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Fall Admitted Students

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is August 18-23, 2017!

Lake Forest College places a high value on welcoming students to the College community. Connecting students with each other and to the College while providing them with the resources they need to transition to campus life is a priority of our orientation program.

There is a lot going on during New Student Orientation, don’t miss a moment of it!  

Friday, August 18, 2017

9 a.m. - noon: Residence Hall Move-In 
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.: ID Card Photos
Stuart Commons; Pierson Rooms A & B

Get your ID photos taken during this time. IDs will be distributed Saturday from 11:45 a.m. - noon near the Dining Hall. 

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Back-to-School Sidewalk Sale
Middle Campus Quad  

P.O.D. Market is having its first ever Back-to-School sidewalk sale! Get room supplies, fans to keep you cool, detergent and all the essentials you need to start your semester. Everything is discounted! 

10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.: One Stop Shop
Mohr Student Center; Jim Kenney Lounge & Balcony

Take care of any last minute details with the Business Office, Registrar, Financial Aid, Library and Information & Technology and Services for Students with Disabilities.

11 a.m. - noon Resident Life Staff Meet and Greets
Lois: Lois Lounge (1st Floor)
Nollen: Nollen Ballroom (3rd Floor)
Harlan and Blackstone: Corner patio of the Student Center

Join us for refreshments! Meet other parents, staff from Residence Life, and Development & Alumni Relations to learn about parent involvement opportunities. 

11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Forester Fest Picnic
Middle Campus; Stuart Commons Quad

Come meet new people and enjoy some music while participating in games and activities. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be prizes and giveaways for the whole family to enjoy. 

1:30 p.m.: Commuter Student Check-In
Gates Center for Leadership and Personal Growth
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Parent and Family Orientation Session: Forester First in the Family (English and Spanish)
Spanish; Hotchkiss 101
English; Hotchkiss, Meyer Auditorium

This session is for parents of First-generation college students*.  The program will introduce important resources at Lake Forest College. *Students for whom neither parent has received a bachelor’s degree.

2 p.m. - 3 p.m.: Fraternity and Sorority Open House
Buchanan; Vail Commons

Join members of the Greek community to learn about our fraternity and sorority life on campus, the benefits of membership and the recruitment schedule. 

3 p.m. - 4 p.m.: Parent and Family Orientation Session: Student Affairs
First Presbyterian Church

Meet the Student Affairs Senior Management Team and learn about campus life and how to help your students adjust to life at Lake Forest College.

4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.: President’s Welcome Dinner
Middle Campus; Stuart Commons Quad

Join President Schutt for our traditional Welcome Dinner 

6 p.m. - 7 p.m.: Break 
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Community Gatherings
Residential Students: Your Residence Hall
Commuter Students: Deerpath Hall; Commuter Lounge
Transfer Students: Moore Hall; Multipurpose Room

Meet up with other members of your communities and make new friends.

7 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Parent Welcome Reception
Hilton Garden Inn: 26225 Riverwoods Blvd, Mettawa, IL 60045

Parents and family members are invited to come relax and meet other Forester parents at this casual reception. Compliments of the Parents Council. Please RSVP here.

8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.: Playfair
Sports and Recreation Center

Get ready to meet all of the members of the incoming class in a unique and fun way.  

9:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.: Late Night Social Program - Break-the-Ice Cream Social
Stuart Commons; Gus and Margie Hart Dining Hall

Find your rhythm as a Forester and enjoy some ice cream sundaes and music with new friends. 

Saturday, August 19, 2017 

7:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.: Breakfast
Stuart Commons; Gus and Margie Hart Dining Hall 
8 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.: Parent Breakfast with the Health and Wellness Center Staff
First Presbyterian Church

Parents and family members will have breakfast with staff from the Health and Wellness Center to learn about their resources. 

9:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.: Parent and Family Orientation Session: Academic and Career Resources
First Presbyterian Church

Join us to learn about the Lake Forest College curriculum, academic resources, and career services. 

10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: Orientation Kick Off!
Mohr Student Center; Main Floor

Orientation gets underway with a welcome from the Gates Center and Forester Guide group assignments! 

10:30 a.m. - noon: Forester Guide Group Activities
Various Campus Locations
11:45-noon: ID Card Pick Up
Outside the Dining Hall
noon - 1:00 p.m.: Information for ISEP International Students
Stuart Commons; OCP/CCP Lobby

This event is only mandatory for incoming ISEP exchange students. Lunch will be provided.

Noon - 1:30 p.m.: Family Farewell Lunch
Stuart Commons; Gus & Margie Hart Dining Hall

Parents, family members and students are invited to enjoy lunch before parting ways. 

1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.: Information for International Students
Hotchkiss; Meyer Auditorium

This is a mandatory session for F1 International students and ISEP students. 

2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.: Forester 101 and Campus Tour
Forester 101: Check with your Forester Guide

Your Forester Guide will tell you what campus life is about before taking you on a tour of the best spots on campus and joining the rest of the class at the Block Party. 

4 p.m. - 7 p.m.: Block Party
Durand Lawn, North Campus 

North campus will come alive as we celebrate with music and outdoor activities. Enjoy some time with your fellow Foresters as we welcome you to the block. 

5 p.m. - 7 p.m.: Dinner
Stuart Commons; Gus & Margie Hart Dining Hall 
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Break 
8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.: Featured Speaker - Mike Fritz
Mohr Student Center; Main Floor

Mike’s contagious energy and satire will capture your imagination as he provides you with strategies on how to make the most out of your Lake Forest College experience. 

9:30 p.m.: Late Night Social Program - Mission IMPROVable Comedy Show
Mohr Student Center; Main Floor

Enjoy this fast paced and exciting comedy production that allows audience members to participate and direct the show.  You will help us make this mission unique! 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.: Breakfast
Stuart Commons; Gus & Margie Dining Hall 
9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.: Forester Guide Group Meetings
Various Campus Locations 
9:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.: Dean Welcome
Mohr Student Center; Main Floor

Learn about the Forester Five with a welcome from the Dean of Students Erin Hoffman. 

10 a.m. - noon: Orientation Workshops
The Gates Center: Mohr Student Center; Main Floor
Office of Intercultural Relations: Calvin Durand Hall & Jim Kenney Lounge
Public Safety:  Hotchkiss Hall, Meyer Auditorium

You will attend workshops with your Forester Guide groups to learn about the expectations of being a Forester, share your story, and learn how you can contribute to the Forester community. 

Noon - 1:30 p.m.: Lunch
Stuart Commons; Gus & Margie Hart Dining Hall 
1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.: Envision Your Future and YOU
Mohr Student Center; Main Floor
First Presbyterian Church

The Career Advancement Center and Center for Chicago Programs will help you envision your future and learn about Chicago resources. The Health and Wellness Center will give you tips and strategies to stay safe and healthy!

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.: Dinner
Stuart Commons; Gus & Margie Hart Dining Hall 
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.: Forester Guide Group Meetings
Various Campus Locations

7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.: Featured Speaker:Drunk Sex or Date Rape
Mohr Student Center; Main Floor

Jeremy Inabinet, a nationally recognized speaker, will walk us through a case that you and your peers will serve on as a jury.  You will have the power to decide, was their encounter drunk sex or was it date rape? 

9 p.m. - 11 p.m.: Late Night Social Program: Comedy Hypnosis Show
Mohr Student Center; Main Floor

Enjoy a fun-filled first night with new friends over comedy, hypnotism and food! 

Monday, August 21, 2017 

7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.: Breakfast
Stuart Commons, Gus & Margie Hart Dining Hall 
9 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.: First Year Studies (FIYS)
See welcome materials for classroom locations

You will attend your first college course and meet with your FIYS class for the first time. 

9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: Academic Services for Transfer Students
Hotchkiss Hall; Meyer Auditorium

A panel of faculty will discuss academic expectations and services for students. 

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Career Services for Transfer Students
Hotchkiss Hall, Meyer Auditorium

Learn about internships, networking and career services to help achieve your goals and be prepared for life after college. 

11 a.m. - noon: Off-Campus Programs Information Session
Donnelley and Lee Library; 221

The Office of Off-Campus Programs will explain off-campus program opportunities, both around the United States and globally. 

11 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Individual Advising Appointments
Your Advisor’s office 
Noon - 1:30 p.m.: Lunch
Stuart Commons; Gus & Margie Dining Hall 
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Forester 102 and Community Standards
Forester 102: Check with your Forester Guide

Your Forester Guide will share resources to help you be successful from your very first day of classes all the way to graduation.

Community Standards: Mohr Student Center; Main Floor

Learn about the expectations of being a member of the Forester community.

Students who do not have advising appointments during this time will meet with their Forester Guide groups to attend these sessions. 

3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.: Target Runs
Meet the shuttle behind the Bookstore

Get any last minute essentials that you may be missing. 

5 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Lake Forest Beach Bash
Lake Forest Beach

Enjoy an evening at the beach with a BBQ dinner. Play beach volleyball, take a paddle board out on the water, play lawn games, or just relax and enjoy the music as the sun sets over Lake Michigan. 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.: Breakfast
Stuart Commons, Gus & Margie Hart Dining Hall 
Chicago Day Trip with your FIYS Class

Join new classmates for a day in the Windy City and experience the attractions Chicago has to offer! 

Chicago Day Trip for Transfer Students
Stuart Commons; Senior 25 Lounge

Cruise on the Chicago River with an architectural boat tour of Chicago. Students must sign up in advance at Monday’s Transfer Academic Orientation. 

Chicago Day Trip for ISEP Exchange Students
Stuart Commons; OCP/CCP Lobby

Join your ISEP classmates for a day in the Windy City and experience the attractions Chicago has to offer! 

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.: Dinner
Stuart Commons; Gus & Margie Hart Dining Hall 
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: Forester Guide Group Meetings
Various Campus Locations 
8:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.: Late Night Movie: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Middle Campus; Stuart Commons Quad

Grab a blanket and come out to the Stuart Commons Quad to watch a movie! Popcorn, candy and beverages will be provided. 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.: Breakfast
Stuart Commons; Gus & Margie Hart Dining Hall 
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.: LIT Drop In Hours
Donnelley and Lee Library

Stop by the library for help with: resetting your password, setting up your College email on your phone, requesting books from other libraries, and any other IT or library questions you may have! 

9:00 a.m. - noon: Service Trip to Feed My Starving Children
Stuart Commons; Senior 25 Lounge

We will travel to Feed My Starving Children in Libertyville, IL, to help pack meals for children in need. Transportation is provided.  Sign up at tinyurl.com/nso17service 

9 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Individual Advising Appointments
Your Advisor’s Office 
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.: Pre Professional Workshops

Meet with Faculty from various departments to learn about academic options and requirements as well as involvement opportunities.
-Education; BU 205
-Engineering and Physics; DO 221
-Health Studies; HO Meyer
-History and Religion; DO 002
-Legal Studies; YO 111
-Undecided Majors; HO 205

 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Pre Professional Workshops

Meet with Faculty from various departments to learn about academic options and requirements as well as involvement opportunities.
-Biology and Neuroscience; HO Meyer
-English; CA 108
-Entrepreneurship & Innovation; YO 111
-Modern Languages; CA 102
-Music: RE Wood Lounge 
-Politics; YO 411
-Theater; BU Vail Commons
-Sociology and Anthropology; HO 205

11 a.m. - noon: Services for Students with Disabilities Information Session
Donnelley and Lee Library; Room 221

Learn information about key academic support resources and how to receive accommodations in the classroom.  

Noon - 1:30 p.m.: Information for International Students  
Hotchkiss; Meyer Auditorium

This is a mandatory session for F1 international students only.  Bring your passport, I-20 Form, and I-94 Card. Lunch will be provided. 

Noon - 1:30 p.m.: Lunch
Stuart Commons; Gus & Margie Hart Dining Hall 
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Forester Guide Group Meetings
Various Campus Locations 
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.: Break 
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Matriculation Ceremony
First Presbyterian Church

Be a part of a Lake Forest College tradition. President Schutt will welcome you to this official start to the academic year. You are now officially a Forester! 

4:45 p.m. - 6 p.m.: Matriculation Reception Hosted by Senior 25
Stuart Commons; Gus & Margie Hart Dining Hall 

Join the members of Senior 25, a group of seniors honored for their academic and co-curricular achievements, as they host a reception for the incoming class. 

6 p.m. - 9 p.m.: Break 
9 p.m. - 11 p.m.: Late Night Social Program: Dueling Pianos
Mohr Student Center; Main Floor

We are bringing the famous musical comedy dueling piano experience to the Mohr Student Center!  This interactive show will have you singing, dancing, and laughing as you celebrate the conclusion of New Student Orientation.

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