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New Student Orientation

Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The 2020 Griffin GearUp program, 2020 New Student Orientation experiences, and 2021 Spring Orientation program have changed formats:

  • All Griffin GearUp Events will be virtual.
  • The 2020 New Student Orientation First-Year Student Experience and Transfer Student Experience will include virtual and in-person components.
  • The Parent and Family Orientation Experience will be virtual.
  • The 2021 Spring Orientation program will include virtual and in-person components.

Westminster College is thrilled you decided to join the Griffin community! To help you adjust to life at Westminster, there are orientation experiences for first-year and transfer students, as well as events that will help you get to know and be involved in the community. New Student Orientation is a mandatory program for all new students entering in the fall. There is also a virtual orientation experience for parents and family to prepare them to support you in your new adventure.

Orientation Experiences

The First-Year Student Experience is a hybrid orientation program (containing virtual and in-person components) designed to help first-year students with their academic, personal, social, and cultural transition into the Westminster and Salt Lake City community. This program is geared towards first-year students and occurs prior to the start of your fall classes. The program includes a mix of engaging and educational activities throughout campus and online.

Registration

If you registered for your classes through a Griffin GearUp program, you have automatically been registered for the First-Year Student Experience. You will receive an email in late July, verifying your student information that is needed for the program (i.e., dietary restrictions and t-shirt size).

What to Expect

The First-Year Student Experience is a hybrid program with virtual and in-person components.

Virtual Components

Some virtual components will begin the week of August 3 and will continue through the end of the in-person components.

In-Person Components

The in-person components for the program begin on August 15  (the day after move-in day) and will continue each day through  August 18. Classes begin on August 19.

Honors College and International Students

Students who are admitted into the Honors College and international students will begin their in-person First-Year Student Experience on August 14, with a pre-orientation program led by the Honors College (for Honors students) and the Office of Global Engagement (for international students).

Events

The Associated Students of Westminster College  (ASW) events team will additionally have optional activities every night of your orientation experience and throughout the first week of the semester to help you meet other students.

Cost and Billing

The cost of orientation is billed to your student account as a mandatory $300 fee that covers all program and administrative costs to run New Student Orientation and your Griffin GearUp experience.

Schedule

The schedule is currently being adjusted to ensure that appropriate safety measures are being followed while still delivering a high-impact hybrid experience. You can expect to see an outline of the 2020 schedule posted by July 20, 2020.

The Transfer Student Experience is a hybrid orientation program (containing virtual and in-person components) designed for students who have previously attended another college or university. Westminster College may be very different from your previous institution, and we want you to feel comfortable as you transition to this new experience. All transfer students are required to participate in the Transfer Student Experience, including nursing transfer students.

Registration

You will receive an email from the Office of Student Involvement & Orientation, verifying your student information that is needed for the program (i.e., dietary restrictions and t-shirt size).

What to Expect

The Transfer Student Experience is a hybrid program with virtual and in-person components.

Virtual Components

The virtual components of the program will be sent to you 2 weeks prior to the in-person component, which begins on August 15.

In-Person Component

The half-day in-person component on August 15 gives you a chance to explore campus and connect with other incoming transfer students, as well as staff and faculty.

International transfer and exchange students will begin their in-person Transfer Student Experience on August 14, with a pre-orientation program led by the Office of Global Engagement.

Cost and Billing

The cost of orientation is billed to your student account as a mandatory $25 fee that covers all program and administrative costs to run New Student Orientation.

Schedule

The schedule is currently being adjusted to ensure that appropriate safety measures are being followed while still delivering a high-impact hybrid experience. You can expect to see an outline of the schedule posted by July 20, 2020.

The Parent and Family Experience is a multi-day virtual, family-oriented orientation program that gives parents and family members of Westminster students the tools and information needed to best support their student(s).

Registration

Parents and family members can register for specific virtual sessions beginning the week of July 20, 2020.

What to Expect

The 2020 Parent and Family Experience will consist of live virtual sessions that include a chance to find answers to any lingering questions about housing, financial aid, and academics. Parents and family members will also have an opportunity to meet other parents and families who have a student attending Westminster, as well as some of the staff and faculty who support students’ success.

If you have any questions during or after the transition to Westminster College, don't hesitate to contact the Dean of Students Office at 801.832.2230 or email the Office of Student Involvement & Orientation at studentinvolvement@westminstercollege.edu.

Schedule

The 2020 virtual schedule will be released on July 20, 2020. The experience will begin on the evening of August 15 and will continue each evening until August 18.


Other Orientation Programs

The 2021 Spring Orientation is a hybrid program with virtual and in-person components. Students starting at Westminster in the Spring 2021 semester will receive virtual sessions in advance and will meet on campus briefly to meet other incoming students, as well as staff and faculty. 2021 Spring Orientation occurs on the Friday before you start your spring semester classes.

Spring Orientation is mandatory for new students and is designed to help you transition to Westminster's campus.

At Spring Orientation, you will get to:

  • Make changes to your class schedule
  • Discuss academic needs and financial aid packages
  • Discover ways to get involved on campus
  • Complete any final office visits needed before starting classes

Email studentinvolvement@westminstercollege.edu any questions.


Steps Before Orientation

First-Year and Transfer Student Documents

As you prepare to arrive on campus, take a moment to complete some forms that will help make your orientation experience and first year go more smoothly.


2020 Virtual Griffin GearUp

Registration for the last 2020 Virtual Griffin GearUp (July 31) is open for those who have not yet attended and registered for classes.

Griffin GearUp is a program prior to New Student Orientation that is designed for deposited first-year students. Griffin GearUp includes meeting with an academic advisor, registering for classes, understanding the financial aspect of education at Westminster College, exploring leadership development, and meeting some of your peers. All 2020 Griffin GearUp programs will be virtual. All first-year students need to attend a Griffin GearUp event to register for classes.

Learn More and Register

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