All students attending WBU for the first time are required to participate in orientation at WBU.

Our new student program is called Ascend, and that’s just what it does: through proper orientation, you’ll have more advantages to rise to success in the classroom, residence halls and extracurricular activities! We’ve built a whole series of events into Ascend designed to assist new students like you in adjusting to collegiate life. The program is an enjoyable and informative experience that combines large and small group sessions, class registration, recreation and entertainment. So get ready to meet and mingle with administrators, faculty and staff and begin your ascent as an Eagle!

Saturday, August 21

9:00am – 12:00pm Check-in – Your Residence Hall Location – Tents will be setup outside, please check-in there!
9:00am – 3:30pm New Student Move-In – Residence Halls
8:00am – 4:30pm Offices Open
11:00am – 1:30pm Lunch – Mabee-Gwinup Cafeteria

Tropical Sno Cones (until 2:00pm)

1:00pm Residence Halls Open to Returning Students
3:00pm – 4:00pm New Commuter Check-in – Manley Chapel
1:30pm, 2:30pm & 4:00pm Parent/Student Session – Manley Chapel
5:00pm Parents Say Goodbye (students proceed with scheduling)

NSO Groups Meet – Manley Chapel

5:30pm – 7:30pm Dinner – Southerland-Mabee Center
7:30pm New Student Small Group Sessions – Get To Know You!
8:00pm – 10:00pm New Student Outing
10:30pm Residence Hall Meetings – Men @SMC | Women @ Manley Chapel

Move-In Recap

Sunday, August 22

9:00am – 10:00am Continental Breakfast – Mabee-Gwinup Cafeteria
11:00am Worship Service – Manley Chapel
12:00pm – 5:00pm New Student Picnic and Eagle Wars
5:00pm – 6:30pm Dinner – Mabee-Gwinup Cafeteria
7:00pm 8:00pm New Student Small Group Sessions
8:00pm – 9:00pm Night of Worship – WBU Worship Team – SMC

Mega Relay & #WingsUpStomp

Monday, August 23

8:00am – 9:00am Breakfast – Mabee-Gwinup Cafeteria
9:00am Eagle Edge – iPAD distribution – Moody Room (group rotation)
10:45am – 11:30am NSO Group Sessions (ALL GROUPS IN THE MANLEY)
12:00pm – 1:30pm Lunch – Mabee-Gwinup Cafeteria
1:30pm – 2:30pm Academic Department Meetings

Business: SC 108

Christian Ministries: MC 104

Criminal Justice: SC 101

Education: SC 109

English/Communication: MC 201

Fine Arts: MC 100

Health/Physical Education: Rose Room (SMC)

History: MC 202

Natural Science/Biology: Startup Chapel

Psychology: SC 103

Undecided: MC 200

3:30pm – 4:30pm Eagle Walk and Pinning Ceremony – Manley Chapel
6:30pm – 9:00pm True Blue Dinner & President’s Dessert Reception – SMC

Rest of the Week…

Tuesday – CLASSES BEGIN! |  8 p.m. – Student Activity Board Event

Wednesday | 8:00 p.m. – B.Y.O.S. (Build Your Own Sundae) – Mabee-Gwinup Cafeteria

Thursday |  8:00 p.m – “PM” (Weekly Worship Service) – Manley Chapel

Friday | 7:30 p.m. – Luau – Southerland Hall