Welcome Week

Special Move-In Day Hours:

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  • 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
  • Office of Financial Aid: 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., First Floor, Smith Hall

Ripon College looks forward to welcoming new first-year and transfer students to campus on Saturday, August 24, 2019. 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.

6:50-7:30 p.m. The XTREME Caveperson Games

Great Hall, Harwood Memorial Union & Pickard Lawn
The XTREME Caveperson Games are here! Come on out to Pickard Lawn and see who is the greatest Caveperson among your friends.

7:45-9:30 p.m. Fire Discovery Celebration

Fire Pit and Pickard Lawn
Come out to the Fire Pit with some friends. Have a couple s’mores and play some games to celebrate our discovery of FIRE!! Sponsored by Orientation Committee.

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