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

9:00 am – 12:00 pm Check-in – Mabee Student Center – Tents will be set up outside, please check in there!
9:00 am – 3:30 pm New Student Move-In – Residence Halls
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Offices Open
11:00 am – 1:30 pm Lunch – Mabee-Gwinup Cafeteria

Tropical Sno (until 2:00 pm)

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

New Student Small Group Sessions – Get To Know You! – Manley Chapel

5:00 – 6:30 pm Dinner – Mabee-Gwinup Cafeteria
6:30 – 10:00 pm New Student Outing
10:30 pm Residence Hall Meetings – Men @SMC | Women @ Manley Chapel

Move-In Recap

Sunday, August 22

9:00 – 10:00 am Continental Breakfast – Mabee-Gwinup Cafeteria
11:00 am Worship Service – Manley Chapel
12:00 – 2:00 pm New Student Picnic – Midkiff Meadow
4:00 – 5:00 pm New Student Small Group Sessions – Designated Locations
5:00 – 6:30 pm Dinner – Mabee-Gwinup Cafeteria
7:00 – 8:00 pm Pizzert Social – Mabee-Gwinup Cafeteria
8:00 – 9:00 pm Night of Worship – WBU Worship Team – Manley Chapel

Mega Relay & #WingsUpStomp

Monday, August 23

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

3:30 – 4:30 pm Eagle Walk and Pinning Ceremony – Startup Chapel
6:30 – 8:30 pm True Blue Dinner – Southerland Mabee Center (SMC)

Rest of the Week…

Tuesday – CLASSES BEGIN! |  6 p.m. – Fish Fry in The Cove

Wednesday | 9:30 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