Summer Orientation

Countdown to College!

Fall 2020 Summer Orientation: June 22-23, or 23-24, 2020
New Student Move-in: Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020
Welcome Week: Aug. 22-Aug. 30, 2020
Classes Begin: Aug. 25, 2020

*Students participating in fall sports may arrive earlier. Coaches will make early arrival arrangements with students.

A solid foundation of information, experiences, and connections is the best way to ensure success in the first year of college. Summer Orientation is the time when new students and their supporters meet with academic advisors, plan out class schedules for fall semester, learn about all of the resources and supports provided by Ripon, and form bonds with members of the Class of 2024.

General Schedule

Day One Day Two
Arrival & Check-In (from noon to 1 p.m.) Breakfast
Welcome (at 1 p.m.) Information Technology Services
Academics at Ripon College Career and Professional Development
Small Group Meetings with Academic Advisers Individual Advising Appointments*
Student Life Financial Aid, Auxilary Services, and Student Employment
Dinner Campus Services & Resource Fair
Socials & Evening Entertainment Lunch

*Individual academic advising appointments will be scheduled throughout the second day of the program. Please plan to be on campus until approximately 3 p.m. to accommodate this appointment. Late arrivals or early departures limit the quality of your orientation experience.

Overnight Accommodations

Campus lodging is provided in Ripon’s residence halls on the evening of the first day of the two-day session. Students are required to spend the night in the residence halls and will be paired with another incoming student roommate to emulate the first-year housing experience. Separate housing accommodations can be provided to guests for an additional fee. All rooms are double occupancy with bedding and towels provided. Rooms do not have private bathrooms or air conditioning. When registering guests for the program, you will need to select whether they intend to stay on campus for the program. Guests may also choose to stay at a local hotel. Check out area lodging options.

Program Costs

The Student fee for Summer Orientation is $75. This fee covers the cost of meals, lodging, program materials, entertainment, and refreshments. The Guest fee is $40 for those wishing to stay on campus and $30 for those wishing to secure their own lodging arrangements. Family members may register at a cost of $30 per person.

Number of guestsCost
Student + 0 guests $75.00
Student + 1 guest (On campus)$115.00
Student + 1 guest (Off-campus)$105.00
Student + 2 guests (On campus)$155.00
Student + 2 guests (Off-campus)$135.00
Student + 3 guests (On campus)$195.00
Student + 3 guests (Off-campus)$165.00
Student + 4 guests (On campus)$235.00
Student + 4 guests (Off-campus)$195.00

Register Today

If you cannot attend Summer Orientation, contact the Office of Admission at 920-748-8709. First-year students who are unable to attend Summer Orientation will register for classes in July with their faculty advisor via phone or email.


Where do I check in for Summer Orientation?

When you arrive in Ripon, go directly to the Willmore Center Atrium. You may check in any time between noon and 1 p.m. If you don’t get a chance to move into 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. Students will not be permitted to room with their guests during the program.

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. Guests who choose to stay on campus will have a $10 lodging fee added to their program registration cost.

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 2:45 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.

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300 W. Seward St. Ripon, WI 54971
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