so please bring a copy of your schedule.  Classes will meet in this location only during Orientation weekend.

Transfer Session

11:00 a.m.. – 12:15 p.m. in University Center Sunnen Lounge

Although you have already attended classes at another institution, there is much for you to learn to make a smooth transition into the Webster University community.


12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. in Grant Gymnasium

Dean’s Welcome Programs

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. 

The five colleges and schools will meet individually to give you an opportunity to meet your academic Dean, learn about your major, and meet other new students in your field of study.  Are you still deciding on your major? The session for undeclared students is just for you! You will meet with staff from Academic Advising and Career Planning and Development to guide you as you start the journey to selecting a major.

  • School of Education (Library Conference Room)
  • College of Arts & Sciences (Winifred Moore Auditorium)
  • Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts (Loretto-Hilton Center)
  • School of Business & Technology (East Academic Building Auditorium)
  • School of Communications (Community Music School)
  • Undeclared Student Session (University Center Sunnen Lounge)

Study Abroad

2:50p.m. – 3:40 p.m. in Winifred Moore Auditorium

What tools will students need when working on a global scale?  The Global Citizenship Program aims to provide specific experiences for Webster students so that they can meet the demands of the interconnected globe in the 21st century.  This session will highlight one of the key experiences in that development – studying abroad.  Faculty, Staff, and Students who have studied abroad will be on hand to provide their perspectives on experiencing a new culture.

Visa Workshop

2:50p.m. – 3:40 p.m. in East Academic Building Room 102 (INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ONLY)

Required for all international students on F-1 and J-1 visas and their dependents. Learn the essential requirements for maintaining your F-1 or J-1 visa status. International Recruitment and Services immigration advisors provide information on visa requirements for enrollment, employment authorization options, office procedures for advising requests and applying for benefits. This workshop is mandatory for all international students on F-1 and J-1 visas.

Classroom Building Tours

2:50 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. meet in University Center Commons

LHCT, SVER, HSPC, EAB, ….confused yet?  Have one of our Gorlok Guides teach you how to decode your schedule and show you where your classes are so you won’t be lost on Monday morning.

Parent Speaker: Supporting Your Students in their 1st Year

2:50 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. in Loretto Hilton Center (PARENTS ONLY)

How will your role as a parent change now that your child is at Webster? What are the important dates I need to know? What is the ARC and the EAB? Learn all these things and get advice from members of the Parent Council.

Connection Leader Mixer

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Grant Gymnasium (STUDENTS ONLY)

Each fall, every new student will be assigned to a Connection Leader, an upperclassman at Webster. This is an opportunity for students to connect with their CL in an informal setting.  Come break the ice and get to know some of your fellow Gorloks.

Parent Reception 

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in East Academic Building – Edward Jones Commons (PARENTS ONLY)

While students are out enjoying their group activities, parents can take a breather and enjoy a reception.  You’ll get to mix and mingle with other parents and University administrators. Click here to register.


5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in Grant Gymnasium

Campus Issues

6:05 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in Loretto Hilton Center

Join us as Orientation Leaders give an on-stage performance about a variety of possible issues that any college student could encounter. It will make you laugh, cry, and open your eyes to scenarios you might face during your time here at Webster.

**This session is intended for new students and parents. Campus Issues contains some adult content that may not be appropriate for younger children.**

Group Meeting #2

7:35 p.m. – 8:35 p.m. in East Academic Building Classrooms (STUDENTS ONLY)

Students, we know you have questions you want to ask a fellow college student, especially after watching Campus Issues. At this group meeting, talk about these in a safe space with your Orientation Leaders and peers.

Campus Issues Parents Reflection

7:35 p.m. – 8:35 p.m. in Loretto Hilton Center (PARENTS ONLY)

This is the parents’ opportunity to join the Orientation staff for reactions, comments, and questions regarding Campus Issues from a parent’s perspective.


Saturday, Aug. 26th


7:45 a.m. – 9:55 a.m. in Grant Gymnasium

Free Time/Get Stuff Done

7:45 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.

This is your opportunity to make any last minute trips to the store for supplies, and to go take care of anything on campus that you need to do. We want you to start the day feeling organized and ready for another fun, exciting day at New Student Orientation!

International Student Academic Expectations

9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. in East Academic Building Room 102 (INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ONLY)

Meet key academic support resources for international students at Webster University. Learn more about the US academic culture, classroom etiquette, student-teacher interaction, methods of assessment and grading, and discussion requirements. Learn to familiarize yourself with your Degree Audit, online registration requirements, ESL courses available to support your English language proficiency, and free tutoring and writing assistance from the Academic Resource Center and Writing Center.

Group Meeting #3 (GROUP ENERGIZER!)

10:00 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. in the Quad (STUDENTS ONLY)

Meet up with all the new students and all the OLs! Your Orientation Leaders have fun activities planned for you, your group members, and the members of all the other groups to bond and make lasting connections!

Coffee Station

10:00 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. in Loretto Hilton Center (PARENTS ONLY)

Boost your energy with a mid-morning coffee and enjoy mingling with other parents while watching the group energizer. After your coffee has done its job, we encourage you to participate in the group energizer!

Resident Informational Session

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in Loretto Hilton Center

The Department of Housing and Residential Life will present important information for students and families regarding common processes and policies that students will need to know to have a successful year in residential housing. Join the Director of Housing and Residential Life, John Buck, and his staff as they review information on residential policies, meal plans, and important processes that occur throughout the year.

Commuter Informational Session

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in Winnie Moore Auditorium

This session will address common concerns and easy solutions for commuter students and parents. Students will have the opportunity to meet with fellow commuters to campus and learn tips about how they have been successful.  Learn about how Commuter Council advocates for you and what you can do to make the most of your college experience!

Family Farewell Lunch

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. in Grant Gymnasium

Yes, parents, it’s that time. Enjoy a final meal with your students before they spend the rest of the afternoon in student-only sessions. Parents do have a chance to participate in the Giant ‘W’ Photo but should leave before the rest of the student-only sessions.


Group Meeting #4

12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. in the Quad

Meet up with your OLs and your group for the last time during NSO weekend! This might be the last meeting, but we hope you will continue to build connections with your new friends throughout the weekend and the rest of your time at Webster!

Giant ‘W’ Photo

1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. in The Quad

Come join the Webster University Community as we create a GIANT ‘W’ made of people in the Quad. Bring your family, friends, teachers, and everyone you’ve met at New Student Orientation to be a part of Webster tradition.

Getting Involved

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. in Loretto Hilton Center

Did you know that employers look at much more than your GPA upon graduation?  Webster can provide opportunities for you to gain a competitive edge upon graduation. Come join us for this interactive session and learn about what Webster has to offer outside of the classroom from members of The Office of Student Engagement, Career Planning and Development, Campus Activities, Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs, and WebsterLEADS.

Orientation Closing Ceremony

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. in Loretto Hilton Center

Orientation Weekend is almost over, come to the last session and help us celebrate.  Meet up with the Orientation staff, listen to music, and hear advice from Webster alumni.

O-Fest and Dinner

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the University Center

You’ve spent two days learning information about Webster, now it’s time to let loose! Join the OL’s for an evening of fun and adventure throughout the University Center.  There will be games and music; it’s a great time to celebrate being new students!


Sunday, Aug. 27th

Gorloks Giving Back

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in University Center

Philanthropy is a voluntary effort to help others through sharing of one’s time and talent. Get a true sense of what it means to help others and join your fellow Gorloks for a couple of hours of service in the Webster Groves area and Webster itself. Afterwards, come back to the Quad for a free lunch for those who have volunteered! Sponsored by the Webster University Alumni Association.

Lunch for Volunteers

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. on The Quad

Learning Community (LC) Meeting

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. in East Academic Building – Edward Jones Commons

If you are a part of a Learning Community, you must attend this session. Students will have the opportunity to meet with their fellow LC members as well as the faculty and staff that will be working with them throughout the year.

Classroom Building Tours

2:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. in University Center Commons

LHCT, SVER, HSPC, EAB, confused yet?  Have one of our Gorlok Guides show you how to decode your schedule and show you where your classes are so you won’t be lost on Monday morning.

Enjoy your time at Webster. GO Gorloks!