New Student Orientation

2021 New Student Orientation – August 21 – 23*

(*Please note that New Student Orientation is mandatory for traditional students and full participation will account for 10% of their grade in their KW 101 class.)

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.


  • Freshman/New Student Orientation

    • Schedule of Events

      New Student Orientation August 2021

      Please note that New Student Orientation is mandatory for traditional first-time freshmen students and full participation will count for 10% of their grade in their KW 101 class.

      Saturday, August 21

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

      Students living on campus move into their residence halls during this 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 their new homes.

      2:00pm: Commuter Student Check-in

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

      2:00pm: Residence hall meeting

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

      3:00pm: First Orientation Group Meeting (wear your new Orientation T-shirt and your KWC bracelet)

      Student Orientation Staff (SOSers) will meet with their orientation group for the first time in the Quad and then move to their Break-Out locations. SOSers will be wearing an orientation T-shirt representing their color group.

      5:00pm: President’s Welcome Dinner

      Join President Tom Mitzel, faculty and staff at the annual Welcome Dinner on the Front Lawn.  Participate in our class photo and a campus tradition that marks the official beginning of your college career.

      7:00pm: Orientation groups meet at Breakout locations

      7:30pm: Outdoor Vibes

      Your SOSer will bring you to our first social event in the Quad.

      Sunday, August 22

      10:00am: Welcome Worship Service

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

      11:00am-1:00pm Brunch in Hocker Dining Hall

      1:00pm -5:00pm Block sessions

      Learn about the following during small group sessions:
      Academic Support Services
      College 101
      Personal Wellness
      Diversity and Inclusion

      5:30 pm: Dinner available in Hocker Dining Hall

      7:00pm: PLAYFAIR! Jones Gym

      “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!  (

      Monday, August 23

      7:30am-9:00am: Breakfast available in Hocker Family Dining Center

      9:00am-2:00pm: Block Sessions (each group will have a lunch break)

      Learn about the following during small group sessions:

    • Career Services
      Sexual Assault prevention
      Technology on campus
      Library Services
      Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning
    • 12:00-1:30pm: Lunch2:00pm 3:00pm: First Generation Student Meeting in ADM 103
      If you are the first person in your family to attend college, this meeting is for you!  Learn about the support services available to help you with your transition and meet other First Gen students, faculty, and staff.5:30pm: Dinner available in Hocker Dining Hall

      6:00pm: Student Involvement Fair
      Join us in Rogers Hall 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.

      Monday, August 24

    • First day of Classes!
  • Freshman/New Student Family Orientation Schedule

    • Schedule of Events

      Parents Orientation in Tapscott Chapel

      Saturday, August 21, 2021

      3pm         Welcome and order of the day

      Dr. Shane Armstrong, Dean of Student Success


      3:15pm    Counseling Services,

      Terri Petzold, Director of Counseling Services


      3:30pm    Career Development

      Deb Jones, Director of Career Development


      3:45         Residential Life, Fraternity, and Sorority Life

      Chris Sweeney, Director of Residential Life

      Michael McComas, Director of Student Involvement


      4:20pm    Academic Support Services

      Dr. Armstrong


      4:40pm    Questions and Answers


      5:00pm    President’s Welcome Dinner on Front Lawn


  • Transfer Student Orientation

    • Transfer Student OrientationMonday, August 23, 2021
    • Noon          Meet in Rogers Hall for lunch and logistics
    • 12:10pm    Welcome by President Tom Mitzel
    • 12:15pm    Invocation by Shawn Tomes, Director of Campus Ministry

      1:00pm      Move to Tapscott Chapel.  Overview by Dr. Rebecca Francis, Associate Dean of the College

      1:30pm      Academic Support Services with Dr. Shane Armstrong

      2:00pm      Technology support with Matt Hanks

      2:30pm      Career Development with Director Deb Jones

      3:00pm      Individual help as needed