Fall Welcome 2015- Day 1

Our Fall Welcome program is designed to make the start of your college experience a positive one inside and outside the classroom. New students will arrive on Friday, Aug. 28 (3 days prior to the start of fall classes) and participate in many activities and events to get to know the campus before classes actually begin. You will not want to miss what this important program has to offer. (Activities are subject to change.)

Friday, Aug. 28, 2015

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Residential Student Check-in

Welcome to your home away from home!  Residence Halls open at 9 a.m. Room keys will be distributed at the front desk of each building by your hall director and residence life staff. Other staff and students will be available to answer questions and provide assistance.

9 a.m. - 2:15 p.m., 3:30-4:30 p.m. 

One Stop Center
Questions for the registrar's office and the business office can be answered by university staff. Payments may be made at this time, although it is not required. ID pictures may be taken and vehicles registered.
Location: Centennial Hall, Ground Floor

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Welcome Picnic

Enjoy a complimentary lunch at one of two convenient locations.
Locations: Corner of College Ave. and Spring St (across the street from Bren-Dell Hall) and on the Hirschy Complex Green.

2:30 p.m.
Presidents' Welcome
New students and families are invited to a special welcome program and greeting from President Dr. James M. Harder, Student Senate President Charles Miller.
Location: Sommer Center

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Farewell to Families

Unpack the last load, unwind and say good-bye!

Welcome Group Session #1

New student will gather in small groups to discuss campus life in the first of a series of group sessions.
Location: Check signs posted on residence hall floors, lobbies or Marbeck Center. 

6 p.m.
Dinner for New Students, Community 101

Students will sit and dine together in their respective orientation welcome groups. Following dinner, students have opportunities to learn more about each other and participate in an entertaining and interactive introduction to Bluffton. Hosted by our campus pastor, hall chaplains and Student Senate.
Location: The Commons, Marbeck Center

8 p.m.
Residence Hall Floor Meetings

Resident advisors give tours of the halls and an introduction to residence life.
Location: To be posted on floor

9 p.m.
Marbeck After Dark
Sponsored by MCB
Marbeck After Dark (MAD) is a series of late-night weekend events that feature different themed entertainment on a weekly basis.

Start off the new year in a new place by adding another member to your family: a pet fish! We provide the tanks, food, decorations and the pets. You provide the creativity and enthusiasm. It's about to get fun in Bob's Place!
Location: Bob's Place in Marbeck Center

Fall Welcome


    Help unloading

    Student leaders, athletes and others offer assistance carrying belongings to your new room.


    One Stop Shop

    Finalize all last minute paperwork at our One Stop Shop.