Fall Welcome - 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. 22 (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 won t want to miss what this important program has to offer.
Friday, Aug. 22, 2014
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.
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.
New students and families are invited to celebrate the start of the educational journey in this special event with President Dr. James M. Harder, Student Senate President Matt McCoy and other members of the Bluffton University Community. Students should sit together in the designated area toward the front of the bleachers.
Location: Sommer Center
Transfer Student Orientation Session
All transfer students are requested to attend this session. Get answers to all your last minute questions!
Location: Stutzman Lecture Hall (Centennial Hall)
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.
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
Residence Hall Floor Meetings
Resident Advisors give tours of the halls and an introduction to residence life.
Location: To be posted on floor
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. Bring your friends to and chill out after a long day and enjoy snacks, music, crafts and more.
Location: Bob's Place in Marbeck Center