Orientation and registration

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 2018 summer orientation

Monday, June 11 
Friday, June 15 
Friday, June 22 
Friday, Aug. 10 

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.

Schedule of events 

Listed below is the 2017 summer orientation day schedule of events. The schedule may change for the 2018 orientation days. 

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.

10 - 11 a.m.

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


families & guests
Family matters: 
Supporting Your Student 1
The Commons, Marbeck Center

Discover Bluffton's programs for academic success and learn techniques that family members can use to support students.

11 - 11:45 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 residence life, campus ministries and 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.

1:05 - 2:15 p.m.


 1:05 - 1:40 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 my.bluffton, our web-based course management system.


families & guests
Family matters: 
Supporting Your Student II
Leave from The Commons, Marbeck Center
Interact with new and experienced college parents in a small group facilitated by current faculty, staff and students

1:45 - 2:15 P.M.
Financial aid
Krieder Room, Marbeck Center
Financial aid staff will provide general information, an overview of the award letter and respond to your questions.

 2:20 - 3 p.m.

Residence Hall tours

Leave from The Commons, Marbeck Center
Residential students: visit your on-campus residence hall and see where you'll be living this fall!

Commuter and Transfer gathering
Breakout session highlighting your need-to-know information

 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, 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.


families & guests
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 and vocation, and residence life staff members.