New Student Move-In and Orientation 2020

front of Weld Residence Hall

On Aug. 21 and 22, 2020, Wells College is pleased to welcome the class of 2024 and other new students to campus! Following move-in, our new students will embark on a multi-day Orientation program that will help welcome them to their new home in Aurora.

When to Arrive

All new first-year and transfer students will be assigned a move-in date and time. New students will be assigned an arrival date and time on either Aug. 21 or Aug. 22, depending on the first letter of their last name: those with last names starting with A through L are given a time slot on Friday, Aug. 21, and those with last names starting with M through Z are asked to return on Saturday, Aug. 22.

Friday, Aug. 21 (GROUP A)

  • Last Names A–B: 9:30–11:00 a.m.
  • Last Names C–G: 11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
  • Last Names H–L: 1:00–2:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 22 (GROUP B)

  • Last Names M–O: 9:30–11:00 a.m.
  • Last Names P–R: 11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
  • Last Names S–Z: 1:00–2:30 p.m.

Below, please find a tentative schedule for Orientation 2020. Once you arrive on campus, you will be provided a printed schedule with the most up-to-date list of events and activities.

Orientation 2020 Schedule

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Friday, August 21, 2020 -- GROUP A

8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Grind Café Open
Get your favorite espresso drinks, teas and snacks, at a café operated by Wells College business students.
1st floor, Zabriskie Hall

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
College Store open
Visit the bookstore in Zabriskie Hall for textbooks, clothing, snacks, and more! 
1st floor, Zabriskie Hall

9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Check in for new incoming students
Macmillan Circle

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
COVID-19 Testing
Stratton Hall 310

Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch
Dining Hall, Main Building

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.
Opening Welcome
Virtual event

4:15–5:15 p.m.
Meet your Orientation leaders
Virtual event

5:306:30 p.m.
Dinner
Dining Hall, Main Building

6:30–8:00 p.m.
Free time

8:0010:00 p.m.
Residence hall program
Your residence hall

Saturday, August 22, 2020 -- GROUP A

8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Grind Café Open
1st floor, Zabriskie Hall

9:00–11:30 a.m.
Free time

9:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Dining Hall, Main Building

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
College Store open
1st floor, Zabriskie Hall

10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Brunch
Dining Hall, Main Building

1:00–4:00 p.m.
Get your ID, parking registration, and other tasks

4:15–5:15 p.m.
Meet your Orientation leaders
Virtual event

5:00–7:00 p.m.
Dinner
Dining Hall, Main Building

6:30–8:00 p.m.
Free time

8:00–10:00 p.m.
Residence hall program
Your residence hall

Saturday, August 22, 2020 -- GROUP B

8:30 a.m.  2:00 p.m.
The Grind Café Open
1st floor, Zabriskie Hall

9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Check in for new incoming students
Macmillan Circle

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
College Store open
1st floor, Zabriskie Hall

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
COVID-19 Testing
Stratton Hall 310

10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Brunch
Dining Hall, Main Building

3:15–4:00 p.m.
Opening Welcome
Virtual event

4:15–5:15 p.m.
Meet your Orientation leaders
Virtual event

5:00–7:00 p.m.
Dinner
Dining Hall, Main Building

8:00–10:00 p.m.
Residence hall program
Your residence hall

Sunday, August 23, 2020 - ALL NEW STUDENTS

9:1510:15 a.m.
COVID-19 Educational Session
Virtual event

10:30–11:30 a.m.
Cooperative Institutional Research Program Survey
Virtual event

10:30 a.m.  3:00 p.m.
Brunch
Dining Hall, Main Building

1:303:00 p.m.
"Campus Read" Intro Session
Virtual event

3:304:30 p.m.
Honor Code Ceremony
Virtual event

5:00–7:00 p.m.
Dinner
Dining Hall, Main Building

8:00–10:00 p.m.
Playfair Team-Building Activities
Virtual event

Monday, August 24, 2020 – ALL NEW STUDENTS

8:00–9:00 a.m.
Breakfast with Your Orientation Leaders
Dining Hall, Main Building

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
College Store open
Visit the bookstore in Zabriskie Hall for textbooks, clothing, snacks, and more!
1st floor, Zabriskie Hall

9:00–11:00 a.m.
Advising Sessions

9:0010:45 a.m.
“Helping Resources” Sessions
Wells staff members will be available for consultation on topics including academic success, advising, internships, disability services and support, student employment, and using the library.

11:00 a.m. – Noon
“Healthy Relationships” with Keynote Speaker Rachel Snyder '11
Learn more about support services provided by the Cayuga County’s Sexual Assault Victims Advocate Resource (SAVAR) agency.

Noon–1:30 p.m.
Lunch
Dining Hall, Main Building

1:45–3:15 p.m.
“Campus Read” Discussion Session

3:30–5:30 p.m.
Academic Advising Sessions
-or-
Free time 
(for those who do not have an advising appointment)

5:00–6:30 p.m.
Dinner
Dining Hall, Main Building

6:30–7:30 p.m.
Small Group Session with Your Orientation Leader

8:00–10:00 p.m.
“Paint and Sip” Activity
-or-
Lawn Games

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 – ALL NEW STUDENTS

8:00–9:00 a.m.
Breakfast with Your Orientation Leaders
Dining Hall, Main Building

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
College Store open
Visit the bookstore in Zabriskie Hall for textbooks, clothing, snacks, and more!
1st floor, Zabriskie Hall

9:00–11:00 a.m.
Advising Sessions

9:00–10:45 a.m.
“Helping Resources” Sessions

Wells staff members will be available to answer your questions about topics including technology support, campus safety, transportation, and the medical center.

11:15 a.m. – Noon
“Understanding Title IX”
Our director and deputy director for Title IX compliance will explain how to report sex- or gender-based harassment, discrimination or misconduct – and the College’s procedures for investigating such cases.

Noon–1:30 p.m.
Lunch
Dining Hall, Main Building

1:45–3:15 p.m.
“Campus Read” Discussion Session

3:30–5:30 p.m.
Academic Advising Sessions
-or-
Free time
 
(for those who do not have an advising appointment)

5:00–6:30 p.m.
Dinner
Dining Hall, Main Building

6:30–7:30 p.m.
Small Group Session with Your Orientation Leader

8:00–10:00 p.m.
Trivia Night in the Sommer Center
-or-
Kickball on the Turf Field

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 – ALL NEW STUDENTS

8:00–9:00 a.m.
Breakfast with Your Orientation Leaders
Dining Hall, Main Building

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
College Store open
Visit the bookstore in Zabriskie Hall for textbooks, clothing, snacks, and more!
1st floor, Zabriskie Hall

9:00–11:00 a.m.
Academic Advising Sessions

9:00–10:45 a.m.
“Helping Resources” Sessions

Wells staff members will be available to consult about topics including Collegiate Cabinet (student government), diversity and inclusion initiatives, Community Court and the student conduct code.

11:15 a.m. – Noon
Sustainability Program
The director of the Wells College Center for Sustainability and the Environment will present about environmental and sustainability efforts at the College, and how you can get involved. 

Noon–1:30 p.m.
Lunch
Dining Hall, Main Building

1:45–3:15 p.m.
“Campus Read” Discussion Session

3:30–5:30 p.m.
Academic Advising Sessions

5:00–6:30 p.m.
Dinner
Dining Hall, Main Building

6:30–7:30 p.m.
Small Group Session with Your Orientation Leader

8:00–10:00 p.m.
Classic Bingo
-or-
Kickball on the Turf Field 

Thursday, August 27, 2020 – ALL NEW STUDENTS

7:50 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Grind Café Open
1st floor, Zabriskie Hall

8:00–9:00 a.m.
Breakfast with Your Orientation Leaders
Dining Hall, Main Building

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
College Store open
Visit the bookstore in Zabriskie Hall for textbooks, clothing, snacks, and more!
1st floor, Zabriskie Hall

9:00–11:00 a.m.
Academic Advising Sessions

9:00–11:00 a.m.
“Helping Resources” Sessions

In this "encore presentation," Wells staff members will be available to consult about topics including career and academic advising, disability services, technology services and support, Long Library and the Learning Commons, and disability services.

11:00 a.m. – Noon
Free time

Noon–1:30 p.m.
Lunch
Dining Hall, Main Building

1:45–3:15 p.m.
“Campus Read” Discussion Session
Virtual event

3:30–5:30 p.m.
Academic Advising Sessions
-or-
Free time 
(for those who do not have an advising appointment)

5:00–6:30 p.m.
Dinner
Dining Hall, Main Building

7:00–8:30 p.m.
Scavenger Hunt on Campus

8:30–10:00 p.m.
Take a Break by the Lake
 

Friday, August 28, 2020 – ALL NEW STUDENTS

7:50 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Grind Café Open
1st floor, Zabriskie Hall

8:00–9:00 a.m.
Breakfast with Your Orientation Leaders
Dining Hall, Main Building

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
College Store open
Visit the bookstore in Zabriskie Hall for textbooks, clothing, snacks, and more!
1st floor, Zabriskie Hall 

9:00–11:00 a.m.
Academic Advising Sessions

9:00–10:45 a.m.
“Helping Resources” Sessions

Wells staff members will be available to consult about topics including a review of academic offerings, student on-campus employment, this fall's theater production, and athletics and fitness.

11:00 a.m. – Noon
Free time

Noon–1:30 p.m.
Lunch
Dining Hall, Main Building

1:30–3:30 p.m.
Lawn Games at the Boathouse

3:30–5:30 p.m.
Academic Advising Sessions
-or-
Free time 
(for those who do not have an advising appointment)

5:00–6:30 p.m.
Dinner
Dining Hall, Main Building

6:30–8:00 p.m.
Final Meeting with Your Orientation Leader

8:00–10:00 p.m.
Online Game Night

Additional Resources

Campus Map and Driving Directions >>
Need to find a building, or figure out where to park? Check out our map and get driving directions to Aurora.

Academic Calendar >>
See a handy list of upcoming important dates for fall 2020; dates for the spring 2021 semester will be posted later this fall.

The Globe (Well's College intranet portal) >>
This is where Wells students can access electronic forms, sign up for classes, access campus housing information, and much more.

Questions?

If you have any questions, please drop a line to studentlife@wells.edu. Welcome to Wells!

Please Note

The schedule of activities and events for Orientation 2020 is subject to change at any time. Please check back here regularly for updates.

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