Get Connected In Your New Community!
Scheduled to coincide with residence hall move-in, Welcome Weekend is packed with opportunities to meet great people, get acquainted with the campus and community and learn about the many services and programs that will help you succeed as a Petrel.
Please see the 2017 Welcome Weekend schedule below. Stay tuned for details about 2018 Welcome Weekend!
FRIDAY, AUGUST 17th
Residence Hall Move-In for New Students
Check HERE for more Move-in details
Community Lunch and Resource Fair
Enjoy a free lunch on the Quad and browse an exciting selection of Atlanta businesses and Oglethorpe resources. Representatives from Parking, Financial Aid, Student Accounts, Registrar (Lupton), and IT Services (Library) will be present to assist with account setup and questions. Dr. Schall, the University President, will give his official welcome to the incoming class near the end of this event.
Family Goodbye Time – Various
Feel free to return to your residence hall before officially checking in to orientation activities
Orientation Day 1 Check-In, Activities and Dinner – Turner Lynch Campus Center, 1st Floor Lobby**
ALL first-time students (Residential, Commuter, and International) are required to check-in for our first official Welcome Week orientation event – prior registration is not needed
Residents: Residence Hall Meetings – Various*
Residents will be momentarily dismissed from orientation activities to meet their Resident Advisors and receive important information
Target After Dark – Buckhead Target
Special deals, food, and a DJ await you as a shuttle will move between campus and Target
SATURDAY, AUGUST 18th
Breakfast Available – TLCC Dining Hall
Day 2 Check-In – Schmidt Recreation Center***
ALL first-time students (Residential, Commuter, and International) are required to check-in for our second day of official Welcome Week orientation events
10AM – 3PM
Welcome Week Activities Continue – Various***
Enjoy leadership activities, free lunch, information on campus safety, the official new student photo, and more.
3PM – 5PM
Free Time – Various
Prepare for an evening off-campus
5PM – 9PM
Dinner and the Atlanta History Center – Turner Lynch Campus Center***
Enjoy the Atlanta History Center after a dinner dedicated to learning about student diversity. ALL new students (Residential, Commuter, and Transfer) are required to check-in and use university transportation for this event– dinner is provided.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 19th
Breakfast Available – TLCC Dining Hall
Worship Service OR Yoga – Turner Lynch Campus Center 225 or Lawn
Enjoy a service by Chaplain John Richardson, or meditate during a yoga session
Day 3 Check-In – Schmidt
ALL first-time students (Residential, Commuter, and International) are required to check-in for our third day of official Welcome Week orientation events
11:15AM – 2:00PM
Welcome Week Activities Continue – Various**
Learn about Oglethorpe history and traditions, a keynote on wellness, lunch with student leaders, and more!
Free Time – Various
Grab some of your new friends and eat together in the Petrel’s Nest Dining Hall
President’s Reception – Lanier House
Use your free time to get ready for the next week of classes, then prepare to visit the President’s house by dressing in nicer casual attire.
MONDAY, AUGUST 20th
“Ask Me” Tent 9AM-3PM, Academic Quad
Look for the big tent on the Quad where there will be free advice, classroom directions, and free giveaways all day.
Affinity Group Socials – 4PM-6PM, Turner Lynch Campus Center
Oglethorpe students bring their diverse identities, talents, and perspectives to our community. Meet student groups the help foster inclusivity on our campus like Black Student Caucus, Outlet, the Transfer Student Organization, the Latinx Organization, First-Generation Petrels, and more in a come-and-go social setting! (A full listing of groups will be published in your welcome packet when you arrive for Orientation.)
TUESDAY, AUGUST 22ND
Greek Block Party: 7PM-9PM, Conant Veranda
GO GREEK! Meet the nine social Greek organizations on our campus. You can see them all beforehand here.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23RD
Recreation & Wellness Night: 7PM-9PM, Turner Lynch Campus Center
Learn how to properly care for yourself in college. There will be opportunities to learn about mental health upkeep, a stress-free pet zone, activities to get your heart going, and more!
THURSDAY, AUGUST 24TH
Student Involvement Fair: 5PM-8PM, TLCC Lawn
A new student favorite! Visit this fair to sign up for about 60 student organization opportunities. You’ll have a hard time picking which ones to be a part of!
FRIDAY, AUGUST 25TH
New Student Convocation***: 1PM-3PM, Conant Theatre
A yearly new student tradition, this is where your entire class will sign the Honor Code.
QuadFest: 5PM-8PM, Academic Quad
Celebrate the start of the new academic year with a themed celebration on the quad! Brought to you by the Student Government Association’s Programming Board.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 26TH
Orientation Day of Service: 10AM-3PM, Various***
Make a difference by going out into the community to serve.
Campus Center Takeover: 4PM-8PM, Turner Lynch Campus Center
Come back from a morning of service to refreshing snacks and an opportunity to unwind before your first week of college!
*Mandatory for all RESIDENTIAL first-time students
**Mandatory for all RESIDENTIAL and COMMUTER first-time students
***Mandatory for ALL students
These items must be completed before you can attend this event:
- Notify us of Academic Accommodation/Accessibility Needs: New students who require accommodation should notify Accessibility Services in the Academic Success Center as soon as possible after submitting the enrollment deposit, and at least two weeks before the first day of classes. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the requested accommodation or to make an appointment.
- Send us a Photo for your Petrel Pass: Your Petrel Pass is your student ID and will be used to access your residence hall, check out library books, access the dining hall and more. This picture does not need to be formal, it just needs to look like you! Please make sure photos of your face are taken straight on with no hats or glasses. Send your photo to email@example.com.
- Purchase a Parking Permit: If you plan to bring a car to campus, you must purchase a parking permit. More information on permits will be sent via email in early August. Stay tuned!
- Social Media: Share the good news with your friends and family on Twitter and Instagram! Tag #followthepetrel.
- Follow us and you might see a photo of yourself at one our our summer events!
- Twitter @oglethorpeuniv, Instagram @oglethorpeuniv and @oglethorpelife
- Join the Oglethorpe Class of 2022 Facebook group, too!