Schedule of Events

New Student & Parent Orientation Schedule 

August 24th – 27th

– Move-In Day is August 24th

– Major NSO Sessions on August 25th – Aug 26th

– Parent Orientation takes place on Friday, August 25th

 

Thursday, Aug. 24th

Orientation Check-In and Resources

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 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. 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 Presentation Room (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 www.cbp.gov/I94), 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.  Students my submit final official transcripts in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution to complete the admissions process.

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.  http://www.webster.edu/housing/

FREE COFFEE!!! Emerson Library

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Emerson Library 1st Floor

Stop in for a FREE cup of coffee, check out our beautiful library, and meet our wonderful library staff.

First Generation Family Session

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in East Academic Building Room 102 

Webster defines first generation as any student whose parents did not graduate from a four-year college or university.  Being first-generation is a very proud accomplishment. We recognize that students will face unique experiences as they begin this exciting journey, and we look forward to supporting and bringing together the first-generation student community at Webster! All family members welcome!

Study Abroad

4:00 p.m. -5:00 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.

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!

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.

Athletics Department Social

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in University Center (ATHLETES ONLY)

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!

Residential Information Session

7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Floor Meeting: Res. Hall Locations (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.

7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Resident Student Parent Session: Loretto Hilton Center (PARENTS ONLY)

Parents learn the rules and regulations that your student will be expected to uphold as a Webster                Gorlok that lives on campus.

7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Resident Informational Meeting: Loretto Hilton Center (ALL)

During this meeting Resident Students and their Families will participate and learn about community      building.  During this time Residential Life Staff will be sharing important information about living on      campus.

Commuter Information Session/ Social

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in East Academic Building – Room 253/262

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.  All Commuter Students and their families are encouraged to attend.

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. – 8:45 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.  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.

FREE COFFEE!!! – Sponsored by Emerson Library

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Loretto-Hilton Center Lobby

Stop in for a FREE cup of coffee provided by the staff of 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. – 11:00 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 to Parent

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

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.

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.

Lunch

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 opportunesidentity 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)

Living, Learning and You for Students and Families 

2:50 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. in Loretto Hilton Center

This session will address common concerns and easy solutions for students and parents. Students will have the opportunity to learn what it means to be a member of the Webster Community.  During this Friday event there will also be focused discussion in regards to expectations, diversity, and inclusion.

Connection Leader Mixer

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in East Academic Building (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. There will also be a study abroad info table at this event. Click here to register.

Dinner

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/Parent Orientation Closing

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

Breakfast

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

Free Time/Get Stuff Done

7:45 a.m. – 8:45 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.

Navigating Student of Color Experiences 

9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. in 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.

First Generation Family Session

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in East Academic Building Room 102

Webster defines first generation as any student whose parents did not graduate from a four-year college or university. Being first-generation is a very proud accomplishment. We recognize that students will face unique experiences as they begin this exciting journey, and we look forward to supporting and bringing together the first-generation student community at Webster! All family members welcome to attend!

Group Meeting #3 (GROUP ENERGIZER!)

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 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!

Classroom Building Tours

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 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.

Visa Workshop

11:30a.m. – 12:30 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.

Study Abroad

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 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.

Lunch

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. in Grant Gymnasium

Lunch provided to the students.

Group Meeting #4

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 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

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 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

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 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.

Learning Community (LC) Meeting

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 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

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 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.

O-Fest and Orientation Closing

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

Shopping Trips

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in front of Maria Hall or West Hall 

Need to go to the store? Webster will provide a shopping shuttle leaving from Maria Hall and West Hall at 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Shuttle to Festival of Nations

1:00 p.m. and 1:45 p.m.  in front of Emerson Library 

Have your first outing with your new Webster Friends at the Festival of Nations!         http://www.festivalofnationsstl.org/ Shuttles will leave at 1:00 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. from the Emerson Library. Shuttles will return to campus at 3 and 6:30 p.m.

Enjoy your time at Webster. GO Gorloks!