Opening Day Schedule
Welcome to the DePauw University community!
Be sure to review the 2023 - 2024 Academic Calendar for key dates.
Members of the Class of 2027 are required to attend orientation in its entirety. While there is much information to cover, our mentors, first-year resident assistants, and campus partners will help ensure all questions are answered.
*Note that some programs may have specific and prior arrival dates. This has been shared directly with those students with the support of program directors.
The location meeting with your First-Year Seminar professor and Mentor following the Class of 2027 Convocation on Saturday, Aug. 19, will be found in your student portal on e-Services.
Transfer students will be provided a condensed orientation program upon arrival. Information will be shared directly regarding arrival information, advising, and events. Please contact JJLICON@depauw.edu for additional information.
International Students will also participate in International Student Orientation, facilitated by the International Student Affairs team.
New Student Orientation
August 19, 2023 | First-Year New Student Orientation
Students will receive a copy of the schedule upon arrival from their first-year mentor, who will provide details throughout the week.
Members of the Class of 2027 are required to attend orientation in its entirety. While there is a lot of information to cover, our mentors and campus partners will help ensure all questions are answered and resources are available.
CLICK BELOW FOR THE OPENING DAY SCHEDULE
SATURDAY, AUG. 19
OPENING DAY & TRANSITIONING TO DEPAUW
8 a.m. - 11 a.m. | First-Year Move-in at Residence Halls
To check-in and move into your residence hall and go directly to your assigned residence hall building lobby based on your assigned check-in time. Go to the unloading areas in front of the building and pick-up your room key at the residence hall check-in station. Volunteers will help unload your vehicles and direct you to the long-term parking lots.
- 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.: Humbert, Bishop Roberts, and Lucy Rowland Halls
- 9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.: Jordan and Longden Halls
Join the DePauw community for lunch. Guests will receive a meal ticket to enjoy lunch in Hoover Hall.
Students will need to use their student ID to swipe into Hoover Hall. Families and guests can pick up a meal ticket at the check-in tables at their residence halls or visit the information tables from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Memorial Student Union Building lobby.
12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Alumni & Family Photo at Memorial Student Union Building, front steps
Students and families that have attended DePauw! Join the Development and Alumni Engagement team for a alumni and family photo that will be taken promptly at 12 p.m. (noon) on the front steps of the Memorial Student Union Building.
12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m. | First-Generation Student Photo at Memorial Student Union Building, front steps
The first-generation photo will be taken promptly at 12:30 p.m. on the steps of the Memorial Student Union Building.
1:45 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. | Class of 2027 Convocation procession gathering
Students will gather at their residence halls in order to begin the procession to convocation. Students will receive instructions regarding the processional from their first-year residence assistants and mentors, which will begin promptly at 2 p.m. In case of rain, meet in the lower level in the east hallway of the Green Center for the Performing Arts.
1:45 p.m.- 1:50 p.m. | Parents & Families Convocation procession gathering
All student guests are welcome to join us as we prepare for the Class of 2027 procession by gathering on Burkhart Walk, O’Hare Walk, and Locust Street as our DePauw community welcomes new students.
2:30 p.m. | Class of 2027 Welcome Convocation - New Students
Welcoming remarks and a formal address by DePauw University President Dr. Lori S. White and the DePauw community. Students will join the Class of 2027 in Kresge Auditorium and meet first-year seminar advisors following convocation.
2:30 p.m. | Class of 2027 Welcome Convocation - Parents, Family, and Friends in Hoover Hall, main dining room
Parents, families, and friends may view the convocation in Hoover Hall Main Dining Hall for streamed viewing. Please stay in Hoover Hall for the opening welcome for parents, family, and friends.
3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. | Student meeting with faculty advisors
Classrooms (on student portal in e-Services)
Meet your faculty advisor, student mentor, and first-year seminar classmates. Your faculty advisor and student mentor will share information about orientation. Following this session, meet your parents and family in Hoover Hall.
3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. | Parent, family, and friends session
Hoover Hall, main dining room
Parents and families will learn about the transition and support their students at DePauw. Following, students will connect with parents and families to say farewell before starting the required orientation events.
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Family & Friends Farewell
Use this time to say goodbye to your parents, family, and friends. Parents, families, and friends should plan to depart campus by 5:45 p.m. so students can promptly begin required student orientation activities.
6 p.m. - 11 p.m.
The rest of the program from here is for new students only.
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m | Mentor group dinners and team-building activities
Hoover Hall, main dining room
Your mentor and students in your mentor group will be the first students you come to rely on during your time at DePauw. After dinner, your mentor will lead you through team-building activities to help you get to know one another. Make sure to have your student ID, as you must use a meal swipe for dinner. You also will need your student ID to enter your residence hall.
Coordinated Dinner Times - More details to be shared with you from your first-year mentor
- 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
- 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
- 7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. | Relax and Reflect*
9 p.m. - 10 p.m. | How We Live in the Community
Your residence hall floor
Meet your first-year resident assistant(s) and fellow community members to learn about the expectations we have for our communities and learn about residential policies.
10 p.m. - 11 p.m. | Residence Hall Social
Spend time getting to know other students from your class and building community. Your first-year resident assistants will have opportunities for you to foster connections within your residence hall lobby.
Class of 2027 Orientation & Campus Resources
General assistance is available at the Memorial Student Union Building, Suite 200. Students should contact the Office of Student Academic Life in advance for any questions or concerns at 765.658.4270 or email@example.com. We will schedule a time with the appropriate staff member(s) for any individual consultation we are unable to support virtually.
Lost and found items may be turned in or recovered at DePauw Police. To inquire about lost items, please contact DePauw Police at 765.658.5555 or firstname.lastname@example.org in advance. The office is located in the lower level of 101 E. Seminary St.
Additional campus resources for your transition to DePauw
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS & CONTACT INFORMATION
For non-emergency situations, please call to inquire about hours to schedule an appointment prior to arriving.
|Housing and Residence Life Office||765-658-4500|
|Office of the Registrar||765-658-4141|
|Office of Student Academic Life (for general questions)||765-658-4270|
|Health Services at the Wellness Center||765-658-4555|
|Counseling Services at the Wellness Center||765-658-4268|
STUDENT POST OFFICE & MAIL ROOM INFORMATION
The Student Post Office, located in the lower level of the Memorial Student Union Building. Your student U.B. Box number and combination can be found on your student portal on e-Services on the left-hand side under “Campus Life” and “U.B. Mailbox Combination”.
For more information about the Student Post Office, please click here.
All packages and Regular postal mail comes directly to DePauw and must be addressed as follows:
UB # __________
408 S. Locust Street
Greencastle, IN 46135
During New Student Orientation and Welcome Week, The Student Post Office will be open, although students should review the information on the Student Post Office webpage for exact dates, times, and processes.
Student Accessibility Services accommodation meetings
Students who plan to seek accommodations from Student Accessibility Services should schedule an appointment to meet with Meggan Johnston, director of Student Accessibility Services.
Students who are seeking academic, housing, or dietary accommodations should contact the Student Accessibility Services Office at email@example.com. The process of seeking accommodations can be found here. Accommodation meetings will be held with the Director of Student Accessibility Services.
Student loan counseling
The Office of Financial Aid staff is available to answer questions about financial aid and to assist students who may need assistance in completing their federal direct or DePauw student loan paperwork. For questions, please call 765-658-4030 or visit here.
Financial Aid, Student Payment, and Billing
For additional information, please explore the navigation links on the left-hand side of the page or use the search box function in the upper right-hand side.
New Student Orientation Schedule
Arrival, Mentor + Community Information
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU ARRIVE ON CAMPUS
The student will be provided instructions on individual move-in dates and instructions in July. Please check your DePauw email for information and instructions.
If you have any questions following that communication, please contact the Housing and Residence Life Office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 765-658-4500.
Mentor Meeting, Introductions & Dinner
Meet your First-Year Mentor and Mentor Group! Your mentor and students in your mentor group will be the first students you come to rely on in your time at DePauw.
Before and after having lunch - dinner together, your mentor will lead you through a series of team-building activities that will help you get to know one another. Make sure to have your student ID as you will need to use a meal swipe for dinner. You also will need your student ID to enter your residence hall.
How We Live in Community
Meet your first-year resident assistant(s) and fellow community members and learn about the expectations we have for how we live in our communities. Your First-Year Resident Assistant(s) will talk with you about Community Agreements. This will be an opportunity to discuss how you want to live in a community.
Course Information + Advising
This week will be focused on providing students academic information, support, and advising. Students will have the opportunity to meet individually with their First-Year Seminar faculty advisor during New Student Orientation. During these meetings, students will discuss their academic interests and have the opportunity to adjust their schedules.
Students in the School of Music should schedule a meeting with both their Music Advisor and their First-Year Seminar Advisor.
Enter into conversations with your adviser about course planning with an open mind. You never know which class might change your life!
Read how to approach your conversation here.
GENERAL COURSE SCHEDULE AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS QUESTIONS
If you have individual questions about your course schedule or graduation requirements, feel welcome to reach out to the staff from the Office of the Registrar. Contact the office to schedule an appointment at 765-658-4141 or e-mail email@example.com.
New Student Orientation Classroom
During New Student Orientation, meet your faculty in these classrooms for Group Advising Meetings on Saturday, August 19, and Monday, August 21.