NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION is just ahead for on-campus undergraduate students! Look over the things you need to know Before You Arrive. 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 worldwide–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 Orientation options for transfer students:
 
Sunday arrival: If you are coming to Andrews with limited college experience, we recommend you sign up to arrive at FIRST STOP on Monday, August 19, and go through the whole 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 whole week, or you may opt to sign up for a later Thursday, August 22, check-in. Transfer students arriving on Thursday will participate in an abbreviated Orientation experience, August 23-25.

* International transfer students also have the choice of arriving on Monday or Thursday, with the added expectation that you attend International Student Orientation on Monday, August 19 (for Sunday arrivals) or Sunday, August 25 (for Thursday arrivals). These are listed in the schedule.

You should sign up to arrive at FIRST STOP on Monday, August 19, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. This will begin a whole week of Orientation activities.
 

* International first-year students should plan to arrive on Sunday afternoon, August 18, from 1-4 p.m. International Student Orientation will be held on Monday, August 19, from 9 a.m.-12:00 p.m. New international students living in our residence halls who may need to request an early move-in should refer to the section "Can I move into the Residence Hall early?" below.

If you're arriving on Monday, August 19, FIRST STOP will be located in the beautiful lobby of the Howard Performing Arts Center. It will be open from 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. for domestic undergraduate students and from 2:00–3:00 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 an available check-in time when they arrive.
 

If you arrive later in the week, please check in at the Enrollment Office on the first floor of the Administration Building during business hours (Mon-Thu, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Fri, 9 a.m.-12 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 Mon-Thur, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Fri, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: Students must be registered for classes and financially cleared before moving into the residence halls.

If financially cleared, you may move into your residence hall on Monday, August 19.

Move-in begins during your FIRST STOP appointment, where you will check in with Residence Life staff. After completing FIRST STOP, you may move your belongings into your assigned Residence Hall room. If you are arriving outside of FIRST STOP hours, please schedule a move-in appointment by going to Step 6 of your residence hall application.

REMEMBER: Students must be registered for classes and financially cleared before moving into the residence halls.
The official move-in date is Monday, August 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
 
Should your travel or personal schedule require you to move in on Sunday, August 18, please sign up for a move-in appointment on that day by going to Step 6 of your residence hall application. Any arrivals before Sunday, August 18, will incur daily rent charges. Please note that if you move into residence hall before your Monday, August 19, FIRST STOP appointment (e.g. Friday afternoon or Sunday), most campus departments will be unavailable to assist with registration steps. Those who arrive early should still sign up for a FIRST STOP check-in time on Monday, August 19.  
 

REMEMBER: Students must be registered for classes and financially cleared before moving into the residence halls.

Orientation Week Schedule—Fall 2024

Wednesday, July 24, 2024 | Parents and Supporters Pre-Orientation Webinar

Time: 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Location: Online Webinar - Via Zoom and the AU Facebook Page
Description:  Join AVP Alyssa Palmer and guests for a conversation about the challenges and changes ahead. You'll also learn about the supports available for you and your students during the transition to University life. There will be an opportunity for Q&A.

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: 9:00 a.m.–3:00 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, check the status of your Registration, complete your Residence Hall check-in (for residential students), sign you up for a free Andreasen Center for Wellness membership, and much more.

Move into the Residence Halls

Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Location: Residence halls
Description: Move-in begins at First Stop. Once you have completed the check-in process at First Stop, you may move into your assigned room. REMEMBER: Students must be financially cleared before moving into the residence halls.

Convocation & Matriculation Ceremony

Time: 4:30–6:00 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: 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Location: Undergraduate Learning Center Lawn
Description: New students and their families are invited to join the University President, Dr. John Wesley Taylor, for a Michigan farm-to-fork dinner, catered by our very own Bon Appetit dining services.

Hispanic/Latino Students & Families Meet-Up

Time: 7:00–8:00 p.m.
Location: Buller Hall, Room 108
Description: The Andrews University Latino Association invites new Hispanic students and their families to come and get acquainted!

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.

Breakfast With A... Student Researcher, Student Athlete, or Student Abroad

Time: 8:30–9:30 a.m.
Location: Campus Center, Hoosier Room (Office of Research and Creative Scholarship), Badger Room (Cardinal Athletics & Gymnics) and Lincoln Room (Adventist Colleges Abroad & Academic Tours).
Description: Are you interested in becoming a student researcher, student athlete or student abroad? Grab your breakfast and join us in the room of your choice. You'll hear the experiences of current students and talk with faculty and staff who can help you connect with these opportunities!

Opening Assembly

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.
 

Student Success Workshops #1-2

Time: 2:00 - 3:50 p.m.
Location: Buller Hall
Description: The table below shows where your Family Group will be during each workshop session.
 
Session Title & Location 2:00 - 2:50 p.m. 3:00 - 3:50 p.m.  
Coping Strategies for College
Buller Hall, Room 149
Groups #1-3 Groups #19-22  
Essential Study Skills
Buller Hall, Room 150
Groups #4-6
Groups #1-3
 
Academic Tips & Tools
Buller Hall, Newbold Auditorium
Groups #7-10
Groups #4-6
 
First Steps to Career Readiness
Buller Hall, Room 250
Groups #11-14 Groups #7-10  
Optimizing Physical Wellbeing
Buller Hall, Room 251
Groups #15-18 Groups #11-14  
Creating a Culture of Respect
Buller Hall, Room 108
Groups #19-22 Groups #15-18  

Academic Advising (as needed)

Time: 4:00–5:00 p.m.
Location: Academic Offices
Description: If you still need to meet with your academic advisor, this time is set aside for individual academic advising appointments.
 

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!
 

New International Student Dinner

Time: 5:30–7:00 p.m.
Location: Faehner Home
Description: New international students are invited to enjoy a meal at the home of vice president Frances Faehner. Meet in the PMC parking lot at 5:30 p.m. for a bus ride to the Faehner home.
 

Community Life Orientation

Time: 7:00–8:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom (the link will be emailed to community students on Tuesday afternoon, August 20)
Description: Community students will receive important information about navigating campus life from Dean Matthew Fitting. This is a required meeting for all community students.

Lamson Hall Orientation

Time: 8:00–9:30 p.m.
Location: Lamson Christman Chapel
Description: Residential students will receive important information about your living community from your Residence Hall deans and Residence Life staff. This is a required meeting for all residents.

Meier Hall Orientation

Time: 9:00–10:30 p.m.
Location: Meier Carter Chapel
Description: Residential students will receive important information about your living community from your Residence Hall deans and Residence Life staff. This is a required meeting for all residents.

Breakfast With A... Student Writer, Student Entrepreneur, or Student Musician

Time: 8:30–9:30 a.m.
Location: Campus Center, Hoosier Room (Student Movement), Badger Room (Innovation & Entrepreneurship), and Lincoln Room (Music Ensembles).
Description: Are you interested in becoming a student writer, student entrepreneur or student musician? Grab your breakfast and join us in the room of your choice. You'll hear the experiences of current students and talk with faculty and staff who can help you connect with these opportunities!

Academic Assembly

Time: 10:00-10:50 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.

Departmental Introduction

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

Student Success Workshops #3-4

Time: 2:00 - 3:50 p.m.
Location: Buller Hall
Description: The table below shows where your Family Group will be during each workshop session.
 
Session Title & Location 2:00 - 2:50 p.m. 3:00 - 3:50 p.m.  
Coping Strategies for College
Buller Hall, Room 149
Groups #15-18 Groups #11-14  
Essential Study Skills
Buller Hall, Room 150
Groups #19-22
Groups #15-18
 
Academic Tips & Tools
Buller Hall, Newbold Auditorium
Groups #1-3
Groups #19-22
 
First Steps to Career Readiness
Buller Hall, Room 250
Groups #4-6 Groups #1-3  
Optimizing Physical Wellbeing
Buller Hall, Room 251
Groups #7-10 Groups #4-6  
Creating a Culture of Respect
Buller Hall, Room 108
Groups #11-14 Groups #7-10  

Academic Advising (as needed)

Time: 4:00–5:00 p.m.
Location: Academic Offices
Description: If you still need to meet with your academic advisor, this time is set aside for individual academic advising appointments.

Family Group Assembly

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

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

Family Groups 

Time: 7:30–9:00 p.m.
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center Lawns
Description: It's time to meet your Family Group Leaders and get acquainted with the rest of the students in your Family 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.

Breakfast With A... Student Intern, Student Missionary, or Student Leader

Time: 8:30–9:30 a.m.
Location: Campus Center, Hoosier Room (Career Center), Badger Room (Student Missions), and Lincoln Room (Student Government/Clubs).
Description: Are you interested in becoming a student intern, student missionary or student leader? Grab your breakfast and join us in the room of your choice. You'll hear the experiences of current students and talk with faculty and staff who can help you connect with these opportunities!

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).

Student Success Workshops #5-6

Time: 10:00 - 11:50 a.m.
Location: Buller Hall
Description: The table below shows where your Family Group will be during each workshop session.
 
Session Title & Location 10:00 - 10:50 a.m. 11:00 - 11:50 a.m.  
Coping Strategies for College
Buller Hall, Room 149
Groups #7-10 Groups #4-6  
Essential Study Skills
Buller Hall, Room 150
Groups #11-14
Groups #7-10
 
Academic Tips & Tools
Buller Hall, Newbold Auditorium
Groups #15-18
Groups #11-14
 
First Steps to Career Readiness
Buller Hall, Room 250
Groups #19-22 Groups #15-18  
Optimizing Physical Wellbeing
Buller Hall, Room 251
Groups #1-3 Groups #19-22  
Creating a Culture of Respect
Buller Hall, Room 108
Groups #4-6 Groups #1-3  

Honors Orientation

Time: 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Location: Buller Hall, Room 250
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.
 

Academic Advising (as needed)

Time: 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Location: Academic Offices
Description: If you still need to meet with your academic advisor, this time is set aside for individual academic advising appointments.
 

Closing Assembly

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

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

Family Groups

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

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

Math Placement Exam

Time: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: Science Complex, Haughey Hall, Rooms 133 & 317
Description: The MPE is for students who have not reported SAT/ACT test scores or wish to place into a math class higher then their current scores permit. View scoring details here. We recommend preparing for and taking the MPE before arriving on campus; else, you can take it at this time.

Music Ensemble Auditions and Academic Advising (as needed)

Time: 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Location: Music Department, Academic Offices
Description: If you are auditioning for a music ensemble, it may be scheduled during this time. If you still need to meet with your academic advisor, this time is set aside for individual academic advising appointments.

Transfer Student Lunch & Details

Time: 12:00–1:30 p.m.
Location: Lincoln Room, Dining Services
Description: If are a Transfer student, please plan to join us for this welcome dinner and information session!

Pre-Professional Rally

Time: 2:00–3:00 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.

Silver Beach Excursion

Time: 4:15 p.m. (leave at 4:30 p.m. arrive in St. Joseph at 5:00 p.m.)
Location: Buses depart from the Pioneer Memorial Church parking lot
Description: Enjoy a walk on the St. Joseph pier, play a round or two of beach volleyball, and enjoy Southwest Michigan's finest Silver Beach Pizza!
 

New Student Beach Vespers

Time: 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Location: Shadowland Pavilion, Silver Beach, St. Joseph
Description: Bring your own blanket and start the Sabbath with a spiritually uplifting program organized by our University chaplains at Silver Beach's Shadowland Pavilion!
 

Travel to AU and Afterglow Experience

Time: Buses depart Silver Beach at 8:45 p.m.; Afterglow is 9:30–10:30 p.m.
Location: PMC Youth Chapel
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.
New Life and One Place Fellowships, PMC Collegiate Sabbath School
 
Time: 10:00–11:20 a.m.
Location: HPAC (New Life), Newbold Auditorium, Buller Hall (One Place), PMC Commons (PMC Collegiate SS)
Description: All new and returning college students are welcome to become acquainted with these worship and study communities.
 

New Student Welcome Sabbath: "AU 150 - Founded in Faith. Forward in Mission."

Time: 11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Location: PMC
Description: Join us for a very special Sabbath in our history! Looking back, we will celebrate 150 years since Andrews University became the first Seventh-day Adventist insitution of higher education and John Nevins Andrews, our namesake, launched the first Adventist missionary endeavor. Looking forward, we will celebrate you, as you prepare to carry out God's mission as World Changers.
 

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: 8:15–11:00 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. 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 courtyard. 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 MOnday, August 19, 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, either at FIRST STOP on August 19 or on the second floor of the Administration Building at all other times. 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 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.

What is the MPE? The purpose of the MPE is to maximize your success by placing you in the best-fit math course. We recommend that you complete your math placement before arriving on campus by following these instructions to sign up for the preparation and placement module where you can review and then take the MPE through remote proctoring. You can also take the MPE during orientation week on campus, if necessary.

Do you need to take the MPE? Check your "Academic Information" on your iVue page and compare your score to the prerequisite of the math class needed for your desired major in consultation with your advisor or the Department of Mathematics (math@andrews.edu). A score of 46 or higher (P2) is needed before you can enroll in a General Education math course. Developmental courses are available to support those who score lower.

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 Department of Intensive English Programs (DIEP) 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