New Parents and Families FAQ
- When is student orientation?
- What if my student wants to meet classmates before Opening Days?
- When do fall classes start?
- When is the first tuition payment due?
- When will my student get a Willamette email account?
- How and when do students register? What about academic advising?
- When do students find out their residence hall and roommate?
- When do residence halls open?
- When are winter and spring breaks?
- When is Family Weekend?
- How can I stay updated on what’s happening at Willamette?
Opening Days, Willamette’s orientation program for all new students, is Aug. 20–24. Orientation activities for parents and families are Aug. 20–21.
Opening Days is packed with activities to introduce students to academic and co-curricular life at Willamette and make their transition to college easier. We also have programs designed specifically for parents and families — including advice about what kinds of communications to expect from your student, opportunities to socialize with other Willamette families and tips for how to minimize the inevitable sense of loss when you drive away from campus.[back to top]
We offer Jump Start, a pre-orientation program that allows students to meet others in a smaller, more intimate setting before the orientation with all new students. Jump Start is Aug. 15–20, and students can choose from one of three themes to explore: community outreach, multiculturalism and outdoor adventures. Jump Start programs cost extra and students must register in advance.[back to top]
Thursday, August 20. First-year students begin College Colloquium, a required course that introduces them to academic life at Willamette.
Tuesday, August 25. Regular semester classes begin for all Willamette students.[back to top]
Payment for tuition and fees is typically due by the first day of class each semester. Willamette bills on a semester basis for tuition, fees, room and meal plan, and other incurred charges.
Initial billing statements for fall and spring semester are distributed in mid-July and mid-December, respectively. Subsequent statements are distributed monthly.The first bill students receive is distributed via U.S. mail and through Bill+Payment, Willamette’s online billing and payment system. Thereafter, all billing is handled online. Please note that students need to set their parents up as authorized users in Bill+Payment in order to access the online billing system..[back to top]
Students will receive information in May about how to set up their Willamette network account, which must be done on our website. It’s important that students set up their Willamette account as soon as possible, because they will need it to complete course registration information and to submit their College Colloquium preferences. Most of the communications they receive from Willamette during the summer will be sent to this email account.[back to top]
First, students need to set up their Willamette network account. Then they will be able to complete their online Advising and Course Registration Questionnaire, as well as their topic preferences for College Colloquium, a required course for all first-year students that introduces them to the academic
environment of Willamette. Students will learn by the end of May to which Colloquium section they are assigned.
Starting in mid-May, we will begin contacting students who have submitted their surveys to schedule an advising and registration appointment for June or early July. To prepare for this appointment, students should identify several courses they might want to take — advice on how to choose is available here and here. During their appointment, students will discuss these choices with an advising counselor and register for three courses in addition to their College Colloquium. Once classes begin, students’ College Colloquium professors will become their academic advisors until they declare a major.[back to top]
Students receive information in late May about residence halls with instructions for how to indicate their preferences. Room assignments are announced in July and roommate assignments in early August. Both of these notifications will be sent to students’ Willamette email accounts.[back to top]
Residence halls open for new students at 8 a.m. on Aug. 20. Students involved in special programs that start before Opening Days, such as athletics, may have earlier access to the halls — coaches will confirm the date and time with students.[back to top]
Winter break begins after your student has finished all final exams. Finals are Dec. 11–13; check with your student after classes begin and the course schedule is firm to learn his or her exam schedule. Classes begin after winter break on Jan. 19, 2015. Spring break is March 23–27, 2015. Check out the Full academic calendar.[back to top]
Oct. 9–11. Family Weekend features activities designed for parents and families to learn more about our campus while enjoying the Willamette community alongside their students. Activities include arts events, mini-university sessions, sporting events and trips to local places of interest. You will receive registration information for Family Weekend in early August.[back to top]
Check our homepage at willamette.edu for all the latest news about Willamette programs and events. We also invite you to visit our Parents page to learn more about volunteer opportunities for parents and to access university departments, programs, contacts and resources.[back to top]