New Student Orientation


Parents & Families Schedule

Please note that each Orientation weekend starts on Friday (check in around 8am) and will end Saturday (usually no later than Noon/1pm). Please plan accordingly when making travel arrangements.


8:00am – 9:30am:    CHECK IN
Ernsthausen Hall (Residence Hall located on the corner of Tressel Street and Center Street)

Your first stop at Orientation is Ernsthausen Hall. You will be able to pick up a packet helpful information, meal tickets, and more.  Your student also checks in at this location.

After you check in at Ernsthausen:

·         Stop by Bonds Hall for the Open House (Pick up a raffle ticket at each table!)

9:45am – 10:15am:           WELCOME
John Patrick Theatre / Kleist Art & Drama Center (Located on Bagley Road next to Finnie Stadium)

10:15am – 11:15am:           ACADEMIC CORE
John Patrick Theatre / Kleist Art & Drama Center (Located on Bagley Road next to Finnie Stadium)
Students and families will learn about BW’s programs for academic advising and support, and will be introduced to liberal arts and the core curriculum, including our common course, Enduring Questions for an Intercultural World.

10:30am – 11:00pm:           Parent & Family Break Out
Parents and Families will move to our Allman Theatre (across the lobby from John Patrick Theatre) for a session with our Provost, to learn more about how to support your student within their academic program at Baldwin Wallace.

10:30am – 11:30pm:           Conservatory Break Out
Conservatory Students and Families (Families until 11:00am) will move to one of our second floor classrooms in the Kleist Art & Drama Center to discuss the Conservatory requirements for all new Conservatory students.

11:15am - 12:15pm        Parent & Family Session: Your part in the BW Experience
Sandstone 3/Strosacker Union
Learn about a useful tool where your student will intentionally plan the BW Experience. The BW Action Plan will enhance employability and satisfaction in college. Also, learn of other ways in which Baldwin Wallace University is helping to assist and prepare your student during his/her time here!

12:15pm - 1:15pm:          Lunch
Strosacker Union Ballroom

1:15pm - 1:45pm:            Understanding Tuition & Billing
Sandstone 3/Strosacker Union
This session provides the opportunity to learn information about the tuition bill, payments, and procedures.  You will have the opportunity to have your questions answered.

2:00pm – 2:30pm:               RESPONSIBLE CHOICES
Strosacker Union Ballroom
Help your student start off his/her college career on the right foot by becoming familiar with situations in which he/she will have to make responsible choices.

2:45pm – 4:45pm:               Break Out Sessions
Strosacker Union – Various Locations (See below)

Spend your afternoon in sessions geared towards your interests as a new BW student. 

**PLEASE NOTE: All students are required to attend a CAREER SERVICES Session during one of the time slots.

Sessions take place during the following time slots.  The booklet you receive at Orientation check-in will contain more details.

2:45pm - 3:15pm           

3:30pm - 4:00pm            

4:15pm - 4:45pm

Career Services (Required for All New Students)
Room: Sandstone 3 / Lower Level of Strosacker Union
Steer your student’s future with Career Services. Attend this interactive session presented by the Office of Career Services to learn about the many resources available to help your student explore, choose, and navigate his/her career future.

Work Study
Room: Grindstone / Main Level of Strosacker Union
If you are interested in learning more about Student Employment options, attend this session to understand how your student can apply for Work Study positions on campus and how your student's job works with his/her Federal Work Study financial award.

Financial Aid
Room: Sandstone 1 / Lower Level of Strosacker Union
Only available during the second and third time slot.
Experts will answer questions and review important financial aid ‘next steps’.  Be sure to review and bring along the “Financial Aid Check List” information packet that was included in your student's Orientation folder.  If you are unable to attend this session, or if you have additional questions, Financial Aid staff members will also be available to meet one on one with students and their families on Saturday morning

Fraternity & Sorority Life
Room 147 / Math & Computer Science Building
Students and Families will have a chance to meet the advisors of several Greek organizations on our campus.  The advisors and members of Greek Council will be able to answer questions and quell fears brought on by Greek Life stereotypes.

Bookstore 101
Bookstore / Lower Level of Strosacker Hall
Plain talk about course materials and goods and services available at YOUR Campus Store.

Learning Center
Room 147 / Math & Computer Science Building

This presentation will discuss how to access and utilize available programs and services at The Learning Center, what students can expect during their first year and how to successfully transition to college. There will be an opportunity for questions at the end.

Disability Services
Room 147 / Math & Computer Science Building

This presentation will discuss Disability Services at Baldwin Wallace, highlighting the differences between high school and post-secondary education.  Included are tips to help students successfully transition to college.  There will be an opportunity for questions at the end.

5:00pm:                     MID-DAY WRAP UP WITH PARENTS & FAMILIES 
Strosacker Union Ballroom

5:10pm:                     GOOD BYE TIME
Meet with your student one last time before saying “Goodbye!” Be sure to plan a place to meet on Saturday.

5:00pm – 6:00pm              PARENT/FAMILY RECEPTION
Durst Family Welcome Center
Parents and families are invited to an informal social reception of light refreshments. Meet a variety of BW faculty and staff, as well as other parents.


7:30am – 9:00am:                BREAKFAST AVAILABLE
Strosacker Union Ballroom

9:00am – 12:00pm:             FINANCIAL AID  AVAILABLE
Durst Family Welcome Center
If you still have some questions that you would like answered, even on a more individual basis, then stop by and see one of our Financial Aid & Bill staff members. They will be available to answer your questions.

Sandstone 3/Strosacker Union
Imagine your student receiving college credit while studying in Japan, England, Australia, Italy or Argentina. How about interning in Washington D.C. or traveling across the U.S. with a professor and fellow BW students? Does it sound too good to be true? Think again. The Explorations/Study Abroad Office can assist your student in planning an affordable program almost anywhere in the world. This could possibly change your student’s life and yours. Stop by the session and learn more.

10:30am - 11:15am:                       RESIDENCE LIFE PRESENTATION
Sandstone 3/Strosacker Union
Are you ready for your student to live in a residence hall on campus? Do you want to know what your student should bring? Have your questions answered about your student’s living environment.

10:30am - 11:00am:                       COMMUTER SERVICES PRESENTATION
Sandstone 1/Strosacker Union
Does your student commute to campus for class and know where to find good parking spaces and know where they can hang out in between classes? Does your student want to know how to meet other commuters as well as resident students? Well, the Office of Commuter Services has these answers and more. Come hear about our services, programs, leadership opportunities and great ways to get involved in campus life!

10:00am – 12:00pm:           RESOURCE FAIR
Sandstone 2/Strosacker Union
Welcome to our community at BW. This is your opportunity to get information from the many offices, departments and organizations that make up BW. Please take advantage of this opportunity to connect.

10:30am – 12:45pm:           CHECK OUT

PLEASE NOTE: Check out cannot begin until 10:30am due to staff availability. Students have to attend their advising appointment and fill out an evaluation before checking out.

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