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 15


9:00am – 12:00pm Check-in – Swaim Administration Building
9:00am – 3:30pm New Student Move-In – Residence Halls
8:00am – 4:30pm Offices Open
11:00am – 1:30pm Lunch – Mabee-Gwinup Cafeteria
3:30pm – 4:00pm New Commuter Check-in – Manley Chapel
3:45pm NSO Groups Meet – Manley Chapel
4:00pm Parent Session/Reception – SMC

Student Session – Manley Chapel

5:00pm WBU Family Prayer (Students, Parents and WBU Staff) – SMC
Group picture outside Manley Chapel wearing orientation shirts!
Parents say goodbye (#Ascend2020!)
5:30pm – 7:30pm Dinner – Mabee-Gwinup Cafeteria
7:00pm New Student Small Group Sessions – Get To Know You!
8:00pm – 9:00pm Mega Relay – SMC
9:30pm Residence Hall Meetings

Move-In 2019 Recap

Sunday, August 16

9:00am – 10:00am Continental Breakfast – Mabee-Gwinup Cafeteria
11:00am Worship Service – Manley Chapel
12:00pm – 5:00pm New Student Picnic and Inflatable Games – Midkiff Meadow
1:00pm Residence Halls open to returning students
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 17

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: TBD

Education: SC 109

English/Communication: MC 201

Fine Arts: MC 100

Health/Physical Education: Rose Room (SMC)

History: MC 202

Natural Science/Biology: SC 101

Psychology: SC 103

Undecided: TBD

3:30pm – 4:30pm Eagle Walk and Pinning Ceremony – Manley Chapel
6:30pm – 7:45pm True Blue Dinner – SMC
8:00pm – 9:00pm President’s Dessert Reception

Rest of the Week…

Tuesday – CLASSES BEGIN! | 8:00pm – Refine (Weekly Worship Service) – Startup Chapel

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

Thursday | 7:30pm – Luau – Southerland Hall

Friday | 5:00pm – 7:00pm – Campus Ministries’ Fish Fry – Faculty Cove

Saturday | 8:00pm – 9:00pm – WBU Carnival (Activities, Rides, etc) & Mike Bliss, Comedic Illusionist – Manley Chapel