Orientation

Ripon College’s orientation programs are designed to help new Red Hawks transition to our campus environment. Students will also learn strategies to cope with the changes they will experience.

Summer Orientation

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.

General Schedule

Day One Day Two
Arrival & Check-In (from noon to 1 p.m.) Breakfast
Welcome (at 1:30 p.m.) The Ripon Community
Academics at Ripon College Information Technology Services
Small Group Meetings with Academic Advisers Individual Advising Appointments
Campus Life Student ID Photos Taken
Dinner Campus Services & Resource Fair
Socials Lunch

*Individual academic advising appointments will be scheduled throughout the second day of the program. Please plan to be on campus until approximately 4 p.m. to accommodate this appointment. Late arrivals or early departures limit the quality of your orientation experience.

Overnight Accommodations

Campus lodging will be provided in Ripon’s residence halls on the evening of the first day of each two-day session for both students and their guests. Each student will be paired with another incoming student. All rooms are double-occupancy with bedding and towels provided. Rooms do not have private baths or air conditioning. Please indicate when registering if guest residence hall lodging is desired. Guests also may choose to stay at a local hotel. Check out area lodging options.

Program Costs

The $55 cost for Summer Orientation includes related fees for the student, including three meals, program materials, entertainment and refreshments. Family members may register at a cost of $25 per person.

If you cannot attend Summer Orientation, contact the Office of Admission at 1-800-947-4766. Students who are unable to attend Summer Orientation will register for classes during Welcome Week.

FAQ’s

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.

Physical Address: 300 W. Seward St. Ripon, WI
Mailing Address: PO Box 248 Ripon, WI 54971-0248
Email: adminfo@ripon.edu
Phone: 800-947-4766
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