NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION is just ahead! Look over the things you need to know before arriving. After that, check out the Orientation Week Schedule and Frequently Asked Questions below. We can't wait to see you on campus!

Please sign up for a FIRST STOP check-in time.

Before You Arrive

First year students have never attended a college or university full-time, although some may have taken college courses or earned advanced placement credit while in high school
 
Transfer students have attended another college or university full-time for one semester or more.
 

International students arrive at Andrews University from nearly 100 countries around the world–some as first-year students and others as transfer students.

Each of you has unique needs that our Orientation Week program is tailored to meet.

We offer two arrival points and two Orientation options for transfer students:
 
Sunday arrival: If you are coming to Andrews with limited college experience, we recommend that you sign up to arrive at FIRST STOP on Sunday, August 21, and go through the full Orientation Week experience with first year students.
 

Thursday arrival: If you have already had an orientation experience at another institution, you may sign up to participate in the full week, or you may opt to sign up for a later Thursday, August 25, check-in. Transfer students who arrive on Thursday will take part in an abbreviated Orientation experience, August 25-27.

* International transfer students have the choice of arriving on Sunday or Thursday as well, with the added expectation that you attend International Student Orientation on either Sunday, August 21 (for Sunday arrivals) or Sunday, August 28 (for Thursday arrivals). These are listed in the schedule.

You should sign up to arrive at FIRST STOP on Sunday, August 21. This will begin a full week of Orientation Week activities.
 

* International first-year students should plan to arrive on Sunday, August 21, as well. However, your day will begin with International Student Orientation from 9 a.m.–12:00 p.m. See the schedule below.

If you're arriving on Sunday, August 21, FIRST STOP will be located in the beautiful lobby of the Howard Performing Arts Center. It will be open from 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. for domestic undergraduate students and from 1:30–2:30 p.m. for international undergraduate students.
 
FIRST STOP serves as the welcome and check-in center for undergraduate students. You’ll be greeted by friendly and helpful staff, faculty and student leaders. Please sign up for a FIRST STOP check-in time. Those who haven’t signed up for a check-in time will be assigned one when they arrive.
 

If you arrive later in the week, please check in on the first floor of the Administration Building during business hours (9 a.m.–5 p.m.).

If you haven’t received financial clearance before arriving, you will need to see our Student Financial Services staff located on the first floor of the Administration Building from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (including Sunday, August 21).

PLEASE NOTE: Students must be financially cleared before moving into the residence halls.

If you are financially cleared, you may move into a residence hall on Sunday, August 21, at your scheduled time. Please go to the Andreasen Center for Wellness parking lot to begin the process. Simply drive-through, check-in, and then move-in to your assigned residence hall room.

REMEMBER: Students must be financially cleared before moving into the residence halls.

The official move-in date is Sunday, August 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Should your travel schedule require you to arrive on Friday, August 19, please contact the Residence Life Housing office at rhhousing@andrews.edu to make arrangements. Only a limited number of early arrivals can be accommodated, and arrangements must be made in advance with the Residence Hall Housing Office.  Please note that if you arrive outside the official move-in hours on August 21, other departments may not be open to assist you with other registration steps. 
 

REMEMBER: Students must be financially cleared before moving into the residence halls.


Orientation Week Schedule—Fall 2022

International Student Orientation

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon
Location: Dining Center, Lincoln Room

Description: This session is for new international undergraduates. Breakfast is provided. Please plan to attend, as it is required by law. 

First Stop

Time: 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center
Description: Be sure to sign up for a First Stop check-in time HERE. We'll produce your ID Card, connect you with Student Health (if you have a Medical Hold), check the status of your Registration, sign you up for a free Andreasen Center for Wellness membership, and much more.

Move into the Residence Halls

Time: 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Location: Residence halls
Description: Move-in begins in the Andreasen Center for Wellness parking lot. Just drive-in at your scheduled time, check-in, and then move-in.

Parents and Supporters Conversation

Time: 3:30–4:30 p.m.
Location: Newbold Auditorium
Description:  Join Dean Alyssa Palmer and guests for a conversation about the challenges and changes ahead for you and your students during the transition to University life. There will be an opportunity for Q&A.

Convocation & Matriculation Ceremony

Time: 5:00–6:30 p.m.
Location: Pioneer Memorial Church
Description: New students and their families are invited to attend this Convocation service, which will end with a special Matriculation ceremony underneath the bridge of the Undergraduate Learning Center.

President's Welcome Dinner

Time: 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Location: Undergraduate Learning Center Lawn
Description: New students and their families are invited to join the University President for a Michigan farm-to-fork dinner, catered by our very own Bon Apetit dining services.

Honors Freshman Rally

Time: 8:00–9:00 p.m.
Location: Buller Hall, Newbold Auditorium
Description: Was your ACT composite score 25 or higher or your SAT (Math+Verbal) score 1200 or higher? Your GPA 3.50 or above? You might qualify for the Honors Program. Discover all of the benefits of being an Andrews Scholar.

Hispanic/Latino Students & Families Meet-Up

Time: 8:00–9:00 p.m.
Location: Buller Hall, Room 106
Description: The Andrews University Latino Association invites new Hispanic students and their families to come and get acquainted!

Bridge Students Meet-Up & Breakfast

Time: 9:00–9:50 a.m.
Location: Dining Services, Lincoln Room
Description: If you are part of the Bridge Program, meet-up with us first thing in the morning for Breakfast. Please be there at 9:00 a.m. sharp!

New Student Assembly #1: HERE on Purpose

Time: 10:00–11: 15 a.m.
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center
Description: This is a required meeting and attendance will be taken. Please download the EZCheck.Me app to check into this assembly.
 

StartWell Session #1

Time: 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Location: Garber Auditorium, Chan Shun Hall

Description: Please attend the StartWell Session you were assigned at First Stop (either Session 1 or 2). These sessions are required and help us get you off to a great start at Andrews.

StartWell Session #2

Time: 3:00–4:30 p.m.
Location: Garber Auditorium, Chan Shun Hall

Description: Please attend the StartWell Session you were assigned at First Stop (either Session 1 or 2). These sessions are required and help us get you off to a great start at Andrews.

Math Placement Exam

Time: 3:00–5:30 p.m.
Location: Science Complex, Haughey Hall, Rooms 133 & 317
Description: Check HERE to see if you should to take the Math Placement Exam. If at all possible, prepare for and take the MPE before coming to campus. Otherwise, you can take it at this time.

Undergraduate Leadership Reception (Supper Provided)

Time: 5:30–7:00 p.m.
Location: Dining Center, Lincoln Room
Description: Would you like to develop your leadership skills? The ULEAD program may be for you. ULEAD offerings are designed to complement and enhance any academic program. Join us to see what it's all about!
 
Community Life Orientation

Time: 7:00–8:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom (the link will be emailed to new community students on Monday morning, August 22)
Description: Community students will receive important information about navigating the campus as a community student from Dean Matthew Fitting. This is a required meeting for all community students.

Lamson Hall Orientation

Time: 8:00–10:00 p.m.
Location: Lamson Hall
Description: Residential students will receive important information about your living community from your Residence Hall Deans and RA staff. This is a required meeting for all residents. 

Meier Hall Orientation

Time: 9:00–11:00 p.m.
Location: Meier Hall
Description: Residential students will receive important information about your living community from your Residence Hall Deans and RA staff. This is a required meeting for all residents. 

Meet Your Department Breakfast

Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Undergraduate Learning Center Lawn or Johnson Gymnasium (if it rains)
Description: Come have breakfast with faculty and other new students from your academic departments.

Departmental Introduction

Time: 10:00 a.m.–12:00 noon
Location: Academic Departments
Description: After breakfast, you will go with your fellow majors for an introduction to your academic department.

Individual Academic Advising

Time: 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Location: Advisors' Offices
Description: If you need to meet with your academic advisor, you may do so during this time or at another time your advisor schedules with you.

Honors Orientation

Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Location: Newbold Auditorium

Description: This is an academic orientation for students planning to enter the J. N. Andrews Honors Program (a Library Introduction is included)

Library Introductions

Time: 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Location: James White Library

Description: Please attend the 30-minute Library Introduction you were assigned at First Stop.

New Student Assembly #2: HERE to Learn

Time: 6:00–7: 15 p.m.
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center

Description: This is a required meeting and attendance will be taken. Please download the EZCheck.Me app to check into this assembly.

Mentoring Groups 

Time: 7:30–9:00 p.m.
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center Lawns
Description: It's time to meet your new student mentors and get acquainted with the rest of the students in your new student mentoring group. Please attend the group you were assigned at First Stop. We'll be in the lobby of HPAC to remind you of your group number if you forgot it.

Beach to Bluff Excursion

Time: 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Location: Silver Beach, St. Joseph, MI

Description: Time to take a break! Join your Mentoring Group and others for a trip to beautiful Lake Michigan and the St. Joseph bluff. Beach wear, sunscreen, and hat recommended.

Group #1 Loads Buses and Departs

Time: 9:00–9:15 a.m.
Location: PMC Parking Lot
Arrives @ Silver Beach: 9:45 a.m.

Description: Your Mentoring Group will be assigned to one of two groups (#1 or #2). Please be on time to load and depart for Silver Beach at your designated time.

Group #2 Loads Buses and Departs

Time: 10:15-10:30 a.m.
Location: PMC Parking Lot
Arrives @ Silver Beach: 11 a.m.
Description: Your Mentoring Group will be assigned to one of two groups (#1 or #2). Please be on time to load and depart for the Silver Beach at your designated time.
 

Silver Beach Pizza

Time: 12 p.m. for Group #1
Time: 1 p.m. for Group #2
Location: Shadowland Pavilion
Description: Enjoy the pizza voted Southwest Michigan's best under the Shadowland Pavilion next to the St. Joe Pier!
 

Group #1: Load Buses and Return to Andrews

Time: 1:00-1:15 p.m
Location: Silver Beach Parking Lot
Arrive @ Andrews: 1:45 p.m.

Description: Please be on time to load the bus for your return to campus.

Group #2: Load Buses and Return to Andrews

Time: 2:15-2:30 p.m
Location: Silver Beach Parking Lot
Arrive @ Andrews: 3:00 p.m.

Description: Please be on time to load the bus for your return to campus.

New Student Assembly #3: HERE for Each Other

Time: 6:00–7: 15 p.m.
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center

Description: This is a required meeting and attendance will be taken. Please download the EZCheck.Me app to check into this assembly.

Mentoring Groups

Time: 7:30–9:00 p.m.
Location: Howard Center Lawn

Description: This is your second Mentoring Group session. You'll meet in the same spot as you did on Tuesday night.

Student Success Workshops #1-3

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Buller Hall
Description: The table below shows where your Mentoring Group will be during each workshop session.
 
Session Title & Location 10:00 - 10:50 a.m 11:00 - 11:50 a.m. 12:00 - 12:50 a.m.
Respect: Title IX Basics
Buller Hall, Newbold Aud.
Groups #1-4 Groups #17-20 Groups #13-16
Essential Study Skills
Buller Hall, Room 150
Groups #5-8
Groups #1-4
Groups #17-20
Academic Tips & Tools
Buller Hall, Room 149
Groups #9-12
Groups #5-8
Groups #1-4
First Steps to Career Readiness
Buller Hall, Room 250
Groups #13-16 Groups #9-12 Groups #5-8
Optimizing Physical Wellbeing
Buller Hall, Room 251
Groups #17-20 Groups #13-16 Groups #9-12

Lunch with Mentoring Groups

Time: 1:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Location: Undergraduate Learning Center Lawn
Description: Join your mentoring group for a free lunch and then head out for a Campus Tour.
 

Campus Open House Tour

Time: 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Location: Various Locations
Description: After lunch, your Mentoring Group will take a Campus Tour, featuring key offices around campus and the locations of your first classes.
 

Pre-Professional Rally

Time: 4:00–5:00 p.m.
Location: Buller Hall, Newbold Auditorium
Description: Students in pre-professional programs (pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-vet, pre-law) are invited to attend this introductory session looking at the journey ahead.
 
Transfer Student Check-In (Late Arrivals)
 
Time: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Location: Administration Building, Lower Level
Description: If are a late arrival Transfer student, please sign up to check in at the Administration Building (lower level).
 
Transfer Student Welcome Dinner
 
Time: 5:30–7 p.m. 
Location: Lincoln Room, Dining Services
Description: If are a Transfer student, please plan to join us at this welcome dinner!
 

World Changers Cinema

Time: 8:30–10:30 p.m.
Location: Athletic Fields (in front of Meier Hall)
Description: Bring a few new friends and be inspired to make a difference at the World Changers Cinema! This year we're featuring the movie "On the Basis of Sex," the Ruth Bader Ginsburg story.

Student Success Workshops #4-5

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Buller Hall
Description: The table below shows where your Mentoring Group will be during each workshop session.
 

Session Title & Location

10:00 - 10:50 am 11:00 - 11:50 a.m.
Respect: Title IX Basics
Buller Hall, Newbold Aud.
Groups #9-12 Groups #5-8
Essential Study Skills
Buller Hall, Room 150
Groups #13-16 Groups #9-12
Academic Tips & Tools
Buller Hall, Room 149
Groups #17-20 Groups #13-16
First Steps to Career Readiness
Buller Hall, Room 250
Groups #1-4 Groups #17-20
Optimizing Physical Wellbeing
Buller Hall, Room 251
Groups #5-8 Groups #1-4

Faculty Barbecue with Mentoring Groups

Time: 5:30–7:00 p.m.
Location: Howard Center Lawn
Description: Come enjoy a free barbecue with your mentoring group and meet some of our great faculty!
 

Proximity Vespers: New Student Edition

Time: 7:30–9:00 p.m.
Location: Pioneer Memorial Church
Description: Start the Sabbath with a spiritually uplifting program organized by our University chaplains.
 

Afterglow Experience

Time: 9:00–10:30 p.m.
Location: TBA
Description: Do you have a song or spoken word you'd like to share with others? Perhaps something that has been encouraging in your own spiritual life? This will be an "open mic" time of sharing with your new campus family.

Pioneer Collegiate Sabbath School with Homemade Breakfast

Time: 10:30–11:20 a.m.
Location: Pioneer Memorial Church (PMC) Commons
Description: All new and returning college students are welcome. Enjoy a homemade breakfast and Sabbath School discussion.
 

PMC, New Life, One Place and Living Word Worship Services

Time: 11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Location: PMC, HPAC (New Life), Newbold Auditorium (One Place), Korean Church (Living Word)
Description: Andrews University is home to five worship communities—Pioneer Memorial Church, New Life Fellowship, One Place Fellowship, Living Word Fellowship and Makarios Fellowship.
 

PMC Welcome Potluck

Time: 1:15–2:30 p.m.
Location: In front of PMC
Description: PMC church members will host a lasagna potluck lunch following the 11:45 a.m. service. Join a table hosted by one of our local families and make some new friends!
 

ACW Fun & Fitness Night

Time: 8:00–11:00 p.m.
Location: Andreasen Center for Wellness
Description: Come and experience all that the Andreasen Center for Wellness has to offer! We'll start with sundown vespers and freshman election speeches. After the program, there will be basketball and volleyball in the gymnasium, swimming in the pool, relaxation in the Healing Oasis (dry sauna, steam bath, whirlpool and waterfall, infrared room), and treats in the Le Cafe. It's going to be a great evening! 

International Student Orientation

Time: 11:00 a.m.–12:00 noon
Location: Lincoln Room
Description: If you are an international student and did not attend the International Student Orientation on Sunday, August 21, please attend this session. Participation is mandatory for all international students.


Frequently Asked Questions

You will receive an Andrews ID card when you come to campus. Please note that you must be financially cleared for it to be activated. 

You can purchase a great selection of books, supplies and University merchandise at the Bookstore. For textbooks, check out the Bookstore's new First Day® Complete program, a cost-effective, all-in-one solution that guarantees you'll be ready for the first day of class!

Meals in the Terrace Cafe are on a fixed price, all-you-care-to-eat basis. Your Andrews ID card and meal plan will work at the cashier if you are financially cleared. Otherwise, be prepared to pay with a credit or debit card. Cash is not accepted.

Please note: For dietary accommodations, please contact the main office 269-471-3161 to speak with the executive chef directly and set up a meeting to discuss your specific situation.

Yes, all students are allowed to have a vehicle on campus. To register your vehicle, go to our Vehicles & Parking webpage.

The purpose of these sessions is to provide you and the University with information that will serve your wellbeing. All new students will be assigned a StartWell session at First Stop and are required to attend.

We recommend that you complete your math placement before arriving on campus. The Math Placement Exam is available NOW—you can use the provided materials to review and then take the exam with remote proctoring. The purpose of the MPE is to maximize student success in beginning mathematics courses by placing the student in an appropriate-level course.

Do you need placement? Check on your "Academic Information" on your iVue page and compare your score to the prerequisite of the math class needed for your major (if no major requirement then you want at least a P2 score). If you are unsure, then contact the Department of Mathematics at math@andrews.edu.

How do you get started now? Follow the instructions on the Department of Mathematics webpage to sign up for the preparation and placement module (cost of about $20) and start preparing.

All students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to receive one of the available COVID-19 vaccinations or boosters. 

Vaccination is the best opportunity we have to stop the spread of the virus and reduce the likelihood of additional variants that could place all persons at risk.

Please note: Masking, social distancing, and vaccination guidelines are subject to change based on local, state and national conditions and recommendations. Currently, no mandates are in place. Students should maintain good hygiene practices (hand-washing, surface sanitizing, staying home when sick) at all times.

Andrews University makes necessary accommodations for students with disabilities, both learning and physical. Students requesting support from the Student Success Center should provide written documentation from a qualified professional as early as possible.

For more information, please visit the Center for Intensive English Programs (CIEP) website.

Through AU Alert, Andrews will send emergency notification alerts to the campus. During emergencies and weather closings, text messages, emails and voice calls will be sent to registered recipients. Be informed and register online