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New Student Orientation

students cheering at new student orientation

Fall 2021 New Student Orientation

Lake Forest College will host two orientation programs this August. A New Student Orientation for new first-year and transfer students, and a  New to Campus Student Orientation for rising sophomores and transfer students who were fully remote during the 2020-2021 academic year. 

Both programs are designed to introduce students to the campus community as we make the transition to fully in-person operations for the Fall 2021 semester. They will help students get to know the campus, meet and connect with peers, learn from returning student leaders, and receive information about in-person campus services; including student involvement, health & wellness, career services, life in the residence halls, and more. 

New Student Orientation Information
This is a six-day program for new first-year and transfer students who are starting at the College in the Fall 2021 semester. The first two days will include sessions for parents and family members. 
             Move-In Day: Friday, August 20
            - On-Campus Orientation Days: Friday, August 20, to Wednesday, August 25
            - First Day of Classes: Thursday, August 26

New to Campus Student Orientation Information
For rising sophomores and transfer students who were fully remote during the 2020-2021 academic year. This program is for students only. 
             - Move-In Day: Monday, August 23
             - On-Campus Orientation Days: Tuesday, August 24, and Wednesday, August 25
             - First Day of Classes: Thursday, August 26

New Student Orientation Schedule

This schedule is for all new first-year and transfer students.

Friday, August 20 

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. - Residence Hall Move-In

10 a.m.- 2 p.m. - Back to School Sidewalk Sale
Middle Campus Quad
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; Skybox and Balcony
Take care of any last-minute details with the Business Office, Registrar, and Financial Aid. You can also meet representatives from Information & Technology, the Lake Forest Library, and local area banks.

11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Forester Fest Picnic 
Middle Campus Quad
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 giveaways for the whole family to enjoy. In the event of inclement weather, lunch will be moved to the Mohr Student Center.

3 - 4 p.m. - Commuter Student Check-In
Sports and Recreation Center

4:30 - 6 p.m. - President’s Welcome Dinner 
Middle Campus Quad
Join President Schutt for our traditional Welcome Dinner. In the event of inclement weather, the dinner will be moved to the Mohr Student Center and the speaking program will not be held. 

6 - 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.

8 - 9:30 p.m. - Playfair!  
Sports and Recreation Center
Get ready to meet all the members of the incoming class in a unique and fun way.  

9:30 - 11 p.m. - 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 21 

10 - 10:30 a.m. - Orientation Kick Off! 
Mohr Student Center; Main Floor
Orientation gets underway with a welcome from the Gates Center followed by orientation group assignments! 

10:30 - 11:45 a.m. - Orientation Group Activities 
Various Campus Locations

Noon - 1:30 p.m. - Family Farewell Lunch 
Stuart Commons; Gus and Margie Hart Dining Hall
Parents, family members, and students are invited to enjoy lunch before parting ways. 

1:30 - 3 p.m. - Forester 101 
Your Orientation Leader will tell you all about campus life, how to get involved on campus, and cool tips and tricks about living on campus.

3 - 4 p.m. - Campus Tour
Your Orientation Leaders will take you on a tour of the best spots on campus before joining the rest of the class at the Block Party. 

4 - 6 p.m. - Block Party   
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 - 7 p.m. - Dinner Break 
Stuart Commons; Gus and Margie Hart Dining Hall

7 - 8 p.m. - Free Time!  
Check with your Orientation Leader to find out what’s happening on campus during this time.

8 - 9 p.m. - Featured Speaker: Sarah Lowery
Mohr Student Center; Main Floor
It can be intimidating to talk about race, sexuality, gender equality, or any subject matter around diversity and inclusion. Join Sara Lowery to learn strategies that will help you create a safe and respectful environment that fosters meaningful conversations and bridges differences with respect and grace.

9:15 p.m. - Mission IMPROVable
Mohr Student Center; Main Floor
This fast-paced and interactive comedy troupe lets the audience take control of the show by yelling out themes and suggestions that will direct their performance.

Sunday, August 22

9 - 9:30 a.m. - Orientation Group Meetings 
Various Campus Locations

9:30 - 10 a.m. - Welcome from the Dean of Students  
Mohr Student Center; Main Floor
Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Andrea Conner, and Associate Dean of Students, Erin Hoffman, will welcome you and share how the Dean’s Office will support your learning outside of the classroom. You will learn about the many resources and opportunities that are available to help you succeed.

10 a.m. - Noon - Orientation Workshops 
Public Safety; Lillard Science Center, McCormick Auditorium
Office of Intercultural Relations; Calvin Durand Hall and Skybox
Gates Center; Mohr Student Center; Main Floor
You will attend workshops in your orientation groups to learn about the expectations of being a Forester, share your story, and learn how you can get involved and contribute to the Forester community. 

Noon - 1:30 p.m. - Lunch Break  
Stuart Commons; Gus and Margie Hart Dining Hall 

1:30 - 3 p.m. - When College Isn’t Perfect and Community Standards
Sports and Recreation Center and Mohr Student Center
The Health and Wellness Center Staff will share how you can access their services, how to cope with adversity successfully, and how you can make healthy choices in college. Then, you will learn about the expectations of being a member of the Forester Family. You will rotate through these sessions, follow instructions from your Orientation Leader!

3 - 4 p.m. - Free Time! 
Check with your Orientation Leader to find out what’s happening on campus during this time.

4 - 5:30 p.m. - When College Isn't Perfect and Community Standards 
Sports and Recreation Center and Mohr Student Center
The Health and Wellness Center Staff will share how you can access their services, how to cope with adversity successfully, and how you can make healthy choices in college. Then, you will learn about the expectations of being a member of the Forester Family. You will rotate through these sessions, follow instructions from your Orientation Leader!

5:30 - 7 p.m. - Dinner Break 
Stuart Commons; Gus and Margie Hart Dining Hall

7 - 7:30 p.m. - Know Your Title IX 
Mohr Student Center; Main Floor
Title IX is a federal law that protects individuals from sex and gender-based discrimination. This session will provide you with an overview of the policies, procedures, and services available to students through the Title IX Office.

7:30 - 9 p.m.: Featured Speaker: Drunk Sex or Date Rape
Mohr Student Center; Main Floor
Jeremy Inabinet, a nationally recognized attorney, will walk us through a real court case and you and your peers will serve as the jurors. You will have the power to decide, was their encounter drunk sex or was it date rape? 

9:15 p.m. - Nerdology
Mohr Student Center; Main Floor
Nerdology is the ultimate trivia battle! This highly interactive and gut-bustingly funny trivia show is your chance to flex your pop-culture knowledge and win prizes! 

Monday, August 23 
9 - 10:30 a.m. - First Year Studies Class (FIYS) 
See your Orientation Leader for classroom locations
Attend your first college course and meet with your FIYS class for the first time. 

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Career Services for Transfer Students 
Lillard Science Center, McCormick Auditorium
Learn about internships, networking, and career services to help achieve your goals and be prepared for life after college.  

11 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Individual Advising Appointments  
Your Advisor's Office

Noon - 1:30 p.m. - Lunch Break with your Orientation Leaders 
Stuart Commons; Gus and Margie Hart Dining Hall

1:30 - 3 p.m.: Envision Your Future and Forester 102
Mohr Student Center and Various Campus Locations
Careers and Chicago go hand-in-hand at Lake Forest College. This fun, reflective exercise will provide you with the information you need to envision and develop your career goals and with the opportunities at the College that will help you achieve them. Then, your Orientation Leader will share resources to help you be successful from your very first day of classes all the way to graduation. You will rotate through these sessions, follow instructions from your Orientation Leader!

3 - 4 p.m. - Free Time!

1:30 - 3 p.m.: Envision Your Future and Forester 102
Mohr Student Center and Various Campus Locations
Careers and Chicago go hand-in-hand at Lake Forest College. This fun, reflective exercise will provide you with the information you need to envision and develop your career goals and with the opportunities at the College that will help you achieve them. Then, your Orientation Leader will share resources to help you be successful from your very first day of classes all the way to graduation. You will rotate through these sessions, follow instructions from your Orientation Leader!

5:30 - 7 p.m. - Dinner Break 
Stuart Commons; Gus and Margie Hart Dining Hall

7:15 p.m. - Comedy Hypnosis Show 
Mohr Student Center; Main Floor
Enjoy a fun-filled night with new friends over comedy, hypnotism, and food!

Tuesday, August 24 

9 - 10 a.m. - Yoga in the Quad
Middle Campus Quad
Do you want to relax, while strengthening your body and improving flexibility? Learn basic yoga postures and breathing techniques to improve your alignment and balance.

9 - 10 a.m. - DIY Stress Relief Kits
Mohr Student Center, Skybox
Stop by the Skybox to make a take-home stress relief kit to help you destress during the semester. While supplies last.

9 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Individual Advising Appointments
Your Advisor's Office

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - New Student Challenge
Various Campus Locations
Complete 10 student success tasks to show that you are ready to start the semester on the right track! All students who complete the challenge by 2 p.m. will be entered in a drawing for prizes.

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Lunch Break 
Stuart Commons, Gus and Margie Hart Dining Hall 

1 - 2 p.m. - Global Engagement Office Info Session
Lillard Science Center, Room 132
The Global Engagement Office will explain off-campus program opportunities, both around the United States and globally.

2 - 4 p.m. - Paying for College & Dollars and Sense
Mohr Student Center, Main Floor
Lillard Science Center, McCormick Auditorium
Learn how to achieve financial success in higher education! The Office of Financial Aid will help you understand how financial aid works and the different types of scholarships that are available. Then, the Student Accounts Office will share information about navigating insurance, payment plan options, jobs on campus, and more! You will rotate through these sessions, follow instructions from your Orientation Leader!

4 - 5 p.m. - Free Time
Get Ready to go to the Beach!

5 - 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 at Lake Michigan. 

Wednesday, August 25 

9 - 4 p.m. - IT Help Desk Drop In Hours 
Donnelley and Lee Library
Stop by the IT Help Desk for help with resetting your password, setting up your College email on your phone or laptop, setting up your printing accounts, or any other technology questions that you may have!

9 - 2 p.m. - Individual Advising Appointments
Your Advisor's Office

9 - 9:45 a.m. - Academic Workshops 
Meet with Faculty from various departments to learn about academic options and requirements as well as involvement opportunities.

  • Modern Languages and Literatures; CA102
  • Music; Reid Hall Wood Lounge 
  • Pre-Health & Health Professions Program; Calvin Durand Hall 
  • Students Exploring Majors; LI 132

10 - 10:45 a.m. - Academic Workshops 
Meet with Faculty from various departments to learn about academic options and requirements as well as involvement opportunities.

  • Education; LI 130
  • Neuroscience; Calvin Durand Hall 
  • Physics/Engineering; LI 048
  • Politics and International Relations; LI 132
  • Sociology and Anthropology; LI 144

11 - 11:45 a.m.: Academic Workshops
Meet with Faculty from various departments to learn about academic options and requirements as well as involvement opportunities.

  • Computer Science; LI 048
  • English & Creative Writing; LI 144
  • Legal Studies; LI 132
  • Theater; Hixon Hall Theater

Noon - 1:30 p.m. - Lunch Break 
Stuart Commons; Gus and Margie Hart Dining Hall 

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. - Orientation Group Meetings 
Various Campus Locations

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Free Time! 

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. - Matriculation Ceremony 
First Presbyterian Church
Be part of a Lake Forest College tradition as President Schutt welcomes you to this official start to the academic year. You are now officially a Forester! 

4:45 - 6 p.m. - Matriculation Reception 
Mohr Student Center; Main Floor 
The College community will come together to celebrate your matriculation into the Lake Forest College community! Light refreshments will be served.

Parent Orientation Schedule

This schedule is for parents and family members of new first-year and transfer students.

Friday, August 20

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Residence Hall Move-In 

10a.m. - 2 p.m. - Back to School Sidewalk Sale
Middle Campus Quad
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; Skybox and Balcony
Take care of any last-minute details with the Business Office, Registrar, and Financial Aid. You can also meet representatives from Information & Technology, the Lake Forest Library, and local area banks.

11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Forester Fest Picnic 
Middle Campus Quad
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 giveaways for the whole family to enjoy. In the event of inclement weather, lunch will be moved to the Mohr Student Center.

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.: Parent and Family Orientation Session: Forester First in the Family (English and Spanish)
English; Lillard Science Center, Room 132 
Spanish; Lillard Science Center, Room 144
For parents of first-generation college students*. This session will introduce important resources at Lake Forest College. *Students for whom neither parent has received a bachelor’s degree.

3 - 4 p.m. - Parent Session: Student Affairs 
First Presbyterian Church
Meet the Student Affairs Senior Management Team and learn about how to help your students adjust to life at Lake Forest College.

4:30 - 6 p.m. - President’s Welcome Dinner 
Middle Campus Quad
Join President Schutt for our traditional Welcome Dinner. In the event of inclement weather, the dinner will be moved to the Mohr Student Center and the speaking program will not be held. 

7 - 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.

Saturday, August 21

8 - 9:15 a.m.: Parent Breakfast with the Health and Wellness Center Staff
Sports and Recreation Center
Parents and family members will have breakfast with staff from the Health and Wellness Center to learn about their resources. This event is closed to students. Breakfast will be served at 8 a.m., the program will begin promptly at 8:15 am.

9:30 - 11:45 a.m.: Parent and Family Orientation Session: Academic and Career Resources
Sports and Recreation Center
Learn about the Lake Forest College curriculum, academic resources, and career services. This event is closed to students.

Noon - 1:30 p.m. - Family Farewell Lunch
Stuart Commons; Gus and Margie Hart Dining Hall
Parents, family members, and students are invited to enjoy lunch before parting ways. 

New To Campus Student Orientation Schedule

This schedule is for rising sophomores and transfer students who were fully remote during their first year at the College.

Monday, August 23 

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Residence Hall Move-In
Sports and Recreation Center

5 - 7 p.m. - Dinner and Welcome
Sports and Recreation Center

7:15 p.m. - Comedy Hypnosis Show 
Mohr Student Center; Main Floor 
Enjoy a fun-filled night with new friends over comedy, hypnotism, and food!

Tuesday, August 24 

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. - Orientation Group Activities
Various Campus Locations

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Campus Tour
Your Orientation Leaders will take you on a tour of the best spots on campus.

11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. - Lunch
Stuart Commons, Gus and Margie Hart Dining Hall

Noon - 2 p.m. - FIYS Reunions
Check with your Orientation Leader for Locations
Get together with your FIYS professor and classmates! Check with your Orientation Leader for locations.

2 - 4 p.m. - Forester 103 and Center for Academic Success
Lillard Science Center, Rm 044, and Various Campus Locations
Learn about in-person academic support services and student life on campus. You will rotate through these sessions, follow instructions from your Orientation Leader!

5 - 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 at Lake Michigan. 

Wednesday, August 25 
9 - 9:45 a.m. - Living on Campus (For Residential students only)
Lillard Science Center, McCormick Auditorium
Get the ins and outs of living in the Residence Halls.

10 - 11 a.m.: Center for Chicago Programs and Global Engagement Office
Lillard Science Center, McCormick Auditorium
Learn about academic and career opportunities available in the city of Chicago and across the world. 

11:15 - 11:45 a.m.: Career Advancement Center
Lillard Science Center, McCormick Auditorium
The Career Advancement Center will share information about internships, networking, and career services that will help you be ready for life after college.

11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Public Safety
Lillard Science Center, McCormick Auditorium
Learn about the services, support, and operations of the Department of Public Safety

12:15 - 1:30 p.m. - Lunch
Stuart Commons; Gus and Margie Hart Dining Hall 

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. - Orientation Group Meeting
Various Campus Locations

Get in touch

If you have any questions about New Student Orientation, please contact the Gates Center for Leadership and Personal Growth at  gatescenter@lakeforest.edu