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!

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–someas 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 22, 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 still sign up to participate in the full week, or you may opt to sign up for a later Thursday, August 26, check-in. Transfer students who arrive on Thursday will take part in an abbreviated Orientation experience, August 26-28.

* 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 22 (for Sunday arrivals) or Sunday, August 29 (for Thursday arrivals). These are listed in the schedule.

You should sign up to arrive at FIRST STOP on Sunday, August 22. This will begin a full week of Orientation Week activities.
 

* International first-year students should plan to arrive on Sunday, August 22, 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 22, 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 22).

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 22, 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 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Should your travel schedule require you to arrive on Friday, August 20, 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 22, 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 2021

Virtual Conference for Parents and Supporters

Time: 4:00–5:30 p.m.
Location: Facebook Live on the Andrews University Facebook page
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.

International Student Orientation

Time: 9 a.m. - 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 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, check-in, and then move-in.

Convocation & Matriculation Ceremony

Time: 5:15–6:30 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: 8–9 p.m.
Location: 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: 8–9 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: 9–9:50 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 sharp!

New Student Assembly #1

Time: 10:00–11: 15 a.m.
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center
Description: This is a required meeting and attendance will be taken. Please bring your ID Card with you.

First Year Testing (Session 1)

Time: 1 - 2:45 p.m.
Location: Chan Shun Hall

Description: Please attend the First Year Testing Session you were assigned at First Stop (either Session 1 or 2). These tests are personal inventories that will help our staff improve your experience at Andrews University.

First Year Testing (Session 2)

Time: 3 - 4:45 p.m.
Location: Chan Shun Hall

Description: Please attend the First Year Testing Session you were assigned at First Stop (either Session 1 or 2). These tests are personal inventories that will help our staff improve your experience at Andrews University.

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 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!
 

Residence Hall Orientations

Time: 8–11 p.m.
Location: Lamson and Meier Halls
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. Please bring your ID Card.

Community Life Orientation

Time: 8–9:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Description: Community students will receive important information about navigating the campus as a community student from Dean Alyssa Palmer. This is a required meeting for all community students. A Zoom link and password will be sent out on Monday morning, August 23.

Meet Your Department Breakfast

Time: 9 a.m
Location: Johnson Gymnasium
Description: Come have breakfast with faculty and other new students from your academic departments.

Departmental Introduction

Time: 10 a.m.–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: 1–5 p.m
Location: Advisors' Virtual Offices
Description: If you need to meet with your academic advisor, you may do so during this time or at another time your advisor sets 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.

Library Introductions

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

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

New Student Assembly #2

Time: 6:30–7: 15 p.m.
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center

Presenter: Dr. Anthony Bosman, PhD
Description: This is a required meeting and attendance will be taken. Please bring your ID Card with you.

Mentoring Groups 

Time: 7:30–9:00 p.m.
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center Lawns
Description: 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.

New Student Assembly #3

Time: 10–11:15 p.m.
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center

Presenter: Dean Alyssa Palmer, J.D.
Description: This is a required meeting and attendance will be taken. Please bring your ID Card with you.

Student Success Workshop #1

Time: 1–1:50 p.m.
Location: TBA
Description: Choose from one of several Student Success workshops. These programs are optional but important!

Student Success Workshop #2

Time: 2–2:50 p.m.
Location: TBA
Description: Choose from one of several Student Success workshops. These programs are optional but important!

Student Success Workshop #3

Time: 3–3:50 p.m.
Location: TBA
Description: Choose from one of several Student Success workshops. These programs are optional but important!

New Student Assembly #4

Time: 6–7:15 p.m.
Location: Howard Performing Arts
Presenter: Dr. Karl Bailey, PhD

Description: This is a required meeting and attendance will be taken. Please bring your ID Card with you.

Mentoring Groups

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

Description: This is your second Mentoring Group session. Each group will be joined by one of our faculty members. So come with your questions about professors and life in the classroom.

New Student Assembly #5 

Time: 10–11:15 a.m.
Location: Zoom
Presenter: VP Michael Nixon, J.D.
Description: This is a required meeting and attendance will be taken. Please bring your ID Card with you.
 

Mentoring Groups & Pizza Feed

Time: 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Location: Howard Center Lawn
Description: Join your mentoring group for few group activities and a free pizza lunch.
 
Campus Open House Tour

Time: 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Location: Various Locations
Description: After lunch, your group will take a campus tour, featuring stops at Open Houses around the University.
 

Transfer Student Check-In (Late Arrivals)

Time: 9 a.m.–5 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).
 

Pre-Professional Rally

Time: 7–8 p.m.
Location: TBD
Description: Students in pre-professional programs (pre-medicine, pre-dentistry) are invited to attend this introductory session looking at the journey ahead.
 

World Changers Cinema

Time: 5:30–7 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! You'll experience the campus premiere of the movie "Just Mercy," the Brian Stevenson story.

New Student Assembly #6

Time: 10–10:45 a.m.
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center
Presenters: AUSA & AUGSA Officers, Dean Philip DeLeon, Coach Rob Gettys
Description: This is a required meeting and attendance will be taken. Please bring your ID Card with you. Box lunches will be distributed as part of this meeting.
 

Load Buses to St. Joseph

Time: 10:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Location: HPAC Parking Lot
Description: We'll load the buses and head to St. Joseph, Michigan. You will be required to wear a mask while riding in University transportation.
 

Beach to Bluff Day

Time: 11:30 a.m.–2:15 p.m.
Location: St. Joseph, MI
Description: We'll be spending a few hours in beautiful St. Joseph along the shores of Lake Michigan. You can enjoy Silver Beach, the Pier and St. Joseph Lighthouse, the historic Carousel, and the town on the bluff overlooking the Lake.
 

Load Buses for Berrien Springs

Time: 2:15–3 p.m.
Location: Silver Beach Parking Lot
Description: Arrive back on campus at 3 p.m. in time to relax before supper. Again, you will need to wear a mask while riding on University transportation.
 

Alumni Barbecue with Mentoring Groups

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

Proximity Vespers: New Student Edition

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

Afterglow Experience

Time: 9–10:30 p.m.
Location: TBA
Description:

Sabbath School

Time: 10:30–11:30 a.m.
Location: TBA
Description: TBA
 

Pioneer Memorial Church (PMC), New Life and One Place Worship

Time: 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m.
Location: PMC, HPAC (New Life), Newbold Auditorium (One Place)
Description: Andrews University is home to three worship communities—Pioneer Memorial Church, New Life Fellowship and One Place Fellowship. By August, these communities hope to offer services both in-person and online. 
 
PMC Welcome Reception

Time: 1:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Location: In front of PMC
Description: Church members will host a punch-and-cookie reception following the 11:45 service. Please stop by on your way to lunch at the Cafeteria.
 
ACW Fun & Fitness Night
 

Time: 8:30–11 p.m.
Locations: Andreasen Center for Wellness
Description: Come and experience all that the Andreasen Center for Wellness has to offer. We'll start with a short vespers devotional by Rachel Keele, our Director of University Wellness. Then we'll have basketball and volleyball in the gymnasium; weights, cardio, track and TRX in the fitness areas; group fitness classes in the spacious Bridgetown Studio; swimming in our new salt-water pool, relaxation in the Healing Oasis (dry sauna, steambath, massaging whirlpool and waterfall, infared room), and smoothies in the Le Cafe. It's going to be a great evening! 

International Student Orientation

Time: 11 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 22, please attend this session. Participation is mandatory for all international students.
 

Welcome the World

Time: 9–11 p.m.
Location: Flag Mall (in front of James White Library)
Description: When Andrews University students come back from summer break, we literally Welcome the World to Berrien Springs. Be sure to show up on the Mall for an evening of lights, music, spoken word and tastes from around the globe.
 

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 textbooks and a great selection of supplies and University merchandise at the Bookstore.

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 cash or a credit card.

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.

First-year testing sounds intense, but it is really simple. The purpose of these survey instruments is to provide us with information that will help us better serve your spiritual and emotional needs. All new students will be assigned a First-Year Testing time at First Stop.

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. If you have not been vaccinated before arriving on campus, you will receive information about local vaccination opportunities once you are here.

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

Vaccinated individuals will not be required to wear masks or socially distance indoors or outdoors, but are free to do so, if they wish. If you are vaccinated and registered as an Andrews University student, please report your vaccination status HERE.

Unvaccinated individuals will be expected to wear masks indoors and socially distance where possible (classrooms will no longer have a social distance requirement). They will also asked to monitor their health status with a COVID-19 test on a monthly basis, at minimum.

Please note: Masking, social distancing, and vaccination guidelines are subject to change based on local, state and national conditions and recommendations. Students should maintain good hygiene practices (hand-washing, surface sanitizing, staying home when sick) at all times.

For more information and updates, please go HERE.

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