New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is an academic and social experience to assist incoming students with their transition into Kentucky Wesleyan College. Because of the importance of material presented at New Student Orientation, it is a required activity for all new, incoming students.

Before arriving for New Student Orientation, please complete the following:

  • Pay your deposits—Housing ($100.00) and Mailbox ($10.00)
  • Parking Pass—Go to and complete the online process.  We will have the forms waiting for you when you arrive
  • Student Portal—Log on to the portal.  Through the portal you should be able to check your schedule, financial aid, housing assignment and much more.  This is an easy way to verify your information and get in touch with your professors
  • Financial Aid—Call or visit our Financial Aid Office to ensure everything is settled regarding your account.  Phone number: 270-852-3120
  • Bill/Payment Questions—Call Kimberly Johnson in our Business Office.  Phone number: 270-852-3108
  • Renters Insurance—Check with your homeowners insurance and see if your possessions are covered when you live in a residence hall.  If not, consider Renters insurance.  Generally, this type of insurance is very inexpensive and easy way to protect your personal possessions.
Spring 2024 New Student Orientation – January 15, 2024

1 p.m.

Panther Path (Smith Lounge)

Meet with campus offices in Smith Lounge to finalize any campus paperwork. Offices in attendance: Admissions, Financial Aid, Academic Advising, Registrar’s Office, Business Office, Mail Room, Residence Life, and Counseling & Health Services.

1:35 p.m.

Welcome & Introductions (Rogers Hall)

Dr. Thomas Mitzel, President

Rebecca McQueen-Ruark, VPSA & Dean of Students

Dr. James Cousins, VPAA & Provost

Michael McComas, Director of Student Involvement & Orientation

1:55 p.m.

Campus Resources Tour

DSIO Michael McComas & Student Orientation Staffers

2:30 p.m.

Students – Keys to Success at Wesleyan (Rogers Hall)

Student Panel

3 p.m.

Social Responsibility (Rogers Hall)

VPSA &DOS Rebecca McQueen-Ruark

3:15 p.m.

Student Success and Academic Resources (Rogers Hall)

Morgan Russelburg ’14, Director of First Year Programs & Student Success Coach

Todd Richardson, Director of the Student Success Center

3:30 p.m.

Student Dismissal

2023 New Student Orientation – August 19 – 21, 2023


  • New Freshman and Transfer Student Orientation

    • Schedule of Events

    • Saturday, August 19

      10:00am-12:00pm         Residential Student Check-in

      Students living on campus move into their residence halls during this time period after completing all necessary clearances in the Winchester Center. Student leaders, faculty, and staff will be on hand to welcome students and families and assist them with moving belongings into your new home.

      2:00pm-3:00pm             Commuter Student Check-in

      Commuter students check-in at Rogers Hall in the Winchester Center.

      3:00pm-4:00pm             First Orientation Group Meeting – Quad

      (wear your new Orientation T- shirt and your group bracelet)

      Student Orientation Staff (SOSers) will meet with their orientation groups for the first time in the Quad and then move to break-out locations.

      4:00pm                          Convocation

      Convocation serves as the introduction of all new students into the college community.  This event will take place in Young Auditorium of the Wells Activity Center.  At Convocation faculty, students, and administrators will officially welcome new students to the community.  This event serves as a “bookend” to each student’s collegiate experience, with convocation as the opening ceremony and commencement as the final goal.

      5:00/5:30pm                  Farewell Family Dinner – Front Lawn (Immediately following convocation)

      Families, please join us for one last dinner with your student before you leave them to begin their college journey.

      7:00pm                          PLAYFAIR!       Jones Gym – Woodward Health & Rec. Center

      “PLAYFAIR” is the most popular campus attraction in history for New Student Orientation Programs. PLAYFAIR is totally unlike anything else you have ever experienced. It’s entertainment! It’s fun! It’s the perfect way to make new campus friendships!

      9:00pm/9:30pm             Residence Hall meetings

      All students living in residence halls must attend the meeting in their building.

      Sunday, August 20

      10:00am               Welcome Worship Service – Young Auditorium – Wells Activity Center

      Join us to celebrate the beginning of the school year with a special worship service in Young Auditorium.

      11:00am-1:00pm Brunch in the Cafeteria

      1:00pm: Class of 2026 Group Photo – Steele Stadium (30 minutes)

      All new students will gather on the Football Field to take a class photo.

      1:30pm -5:00pm Block sessions I

      5:30 pm                Dinner with Orientation Groups in Hocker Dining Hall

      All new students will meet their orientation groups in the dining hall for dinner.

      7:00pm                A Shot of Reality – Young Auditorium

      A Shot of Reality is an alcohol awareness show that was created out of serious, painstaking research, but performed by two professional comedians who make the topic engaging. Covering multiple facets of responsible alcohol use, the show keeps students engaged with a powerful combination of levity and realistic discussion. This is many schools’ favorite program to satisfy alcohol awareness training, especially for orientation. A Shot of Reality has been performed all over the United States…and Texas. If you’re looking for the best way to educate your students on responsible behavior when encountering alcohol, this is it.

      9:00pm                 Orientation Group Meeting

      Students will meet in their orientation groups for an end of day reflection and activity.


      Monday, August 21

      9:00am-11:00am           Volunteer Activities

      11:30am-1:30pm           Lunch with Orientation Groups

      2:00pm-5:00pm             Block Sessions II

      5:30pm                          Dinner in Hocker Dining Hall

      6:00pm                          Student Involvement Fair and Ice Cream Social

      Join us on the Quad for the Student Involvement Fair, sponsored by your Student Government Association (SGA). Student organizations will host tables where you can learn about available activities and benefits of membership. Ice cream will be provided and each organization will provide toppings.


    • Tuesday, August 22

    • First day of Classes!
  • New and Transfer Parent and Family Orientation

    • Schedule of Events

      Saturday, August 19

      3pm: Parent and Family Orientation in Tapscott Chapel, Administration Building

    • 4pm: Convocation in Jack T. Wells Activity Center
      Join us to celebrate the beginning of the school year with a special worship service in Young Auditorium.
    • 5pm: Farewell Family Dinner (Immediately following convocation)
      Families, please join us for one last dinner with your student before you leave them to begin their college journey.