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New Student Orientation 2020

Hello, Pirates!

We are eagerly awaiting your arrival here on campus. Preparing for New Student Orientation Week makes us all the more eager to see you! Speaking of New Student Orientation, we want to let you in on a few details that will be good to know. New Student Orientation Week starts with move-in day, which will be held Friday, Sept. 4, and Saturday, Sep. 5. Parent and Family Orientation activities will conclude at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 6. The week following will be filled with some seriously fun and exciting events – events that will start the process of getting to know Whitworth and getting to know each other. You will jump right into college life the moment you move in, and we are so excited to share this journey with you! Keep an eye on your Whitworth email account – we will be sending more information your way in the months to come.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram @whitworthorientation for giveaways, campus introductions and inside information about Whitworth life. Use the #NewPirates2020 to share your photos leading up to move-in day and during Orientation.

Get excited! We certainly are.

–The New Student Orientation Team

Orientation FAQs

The Whitworth Office of Student Activities is working to take special safety precautions in regards to orientation and the student move-in process amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are some FAQs that we hope will be helpful to you.

How is Orientation coming along?

The Office of Student Activities is diligently working on planning Orientation for fall 2020. Follow our office on Instagram (@whitworthorientation) for updates and inside information regarding Orientation and what to expect. Our webpage at is another good place to check for information.

Who should I contact if I have questions about Orientation?

Please contact Jason Chapman, director of student activities, at 509.777.4565 or

When will students be allowed to move onto campus, and how has this processed been changed as a result of COVID-19?

We are currently looking to hold a two-day move-in process for new (Sept. 4 and 5) and returning (Sept. 7 and 8) students. Because of COVID-19, we are making some adjustments to how this process would normally work. For instance, we will be assigning students move-in times and limiting the number of people a student can bring to help them move in. Students and their families will be required to wear masks in public and hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout campus. We are also working with our custodial and residence life staff to do extra cleaning on these days so that high-touch areas will be wiped down multiple times a day. Our hope in adjusting elements of the move-in process is to limit the amount of interactions one has with people outside their family unit while in the residence halls. We are working with the Spokane Regional Health District on this process and believe we are making good decisions to keep everyone safe as they arrive. Look for more information this summer.

Schedule for Transfer Students Schedule for New Students