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Orientation Programs

Concerned about making new friends at college? No worries. By the time you’re through Ripon’s orientation sessions, you’ll have a roomful.

The college sponsors a variety of orientation programs.  Summer orientation sessions are held in June for first-time students and transfers. Information for transfer students is available online here.

During summer orientation you can meet your academic adviser, plan your course schedule and be introduced to some of your new classmates.

Before the start of each semester — in August and January — there’s an orientation program when new students are introduced to life on campus.  The Fall Welcome Week starts at move-in day and extends through the first few days of classes.  More information about these orientation sessions can be found below.

Student Activities & Orientation Programs
(920) 748-8112

Orientation Group


Winter Orientation

Joining the Ripon community at semester? The winter orientation program is designed to connect you with valuable services and offices and ease your transition.

Monday, January 19, 2015

7:45 a.m. – Meet in Pickard Commons
(Ground Floor, near Starbucks)

You will receive your full orientation packet and members of the Orientation Committee will escort you to the Mail Center to pick up your registration packet.

8:15 a.m. – Breakfast
(Pickard Dining Room, Pickard Commons)

Your day will continue with a wonderful breakfast provided by Sodexo Food Service. During this session you will have the chance to meet the Dean of Students, the General Manager of Food Service, as well as other members of the Student Life staff. You will also be selecting a meal plan, taking your picture for your campus ID and receiving information about your campus email address. All students new to Ripon College are expected to attend.

9:00 a.m. – Tour of Bartlett Hall
(Meet in Bartlett Hall 301)

10:00 a.m. – Overview of Advising and Registration
(Pickard Dining Room, Pickard Commons)

Michele Wittler, Associate Dean of Faculty and Registrar, will discuss the advising and registration process.

10:30 a.m. – Individual Advising Appointments
(Locations and exact times of appointments will vary.)

12:00 – 12:45 p.m. – Lunch
(Pickard Dining Room, Pickard Commons)

1:00 p.m. – Registration
(Storzer Physical Education Center)

Meet in the lower level of Pickard Commons at 12:45 p.m. to walk down to Storzer together. Michele Wittler will be on hand during registration to answer questions.

ALL DAY – Stop by the Student Activities and Orientation Office
(Lower Level, Pickard Commons)

Feel free to stop by the Student Activities Office to learn about campus organizations and how to get involved. Computers and assistance will also be available to help you access your campus email and the Ripon portal.

What Should I Bring?

Download our helpful checklist of items to bring with you to Winter Orientation: Download (PDF)

Questions? Contact the Student Activities & Orientation Programs office or the Admissions office.

Advising & Class Registration

Advising is a very important part of your Ripon experience.

Your academic adviser is here to assist you as you select your courses, to help you choose those courses which will fulfill your graduation requirements and at the same time help you achieve your personal academic goals.

On Monday, Jan. 19, you will receive an overview of the advising and registration process from Michele Wittler, Registrar.

Later in the day, you will meet for a one-on-one meeting with your faculty advisor. These meeting times will be pre-arranged and you will receive the time and location of this meeting during the overview session. The individual meetings will include a review of your high school work, discussion of your interest in particular courses, and majors and minors.

At 1 p.m., you will go to the Storzer physical education building for class registration. Registration at Ripon may be a bit different than you are used to if you have attended another institution. We believe the process is exciting and interactive. It is a great chance to meet faculty and staff from all over the college as well as interact with your new classmates! Members of the Orientation Committee and the Registrar’s Office will be on hand to assist you with any questions or concerns.

All students must attend registration the afternoon of Jan. 19 in order to validate their schedules.


Summer orientation is the time to explore Ripon and see everything the college has to offer.

Summer orientation will give you a jump-start on college life. It’s an excellent opportunity to meet your academic adviser, plan your first-semester classes, learn valuable information about resources at Ripon, and meet other students.


Registration for Summer Orientation 2015 is not yet open.

Selecting a Session

Three sessions — June 22-23, 23-24, 24-25 — are offered. Choose the session you’d like to attend as early as you can; the size of each session is limited so we can give you personal attention and answer all your questions. The sessions are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Summer Orientation is for Parents & Guests, too!

Parents and support providers are very important resources for students throughout college, particularly during the first year. Summer Orientation lets you and the significant people in your life experience Ripon College together.

The Schedule

The schedule for Summer Orientation 2015 is not yet available.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I check in for Summer Orientation?

When you arrive in Ripon, go directly to the Evans Admission Center. You may check in any time between noon and 1 p.m. If you don’t get a chance to move in to your room, you may do so after dinner on the first day.

Can I request a roommate, such as a friend, during Summer Orientation?

We’ll accommodate such requests to the best of our ability, however, please keep in mind that this program is designed to help you establish new connections and friendships with your Ripon College classmates.

Can I see the room I'll live in next year?

Housing assignments will not be prepared until after Summer Orientation. Please feel free to discuss with the Director of Residence Life any “updates” you may wish to include on your previously submitted Housing Application Form. This will allow us to have the most current information available to complete housing assignments. Brochures with room dimensions will be distributed during the program.

Do my parents and family have to stay in the residence halls?

No. A list of area lodging is available here. Families may choose to commute, too. The Summer Orientation registration fee does not decrease if families do not stay in the residence halls, as campus lodging is complimentary.

What time can I depart on the second day?

Departure times will vary depending on your individual advising appointment and any tasks you’d like to complete while on campus. Advising appointments are randomly assigned and you will find yours in your welcome folder. Appointments may be scheduled through 3:45 p.m.

Is parking readily available during Summer Orientation?

Yes. Parking is available in most campus lots and along city streets not designated as no parking zones. Permits are not needed to park on campus during Summer Orientation.

Will sessions be held in air-conditioned rooms?

Most sessions will take place in air-conditioned buildings; however, residence hall rooms are not air-conditioned.

Can I bring our family pet?

No. Pets are not allowed in the residence halls or campus buildings during Summer Orientation.

Meals & Lodging

Your Summer Orientation registration fee includes meals for you and each of your paid and registered guests. Dinner will be served on Day One and breakfast and lunch on Day Two. Light refreshments will be provided throughout the program. Vegetarian options will be offered at all meals. If you or a family member have specific dietary needs, please inform a staff member when you check in for your session.

Complimentary lodging is included with your registration fee. All residence hall rooms are double occupancy. Students will be assigned to a room with another student. Family members will be assigned together to the best of our ability.

Each room includes: twin beds, dressers, desks and a mirror. Sheets, towels, washcloths, pillow, blanket and soap are provided. Rooms open onto a central corridor where restrooms and showers are shared with other people attending Summer Orientation. Please note that rooms do not have air conditioning, televisions or private baths. Bringing a fan is recommended. Roll-away beds are not available.

Parents and families may choose to stay in an area hotel. The Summer Orientation registration fee does not change if families stay in a hotel or commute. Please notify the Office of Admission if you are not staying in the residence halls.

General Schedule of Activities

Day One
Arrival & Check-In (from noon to 1 p.m.)
Welcome (at 1:30 p.m.)
Academics at Ripon College
Small Group Meetings with Academic Advisors
Campus Life
Special Activities

Day Two
The Ripon Community
Individual Advising Appointments
Student ID Photos Taken
Campus Services
Resource Fair


Welcome Week 2015

Ripon College looks forward to welcoming new first-year and transfer students to campus on Saturday, August 22, 2015. Check-in in College residence halls begins at 9 a.m. Watch for signs when you arrive to campus directing you to the appropriate location for move-in to your specific residence hall.

Welcome Week comprises several days of activities coordinated by the orientation committee. These events are designed to introduce new students to each other, the campus and life in the Ripon College community in a real and meaningful way. For more information on our programs, please contact our office at 920-748-8112.

What to Bring

The lists below will help you plan for your academic career at Ripon College. Many of these items would be helpful to have on campus, but you may determine that not everything is necessary. We recommend you discuss with your roommate what can be shared.

Academic Supplies

  • Pens, pencils and highlighters
  • Stapler, paper clips, scissors and tape
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Three-hole punch
  • Notebooks or notebook paper
  • Binders or folders
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Calculator
  • Backpack or book bag
  • Computer disks
  • Art supplies
  • Musical instrument
  • Note cards
  • Post-It pads

Other Supplies

  •  Small refrigerator (no larger that 4.0 cubic feet)
  •  Television/VCR/DVD player
  •  Radio, stereo & CDs
  •  Microwave
  •  Iron & ironing board
  •  Camera
  •  Loft if desired (lofts may be rented from the college at http://www.campusloftsinc.com/, school code RIPC)

Room and Personal Supplies

  •  Pillow, blanket & sheet set
  •  Wastebasket
  •  Clip-on lamp
  •  Alarm clock (with a battery backup)
  •  Laundry supplies & basket
  •  Hangers
  •  Towels
  •  Bucket or basket for shower supplies
  •  Toiletries
  •  Sandals or thongs/flip-flops (for the shower)

Things to Leave at Home

These items are not allowed in the residence halls:

  •  Halogen lamps, candles/incense and fireworks
  •  Items with an open heating element such as hotplates, toasters, toaster ovens and pizza ovens
  •  Cats, dogs and caged animals (only aquarium fish are allowed)
  •  Air conditioners


The schedule will be available in summer 2015.