Undergrad Orientation

We can't wait to see you at Andrews!

New students. New energy. New perspectives. New surprises.
You are new and you are valued. So pack those bags, it's almost time to get on the road!

Orientation Schedule

New Student Orientation for Fall Semester 2019

We are in the process of completing the schedule for Fall 2019. Events, times and dates are subject to change.

Plan ahead today! “Do not be anxious about anything, but present your requests to God”  Phil. 4:8

*University Wellness invites you to use their Daily Wellness Themes.

8:30 a.m.– 1:30 p.m.
New International Student Orientation

Lincoln Room, Dining Services, Campus Center
This session is for all new international undergraduates arriving on Sunday, August 18. Please plan to attend this session, as it is required.  Breakfast is included.

8:30 a.m.– 1:30 p.m.
First Stop Open for New Undergraduates (Domestic, First year & Transfer)

Howard Performing Arts Center
Be sure to sign up for a check-in time before arriving on campus. We’ll look at your registration status, schedule testing, produce your ID card and assign you to a mentoring group.

1:30 p.m.– 2:30 p.m.
First Stop Open for New Undergraduates (International, First year & Transfer)

Howard Performing Arts Center
Be sure to sign up for a check-in time before arriving on campus. We’ll look at your registration status, schedule testing, produce your ID card and assign you to a mentoring group.

9 a.m.– 5 p.m.
Residence Halls Open for Move-In

Alumni Lend-a-Hand Available
Our faculty, staff and alumni volunteers will be on hand to assist you in your move-in.

9 a.m.– 5 p.m.
Andrews University Bookstore Open 

AU Bookstore 
Do you need to purchase your books or perhaps outfit the family in Andrews gear? The AU Bookstore is open for your convenience. 

4 p.m.– 5 p.m.
Parent and Supporter  Conversation

Howard Performing Arts Center
Key faculty and staff will be on hand to talk about the transition ahead for parents and supporters and their students.

5:15 p.m.– 6:30 p.m.
Convocation & Matriculation Ceremony

TBA
New students, parents, and supporters are invited to join us for this special service that will feature addresses from President Luxton and Provost Arthur. The ceremony will conclude with the distribution of the Andrews Study Bible to new students at the Bridge of the Undergraduate Learning Center.

6:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
President's "Farm-to-Table" Welcome Dinner

In front of the Undergraduate Learning Center Lawn
President Luxton will be hosting a Michigan-style farm-to-table welcome dinner for new students, parents and supporters.

8 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Honors Freshman Rally

Newbold Auditorium, Buller Hall
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. Come and discover all of the benefits of being an Andrews Scholar.

8 p.m.- 9p.m.
AULA Hispanic/Latino Students & Families Meet-Up

Buller Hall, Room 106
The Andrews University Latino Association (AULA) invites all Hispanic/Latino students and their family members to begin their University journey together at this informative meet-up session.

Evening
Shopping

Benton Harbor
Need a few necessities? There are plenty of stores just 15 minutes north in St. Joseph and Benton Harbor. If you don’t mind a 30-minute trip, there are even more stores and a mall located in Mishawaka, Indiana.

11 p.m. 
Curfew

Residence Halls

Take a break today! “May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord” Ps. 104:34

8:00 a.m. - 10 a.m.
First Year Testing (As assigned)

Garber Auditorium, Chan Shun Hall
If you were assigned at FIRST STOP to complete your First-year Testing during this time slot, please attend. First-year Testing is required of all first-year students and will give you an opportunity to set goals for your success and wellbeing while at Andrews.

9 a.m.–5 p.m. 
FIRST STOP Open

Enrollment Management, Admin. Building, 1st Floor
If you’ve arrived late, we’re the first thing on your list. 

10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
First-Year Assembly: MINDSET

Howard Performing Arts Center
This session is required for first-year students. Attendance will be taken. Please bring your ID card with you.

1 p.m.- 3 p.m.
First-Year Testing

Chan Shun Hall

1:30 p.m. - 5:30p.m.
CIEP/TOEFL Exam

Center for Intensive English, Nethery Hall
If you have a language hold and need to take the Center for Intensive English Institutional TOEFL Exam, you must register before the deadline of Wednesday, August 7, to take the Monday, August 19 exam. Students may register for the exam in person at the CIEP office in Nethery Hall, on the phone (269-471-2260) or through email (ciep@andrews.edu). The cost is $35.

3 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.
Math Placement Exam

Rooms 133 and 317, Haughey Hall, Science Complex
Please consult the Testing section in this Guide if you have any questions about whether you should take this exam.

3 p.m.- 5 p.m.
First-Year Testing

Chan Shun Hall
If you were assigned at FIRST STOP to complete your First Year Testing during one of these time slots (1-3 p.m. or 3-5 p.m.), please attend. First Year Testing is required of all first year students and will give you an opportunity to set goals for your wellbeing and success while at Andrews.

5:30 p.m.– 7 p.m.
Undergraduate Leadership Program Reception

Lincoln Room, Dining Services, Campus Center
The Undergraduate Leadership Program is designed to work with any degree. If you have applied to this program, or if you are interested in learning more about it, please sign up at First Stop for this reception.

5:30–7 p.m.
New International Student Dinner

The Faehner Home
Transportation departs from PMC Parking Lot

New international students are invited to dinner at the home of Frances Faehner, vice president for Campus & Student Life.

8 p.m.– 9 p.m.
Community Life Orientation

Lincoln Room, Dining Services, Campus Center
This session is required of all first-year community students and recommended for community transfers. Attendance will be taken. Please bring your ID card with you.

8 p.m.– 11 p.m.
Residence Hall Orientations

Meier and Lamson Halls
This session is required for all new residents. Attendance will be taken. Please bring your ID card with you.

11 p.m. 
Curfew

Residence Halls

Eat healthy today! “So whether you eat or drink, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Cor. 10:31

9 a.m.
"Meet Your Academic Department" Breakfast

Johnson Gymnasium
Come join faculty and staff from your academic department and your fellow majors for breakfast.

10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Academic Advising

Academic Departments
Follow your fellow majors to an assigned location to learn more about your department and its faculty.  You’ll also be able to schedule an individual appointment (if you haven’t already) with your academic advisor.

1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Academic Advising Appointments (as arranged)

Academic Advisors’ Offices

1 p.m.– 4 p.m.
Honors Orientation

Newbold Auditorium, Buller Hall
Students who plan to be in the Honors Program will want to attend this orientation with Director Monique Pittman and her team (it includes the mandatory introduction to the Library).

1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Library Introductions

James White Library
You’ve already signed up for one of the sessions at FIRST STOP, which begin every half hour. Attendance is required of all first-year students. Remember to bring your Andrews ID with you. 

6:00 p.m. –7:15 p.m.
First-Year Assembly: RESPECT

Howard Performing Arts Center
Remember to bring your Andrews ID with you.  This session is required for all first-year students and transfers with 24 credits or less. Ushers will be there to greet you and scan your card.

7:30 p.m.– 9 p.m.
Mentoring Group Session #1

Various Locations, Campus Greens
Time to get acquainted with your Mentoring Group!  You were assigned to a group at First Stop. If you can’t remember the name of your group, we’ll be there to remind you.

11 p.m. 
Curfew

Residence Halls

Get moving today! “Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.” Mark 12:30

10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
First-Year Assembly: SKILLSET I

Howard Performing Arts Center
This session is required for first-year students and transfers with 24 credits or less. Attendance will be taken. Please bring your ID card with you.

1 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Student Success Workshops #1

Buller Hall

2 p.m.– 2:50 p.m.
Student Success Workshops #2

Buller Hall

3 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Student Success Workshops #3

Buller Hall
Choose three workshops based on the Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI) that you took on Monday. Seminars will cover areas like attitude and motivation, time management, anxiety and concentration, information processing and selecting main ideas, study aids, and test strategies.

6 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Assembly: INCLUSION

Howard Performing Arts Center
This session is required for all first-year students. Attendance will be taken. Please bring your ID card with you.

7:30–9 p.m.
Mentoring Group Session #2

Howard Performing Arts Center Lawn
Your mentoring group leaders with help from our Diversity & Inclusion Team will help you explore all of the many ways we are Andrews! 

11 p.m. 
Curfew

Residence Halls

Be nice today! “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up.” 1 Thess. 5:11

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
First Stop for Transfer Students (Thursday arrivals)

Administration Building, First Floor
Transfer students should check-in during the hour they selected in the online FIRST STOP sign-up. 

10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Assembly: SKILLSET II

Howard Performing Arts Center
This session is required for all first-year students and transfers with 24 credits or less. Attendance will be taken. Please bring your ID card with you.

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Mentoring Group Session #3: Pizza & Professors

Various Locations, Campus Greens
Over a free pizza lunch, your mentoring group will be joined by a faculty member. This will give you a chance to ask your own questions about succeeding in the classroom.

2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Achieve Works Testing
Chan Shun Hall, Computer Lab (2nd Floor)
If you have not taken the Achieve Works career inventory online yet, at FIRST STOP you will be assigned to do so at this time. Completing this test is required of all first –year students. Please bring your ID card with you.

2–2:50 p.m.
Achieve Works Group #1 (as assigned)

Buller Hall, Rooms 149 and 150

3–3:50 p.m.
Achieve Works Group #2 (as assigned)

Buller Hall, Rooms 149 and 150

4–4:50 p.m.
Achieve Works Group #3 (as assigned)

Buller Hall, Rooms 149 and 150

5–5:50 p.m.
Achieve Works Group #4 (as assigned)

Buller Hall, Rooms 149 and 150
You should have already taken the Achieve Works career inventory online. This group session helps you think about what your results mean—for the career path you’ve chosen or for the one you have yet to choose. Attendance is required of all first-year students, as assigned at FIRST STOP (four more groups are scheduled for Sunday, August 25). Please bring your ID card with you.

2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
CIEP/TOEFL Exam
 
Nethery Hall, Room 203

5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Transfer Student Welcome Dinner & Details (Thursday Arrivals)

Campus Center, Lincoln, and Hoosier Rooms
All transfer students who have arrived on Thursday are invited to attend this dinner and receive important details about making a smooth academic transition to Andrews University.

7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Pre-Professional Rally 

Location TBA
If you are planning or interested in pursuing a pre-medical degree (pre-med, pre-dent, etc.), you are invited to meet up with existing pre-professional students for an informative session about what lies ahead. 

8:30 p.m. – 10:30p.m.
Outdoor Movie Night

Athletic Fields
It’s outdoor movie night! Bring your blanket and some friends and we’ll bring the movie, giant screen and popcorn.

11 p.m. 
Curfew

Residence Halls

Drink water today! “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” Is. 12:3

9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Load the Buses and Travel to Silver Beach, St. Joseph

Pioneer Memorial Church Parking Lot

10:30–11:30 a.m.
Assembly: INVOLVEMENT

Shadowland Pavilion, St. Joseph
Our last First Year Seminar session will take place under the Shadowland Pavilion along the shores of Lake Michigan! This includes speeches from candidates for Freshman Class offices.

11:30 a.m.– 2:15 p.m.
AUSA Beach to Bluff Day

Silver Beach and the St. Joseph Bluff
Enjoy hanging out on Silver Beach, walking the pier, riding the historic Silver Beach Carousel or exploring the St. Joseph bluff with its many shops and restaurants. We'll even provide you with a boxed lunch. Don't forget your sunscreen!

2:15 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Load Buses and Travel Back to Campus

5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Alumni Barbecue: Mentoring Group session #4

Howard Performing Arts Center Lawn
Meet up with your Mentoring Group on the HPAC lawn, grab some of that delicious barbecue, and take the time to get acquainted with one of our amazing AU alums.  They’re here to give you a real-world perspective on your University experience.

7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Vespers: PROXIMITY

Pioneer Memorial Church Sanctuary
Bring together all of the rich diversity of Andrews University. Let it flow through dynamic music, powerful speaking and awesome worship. That’s University Vespers! 

9 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Ministry Fair

Pioneer Memorial Church Commons
Check out all the many ways to get involved in ministry and service here at Andrews University

11 p.m. 
Curfew

Residence Halls

Be glad today! “This is the day that the Lord has made. Rejoice and be glad in it.” Ps. 118:24

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Sabbath School

Student Recreation Center (Basement of Campus Center)
The Campus Ministries team invites you to begin your Sabbath morning with a thought-provoking time in God’s Word. 

11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
PMC, New Life & One Place Worship Services

Pioneer Memorial Church, Newbold Auditorium (One Place), Howard Performing Arts Center (New Life)

1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Welcome Potluck

Flag Mall in front of PMC (PMC Commons if raining)
Local Adventist church members will host a potluck for all new students. Come and enjoy getting to know your new church family!

9:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Bubble Soccer

Athletic Fields
You may have seen the videos on YouTube.  Now it’s your turn to suit up in a big bubble and compete with your mentoring group in an evening of Bubble Soccer action.  As fun to watch as it is to play!
 

9 a.m.–5 p.m. 
Andrews University Bookstore Open

AU Bookstore
Do you still need to purchase your books or perhaps pick out some Andrews swag? The AU Bookstore is open for your convenience. 

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
International Student Orientation

Leadership Lab, Campus Center
This session is for international transfer students who arrived on Thursday.

1:00 p.m - 5:00 p.m.
Achieve Works

Buller Hall 149 & 150
You should have already taken the Do What You Are career inventory online. This group session will help you think about what your results mean—for the career path you’ve chosen or for the one you have yet to choose. Attendance is required of all first-year students, as assigned at FIRST STOP. Please bring your ID card with you.

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
CIEP/TOEFL Exam 

Nethery Hall, Room 203

6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Welcome Back Block Party

East Campus Circle Dr. (In front of Howard Performing Arts Center)
Join other new and returning students for food, music and fun, as we welcome everyone to the new school year.

See you in class!

 

New Student Orientation for Spring 2019

Date Time Event Location
Friday, January 3, 2019 9:30 am TOEFL Exam Nethery Hall 203
Sunday, January 5, 2019 9 am - 5 pm University Bookstore Service Center
Sunday, January 5, 2019 10 am - 2 pm ITS Service Desk University Bookstore
Sunday, January 5, 2019 10:45 - 11:45 am International Student Orientation Campus Center - Dining Services,
Lincoln Room,
upper floor

Sunday, January 5, 2019

12 - 5 pm First Stop

Enrollment Management, Administration Building,
first floor

Sunday, January 5, 2019 2 pm TOEFL Exam Nethery Hall 203

Sunday, January 5, 2019

6 - 7:30 pm New Student Welcome Meal and Orientation

Campus Center - Dining Services,
Lincoln/Hoosier Rooms, 
upper floor

Monday, January 6, 2019   Classes begin