Admission | Orientation

Orientation for Transfer Students


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

Transfer summer orientation is designed specifically for those students who have started their college experience elsewhere. It offers transfer students a jump-start on life at Ripon by offering the opportunity to meet their academic adviser, plan the first-semester classes, learn valuable information about resources at Ripon, and meet other transfer students.

Information for 2014 Attendees

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Orientation Brochure

Transfer Orientation Brochure

Print the PDF below and mail it in with your fee to Register for Summer Orientation!

Registration Form (PDF)

Orientation Schedule

9:00 a.m. Transfer Orientation Check In Lobby, Pickard Commons

9:15 – 9:30 a.m. Welcome Room B-18, Pickard Commons Chris Ogle, vice president and dean of students; Jennifer Machacek, vice president for enrollment; and Melissa Bemus, director of student activities and orientation, will extend greetings and provide an overview of the orientation schedule.

9:30 – 10:15 a.m. Academic Advising Overview Room B-18, Pickard Commons Michele Wittler, associate dean of faculty and registrar, will provide you with an introduction to academic advising and registration in preparation for your individual advising appointments in the afternoon.

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Student Life Resources Tour Learn valuable tips about resources, programs, offices and people who can help make your college career a success! Presented by Cindy Viertel, director of counseling services; Kathy Welch, college nurse; Jessica Joanis, director of residence life; Dan Krhin, director of student support services & McNair scholars; David Scott, center for social responsibility; and Kyonna Withers, assistant director of student activities.

11:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch & Resource Fair Dining Room & Heritage Room, Pickard Commons Visit the resource area featuring a variety of campus offices and services, local banks, Ripon Area Chamber of Commerce, and more. Don’t forget to show your smile when you have your student ID photo taken!

12:00 – 4:00 p.m. Individual Academic Advising Appointments Please refer to the label on your Summer Orientation folder for the time and location of your individual advising appointment. Following your advising appointment, please return your registration forms to the registrar’s office in Bartlett Hall.

1:00 or 2:00 p.m. Optional Campus Tour or Residence Hall Tour Evans Admission Center

1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Transfer Orientation Check Out Dean of Students Office – 101, Bartlett Hall Before you depart, please return your program evaluations and any other completed forms to Cindy Hutter, administrative assistant. Have a safe trip home and we will see you in the fall!

Download the Transfer Orientation Schedule.


Welcome Week 2014

Ripon College looks forward to welcoming new first-year and transfer students to campus on Saturday, August 23. 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, 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