Schedule of Events

(S) = student track
(P) = parent/family track
(T) = transfer student track

Thursday, August 23rd

9:00 am – 4:00 pm Orientation Check-In and Resource Fair (S)(P)(T)
University Center Commons/Sunnen Lounge
This is the place to take care of some important business before orientation begins. Stop by the University Center to check-in for Orientation, purchase parking tags, get a Student ID card, learn about on-campus events, connect with the Parent Association and much more. Representatives from across campus and the community will be here to help you get settled.

9:00 am – 4:00 pm Immigration Check-In (S)
University Center Crossroads
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.

9:00 am – 4:00 pm Housing and Residential Life Move-In (S)
Residence Halls
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.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm FREE COFFEE  (S)(P)(T)
Intersection of Garden Avenue and Edgar Road

12:00 am – 3:00 pm Hydration Station (S)(P)(T)

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Dinner on Your Own (S)(P)(T)
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!

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm International Student Welcome (S)(P)
Library Conference Room
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. (International Students and their families only)

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Athletics Department Social (S)
University Center
This is 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! (Athletes Only)

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Navigating Student of Color Experiences (S)
East Academic Building room 252/263)
This session will focus on helping students of color 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 students of color, 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. (Includes dinner)

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Residential Floor Meeting (S)
Residence Hall Locations
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.

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Resident Student Parent Session (P)
Loretto-Hilton Center
Parents… learn the rules and regulations that your student will be expected to uphold as a Webster Gorlok that lives on campus. 

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Resident Informational Meeting (S)(T)
Loretto-Hilton Center
Students and parents will be brought back together to hear from the Residential Life staff.

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Commuter Information Session/Social (S)(P)(T)
East Academic Building Commons
Are you a first year 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.

8:30 pm – 10:00 pm Glow Fest (S)(T)
University Center Quad
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, August 24th

7:45 am – 8:45 am Continental Breakfast (S)(P)(T)
Grant Gymnasium

8:00 am – 4:00 pm Orientation Check-in (S)(P)(T)
University Center Information Desk
If you did not check-in for Orientation on Thursday, stop by the Orientation check-in table to pick up your Orientation materials. 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.

9:00 am – 9:55 am New Student Welcome: Opening Session (S)(P)(T)
Loretto-Hilton Center
Join us for the opening of Orientation Weekend! Webster University President, Dr. Elizabeth Stroble, Provost, Dr. Julian Schuster, members of their administrative team and representatives from the Schools and Colleges are excited to officially welcome you to Webster University. The Orientation Leaders come together to share some good advice on how to make the most of your Webster experience.

10:00 am – 11:00 am Group Meeting #1 (S)
Begin in Music Quad and Transition to East Academic Building Classrooms
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!

10:00 am – 10:55 am Parent Resource Panel (P)
Loretto-Hilton Center
Parents, this is your chance to ask all of those questions you’ve been holding inside. Members from various University Departments will be on hand for this Q&A session.

11:05 am – 12:05 pm Parent to Parent Session (P)
Browning Hall (ISB) 160
Parents, get some advice from your fellow parents. Members of the Webster University Parent Council will talk you through best practices as a parent of a Gorlok. Learn important dates for the upcoming year, what do all those acronyms stand for, etc.

11:05 am – 12:05 pm Student Resource Panel (S)
Loretto-Hilton Center
Students, this is an opportunity to hear from specific campus resources that will help you be successful in you Webster journey.

12:10 pm – 2:15 pm Lunch (S)(P)(T)
Grant Gymnasium

2:20 pm – 3:20 pm Dean’s Welcome Programs (S)(P)(T)
Multiple Locations
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

3:25 pm – 4:20 pm Paying For College (S)(P)(T)
Loretto-Hilton Center
This is chance for the Office of Financial Aid professionals to speak with students about how to optimize their financial aid packages.

4:25 pm – 5:00 pm Understanding the GCP – Global Citizenship Program (S)(T)
Loretto-Hilton Center

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Parent Mixer (P)
Grant Gymnasium
Parents, use this time to meet one another in a social space as well as members of the administration.

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Dinner (S)(P)
Grant Gymnasium

7:05 pm – 8:30 pm Campus Issues (S)(P)
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. **

8:35 pm – 9:35 pm Group Meeting #2 (S)
East Academic Building Class Rooms
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.

8:35 pm – 9:35 pm Campus Issues Parent Debrief/Parent Orientation Closing (P)
Loretto-Hilton Center
This is the parents’ opportunity to join the Orientation staff for reactions, comments, and questions regarding Campus Issues from a parent’s perspective. *LAST SESSION FOR PARENTS!*

Saturday, August 25th

7:45 am – 8:45 am Free Time/Get Stuff Done (S)

9:00 am – 9:50 am International Student Academic Expectations (S)
East Academic Building 102
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.

9:00 am – 9:50 am First Generation Student Reception/Brunch (S)
Sunnen Lounge
First Generation Students will have an opportunity to meet their mentors and share success tips with fellow First Generation upper classmen.

10:00 am – 11:00 am Student Employment (S)(T)
East Academic Building 252/263
Learn about key resources for students to find paid positions on campus.

11:05 am – 11:30 am Student Success Portal – Understanding Your Student Success Network (S)(T)
East Academic Building 252/263
Student success is our main mission here at Webster. During this session we will help you navigate through an online tool to guide you toward your own personal success.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Transfer Student Session (S)(T)
Sunnen Lounge
Transfer students this is an opportunity for you to ask questions that may be specific to your personal needs.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Classroom Building Tours (S)
Meet 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.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm VISA Workshop for International Students (S)
East Academic Building 102
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 advisers 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.

12:35 pm – 2:05 pm Lunch (S)(T)
Grant Gymnasium

2:10 pm – 2:40 pm Group Meeting #3/Speed Friending (S)
University Center 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!

2:40 pm – 3:10 pm Giant “W” Photo (S)(T)
University Center 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.

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Learning Community Meeting (S)
East Academic Building 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.

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Study Abroad Session (S)(T)
East Academic Building 102

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Classroom Building Tours (S)
Meet 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.

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm O-Fest (S)(T)
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, August 26th

1:00 pm Shuttle Leaves Campus to Festival of Nations (S)
Meet in front of the Emerson Library
Have your first outing with your new Webster Friends at the Festival of Nations!

5:30 pm Shuttle Leaves Festival of Nations to Return to Campus (S)
Meet in Children’s Village