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New Student Orientation 2024

Hello, incoming Pirates! 

We are eagerly awaiting your arrival here on campus and are hard at work preparing for New Student Orientation Week. As the fall semester draws closer, please review the schedule below and take note of important dates and activities. Please note that while the schedule details (including titles, location, etc.) are subject to change, the main dates are confirmed.  

Key Dates 

New Student Orientation 

  • First-year and transfer students: Aug. 31- Sept. 4
  • Parents and families: Aug. 31-Sept. 1 

Orientation Overview

Aug.31-Sept. 4: New Student Orientation

Participation in NSO is a requirement of matriculation to Whitworth University. Over these days, you will engage in a variety of required sessions and optional social activities. These programs are designed to introduce you to campus resources, academic variations and the Whitworth community.

Required Sessions: 
These sessions are mandatory for all new students and cover essential information to ensure a successful start at Whitworth. Details will be provided in the materials closer to Orientation. Key sessions include: 

  • Orientation Check-In
  • New Student Move-In (if living on campus)
  • Meet your Orientation Belonging Group
  • Transfer Student Welcome*
  • Off-Campus Student Welcome*
  • Whitworth 101
  • Incoming Class Photo
  • Whitworth 102
  • Whitworth 103 

*These sessions are specific to these groups.

Academic Sessions:  
These sessions may be mandatory depending on your academics. Keep an eye on your Whitworth email for more information. These sessions include: 

  • Chemistry Mathematics Readiness Check
  • Mathematics Placement Exam
  • Honors Program Orientation
  • Young Life Interest Meeting
  • Pre-Law Meeting
  • Music Theory and Ear Training Placement Exam
  • Language Placement Exam
  • Theatre Info Social
  • Pre-Health Orientation Meeting
  • VA Benefits Orientation and Welcome Back BBQ 

Optional Social Sessions: 
While these activities are not mandatory, they are highly encouraged as they provide excellent opportunities to meet fellow students and start building your Whitworth University network. Events include: 

  • Welcome Fair
  • Whodunnit?
  • Crafts Ahoy!
  • Loop-a-Palooza!
  • Traditiation
  • Back to School Concert
  • Mystery Off-Campus Event (more details soon!)
  • Club Fair
  • Yell-Off
  • Mystery On Campus Event (more details soon!) 

Parent and Family Programming: 

We recognize the important role that families play in the success of our students. Our parent and family programming is designed to provide parents and guardians with information and resources to support their students during their time at Whitworth and we invite you to join us on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 for these events:

  • Orientation Check-In
  • Meet your University
  • Flourishing @ Whitworth
  • Supporting Your Student
  • Meet with Your Student’s First-Year Seminar Instructors
  • Meet and Greet with President Scott McQuilkin and his wife Janice McQuilkin 

Students and families are encouraged to say your final goodbyes during the Family Farewell on Sunday. This concludes the parents and family orientation programming. Parent and family programming ends by 2:45 p.m. 

We look forward to welcoming you and your family to Whitworth University. If you have any questions or need further information, please email us at 

Stay connected all summer by following us on Instagram @whitworthorientation or on our TikTok @whitworth_orientation.