When new students arrive at Capital University, they’ll be welcomed by a University community that’s prepared to help them engage in every aspect of campus life, to make their transition smooth, and to set them up for success.
Move-in and Fall Orientation for the class of 2017 — Capital’s second largest class ever — will take place Thursday, August 22, through Sunday, August 25. In those four days, students will begin their transition to Capital life, make new friends, build relationships with the people who will help them succeed, and explore Capital’s extended campus — Bexley and Columbus — and the many opportunities living near a major city offers.
Director of Student and Community Engagement Deanna Wagner said Capital has revamped orientation to make it even easier and more affordable for students to immerse themselves in Capital’s culture and in Central Ohio.
“This year we have added activities to enhance both the on- and off-campus parts of the orientation program,” Wagner said. “We have made all of our off-campus excursions free to all first-year students to give everyone the opportunity to experience the Bexley and Columbus communities.”
Newly added programming is designed to give students an early start on learning how to be smart about managing their personal affairs, such as finances, health and safety, and to introduce all the resources Capital offers to help them succeed.
The programming may be updated from year to year, Wagner explained, but the goals are always the same:
- Help every student acclimate to Capital;
- Provide academic and co-curricular experiences that help incoming students prepare for the academic year;
- Inform students about campus traditions and annual events; and
- Provide a fun, safe experience for all incoming students to smoothly transition to Capital from high school or another college or university.
“We are hoping all incoming students take advantage of the information and activities that we have planned, while having fun and making new friends with their classmates and returning students,” she said. “We have tailored our schedule to cater to the needs of first-year and transfer students so everyone is getting information that they need to be successful.”
Students and parents can find the full schedule here (PDF), but a list of highlights follows:
Thursday, August 22
Morning and early afternoon will be packed with unloading cars, checking in, moving in, picking up Capital IDs, connecting to the IT network and managing other important details before the start of classes on Monday.
Opening Ceremony will take place at 3 pm in The Capital Center Performance Arena. This campus tradition convenes faculty, staff and administrators to welcome new students and parents to the Cap Family and to celebrate the start of the academic year. Following the ceremony, students will follow the faculty in a ceremonial procession along Main Street into Memorial Gateway, signifying their entry into the Capital community and the start of their undergraduate journey.
The Cap Family Barbecue, with music by Capital students Spencer Saylor, Chris Jamison and Matthiessen Nisch Quan, will follow in the Saylor-Ackermann Quad. Afterward, it’ll be time to say goodbye to parents and hello to peers, as orientation officially begins, also in the quad. Residence hall meetings for students living on campus and a gathering in The Mezz for students who commute, will start at 7:30. The day will come to close with evening activities, including a performance in Mees Hall by a hypnotist, and a bonfire (s’mores included) on Schaaf Lawn.
Friday, August 23
New students will meet up with their orientation groups again on Friday morning after breakfast in the Capital Court. Then they’ll spend the day discovering more about their major and meeting with other students and faculty members in their fields of study and interest.
After lunch, they’ll learn about job opportunities, money management and student success resources. A tailgate festival at 4:30 pm in Cotterman parking lot and Schneider Patio will usher in the Capital women’s soccer team season home opener against Tiffin.
Then it’s time for the pool party at the Bexley Pool. Free transportation will be provided.
Saturday, August 24
It’s class picture time. Students dressed in their “change story” T-shirts should meet their orientation groups at Bernlohr Stadium at 9 am to be part of the class of 2017 picture. Morning sessions and lunch will follow before students spend the afternoon exploring local shopping, restaurants, outdoor activities, professional sports venues, arts and culture and the best of what life in Columbus and Bexley offers.
Sunday, August 25
The last day of orientation will start with breakfast on the go and a mandatory assessment of the class’s academic strengths, which helps ensure the right course placement. After a final meet-up with orientation groups over lunch, Dean of the Chapel Gary Sandberg will lead Faith Journey, an introduction to worship and fellowship among and across different faiths represented at Capital.
A closing session will take place at 2 pm in Mees Hall, and a meeting for those entering the Honors Program will start at 3 pm in the Honors House, located at 741 College Ave.