Time to Shine new Lawrentians! Welcome Week or new student orientation starts on Monday, Sept. 5 and ends Sunday, Sept 11, 2022.


Browse the schedule below and log in to the portal with your Lawrence credentials to save events and build your own custom orientation schedule. Schedule is subject to change.

Monday, September 5th

Breakfast
7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Andrew Commons

Move in Res Life
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Various Locations

Residential Education Panel
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Warch Cinema
Join the Residential Education Staff for an overview and a time to ask questions regarding On-Campus Living and your student’s experience within the Residence Halls.

Campus Tours
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Start at Warch Campus Center

Lunch
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Warch Campus Center, Andrew Commons

Campus Resources Fair**
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Warch Campus Center, Somerset Room

First Gen Lunch
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Warch Campus Center, Nathan Marsh Pusey Room
This event will celebrate incoming First-Generation students and families, giving them the opportunity to connect with the community of First-Generation faculty and staff at Lawrence University.

Residential Education Panel
12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Warch Cinema
Join the Residential Education Staff for an overview and a time to ask questions regarding On-Campus Living and your student’s experience within the Residence Halls.

Pre-Health Advising
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Steitz Hall 102

Campus Tours
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
 Start at Warch Campus Center

Explore Appleton
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Self-guided tour

Dinner
5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Warch Campus Center, Andrew Commons

Residential Education Community Meeting
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Various Residence Halls

Dessert Bar
9:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Library Plaza

**Campus Resource Fair

Offices and Services present include:

  • Wellness Services
  • Facilities Operations
  • Lawrence University Community Council 
  • Career Services
  • Center for Academic Success and Accessibility
  • Off Campus Programs
  • Center for Community Engagement and Social Change
  • Financial Aid
  • Registrar
  • Student Accounts
  • Office of Student Engagement, Activities, and Leadership
  • Student Employment
  • Residential Education and Housing
  • Spiritual and Religious Life
  • Bon Appetit
  • Info Desk: General Info including Viking Gold and ID
  • Parking
  • Technology Services
  • Library
  • Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Diversity and Intercultural Center
  • Gender and Sexuality Diversity Center
  • International Student Services
  • Mail Services
  • Campus Safety
  • Valley Transit
  • Welcome Table
  • Voter Registration

Tuesday, September 6

Breakfast
7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Andrew Commons

Swag Pick Up - (nametag, T-shirt, lanyard, water bottle)
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Warch Campus Center-4th Floor Runkel Room

Conservatory Helpdesk
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Conservatory

STRYV 365 - Mandatory for first year students
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Wellness Center Gym

Conservatory BKS Individual Placement Exams
11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Placement for the Basic Keyboard Skills sequence, required for music majors. Visit the Conservatory Helpdesk for more information.

Lunch
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Andrew Commons

Conservatory Helpdesk
11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Conservatory
Stop in at the Conservatory to say hello, sign up for ensemble and placement auditions, find your locker, and ask all your questions about life in the Conservatory.

Voice Audition for majors and non-majors
11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Voice majors and non-majors hoping to take lessons, come and sing for the voice faculty so they can assign you to a specific studio and teacher.

Your Academic Success at Lawrence - Mandatory for first year students
1 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
Memorial Chapel

Center for Academic Success Student Panel - Mandatory for first year students
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Memorial Chapel

Introduction to Academic Advising
3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Memorial Chapel
In this session, you’ll join several academic advisors to better understand the academic advising relationship here at Lawrence. Students will also learn about key resources for academic planning and student success.

President's Welcome - Mandatory for first year students (All Families are Welcome)
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Main Hall Green
The President addresses new students and their families before personally welcoming them to campus.

Dinner
5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Andrew Commons

Bingo
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Somerset - Warch Center
Start your college career with some brand new gear. Come by bingo and win prizes centered around the needs and wants of new college students.


Wednesday, September 7

Breakfast
7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Andrew Commons

Conservatory Helpdesk
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Conservatory
Stop in at the Conservatory to say hello, sign up for ensemble and placement auditions, find your locker, and ask all your questions about life in the Conservatory.

Class Photo
8:45 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.
Memorial Chapel
Calling of first year students to join us for a class photo

STRYV 365 - Mandatory for first year students
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Wellness Center Gym

BKS Individual Placement Exams
11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Conservatory

Lunch
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Andrew Commons

Choir Auditions
1:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Conservatory
Audition for placement into one of our choirs. Learn about the audition and sign-up.

Music for All Lawrentians (for non-majors)
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
SH163
Join Conservatory Dean Brian Pertl to hear about the many and various ways in which everyone can make music at Lawrence, from participating in ensembles to taking lessons to becoming part of the student-run music production studio. The options are endless, and we can’t wait to see what you bring to the music community here!

Non-major piano audition
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Conservatory
If you’re not a piano major and you can want to take lessons, sign up at the Conservatory Helpdesk for a time to audition for placement into a studio.

Advising Meetings & Placement Test
1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Conservatory
Blocks of time have been set aside on Wednesday and Thursday for new students to meet with your assigned academic advisor. During these meetings, you’ll have a chance to get to know each other, discuss expectations for the advising relationship, and review course enrollment plans for the year ahead. If your assigned academic advisor has not already emailed you to arrange a meeting time, email advising@lawrence.edu.

ALEKS (math) Placement Exam
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
4th floor of Briggs
All students who wish to take a calculus class during the fall term must take the ALEKS placement exam, even if you have AP or transfer credit. While the ALEKS placement test will be offered on both Wednesday and Thursday, taking the placement exam on Wednesday will give you more time to discuss your exam score with an academic advisor before finalizing your class schedule. Learn more about preparing for ALEKS exam.

Social Time
1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Conservatory Department/Studio Meetings
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Meet your new studio-mates and the faculty in your department. Locations for individual department and studio meetings can be found at the Conservatory Helpdesk.

Music Education Information Session
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Conservatory Building - Shattuck 156
Music Education faculty will host an information session for students interested in learning more about majoring in Music Education. 

Dinner
5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Andrew Commons

Welcome Gathering for All Music Students
7:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Memorial Chapel
All incoming music students will meet with Dean Pertl on the Chapel stage to get to know each other, make music together, do some Deep Listening, and have fun. Everyone who wants to make music at Lawrence is welcome to attend this gathering. Music majors of all types are required to attend.

Casino Party
9 p.m.
Somerset - Warch Campus Center
End your night in Warch Campus Center at the Casino party. This fully immersive event will feature blackjack, poker, roulette, slots, and keno. Feeling lucky? Play smart and win prizes when you cash in your earnings.


Thursday, September 8

Breakfast
7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Andrew Commons

Speak About It - Mandatory for first year students
9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Memorial Chapel
Speak About uses true storytelling and live performance to capture what healthy relationships and sex can and should look like. The show is performed by five actor-educators, and uses real stories written by real young people in order to engage students in conversations about consent, dating, sex, identity, alcohol, bystander intervention, sexual assault, and more.

Lunch
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Andrew Commons

Class Registration 
12 p.m.

Individual Choir Audition
1:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Conservatory

Winter and Spring Term Class Registration Opens for New Transfer Students
12 p.m.
New transfer students will be able to register for Winter and Spring term courses at this time. Questions about registration? Email registrar@lawrence.edu.

Advising Meetings
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Blocks of time have been set aside on Wednesday and Thursday for new students to meet with their assigned academic advisor. During these meetings, you’ll have a chance to get to know each other, discuss expectations for the advising relationship, and discuss your course enrollment plans for the year ahead. If your assigned academic advisor has not already emailed you to arrange a meeting time, email advising@lawrence.edu.

ALEKS (math) Placement Exam
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
4th floor of Briggs
All students who wish to take a calculus class during the fall term must take the ALEKS placement exam, even if you have AP or transfer credit. While the ALEKS placement test will be offered on both Wednesday and Thursday, taking the placement exam on Wednesday will give you more time to discuss your exam score with an academic advisor before finalizing your class schedule. Learn about preparing for ALEKS exam.

Choir Audition
1:30 p.m. - 4 or 5 p.m. 
Conservatory
Audition for placement into one of our choirs. Learn about auditions and sign-up.

Seeley G. Mudd Library Open House
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Seeley G. Mudd Library
Seeley G. Mudd Library welcome you to Lawrence! We provide services, materials, and staff that will support your academic and personal interests. Stop by during our open house and meet the people who can help you succeed. Not only can you find out about the library (both online and offline), take a tour, and get a great bookbag—you can build with Legos, work on a puzzle, play on the Wii, color a library coloring book, and more! It’s both fun and educational, and you can’t beat that.

New Student Choir Rehearsal
5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Memorial Chapel
Come and sing with your new classmates and choir directors Steve Sieck and Phillip Swan. The New Student Choir will provide music for the Matriculation Convocation on September 16.

Dinner
4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Andrew Commons

Load Bus
5:30 p.m.
Departs at 5:30 p.m. from Conservatory

Arrive at Stadium
6:05 p.m.

Timber Rattlers Game
6:40 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Timber Rattlers (2400 Casaloma Dr.)


Friday, September 9

Breakfast
7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. 
Andrew Commons

Winter and Spring Term Class Registration Opens for New First Year Students
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
New first-year students will be able to register for Winter and Spring term courses at 8 a.m. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the registration process before 2 p.m. to ensure placement in desired courses. Questions about registration? Email registrar@lawrence.edu.

Class Registration
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Round Robin - Mandatory for first year students
9 a.m. - 11 a.m. 
Somerset
Schedule: 

  • Student Employment – Warch Campus Center, Esch Room 224

    • *Required for Students who plan to work on Campus* Review of the types of student jobs on campus, get the forms needed to complete new-hire paperwork and see a demonstration of how to find and apply for jobs on Handshake. This event runs three separate times at 9am, 9:40am and 10:20am.

  • Career Center – Warch Campus Center, Hurvis Room 225

    • In this entertaining and interactive session, discover how the Lawrence Career Center serves students, from your first day on campus all the way thought graduation and more. Career planning starts during your first year at Lawrence, so don't put it off, attend this event! This event runs three separate times at 9am, 9:40am and 10:20am.

  • Navigating Lawrence – Warch Campus Center, Cinema Room 204

    • Learn how things work around here! From student life to academics and more, hear from those who've been around for a while and can share the secrets of navigating Lawrence! This event runs three separate times at 9am, 9:40am and 10:20am.

  • Wellness Center Meet & Greet - Warch Campus Center, Somerset Room 324

    • Meet Wellness Center staff and learn about the many services and activities available to students! This event runs three separate times at 9am, 9:40am and 10:20am.

Lunch
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Andrew Commons

FIRST Class
11:10 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

Hurvis Scholars Orientation
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Center for Spiritual and Religious Life
This event is an informational session during which we will welcome new Hurvis Scholars to Lawrence University as well as introduce support and activities for Hurvis Scholars during the academic year.

Choir Auditions
1:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Conservatory
Audition for placement into one of our choirs. Learn about auditions and sign-up.

New Student Choir Rehearsal
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Memorial Chapel
Come and sing with your new classmates and choir directors Steve Sieck and Phillip Swan. The New Student Choir will provide music for the Matriculation Convocation on September 16.

Dinner
5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Andrew Commons

Shabbat 
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Esch Hurvis Center for Spiritual and Religious Life
First-Year Shabbat Dinner is a chance to connect with other Jewish first-years, staff and faculty in an informal setting. We will light candles, recite the Kiddush and bless the challah before sharing a meal together.

The DEIA Flow: A Hip Hop Workshop - Mandatory for first year students
7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Stansbury Theatre
Epiphany “Big Piph” Morrow’s will present an interactive session through the lenses of hip hop and personal anecdote.

Movie - Minions: The Rise of Gru
9 p.m.
Memorial Chapel
Join us in Memorial Chapel for a screening.


Saturday, September 10

Rhythms of the World and Farmer's Market
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Brunch
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Andrew Commons

Individual String / Flute Auditions
3 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Load Bus
11:45am
Departs at 12:30pm from Conservatory

High Cliff State Park - Mandatory for first year students
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
High Cliff State Park

Returning students can register and make changes to their schedule
2 p.m.

Dinner
4:30-7 p.m.

Andrew Commons 

LU Community Kickoff: Time to Shine
4:45 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Banta Bowl Parking Lot
Shuttles to the Banta Bowl are available at the Wriston Turnaround


Sunday, September 11

Individual Brass / Woodwind Audition
9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Auditions for placement into our instrumental ensembles, including orchestra, wind ensemble, and symphonic band.

Brunch
9a a.m. - 1 p.m.
Andrew Commons

Class Dinner - Mandatory for first year students
4 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Somerset