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Summer Orientation & Registration Schedule

The day's program is designed to give you the inside information needed for the start of fall semester classes. We look forward to meeting students and families during the summer orientation & registration sessions and introducing you to our campus community. 


Dates for Summer 2016 Orientation

Friday, June 3

Friday, June 17

Friday, June 24

Friday, Aug. 12


Learn specifics about Bluffton's academic program and meet with a faculty advisor to build a class schedule for the fall. Spend time interacting with one of Bluffton's current students while meeting classmates from your residence hall floor.


Parents & family
Meet Bluffton faculty members and support staff as you collect information and resources to facilitate student success. Interact with "new" and "experienced" college parents and discover Bluffton's unique history and traditions.

Tentative Schedule of events

The schedule below is from 2015. Events for 2016 summer orientation may be tweaked, but will be similar.

8:15 - 9 a.m.



Student & family check-in
Marbeck Center Kiva & Gallery Lounge
Begin by meeting your admissions counselor and picking up the information you'll need for the day. Smile for your ID card photo and head downstairs to meet student leaders. Parents and family members are also invited to check in and learn about resources for student success.


9 - 10 a.m.

Welcome to Bluffton's learning community

The Commons, Marbeck Center
University representatives and current student leaders will welcome you to campus and share insight on the foundations of Bluffton's learning community.



Families & Guests


10 - 11 a.m.

The Bluffton introduction
Centennial Hall

Meet current students, faculty and staff members in an intimate and informal setting as they share activities, tips and reflections on how you can succeed at Bluffton.


Family matters: college services
The Commons (Marbeck Center)

Discover important information and meet representatives from the financial aid and business offices as they present an overview of each unit's services.


11 - 11:50 a.m.   

Community living 1
Yoder Recital Hall

Learn about how Bluffton seeks to be a Community of Respect and how you might engage in your new community through campus ministries or our comprehensive student involvement activities and programs.

11:50 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The Commons (Marbeck Center)

Join us for lunch; just the way meals are served during the academic year. Student meals are complimentary; guests - $7. Meal tickets can be picked up during the morning check-in.


1 - 2:20 p.m.



The classroom...and beyond

Stutzman Lecture Hall, Centennial Hall
Enjoy interactive entertainment courtesy of our current student leaders. Prepare for academic advising and class registration with information about Jenzabar, our web-based course management system.


Supporting your student
Yoder Recital Hall

Discover Bluffton's programs for academic success and learn techniques that family members can use to support students. Interact with new and experienced college family members in a small group facilitated by current faculty, staff and students.


2:20 - 3 p.m.
Community living 2

Yoder Recital Hall & Campus Residence Halls
Learn about meal plan selection, textbook purchase and rental opportunities, residence life, and take a tour of your on-campus residence hall. Commuter students are invited to an additional information session about Bluffton's student services.


3 - 5 p.m.

Academic advising
& registration

Technology Center, Centennial Hall

Meet with Bluffton's faculty advisors to discuss course possibilities and register for fall semester classes. Once you have your schedule, sign up for campus involvement opportunities, visit the bookstore and pick up your student ID. Students who plan to take Spanish courses at Bluffton will take the Spanish placement test at this time.


Parent and family reception

Main Floor Lounge, Centennial Hall

As students register for classes, take this opportunity to tie up any "loose ends." Meet individually with business office and financial aid representatives and chat with admissions, technology, career development and residence life staff members. Check out artifacts from Bluffton's history in a display from the Musselman Library archives & special collections.