Events

Welcome Week

Ripon College looks forward to welcoming new first-year and transfer students to campus on Saturday, August 25, 2018. Check-in to College residence halls begins at 9 a.m. Watch for signs when you arrive on campus directing you to the appropriate location for move-in to your specific residence hall.

Welcome Week comprises several days of activities, including our annual Matriculation Convocation and ice cream social beginning at 3 p.m. at the President’s house. During convocation, administrators provide an introduction to the College and each new student receives a commemorative coin from President Messitte. These events are designed to introduce new students to each other, the campus and academic life at Ripon. For more information on our programs, please contact our Office of Student Activities & Orientation Programs at 920-748-8112.

Move-in Day Schedule

9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
New Student Move-in
Your Assigned Residence Hall
You’ll receive your keys and other important information here. Be sure to look for students in red shirts. They’ll help you move in! If you have any questions, find a Resident Assistant. They will be at every residence hall and are eager to help!

9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Family Welcome Receptions
Evans Lounge, Scott TV Lounge and Johnson Main Lounge
Your family may have a ton of questions about sending you to college. “Veteran” Ripon family members will be available to answer all of your questions, and refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the Parent Volunteer Network and the Office of Constituent Engagement.

10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Pick Up Your OneCard
OneCard Office, First Floor, Bartlett Hall
Your OneCard is your student ID and your key to everything from your residence hall to your meals. It’s one very important piece of plastic.

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Lunch
The Commons, Pickard Commons
Please take a break and join us for lunch! Sponsored by Sodexo.

3-4 p.m.
Matriculation Convocation
The President’s Home at One Merriman Lane
New first-year and transfer students and their families are invited to join faculty and staff in one of Ripon College’s most time-honored traditions. Refreshments and a social will follow. Please note, the closest bathroom is in the Willmore Center. (Rain site is Weiske Gymnasium in Willmore Center.)

4-5 p.m.
President’s Reception
The President’s Home at One Merriman Lane
All students, parents and families are invited to enjoy refreshments and visit with Ripon faculty and staff. Dress is casual. (Rain site is Weiske Gymnasium in Willmore Center.)

4:30-5:30 p.m.
Meet the Orientation Committee
Tri-Dorms, Johnson and Scott Halls
The OC’s will be in lounges across the residence halls. Come hang out before dinner, get to know them, ask any questions you might have, or steal an OC to help organize and move heavy things in your room.

5-5:30 p.m.
Family Farewells
Bid “farewell for now” to your loved ones and promise you’ll call home soon and often. The rest of the night is fun-filled, and your college experience begins — now!

5:30-6:30 p.m.
Dinner
The Commons, Pickard Commons
Come to the Commons for dinner and get to know the members of the Orientation Committee, as well as your new classmates!

6:30-7 p.m.
Floor Gathering
Your Residence Hall Floor
Come to meet your floormates, your RA and your community for the year.

7-8 p.m.
Minute to Win It Game
The Spot, Harwood Memorial Union
Participate in a Minute-to-Win-It-style competition. For each task you complete, you will earn a ticket. At the end of the event, a ticket will be drawn. The student holding the winning ticket will receive some Ripon swag for their room!

8:30 p.m.
Movie: The Jungle Book (2016)
Great Hall, Harwood Memorial Union
Feel free to bring pillows and blankets for a showing of the 2016 live and digital animation version of “The Jungle Book.” Refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by Orientation Committee.

Special Move-In Day Hours

Mail Center: 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Ground Floor, Harwood Memorial Union
OneCard Office: 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.: First Floor, Bartlett Hall
Bovay’s Study Bar & Mercantile: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 329 Watson Street
Office of Financial Aid: 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., First Floor, Smith Hall

What to Bring

This packing list 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.

Bridge Program

The Ripon College Bridge Program, sponsored by Student Support Services, is a two-day event designed to help enrich the transition into college for first-year students. The program includes of a variety of fun and informative experiences to aid students in becoming acclimated with their new environment. During this program students will:

  • Form a support network with other first year students, staff, and faculty.
  • Hear about unique opportunities available during your time at Ripon College, including educational workshops, cultural events, graduate school information, and tutoring opportunities.
  • Develop valuable study skills and improve their writing skills.
  • Meet peer contacts, current Ripon College students who serve as an invaluable resource to first-year students.
  • Move in early! Become familiar with Ripon and expectations in college before most students arrive to campus.
Physical Address: 300 W. Seward St. Ripon, WI
Mailing Address: PO Box 248 Ripon, WI 54971-0248
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 800-947-4766
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